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Vehicle Wraps: The Pros & Cons

Why Choose a Vehicle Wrap?

You can choose a vinyl wrap for a vehicle for many great reasons. Here are some of the pros of getting one:

Low Cost

The low cost of a vehicle vinyl wrap is one of the most appealing features. A full vehicle wrap costs a fraction of the price of a quality paint job.

Less Downtime

A quality car paint job is a big job. From the preparation work, to priming to the dry time between coats of paint, it all adds up. If you opt to repaint a vehicle it can be several days if not weeks before it is complete depending on the complexity and quality of the job.

The great thing about vinyl is that it the turnaround time is much faster.  The major preparation tasks are ensuring that the vehicle is clean and that the design is finalized. Installation of the wrap on the actual vehicle can be complete in 1 or 2 days.

Variety of Options

Vinyl wraps come in a wider variety of finish and color options than paint. Just about any color that you paint a vehicle can be matched with vinyl. Today, several companies are offering color-shifting vinyl wraps that transition from one color to the next depending on the light angle. It is even possible to give each color a different finish such as matte, gloss, satin, or semi-gloss. It is also possible to use vinyl to mimic other materials such as leather, stainless steel, chrome, or even carbon fiber.

Removability

If you ever decide to go back to the vehicle’s original paint, or even a completely new color, you can easily remove and replace vinyl.

Protection of Your Vehicle’s Paint

The use of vinyl to wrap your vehicle is a great way to ensure protection of the original job. If you ever want to sell the vehicle, you can quickly remove the vinyl wrap to reveal a pristine paint job underneath.

Digital Design

You can customize vinyl wraps with digitally printed designs, which allows you to create an unmistakable appearance for your vehicle. A quick Instagram or Google search will show you incredible designs that are possible with vinyl. You will come across vehicles wrapped to resemble old or warplanes or even new supercars that have been wrapped to look like they are covered in the patina of sitting in the desert sun for a very long time. Digital designs are also an incredibly cost-effective option when it comes to using your vehicle for advertising. Visit www.imagegroupuk.com to find out more.

What about the Cons?

The downsides of using vinyl to wrap your vehicle are indeed minimal and the things that may be considered drawbacks could be the same caveats that are applied to all forms and areas of customization.

What you pay for is Exactly What You Get

Vinyl is not all created equal. You get exactly what you pay for. We offer high-quality vinyl that won’t damage your vehicle’s paint and will still provide a great look as well as durability. Other brands might have a similar look and feel, but they will probably be less durable and discolour or fade over time. Even worse, a low-quality vinyl can damage your paint once removed, which is why you should only choose high-quality vinyl.

You Get What You Pay For

To give your vehicle a beautiful paint job requires a professional. In a similar fashion, doing a quality vinyl wrap requires a professional. If you choose an unprofessional installer, you risk causing serious damage to your vehicle. Vinyl has to be cut during application. A professional can and will do this without causing any damage to the original paint. In contrast, an amateur is likely to leave rough edges along curves and panels. It may look good from a short distance away, but a poor vinyl installation can ruin an otherwise well-built vehicle, just like a poor paint job. You must ensure that the installer is not only trained but also certified to install vinyl.

Is It As Good as a Paint Job?

The argument that can be made here is that the character and depth that a high-quality paint job can offer is superior to vinyl wrap. However, if installed properly and done with premium vinyl, a wrap can match the appearance of all except for the upper echelon of paint jobs but at a fraction of the cost.

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