View Full Version : vinal wraps=the future?


Carbon Camaro
02-06-2011, 11:12:04 PM
i think vinal wraps are the future of cheap paint jobs. what do ya think. im gonna do it to my cars. after painting a few cars and seeing all the flaws after all the work, and sanding clears i am gonna wrap cars from now on asuming it lays down flat.seems pretty simple and easy to make perfect with enough time. plus its so cheap. 700$ for a perfect job, seems good to me.

Marks71BB
02-06-2011, 11:13:44 PM
Show me some examples? Got any more info on these wraps? links?

vfw_1168
02-06-2011, 11:17:30 PM
Yea carbon fill us in ....interested in that information here too

masparks
02-06-2011, 11:17:39 PM
alot of race cars are using wraps! power block did a nova a couple yrs. ago?

QUAKE_WARS
02-06-2011, 11:18:24 PM
alot of race cars are using wraps! power block did a nova a couple yrs. ago?

That was cool :bowtie:

greencamaro1981
02-06-2011, 11:21:34 PM
yes i have seen lots of cars at shows with wraps but they are not perfevt and will never look right my opinion


an example of a wrap is all the monster trucks usually they are just huge stickers

wookie
02-06-2011, 11:22:27 PM
Wraps I priced run $3500+...Where you gettin' 'em so cheap???

QUAKE_WARS
02-06-2011, 11:23:30 PM
Wraps I priced run $3500+...

:eek: ..

frankz
02-06-2011, 11:24:14 PM
Wraps I priced run $3500+...Where you gettin' 'em so cheap???

That equals 10 Maaco paint jobs!

skatinjay27
02-06-2011, 11:24:56 PM
i have never seen a GOOD QUALITY wrap job that looks like paint from as little as 3-5 feet aways cost $700...
good quality wraps are 2 to 3 k.

Chevrolaine
02-06-2011, 11:43:54 PM
Ya, a $700.00 wrap job is gonna make Maacos worst look good. Average good wrap job is $2500.00 plus.
Any bad scratches or imperfections under the wrap show up just as they would on a paint job. Prep is key! Even on wraps!

71RS/SS396
02-06-2011, 11:51:15 PM
I saw this stuff at SEMA http://www.wraptivo.com/ at I thought it was paint until the guy in the booth said it was a wrap but as mention above 3-4K by the time you have it installed.

jthomas
02-06-2011, 11:53:32 PM
I just read an article in Popular Mechanics about a new paint that will be out in 1-2 years that when scratched will "heal" itself when exposed to the sun's UV rays. Now I would like to see that really work :confused: :eek:

Wookie...have you heard of that stuff?

Twisted_Metal
02-07-2011, 12:18:54 AM
I just read an article in Popular Mechanics about a new paint that will be out in 1-2 years that when scratched will "heal" itself when exposed to the sun's UV rays. Now I would like to see that really work :confused: :eek:

Wookie...have you heard of that stuff?

Self healing paint is here.... Infiniti uses it already.

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Ryan 79
02-07-2011, 12:34:08 AM
Wraps don't last very long, 6 months or so, maybe a year. So be prepared to have your car wrapped a bunch of times.

Look closely at fleet vans that are covered in wraps. 90% of them WILL develop bubbles that just get bigger and bigger.

Carbon Camaro
02-07-2011, 01:59:18 AM
i think they will last unless you park it in high heat direct sun light for days. and to fill the rest of yall in they are made by 3m. called 3m vinal wraps.20feet x 4 feet is less than 700$ check stickercity.com out. all gloss colors available, plus matte silver, black and white, plus immitation carbon fiber and brushed aluminium (what im getting) for a little extra dough. im gonna do a truck with fiberglass fenders in black this month i'll let you guys know how it goes. i will be applying it myself with a buddy to keep cost down.

frankz
02-07-2011, 02:02:03 AM
How would you deal with the seams?

Carbon Camaro
02-07-2011, 03:30:22 AM
seems? like fender to door? you cut it and it wraps around. there are a million videoson applications of this stuff, it is pretty amazing. it comes with a heat gun and soap.

Carbon Camaro
02-07-2011, 06:57:22 AM
some examples of wraps. they really look show quality. paint prep is the easy part for me, i just cant lay paint down perfectly flat no matter what, and sanding after paint is my least favorite thing to do in the world so i hope this turns out perfect like these.

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.bmwblog.com/wp-content/uploads/img_6170.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.bmwblog.com/2009/05/03/bmw-335i-inmatte-black/&usg=__mZXOgShMbol7-aLdoGFFWGiq8iE=&h=667&w=1000&sz=292&hl=en&start=8&zoom=1&tbnid=JTvafp-UqlHLgM:&tbnh=99&tbnw=149&ei=pMlPTfXyCpC8sAPN3eWMCg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dvinyl%2Bwrap%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://simg.sina.com.hk/cp/0/0028/6801/2/p.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.nsxprime.com/forums/showthread.php%3Ft%3D107772&usg=__sXqdKtL5l3yGX0bNv6C2DwrMnno=&h=314&w=470&sz=33&hl=en&start=46&zoom=1&tbnid=L-92e7Odt3lccM:&tbnh=86&tbnw=129&ei=0slPTejQF43msQOarqWXCg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dvinyl%2Bwrap%26start%3D42%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1

http://www.stickercity.com/skin1/images/news/slr-matte-black-wrap.jpg

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.motorworldhype.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/wrecked_mag_350z_small.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.motorworldhype.com/tag/spotted/&usg=__rM0MSikm7cBGOKGsBOMpdDhh2_Y=&h=333&w=500&sz=72&hl=en&start=119&zoom=1&tbnid=Ryp9SBcwMHwcLM:&tbnh=87&tbnw=130&ei=U85PTaaFCI24sQOuq_GnCg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dvinyl%2Bwrap%2Baluminium%26start%3D105%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1

CamaroMan79
02-07-2011, 08:44:53 AM
People are right in saying a good wrap job is several thousands of dollars. When I studied computer graphics at PTI we did a lot of custom vinyl wraps on vehicles, and a good quality job will cost you $$$$. Although none of the wraps we did were just one color. Most of them were designs and patterns.

Chevrolaine
02-07-2011, 09:45:19 AM
20feet x 4 feet is less than 700$

But that'll only do one side of a car.:confused:

2ndgenguy
02-07-2011, 11:17:44 AM
But that'll only do one side of a car.:confused:


Looks like a typo, I checked out the site and it's more like 5ft x 50ft for 650, at least on the matte finishes I checked out. I thought some of the stuff was pretty cool, don't know if I would do a whole car, but I can think of some nice applications for the stuff.

2ndgenguy
02-07-2011, 11:21:00 AM
They had a pretty good write-up on vinyl in hot rod awhile back. http://www.hotrod.com/techarticles/body/hrdp_0910_custom_vinyl_wrap/index.html

hhott71
02-07-2011, 11:39:36 AM
There is no such ting as 700$

Chevrolaine
02-07-2011, 12:06:02 PM
There is no such ting as 700$
What does "ting" mean?:confused: :screwup: lol

Matt T
02-07-2011, 12:47:22 PM
I think in the long run it won't hold up, but please keep us posted.

On the Infiniti self-healing paint that Twisted posted:
I love how they are scratching it with a brass wire brush. I mean the technology is cool, but this basically means it will "heal" from buffing scratches and minor abrasions. If you drive a car you are guaranteed to have full on chips and deeper scratches after a couple years that I don't think this stuff will fix.

POS71RS
02-07-2011, 02:34:12 PM
Save some money on square footage by installing tube doors!

79406RS
02-07-2011, 04:11:36 PM
Im done!

Marks71BB
02-07-2011, 04:21:28 PM
I'd hate to have to remove that "wrap" after its been on the vehicle for a long period of time, like if the vehicle gets in an accident.
Just makes it easier to clean up afterwards. The wrap acts like a giant plastic baggie and holds all the little pieces & parts together.

Diggin the avatar Pop Tart!

Blu-By-U 79Z
02-07-2011, 04:27:19 PM
if you just want the satin look spray that hot rod black paint on it. Either way the body has to be straight or it will look like crap. But i dont think a wrap will ever look as good as paint. I want my car shiny.

Carbon Camaro
02-07-2011, 04:48:15 PM
yeah its like 5 x 50 for less than 700 for solid colors like the gloss black im lookin to put on my silverado. the brushed aluminium(for the camaro) and immitation carbon is like double that. but i have a giant real carbon stripe down the middle of my car so i wont need so much vynal. the brushed aluminum is what caught my eye, you cant get that effect with paint. i hope it looks good in person, gonna get some samples first. if it looks like this (below) i will be soooo happy.
http://www.stickercity.com/3M-Brushed-Aluminum-Vinyl-Wrap-Sheet.html

70sbudget
02-07-2011, 05:54:44 PM
Wraps don't last very long, 6 months or so, maybe a year. So be prepared to have your car wrapped a bunch of times.

Look closely at fleet vans that are covered in wraps. 90% of them WILL develop bubbles that just get bigger and bigger.


my company has 3 trucks wrapped. all 3 have held up differently. no wrap is perfect and just like pain, has flaws. some HORIBLE others, bareable. it will look like a tajuana paint job when you open the doors, why? the door jambs will not be wrapped. no substitute for detail.

1ATony
02-07-2011, 06:16:33 PM
I've seen some pretty cool wraps in my day.Might be a great alternative.

earlysecond
02-07-2011, 07:09:22 PM
Reminds me of a car condom and I do NOT like condoms.

I failed at getting the expensive screen saver for my new phone on perfectly. . .can't imagine doing a whole car.

I would rather cut an buff paint BUT Carbon, I respect the fact that you do not. Certainly interested in your results so please share.

Rich Schmidt
02-07-2011, 07:37:08 PM
I looked into it last summer for my new race car. I wanted to get my next car wrapped to look like an elaborate candy apple 70's era custom job. I wanted it with color fades,intricate patterns ect. The job was going to cost $3500 and wouldn't have any depth to it. It would have an overlay that would both protect it and let me wax it. You should have it professionally installed. They heat it up and stretch it to fit all the contours of the car.

3M says the wrap is great for lease vehicles because it comes off easily at trade in time,and protects the finish underneath. I am still on the fence about it.

Camaro GT
02-08-2011, 01:48:03 AM
at the previous car dealer i worked at they did wraps on the shuttle bus, courtesy cars, promotional cars ect...

you can tell its a wrap from 100 yards (mostly because its decaled up like a nascar), but iam always impressed with how good it looks up close the installers are fantastic at hiding the seams... anyone who has tried to put a sticker on something and got a bubble could really appreciate the job hehe

i have personally helped remove a wrap that was on a car for about 6 months it wasnt too bad! heat it up with a heat gun and pull slowly.... took me and the wash boy 45 minutes to remove!

i would be interested in how much it would cost i had never thought of wrapping a camaro before

(edit: ps. that dealership was so cheap i cant imagine them paying much for a wrap)