How Much Does A Wrap Cost
There are many, many variables that go into pricing a wrap, which makes it almost impossible to provide a static price. Some of the things to consider when inquiring about a quote, are:
- The size of the vehicle.
- Complexity of the job.
- Any design work needed.
- Material Costs.
- Labour/Installation Costs.
What is the expected turnaround time?
This is how our process works:
1. You submit a request for a quote, with the appropriate information that we need to provide you with a price.
2. You either approve or reject the price.
3. If you’re happy with you’re quote, we take a deposit before any work is done (Usually 50%)
4. If any design work is needed, we create multiple mockups for you to choose from. You can make as many adjustments as necessary.
5. Our talented production team will then print out the graphics, laminate them, cut them, and prep for installation.
6. You bring the vehicle in, and we install.
All in all, this process varies on multiple things, which are usually based on the scope of work and any delays in communication (such as lack of response, having to send quotes to higher ups, making lots of adjustments to design, etc.)
In a perfect world, this process takes around 4 business days to a week to complete.
What are the Pros and Cons of wrapping a vehicle?
Just like anything, there are pros and cons to getting your vehicle wrapped.
Starting off with the bad news first.
- If your vehicle is damaged, avoid getting a wrap. Any chips, pockets or any discrepancy in the body of the car can cause the wrap to peel and lift.
- You get what you pay for. If you are on a tight budget, and you look for the cheapest option…chances are you will regret it before the first year even passes.
- Did we mention, you get what you pay for?
- Vinyl Wraps aren’t for everyone. Some people prefer the look of paint.
- If taken care of improperly, the wrap can get damaged quite easily.
Now, time for the good news.
- Highly Customizable. Due to the nature of the material, it allows for incredible amounts of customization.
- Downtime. A full vehicle wrap could take anywhere from a full day, to two days max. Whereas paint, could take around a week+ due to the process.
- It protects your paint. Not only does the wrap look great, it also acts as a protective shield for the paint underneath.
- Can be removed at any time.
Is it cheaper to wrap, or paint a vehicle?
When it comes to affordability, wrapping is obviously the cheaper option. However, a good wrap will still cost you a few dollars (and rightfully so). Too many times have we had a customer come in, with a wrap that was done for pennies…and now we have to fix it. Cheap wraps are horrible for multiple reasons, such as:
- Harming the image of your company.
- Causing damage to your vehicle (Scratches, peeling paint, etc)
- Having to pay for the initial wrap costs, then having it repaired and redone in a year or so when the cheap vinyl comes apart.
Wrapping might look easy, however it is very complicated and while many people think it can just be done easily without error..that is not the case. Painting is an even more complex process, especially if the wanted design for the vehicle is detailed. The average wrap (when done correctly using proper materials) will last you 5-7+ years if taken care of, which brings me to the next point.
How to ensure wrap longevity.
While the materials we use for our vehicle wraps are meant to take a beating, there are still some best practices you should follow to ensure that your vehicle wrap stands the test of time.
Wash Regularly. If your car looks dirty, you need to wash it. The small dirt, oils, and contaminants can cause harm to your wrap and become increasingly difficult to remove as time passes.
A few rules of thumb:
- Do no use any abrasive polishes or cutting compounds.
- Do not use any polishing or wax products on matte or textured films.
- Use all purpose cleaner if there is wax or wax residue on the surface.
- Only use Isopropyl alcohol and water (2:1) on Matte or Satin vinyls.
Use one or more of the following (listed in order) to clean depending on how difficult the cleaning is.
- Hot, soapy water solution
- Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and water (ratio 2:1)
- Simple Green® All-Purpose Cleaner
- Household chlorine bleach; followed by IPA/water (#2)
- Mineral spirits; followed by IPA/water (#2)
Store Indoors, when available. Vinyl graphics (just like paint) are degraded by prolonged exposure to sun and atmospheric pollutants, particularly on the horizontal surfaces such as hood, trunk lid and roof. Whenever possible, store in a garage or at least in a shaded area during the day. At night protect the car from dew or rain, which may contain acidic pollutants (a common problem in many large metropolitan areas). When a garage is not available, consider using a cloth car cover at night. If your graphics start to discolor or turn brown, immediately remove the graphics from the vehicle to avoid staining the underlying paint.
A cheap job, versus our high-quality repair.
As you can see, there are three different types of jobs. Cheap, Quick, and Good. If you want a quick & good job, it won’t be cheap. If you want a quick & cheap job, it won’t be good. And if you want a cheap & good job, it won’t be quick. As much as we would love to provide all three, in the world of business it’s physically impossible. Here at AngelStar, we take pride in providing a quick & good service. We get more complaints about pricing, than the finalized product. So if you’re looking for a cheap job, that will fall apart…look elsewhere.