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What is a Car Vinyl Wrap?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill

A car vinyl wrap is a wrapping material which covers the entire exterior of a car. It is used instead of paint to add designs or advertisements for various companies to the body of a vehicle. The wrapping does not harm the paint job and can usually be removed if the owner decides to add a new design or stick with the original paint.

Many car owners choose to go with a vinyl car wrap rather than get a new paint job or decal because it can be removed at any time to return the car back to its original state. This will help the car maintain some of its resale value while allowing owners to express themselves with graphics and artwork. Vehicle owners can often choose from a wide variety of designs, or they are sometimes given the option to design their own artwork.

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In some cases companies may hire people to place car vinyl wrap on their cars to display advertisements. At other times they provide a previously wrapped car and pay someone to drive it. These opportunities begam because in many areas billboard space is scarce and businesses wanted to find a way to advertise to cars driving by. Most times the entire car is covered with advertisements, but the vehicles used are typically late model cars, making them appealing to drive.

Car vinyl wrap designs must be created and applied by a trained professional. They are not the same as decals found in automotive stores, as they cover the entire car and require hours of work to design and then apply. Prices may vary depending on the complexity of the design and the number of colors being used. The size of the car may also affect the final price, since a large sport utility vehicle will require more materials than a small compact car.

Although car vinyl wrap designs can be removed without causing harm to the paint, it is advised that car owners choose a design they can live with for awhile. This is primarily because having the wrap applied and taken off can cost a good deal of money and is often time-consuming. Additionally, car wrappings may not be available in all areas. To find one locally, car owners should check the yellow pages and the Internet to find the closest available designer. Travel costs will need to be included in the final budget.

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