Pros and Cons: Should You PAINT or WRAP Your Car?

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Right, since there has obviously been a steady increase in the number of “wrapped” cars that you’ll see both in car shows, and around the streets of Metro Manila, many people have been asking the question – “Should I Paint or Wrap My Car? What are the Differences? What are the Pros and Cons?” Needless to say, we took the matter into our own hands and we’re here today to answer just that.

Rest assured that this is a no bull$#!+ response. And please note that we won’t be talking about the el cheapo stickers you can get on the side streets. We’ll be talking about legitimate high-quality Automotive Wraps versus a legitimate high-quality paint job. So here goes…


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Well, to tell you the truth, there is no simple answer to this. Why? Because a high-quality Automotive Wrap simply cannot be compared with even a high-quality Paint job. They are two different animals. As they say, you can’t compare apples to oranges. Let me explain further by giving an example…

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Let’s say you just bought a brand new Ferrari, in the highly-valued Ferrari Red color.

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The next day, you go to a Supercar meet, and found it hard to find your car in the parking lot, because there are just too many club members who have cars in Ferrari Red.

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So you decided that you wanted to change the color, so you could have a stand-out presence in the next Supercar meet. Well, try having a paint color change done to a Ferrari. Regardless of the cost of having it repainted, what do you think will happen to the car’s resale value? That’s right, it will most likely depreciate.

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Enter Automotive Wraps. Sure, some high-quality Automotive Wraps may cost more or less twice the amount of a high-quality paint job, but people who are in-the-know install Automotive Wraps because high-end vinyls are actually PROTECTION for your paint! No more paint fading due to prolonged sun exposure, damage due to stone chips, abrasion, or other natural hazards. High-quality Automotive Wraps are made of very durable material that act as a shield, protecting your precious paint for years to come.

Moreover, certain high-quality Automotive Wraps provide long-term warranty for fading and removability. Certain wraps will last you at least 5 years, with warranty.

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Another scenario is, what if upon purchasing your vehicle, you may have wanted something different, or possibly a color, or theme that is not available in factory paint. Well, with vinyl wraps, you can turn your car fantasy into reality.

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With vinyl wraps, you have countless color options. Apart from the normal glossy finish similar to paint, there are special vinyls that offer metallic finishes, brushed steel, chrome and matte finish, and even digitally printed custom designs, like the Ford Focus in Ken Block theme you see above. It will allow you to stand out from all the others, as you’ll definitely have a unique vehicle. With paint, you may get the color you want, but not in special finishes like these.

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Once you get tired of the color or theme, and you start looking for change, then just remove it and choose a new color! By the way, this is the same Ford Focus shown above, formerly in the Ken Block theme.

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Transform your vehicle every few years…

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…and keep everyone guessing if you bought a new car or not!

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Or enter successive car shows…

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…with different color themes for more excitement!

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Later, if you decide to sell the car, you can remove the wrap safely, keeping the factory paint, along with the car’s resale value, intact. You can’t say the same for any paint job. Notice that this matte orange wrapped Mercedes C63 AMG’s original white paint, as seen under the hood.

Once you select a color and finish, you are assured to get exactly what you chose. Unlike paint, where your paint guy can have miscalculations and turn your dream Ferrari red to McDonald’s red. There can also be errors in paint application, where some areas may chip or fade after a while.

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With vinyl wraps, you can also color match your car with your bike, your boat, your gadgets, etc. Vinyl is extremely versatile with lots of surfaces. How cool would it be if you had a matte orange BMW and a Macbook air with the same skin?


Once you do decide on it, installation time for vinyl wraps take around 2 to 3 days depending on how much cleaning and dismantling needs to be done. Here’s a video of how it’s done to a Porsche. Paint, on the other hand, will set you back without a ride for up to 2 weeks!

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For maintenance, if you’re getting tired of constantly waxing your vehicle, then I have good news for you. Vehicle wraps are extremely easy to maintain and will look brand new once again from only hand washing with soap and water. Another effective form of caring for your wrap is to use a microfiber rag and 70% alcohol to wash away any dirt or smudges. Vinyl wrap life is also affected if you constantly leave it outside in the sun, causing the wrap to fade quicker. Keeping your vehicle in the garage when not in use will maximize your wraps lifespan, and may safely be removed within the warranty period, with the assurance that it will NOT affect your paint.

As for damage, paint damage on just 1 panel will set you back another 1 to 2 weeks. But vinyl damage takes only 1 day to repair. And once you wrap the car and cover the paint, you’re once again protecting and preserving it from the natural elements for years to come.

And did I say that high end wraps come with WARRANTY for fading and removability? Again, you can’t say the same for any paint job.

So there you have it. Sure, high quality automotive vinyl wraps may cost more or less twice the amount of a high quality paint job. But if you’re after Protection, Warranty, Color and Theme Options, Easy Maintenance and Damage Repair, and Preserving your car’s Resale Value, then High Quality Automotive Vinyl Wraps are for you.

High-Quality Automotive Wraps vs. High-Quality Paint Job:

Lower Cost: Winner = Paint
Theme/Color Options: Winner = Wrap
Installation Time: Winner = Wrap
Protection: Winner = Wrap
Warranty: Winner = Wrap
Easy Maintenance: Winner = Wrap
Damage Repair: Winner = Wrap
Long Lasting, Safe Removal: Winner = Wrap
Vehicle Resale Value: Winner = Wrap

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3 Responses to Pros and Cons: Should You PAINT or WRAP Your Car?

  1. sorentosx_guy says:

    This very important advantage of wrap VS paint change is not mentioned here:

    With Vinyl wrap, you don’t have to chage your registration details (i.e paint color change) because vinyl wrap is considered as ‘sticker’ which means it doesn’t really alter the paint of the car. Repainting you car means going to LTO and having your registration altered.

  2. KIARIOEX says:

    “No need to change registration” is that for real, even if you wrap the whole car?

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