Car Wrap vs. Paint What Is Your Best Option?

Car Wrap vs. Paint What Is Your Best Option?

tionally, if you wanted to upgrade your car’s look, you only had one option – repainting it. That’s before vinyl car wraps became a mainstream and affordable way to change your car’s style however you please! As vehicle wraps have increased in popularity – especially in the commercial sector for their marketing value – and technology has increased, wraps have dropped drastically in price. In a lot of cases, a vinyl wrap for your car can be much less expensive than a full paint job. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of a car wrap versus a new paint job!

Is Time a Consideration?

The first question you should ask yourself is, “How long can I be without my vehicle?” If your car is the only mode of transportation available to you, you may have to rent a car which can get expensive fast and should be included in your budget. Wraps are usually a much faster option than a traditional paint job for several reasons. 

 The old paint has to be removed first which takes several hours – up to a day

  • The car will need to be prepped and processed before painting
  • Every coat of paint (there are usually 2-4) will take at least eight hours to dry

 Cheaper paint jobs cost less because there are fewer coats of paint, but even a cheap paint job will take around three to five business days to complete – longer if the paint shop is busy. 

It’s more normal for a paint job to tak about one to three weeks to be completely finished.  

Wraps, by comparison, take a much shorter amount of time to complete. One you’ve finalized your design, it should take three days maximum to get your car back. All we have to do is wash and dry your car and then apply the vinyl. If you’re only having details added like a logo on your hood or racing stripes down the sides, you could possibly get your car back that same day!

How Permenant Do You Want Your Customization to Be?

Once you repaint a car, there is no going back if you hate the finished product. One of the best benefits of a vinyl car wrap is that it can be removed without damaging the paint underneath. And since a full vinyl wrap protects the original paint from the elements, it will look just as good as the day it was covered when it’s removed! 

The average vinyl wrap lasts about five to seven years if it’s well maintained. This is about how long the average person drives their car before upgrading to a newer one. With a custom paint job, you’ll have to find someone with similar tastes to take it off your hands when you’re ready to sell. But with a vinyl wrap, you can customize your car any way you like and then remove it before selling your car so that it appeals to a wider, more traditional audience.  

And if you end up driving the car longer – or if you just prefer a new style or design! – you can always trade out your vinyl wraps and decals as the fancy strikes you!

How Much Do You Want to Spend?

Paint jobs come in all levels of quality and cost. Depending on what type of paint you use, the size and make of your car, how many coats are applied, whether you use specialized finishes, etc., fully repainting your car will be about $1,000 on the low end and between $3,000 and $10,000 on average.  

In comparison, a full vehicle wrap usually costs between $2,500 and $5,000. We’re not pretending that’s a small chunk of change, but it’s considerably cheaper than the average paint job when you’re considering full customization. If you’re considering adding smaller details like a logo on your door or pinstripes, the cost will decrease dramatically depending on the size and intricacy of the design. 

If you’d like to learn more about your options for a vinyl car wrap, contact GameTime Wraps! We’re happy to walk you through your options, help you settle on a design, and offer you a free quote on your project.