As professional mechanics and car enthusiasts we have heard, as well as, participated in the debate over traditional paint jobs & vinyl vehicle wraps. Although vinyl wraps are gathering more attention and popularity, the truth is they have been around for a long time! Only now are people really understanding the pros and cons to this “paint” alternative. We thought we’d give you our take on which we prefer and deem a better investment. We may be a bit biased on our viewpoint because we are totally pro vinyl wraps.
Vinyl Wrap Benefits
- Cost- If we are honest, cost is a very big piece of the decision when deciding to paint or alter the body of your vehicle. A traditional paint job can be quite spendy once all is said & done. Especially because with either a vinyl wrap or paint job you get what you pay for. Meaning it is undoubtedly worth it to spend a bit more for the use of HIGH QUALITY materials. In the end even with the use of high quality vinyl wraps you end up paying about ⅓ of the price of a traditional paint job.
- Marketing & Advertising Purposes- A lot of people choose vinyl wraps over traditional paint for the marketing and advertising benefits. In fact we spoke with the owner of www.orlandoautowrap.com and he told us that the number of fleet wraps he does for large companies as well as a small amount of vehicles for smaller businesses almost out numbers the wraps done for shear image purposes. Jason, Orlando Wraps owner, knew his numbers very well actually. He informed us that vinyl wraps are the most affordable form of advertising for any business and calculate out to about 1$ for each impression(person). Not to mention the size and demographic of audience that you are able to leave impressions with.
- Maintenance- Another selling aspect is the low maintenance of vinyl wraps. You can spray down your vehicle with a hose to remove most dirt and grime or use a light soapy water for harder grime. With traditional paint jobs you have to wash and wax them frequently to keep up the quality and appearance. Another great piece of info is that a vinyl wrap actually protects the underlying paint job. Which leads us to……..
- Versatility- Vinyl wraps protect the original paint job which means they don’t actually alter your original paint on your car. Should you choose to paint your vehicle the original paint job is lost forever unless you pay to have it painted back to resemble the original color. With a vinyl wrap you can enjoy it’s appearance for generally 6-8 years if using high quality materials. When you choose to remove the wrap your original paint job is intact still with virtually no damage or aging signs.
Although it basically comes down to the preference of the vehicle owner when choosing vinyl wraps over traditional paint, there are some great benefits to going with a vinyl wrap. Should you choose to paint or wrap your car we strongly advised that you acquire the services of professional & reputable paint or wrap specialist. The quality of the materials or product you use should be considered and the use of high quality materials should always be used for the best outcomes. There are do it yourself vinyl wrapping kits but remember it’s harder than it may look. Precision and attention to detail as well as over all professional skills are worth the extra money you will pay to have it done by a professional.