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Vinyl wrap.......maybe not such a good idea.

I was looking at an electric vehicle for sale on the web, and it had the vinyl wrap on it.

Of course the first thing I thought of was problems with the paint so the owner got a wrap job to cover it all.

Anyway, just out of curiosity I decided to find out the life expectancy of this wrap.

According to the link below there are two grades of wrap, calendared and cast vinyl. The cast being the premium.

The life expectancy is around 5 years or so, then you get to do it all over again. I would bet the sun would have faded it a good bit though before the wrap starts to curl at the edges.

How Long Will My Vehicle Wrap Advertising Last?

I know the wrap is mostly used for commercial purposes, but the EV I saw got me thinking.

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Hey Mtrain,

If your looking at putting a wrap on a show car that will mostly just see weekend duty, then a wrap will last a really long time if it is garage kept.

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I have friends who have wrapped cars (Audis & Range Rovers and such) and they look just the same after several years everyday use including through winter. Dont know what effect strong sun would have as we dont get much of that over here! Some have rewrapped or removed the wrap with no ill effects. I suppose it depends on the quality of the job and materials. Would also be interested the experience of others.
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Hey Mtrain,

If your looking at putting a wrap on a show car that will mostly just see weekend duty, then a wrap will last a really long time if it is garage kept.

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No, I was just looking at the vehicle that was for sale that already had the wrap on it.

As for me, I guess until it was really proven I will just stick with paint.

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According to HOT ROD magazine, it cost $3,500 to wrap a 1967 Impala convertible. That's quite a waste of money since it is guaranteed to start failing in five years.

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My work truck if wrapped. Pure junk IMO. I don't think I would want it on anything of mine.

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Well you could pay $15k for a paintjob that is guaranteed to start to fail in 10 years

I didn't realise that it was $3.5k, but it seems like it would be a good way to preserve paint? Maybe not?

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Vinyl wrap doesn't sound very practical to me. If, say, you get a scratch on a quarter panel, or the roof, do you have to re-wrap most of the car?

I don't see how you could repair that stuff.
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Well you could pay $15k for a paintjob that is guaranteed to start to fail in 10 years

I didn't realise that it was $3.5k, but it seems like it would be a good way to preserve paint? Maybe not?
You do know that there are still surviving Ford factory paint jobs on cars from the 60's?

Paint, if you take care of it will last a loooong time if applied right.

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Hmmm! I think I'll get a solid color and have my wife's 65 Vert vinyl wrapped instead of painting it.
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You do know that there are still surviving Ford factory paint jobs on cars from the 60's?

Paint, if you take care of it will last a loooong time if applied right.
Yea, but that was the good stuff, when they were allowed to put lead in the paint!

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A neighbor of mine has her work car wrapped. She was taking the keys out of her pocket and you guessed it. She scratched the wrapped down to the paint.
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So..you just signed up here for absolutely no reason other than to pimp gatorwraps, right?
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