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Media post: Should You Re-paint or Wrap Your Car?

Thinking about changing the color of your car? Years ago that meant an expensive paint job but today you have another option: getting a car wrap. You undoubtedly know what paint jobs are all about but wrapping is still new to many prople. In this article, we will look at what car wrapping is and what is a better option for your car, painting or wrapping. Both options have some advantages and some drawbacks.

What Is Car Wrapping?

Wrapping is a way of changing your car paintwork by sticking a layer of plastic vinyl over the top of your car’s paintwork. The vinyl can be clear to protect the paintwork, or you can choose from a huge range of colours. The manager at Miller Honda of Winchester, VA told us that car wrapping is a complicated process that needs a trained technician, who will properly prepare the surface of your car, and then apply the plastic layer to all panels, cutting it to fit and blend in seamlessly by hand.

Advantages/Disadvantages

1) Removal – When you repaint a car, the results are permanent. There is no going back. Car wraps, on the other hand, are completely removable. Moreover, a car wrap will not damage the paint underneath and will keep it protected until removed.

2) Process Time – Painting a car takes a lot of time. Old paint needs to be removed first, and every layer of paint applied to your car will need a certain period of time to dry (often overnight). Therefore, repainting a car can take anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks. In most cases, you will need to wait for at least a week before your car is ready for driving.

When it comes to car wraps, the whole process takes much less time. Once you get the car to the shop where you want your car wrapped, they will need to wash the car first. After that, they just place the wrap over your vehicle and apply heat to activate the adhesive. Overall, wrapping a car shouldn’t take more than 2-3 days.

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