Car wraps have become very popular over the past few years
You can now change the color of your car at a low price, and if you want your old color back, you can simply remove the wrap.
It is also good if you want to protect your original paintwork.
If you want to sell your car, you can remove the wrap and the underlying paint will be in perfect condition. But, how much does it cost and is it really cheaper than real car paint?
In this article, I answer the most common questions about car wraps.
How much does a car wrap cost?
Car wrapping usually costs between $1500 and $5000, depending on the type of wrapping you want, how much you want to wrap, and the size and model of the car. The price can also vary greatly depending on the workshop you want to do the car wrap for you.
As you might guess, the price of car wrapping can vary greatly depending on the model of car you have and the type of wrapping you want. To calculate how much a car wrap for your car will cost, we need to go through a few questions to find out what kind of wrap is good for you. As a general rule, a car wrap done by a good garage can cost between $1500 and $5000, or even more for special graphic wraps. You can probably find them cheaper, but if you want a trustworthy garage to make them with a warranty, this is the most common price range.
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1. Car model
The size of the car is a big factor in how much it will cost to wrap your car. You have to use much more wrapping for a large car than for a small one. But this is not always the case; a smaller car can be much more difficult to wrap than a large vehicle. It depends on what your car looks like and how it is designed. If your car has many curves, it is much more difficult to wrap than a car with many flat surfaces. There may also be additional costs if your car has fenders and other small parts that need to be wrapped.
2. Which parts of the car
Will you wrap the whole car or just the hood and roof? Some cars have black bumpers and other areas that do not need to be wrapped, and in this case you can save some money. If you only want to wrap the hood and roof, you can expect to pay about $200 – $600.
3. Wrap quality
The wrapping quality is one of the biggest factors in calculating the price of car wraps. Most reputable garages use only high-quality wrapping. They often give you a guarantee on the wrapping, and this would not be possible if they had used lower quality wrapping. If you are looking for a cheap car wrapping, there are several on websites like eBay and Amazon. But don’t expect good results with these cheap wraps. They are difficult to apply and stretch onto your car and the life span will often be very short.
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4. Current paint
If you have an old car with worn paint with many scratches and other damages, the wrap workshop will probably not give you a warranty and will offer you a lower price for the service. If you put the wrap onto a crappy paint job, the damages will not be hidden underneath; they will still be there when you apply the wrap. Wrapping is not a way to hide old scratches and other damage.
5. Current wrap
If your vehicle has already been wrapped before and you want to remove the film to apply a new one, the price is higher. Removing a car wrap is very time consuming and you must remove the old wrap before you can apply a new one. You can never put two wraps on top of each other.
6. Solid or Metallic
Would you like a solid, matt or metallic wrap? Solid and matt wraps are usually much cheaper than metal wraps. You have the choice, of course, but I really recommend you to invest in a good metal wrap that gives the impression that your car is painted. Nobody will notice the difference unless they open the door and see the old paint.
If you want chrome wrapping, you can expect costs of over $6000, because good chrome wrapping is often very expensive.
7. Graphics wrap or normal
Would you like a graphic wrap with some cool comics or the logo of your company? A graphic wrap is much more expensive because you have to print out the customized wrap for your car and it’s a bit more difficult to apply it to your car. But some graphic wraps can be really fantastic!
8. Wrap Workshop
Of course, the prices depend on who will do the work for you. You could leave it to a small workshop that doesn’t give you a guarantee, and you will get a very cheap wrap, but you will probably not get the results until after the price. I have seen many bad wraps made by cheap workshops. Do not do that. If you want to wrap your car, I recommend that you contact a larger, well-known garage that gives you a guarantee on the wrapping. It will be worth the price.
Can I wrap my car myself at home?
I get a lot of questions about how hard it is to wrap your car at home. It is really hard to get a good result for yourself if you are not willing to spend some time on it. If you are skilled and willing to spend some time learning how to wrap a car, it is possible to get a good result (I have done it myself).
If you want to learn at home how to wrap your car, I recommend you to watch many YouTube videos with tips and tricks on how to wrap your car to get the best results the first time. Be prepared to waste a lot of wrapping material for parts that don’t go well the first time. But with a little practice, you can wrap your car at home yourself (and maybe after a little practice, open your own wrapping workshop!)
Always make sure to clean all parts of your car carefully before you start wrapping your car. If you really want to wrap your car at home yourself, you can watch this YouTube video:
Can I buy the wrap myself and bring it to a workshop?
Many workshops do not really allow this. They often use high-quality wraps and have learned to wrap with them. With inferior wraps, wrapping can take much more time, and that is why they often only want to wrap with their own wrap. But it never hurts to ask; some smaller wrapping workshops can probably do that for you. But don’t expect to get a guarantee on the wrapping and you may get bad results if the wrapping is cheap and shoddy.
The advantages of wrapping instead of painting
The discussion about wrapping versus painting is hot and it is not possible to say which one is best. It depends on the goals you want to achieve. A wrap can be easily removed if you no longer want that colour. A wrap is also good for protecting the original color when you remove the wrap. It is easy to rewrap only a part if you get any damage. Often it is also cheaper to do a car wrapping instead of a paint job.
The downside of wrapping is that it does not look as good as a quality paint job. The parts in your doors, under your bonnet, etc. will still be the original color. Plus, if you choose a poor wrapping quality, the life span will not be very long.
- If you want to wrap your car, spend your money on a high-quality wrap and a good garage to do the wrapping for you. Small dents and damages will be very visible underneath the wrapping.
- You can wrap your car yourself at home if you spend some time researching and learning how to do it.
- The price of car wrap depends a lot on which garage you choose and which car model you have. But the normal price is between $1500 and $5000.
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Hi, I’m Magnus, the owner and the writer of Mechanic Base. I have been working with cars for 10 years, specialized in diagnostics and troubleshooting. I created this blog because I was tired of finding false information on the web while looking for repair information. I hope you enjoy my content!