In the past, you only had 1 option if you wanted to upgrade the look of your vehicle: repainting it. However, that was before vinyl wrap emerged as a cheaper and more mainstream product. Car wrapping is now gaining traction within the community for its affordable prices.
To help you make an informed decision for your next car makeover, here’s our comparison between car wrap and car spray paint in Singapore!
Process of spray painting a car
Step 1: Prepare the surface of the car
First, the body is completely cleaned, degreased and polished with sandpaper to remove any mild scratches and paint marks.
Step 2: Prime the exterior of the car
A primer is then applied to ensure better absorption of the paint.
Additionally, using a primer will help to lengthen the lifespan of the paint job. It also acts as an added protection for the surface of the car.
Step 3: Apply the paint
After the primer has dried and hardened, a preliminary coat of paint is applied with a spray gun. Using a spray gun can help to evenly coat the surface of the car.
After an hour or so, the second coat of paint is applied. Once all coats have been applied and dried, the body would be treated with a clear coat.
Car wrapping is an alternative method of changing the look of your vehicle without the need for a paint respray. It involves partially or fully covering your car with a vinyl film. The film can act as an aesthetic layer with a different colour, design or finish. It also acts as a protective layer for your car.
A car wrap may also be known as a paint wrap, colour change wrap or paint protection film.
Step 1: Design the car wrap
Designing generally occupies the bulk of the time in the car wrapping process. The amount of time taken depends on various factors such as the complexity of the design and the style of the car.
Step 2: Colour and design proof
Once the design draft has been finalised, an electronic proof of the wrap is created. This is to ensure that all colours and designs are approved for installation.
Step 3: Print the design
When the design is proofed and ready for printing, the finishing design is produced on vinyl sheets up to 60 inches wide. The prints will also be laminated with high-quality clear vinyl to protect the design once it’s installed.
Step 4: Prepare the car
A day before the wrap is applied, the car will be sent for a non-waxing wash. The car has to be clean and dry for the vinyl to adhere properly.
Prior to the installation, a thorough manual cleaning will also be conducted to clean off any excess debris from the wash. Removal of the side mirrors and light covers may also be necessary to help speed up the installation process.
Step 5: Install the car wrap
The professionals will carefully align the vinyl panels to ensure a proper fit before applying them to the car. They’ll also trim the vinyl around the windows and other non-paint surfaces of the car to create clean lines.
Once it’s completed, all items removed prior to the wrap application will be reinstalled. A final inspection will be conducted to address any imperfections before handing the car back to the owner.
Car spray paint: Limited by the range offered by the factory engaged
Paint jobs come in a wide variety of quality and price ranges. You’re free to choose the colour and you can even paint your car in more than one colour.
However, you’re usually limited by the range of factory paint colours available or the skill of the designer you’re working with if you want a customised design.
Car wrap: Wide variety of colours and finishes
Car wraps come in a range of colours and finishes including glossy, matte, brushed metal, satin and carbon fibre!
If you’re looking to go for an intricate design, you also have the option to wrap certain areas or panels instead of the whole car.
Car spray paint: Up to 3 weeks
Before heading into the paint booth to get a new coat of colour, a car needs to go through a few days of preparation work.
The preparation process includes stripping the old paint and priming the car.
After getting a new coat of paint, the car also needs to be dried and polished before the handover. Hence, it can take up to 3 weeks to complete the average paint job.
Car wrap: Up to 3 days
Car wrapping, on the other hand, takes far less time to apply as compared to paint. Once your design is finalised, installation will take a maximum of 3 days to complete. All the factory has to do is wash the car, dry it, and start applying the vinyl.
Car spray paint: More expensive
Spray paint is a permanent modification that’s almost impossible to undo. It’ll minimally cost anywhere between $1,000 to over $10,000 depending on your car model as well as the complexity of work.
While it’s possible to search for cheaper options, do note that it could lead to poorer quality paint being used too!
Car wrap: Cheaper
Car wrapping, on the other hand, is a lot cheaper — a basic colour wrap is priced around $800. If you’re on a tight budget, you could also opt for a partial application, which will cost less!
Car spray paint: Varies according to quality
Paint jobs vary widely in terms of durability. A cheap paint job will be more susceptible to chips and environmental wear and tear. As a result, your car may look worn and faded just after a few years.
However, an expensive paint job from a professional shop may last a lifetime, with only minor fading due to the sun’s UV rays.
Car wrap: Up to 10 years
Vinyl wraps can last up to 10 years, depending on the owner and the environment. Vinyl can be finished with a UV-resistant coating which will help to sustain its colour over the years.
Car spray paint: Constant maintenance required
With a paint job, constant waxing and polishing are required to keep your car surface in pristine condition.
Car wrap: Simple washing
With a car wrap, you simply need to wash it with soapy water, saving you hours of time and effort which could otherwise be better spent driving your masterpiece instead!
Car spray paint and wraps have their own pros and cons. If variety, budget, durability and flexibility are your main areas of concern, car wraps may be more suitable for you!
Most importantly, you must choose a workshop that you can trust and is known for providing excellent services.
With over 9 years of experience in this field, New Age Polish offers a comprehensive suite of car grooming services. Our team of professionals can advise you accordingly and offer the right services catered to your needs.