Car Respraying vs Car Wrapping: Pros and Cons

Nicholas Edwards

The Pros of Car Respraying over Wrapping

Respraying is a more permanent solution as paint will chip and flake off from being wrapped.

Wrapping will not damage paint work or leave residue on the car's body after removal of the vinyl film, like respraying can do sometimes.

It is much easier to remove wrapping and replace if and when needed compared with respraying, which requires sanding down and repainting using expensive equipment.

The Pros of Car Wrapping

Car Wrapping may be cheaper than having your car professionally painted through respraying, depending on how many cars you need to wrap at once. Car Wraps are available in adhesive form that allows for temporary placement for events such as music festivals (most articles recommend 3M 1080 series) before removal at end of event.

There are clear-cut decreasing costs for respraying on large areas, but more complicated facias may require completely separate work to be done before the respray process is even started.

Wrapping simply requires the removal of the film for larger services rendered.

Car Wrapping Cons

Some wraps can damage paintwork if not applied correctly and often result in edges lifting up with any excess water or liquids, causing bubbles. If you live in an area with high rainfall or lots of car washing facilities for example, then this could cause bubbles especially near seams that flex. It's important to choose your wrap company carefully depending on where you live. Respraying ensures 100% protection against rusting compared with wrapping which only protects against scratches. Some wraps act as a magnet for road dirt and grime which can often lead to ugly looking cars in just weeks. Respraying will not result in any extra dirt or car-muck clinging to the paintwork, unlike some wrapping films do.

Wrapping Pros

Car Wraps are impervious to surface scratches meaning that your car's paint is protected against damage caused by everyday driving - this can be repaired later on if wanted.

Wrapping allows for intricate designs to be created, even creating patterns out of sections of vinyl film. You could have your company logo wrapped onto your car or a custom wrap done just for fun. This works especially well with motorcycle helmets where usually a simple sticker won't suffice.

Custom wraps are also able to hide damage caused by rusting, which is great for car enthusiasts who live in areas with high rainfall or lots of car washing facilities.

Wrapping allows customisation through different shapes and sizes of vinyl film giving your vehicle a more unique look.

Wraps are not permanent solutions compared with respraying, meaning that you can change the wrap when desired or even remove it completely if needed. You could have your logo wrapped onto your company cars for example for an advertising campaign, then simply peel off after - no harm done!

You can find companies online that allow you to design custom wraps made up especially for your needs. This means you won't be limited to boring traditional designs found on most wrapping films! Just

Respraying Pros

Respraying ensures 100% protection against rusting compared with wrapping which only protects against scratches.

Respraying cars prevents that tacky vinyl feel by applying a hard coating similar to glaze coat, that gives a silky smooth texture and shine.

Respraying more permanent as paint will chip and flake off from being wrapped. Resprayed surfaces are likely to last longer if maintained properly, whereas some wraps can begin to bubble or peel off within months of application depending on the materials used.

Car Respraying Cons

Respraying cars can be quite expensive and often requires a lot of preparation on the bodywork. This could include but is not limited to: removal of stickers, filling holes and deep scratches or dents, taking off trim pieces and masking parts that don't need paint work.

Respraying larger areas such as a car's entire facade can take many days at several pounds per square foot.

You may find that respraying your car does not guarantee 100% against rusting compared with wrapping which will give your car complete protection from daily wear-and-tear damage. Respraying is only offering a hard coating surface similar to glaze coat, whereas wrapping provides full protection by creating a barrier against road damage including scratching and chipping.

Wrapping Cons

Wraps are a highly adhesive solution, meaning that you need to be careful when respraying paintwork as you could risk the wrap peeling off with the paint.

Some wraps act as a magnet for road dirt and grime which can often lead to ugly looking cars in just weeks. Respraying will not result in any extra dirt or car-muck clinging to the paintwork, unlike some wrapping films do. Wraps tend to lose their initial shine over time due to wear caused by environmental factors such as wind, rain and debris stuck under them causing "bald patches" on vehicle surfaces.

Wrapping Pros vs Respraying - Which Wins?

In conclusion: respraying is more expensive than having your car professionally painted through wrapping, but results in better quality finishes for both repair work and customisation purposes. Wrapping may be cheaper than having your car professionally painted but ultimately may cost when removed.