In addition to personalizing the look of your vehicle by tinting the windows you can wrap it in vinyl. Vehicle wraps are a non-committal way of changing or customizing your vehicle's appearance since vinyl can be easily peeled away to reveal the original paint. It's kind of like wearing gold jewellery as opposed to owning a bunch of gold bars hidden away in a vault. You get enjoyment from wearing gold chains and rings while it appreciates in value (ideally). With vinyl wrap you get to enjoy a new and custom look all the while knowing your original paint job is totally protected, save from the largest rocks dings and dents.
Since vinyl wrap is generally less expensive and quicker to complete than a full paint job or paint refresh, some car owners choose to wrap their vehicles in vinyl films to spruce up a tired looking paint job. Also, some of the patterns available in vinyl wraps would be prohibitively expensive to paint.
There are two types of wraps (but in a minute we will discuss why we only recommend one type for your car or truck) and within those two categories there are various colours and textures such as carbon fibre, matte finish, camouflage (camo), iridescent, colour changing (known as gecko) and many others to suit your desired look.
The first type of wrap is known as calendar wrap, and unless you intend to have it somewhat permanently affixed to your vehicles body panels (such as for a business where you intend to advertise your company for the lifecycle of the vehicle) we don't recommend it. While it is more durable in the sense that it is a thicker material and able to withstand rocks and abrasion better, this added thickness makes it less conformable to your vehicles curves and crevices and is more likely to improperly expand on hot days and any sharp corners or crevices will start to delaminate. It also requires a much tackier adhesive which can make it difficult to remove without scaring the underlying paint. We would typically reserve calendar vinyl for storefront advertising as opposed to vehicle applications. Although it is a less expensive option (upwards of 50% cheaper) it ends up requiring more maintenance which can wind up costing you more and is best left applied to flat smooth surfaces and not shapely car body panels.
The second type of wrap or vinyl film is cast wrap (our recommended application for your vehicle(s)) and is a lighter more pliable film that is much better at perfectly conforming to even the most complex contours on your vehicle. It also uses a mild adhesive which allows you to easily remove the wrap when it has either tired from sun exposure or you tire of the look.
Ask us about our various vinyl wrap packages and let us help you fall back in love with your ride.
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