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Old 04-24-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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Default Vehicle wrap

I think this is a cheap alternative to painting a car. Have anyone ever use them? I have a jeep I would like to do in matte black. It cost $80 for 5 x 4 feet sheet.
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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It's great if you let a professional do it, it's an art form to lay this stuff, and the good wrap is custom cut for your vehicle etc. All in all it doesn't necessarily mean it'll be that much cheaper than a respray, however, for people who want an unconventional colour or pattern on their car, but want to retain it's resale value, it can be a good alternative when the car is new, seeing as it also preserves the paint underneath it. Peel it off and sell a 5 year old car with a good as new paintjob
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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It's great if you let a professional do it, it's an art form to lay this stuff, and the good wrap is custom cut for your vehicle etc. All in all it doesn't necessarily mean it'll be that much cheaper than a respray, however, for people who want an unconventional colour or pattern on their car, but want to retain it's resale value, it can be a good alternative when the car is new, seeing as it also preserves the paint underneath it. Peel it off and sell a 5 year old car with a good as new paintjob
I was looking at a video showing how its done.
YouTube - Ferrari F430 Stealth They use sheet rolls. My jeep need a new paint. I wanted to save a few hundred and try this. $80 a roll for a 5 x 4 sheet. 4 rolls should be plenty for a jeep.
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I was looking at a video showing how its done.
YouTube - Ferrari F430 Stealth They use sheet rolls. My jeep need a new paint. I wanted to save a few hundred and try this. $80 a roll for a 5 x 4 sheet. 4 rolls should be plenty for a jeep.
You could always try, at $80 it's not like it'll ruin you, but I have friends who work with this and it's in no way easy, at least not if you want a lasting good result.
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Old 04-24-2010, 01:34 PM
 
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I wonder if it would chip off or discolor after a few months. Especially a daily driver. A factory painted car has multiple coats of paint and clearcoat, and then it's baked on. With vinyl there's not much protection. Might wanna ask around a little more 1st.
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Old 04-24-2010, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I wonder if it would chip off or discolor after a few months. Especially a daily driver. A factory painted car has multiple coats of paint and clearcoat, and then it's baked on. With vinyl there's not much protection. Might wanna ask around a little more 1st.
It comes in different thicknesses and it's very durable, at least if you buy the good kind. It won't chip, bubble nor discolour either, if it's done well.

I know there's companies where I live that have proved that their vinyl actually holds up better than pain, and protects the paint underneath it as well.
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Old 04-24-2010, 02:17 PM
 
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I just got an estimate for $1500 to cover my jeep, with one year warranty from a local shop. I'll rather pay $1500 for a black matte paint job instead.
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Old 04-24-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I just got an estimate for $1500 to cover my jeep, with one year warranty from a local shop. I'll rather pay $1500 for a black matte paint job instead.
Understandable, though beware that Matte black paint jobs can get shiny after a while if you clean them a lot with sponges etc.

vinyl wrap, in my opinion, is a better option when the car is new, as it'll preserve the paint job, making it more attractive on the used car market, at the same time you can indulge in your desires for "crazy" and fun colours etc. (I wouldn't spray a brand new BMW M3 matte black, but I could easily be compelled to cover it in vinyl).

Here in Norway, I know of several companies that'll do full wrap on cars for around $5.000 with a 10 year warranty, sometimes longer.
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Old 04-24-2010, 08:28 PM
 
Location: San Bruno, CA
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I was going to mention that a good wrap job would likely cost more than a respray but it looks like you've already found out.
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Old 04-25-2010, 05:57 PM
 
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for $5000 though you could get the car painted twice
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