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Old 11-20-2012, 05:07 PM
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Wrapping?

Would maintaining a wrap job be less expensive than a paint job?

Stuff happens...and sometimes it's unpreventable.

Cars get keyed.
Rock chips.
Salt gets flung at your car.

I know for a fact that repainting a car is expensive (I worked in a body shop).
If one panel gets ruined, you usually have to paint 1-2 more panels just to blend the paint.
Whereas...
If your car gets keyed, they could just remove the wrap on that panel, sand the scratch down, primer it, and re-wrap it.

I don't know.
Would it be less expensive?
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:26 AM
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Would maintaining a wrap job be less expensive than a paint job?

Stuff happens...and sometimes it's unpreventable.

Cars get keyed.
Rock chips.
Salt gets flung at your car.

I know for a fact that repainting a car is expensive (I worked in a body shop).
If one panel gets ruined, you usually have to paint 1-2 more panels just to blend the paint.
Whereas...
If your car gets keyed, they could just remove the wrap on that panel, sand the scratch down, primer it, and re-wrap it.

I don't know.
Would it be less expensive?

The advantages of the wrap is just what you stated can be removed and replaced. I don't think that it would be any more or less than just a paint maintenance.
In the case of a collision repair the car is always going to be expensive regardless of paint or wrap. It the case of rock chips and scratches a wrap would have some advantages over paint. That's why putting a cleat bra on the car is a nice feature to keeping the front of the car in good shape
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:14 PM
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Would maintaining a wrap job be less expensive than a paint job?
YES, you don't need to wax, claybar, polish, use all the stuff you use to keep paint looking great! also no more paying detail shop to do all the work. ONLY thing you may want to buy is PLEXUS for glossy/glossy carbon fiber vinyl. matte vinyls you use nothing but rubbing alcohol to clean off some road tar/ bird crap.

Stuff happens...and sometimes it's unpreventable.

Cars get keyed.
Rock chips.
Salt gets flung at your car.
YES, all this can damage the vinyl as well as your paint underneath. however the vinyl does give you extra protection. vinyl wrap material is A LOT thinner than clear bra vinyl.

If your car gets keyed, they could just remove the wrap on that panel, sand the scratch down, primer it, and re-wrap it.
YES, just peel off the vinyl fix whatever needs fixing if anything at all. rewrap it.

Would it be less expensive?
YES, keep in mind a solid color vinyl 5x5' is around $50.00. carbon fiber/brushed aluminum/leather looking/ chameleon vinyl 5x5' is around $80-120.00 so for example your need to re-wrap your hood, $50-120 for materials, i usually charge $150-200 for labor to do it. takes around 2-3hrs 2 guys. say your fender needs rewrapping, 3x5 material $25-$50, 30min of labor probably charge $50.00 and your done.

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Old 11-21-2012, 04:41 PM
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Would maintaining a wrap job be less expensive than a paint job?
YES, you don't need to wax, claybar, polish, use all the stuff you use to keep paint looking great! also no more paying detail shop to do all the work. ONLY thing you may want to buy is PLEXUS for glossy/glossy carbon fiber vinyl. matte vinyls you use nothing but rubbing alcohol to clean off some road tar/ bird crap.

Stuff happens...and sometimes it's unpreventable.

Cars get keyed.
Rock chips.
Salt gets flung at your car.
YES, all this can damage the vinyl as well as your paint underneath. however the vinyl does give you extra protection. vinyl wrap material is A LOT thinner than clear bra vinyl.

If your car gets keyed, they could just remove the wrap on that panel, sand the scratch down, primer it, and re-wrap it.
YES, just peel off the vinyl fix whatever needs fixing if anything at all. rewrap it.

Would it be less expensive?
YES, keep in mind a solid color vinyl 5x5' is around $50.00. carbon fiber/brushed aluminum/leather looking/ chameleon vinyl 5x5' is around $80-120.00 so for example your need to re-wrap your hood, $50-120 for materials, i usually charge $150-200 for labor to do it. takes around 2-3hrs 2 guys. say your fender needs rewrapping, 3x5 material $25-$50, 30min of labor probably charge $50.00 and your done.

hope that helps!
Wrapping definitely seems to be the way to go.
I appreciate the info.
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