Should I Wrap My Car or Paint It? | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

Should I Wrap My Car or Paint It? | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

Car wraps have grown in popularity as an alternative to changing your car’s appearance. But there are still some common misconceptions when comparing wrap vs paint jobs. We'll start with the biggest misconception of them all:

Wrapping to fix a bad paint job
Doing a car wrap to fix a bad paint job is not a viable option. You always need good paint to start with. Any imperfections in the paint will show through the wrap — especially those that are textured.

Wrapping is cheaper than paint
Car wraps are not always cheaper. The material itself is expensive and many hours need to be put in to complete a quality car wrap. Like paint, a lot of experience is involved in wrapping and only highly skilled people can perform the job flawlessly. There is a time to paint and a time to wrap. In most instances, a car wrap job will cost the same as painting your car and price will vary on quality. A low-quality paint job will likely cost less than a high-quality wrap. In the end, you want a high-quality result.

Why you should wrap
Wrapping your car won't affect the resale value. It can actually work in your favour because you are covering the paint, thus protecting it from UV rays, contamination, scratches, debris, and paint chips. 

Furthermore, there are some colors, finishes, and effects that can be done with vinyl, that cannot be easily accomplished with paint. Such as chrome, color shift, pearl, and satin finishes.

Why you should paint
The original paint is in bad condition and will not accept a vinyl wrap. The paint imperfections will show through the wrap and even if it were to be wrapped, peeling the wrap off will likely pull the bad paint up with it. A paint job can look better and deeper than a wrap.




Penney Auto Body & Glass, Vancouver’s Auto Body Collision Repair Shop, is an expert in paint and body repair and cares about the welfare of your car and your personal safety. If you get involved in an automotive accident or you're a victim of a vehicle break-in or theft be sure to contact Penney Auto Body for your auto body, collision repair, and car painting services.


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