Nothing looks cooler than a custom painted car. A car with customized paint job says a lot about the style, individualism, and wealth of the person driving it. Unfortunately, that last one is because custom painting a car tends to be rather expensive. Fortunately, car wraps offer a cheap alternative that is indistinguishable from the real thing. One of the most popular looks today, for paint or wrap, is the high toned look of matte black wrap.
Advantages to Using Matte Black Wraps
Basically, a car wrap is like a laminate for your car. The wrap is made of vinyl, and easily conforms to any shape of auto body. Not only are car wraps much cheaper than custom paint jobs, but they can be removed in pieces. In other words, if the car is ever damaged in any way, the portion of the wrap over the damaged area can be taken off and a new section easily put in its place, making collision damage much cheaper to repair than if the car was painted. When the time comes to trade in the car, it can easily be restored to its original look without having to take the trade in penalty for changing the original color. If a new color is desired instead, the wrap makes it very easy to get.
Because car wraps can be applied in sections, there are many different custom looks possible with them. Individual sections such as the hood, or roof, or the quarter panels can be wrapped individually, giving the car a two-toned look. Matte black wraps is particularly good for achieving sleek stylish accents to almost any make or model of vehicle. High quality cast vinyl matte black wraps are made out of durable, long lasting vinyl, and should be good for years of wear and tear. Many manufacturers warrantee their wraps against chipping, cracking, and peeling. Calendar vinyl wraps last for just one year, but are significantly cheaper than cast vinyl. When properly installed, they are seamless, and indistinguishable from paint.
The price of a car wrap varies from vendor to vendor. However, between $12 and $16 per square foot for cast vinyl is common for the industry. Ordinary cars and compact SUVs can be wrapped for around $2,000 to $3,000. Larger SUVs, trucks, and vans can be wrapped for $3,000 to $5,000. Large vehicles such as Hummers and tractor trailers can be wrapped for $5,000 to $7,000 on average. Of course, the price will be a little higher if the vehicle has odd contours or a lot of tricky angles and lips that make wrapping into a more difficult and time consuming job. Prices for the cheaper calendar vinyl are about 40 to 50 percent less. Matte black wraps tends to be one of the less expensive wraps. Wraps with bright or unusual colors, or printed designs, tend to cost a little more. Most professionals charge about $50 to $85 per hour for removing the wraps once you are done with them. Professional removal is recommended, to avoid damaging the paint underneath or leaving adhesive residue behind.