Re-paint or Wrap Your Car? Pros and Cons Explained
Thinking about changing the appearance of your car? You have two options. You can either repaint your car or get a car wrap. Vehicle wraps have been around for a long time. In the past, they were mostly used for advertising by businesses. Fortunately, that’s not the case anymore. Car wraps are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s not hard to find a shop that offers car wraps.
What is better for your car, painting or wrapping? Both options have some advantages and some drawbacks. In this article, we will go over the most important differences between car wraps and car paint.
Car Wrap or Paint?
When it comes to car wraps, the whole process takes much less time. Once you get the car to the shop where you want your car wrapped, they will need to wash the exterior thoroughly first. After that, they just place the wrap over your vehicle and apply heat to activate the adhesive. Overall, wrapping a car shouldn’t take more than 3 days.
When you repaint a car, the results are permanent. There is no going back. Car wraps, on the other hand, are completely removable. Moreover, a car wrap will not damage the paint underneath and will keep it protected until removed.
Furthermore, repainting a car can have a negative impact on its resale value. Wrapping a car will allow you to change the car’s appearance while keeping the original paint intact, resulting in a higher resale value.
When it comes to painting your car, you could get a low-quality paint job for about $500. However, if you want a higher-quality paint job, it will cost you anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 or more. The prices of professionally applied car wraps range from $2,500 to $5,000.
Note: The prices above assume a full paint or wrap. The cost can be much lower depending on what needs to be repaired.
The durability of a paint job will depend on the quality of paint used. Lower-end paint jobs will last a couple of years. On the other hand, high-end paint jobs can last a lifetime if done right.
You should also keep in mind that paint can be damaged by UV rays, scratching, and other hazards.
A car wrap will last anywhere between 4 and 10 years without damaging the original paint.
Final Thoughts: Should You Wrap or Repaint Your Car?
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