When it comes to altering the appearance of your personal or work truck, it can be difficult to determine if you should wrap it or paint it. While both options can completely transform the look of your truck, they differ in many ways. As a leading provider of vinyl truck wraps for business and personal use, the team at Wrap Guys knows how difficult it can be to make a final decision for your vehicle. That is why we have compiled some information to compare painting vs. wrapping a truck to help you determine which option is best for your needs and budget.
Should You Paint or Wrap Your Truck?
Though paint and vinyl are both great ways to alter the appearance of your truck, they differ in the following ways:
Installation and Removal
If you wish to repaint your truck, the old paint will need to be removed first for optimal results. Once the old paint has been removed, multiple coats will need to be applied and given time to dry, resulting in a costly and time-consuming process. If you change your mind about the paint, you will need to repeat the process and try for a different colour or design, further increasing costs. With vinyl wraps, no paint removal is required to alter the appearance of your vehicle. Instead, a vinyl wrap is directly installed on top of your current paint, preserving the original appearance of your vehicle beneath the vinyl. This allows you to easily remove the wrap if you decide that you are unhappy with it or if you change your company branding down the road.
Customization and Complexity
When painting your truck, the price of the project will vary based on the level of customization and complexity of the final design. While a single-colour paint job is comparable to a full wrap solution in terms of cost, complex jobs with multiple colours, images, logos, and text will cost considerably more due to the additional labour requirements. Vinyl wraps are far easier and cheaper to customize as all images, logos, and text can be printed on the same layer of vinyl. This means that vinyl truck wraps will remain fairly consistent in terms of price regardless of the design. Vinyl wraps can also be safely applied over windows while paint cannot, allowing you to customize more of your vehicle or use additional space for advertising your business.
Durability and Maintenance
Paint varies in durability based on the quality of the paint and how it was applied to the vehicle. While high-quality paint is durable, it requires significant washing and waxing to keep it looking great and free of chips or other imperfections. The durability of vinyl will also vary based on the quality of the materials used, though most reputable car wrap installers will only use high-quality materials like 3M vinyl. In terms of maintenance, vinyl wraps only require occasional cleaning with a cloth and soapy water to maintain their appearance and durability. This means that high-quality vinyl is as durable as high-quality paint while requiring less maintenance over time.
If you are deciding between painting or wrapping your truck, a vinyl wrap is a simple and easily reversible choice that often costs less than paint. This makes vinyl a great option for personal customization and business advertising alike.
To learn more about our vinyl truck wraps or to discuss the details of your project, get in touch with the team at Wrap Guys. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or your wrap ideas.