How Much Does a Vinyl Wrap Cost?

Vinyl Wrap on vehicles has been around for longer than you might think. What started out as primarily graphics and advertising for businesses, has since become extremely popular with private individuals looking to update the current state of their car. And with all the many benefits of vinyl wrap, as well as the continued advancement of color options and finishes, it looks like vinyl wrap is here to stay.


The question we get most often is “How much will it cost to vinyl wrap my car?” There are many factors that go in to determining the price of a vinyl wrap: size and condition of the car, desired film, estimated time of installation, and installer expertise.




Current Vehicle Condition and Prep Work

The first step in determining the cost to vinyl wrap your car is the size and condition of your vehicle. Cars some in many sizes, all the way from compact two door coupes to extended SUVs and Trucks. After assessing the size of your vehicle, specific factors as to the condition of the car are taken into account: is there any previous film the needs to be removed? Rust? Sticky residue or excessive dirt? A car must be absolutely free from any form of residue, dirt and dust before application, so if your car is clean and smooth, you’re off to a good start.


Determining a Film Type

The next step is determining a film. There are numerous brands of vinyl, with some brands being better than others. There are also endless colors and finishes to choose from. Specialty films such as chromes and color shift are more expensive than more standard colors like satin black or pearl white. There is also a higher difficulty of install with many of the specialty vinyls. We prefer to use higher quality brands such as Avery and 3M. Ultimately it will cost you less in the end as the material will last longer and need little to no repair.


Once you decide on a vinyl, the amount you need based on the size of your vehicle is calculated.


Time Needed for Installation

The third determining factor is time needed to fully wrap your vehicle. Larger vehicles inevitably will take longer to wrap. However, each individual vehicle also needs to be assessed for particularly difficult areas or disassembly required to properly wrap the vehicles with as few seams as possible. Additionally, any extra areas such as door jams, added stripes, etc. also add extra time.


Installer Experience

And the final determining factor is the quality of the installer. You’ve heard it a million times, but the saying is particularly true in this scenario: You get what you pay for. Its extremely important to choose a quality installer with a high level of experience and expertise. You may find a company who quotes you at a lower rate, and at a faster speed, but the quality of an install is not an area to skimp on. You should be looking for a company who will be willing to take the time to do the job right. Who are more concerned about doing a good job over a fast job so they can speed through as many jobs as possible to make as much money as they can. A cheap install will likely need to be redone, costing you thousands of dollars and wasted time: bubbling, peeling, lifting, etc. We can’t stress this enough, hire a quality installer!



  • BMW X5 Matte Black Wrap

Customers often ask us the benefits of vinyl wrapping their vehicle. And even more specifically, how does a vinyl wrap hold up in Chicago? The answer is very well. A vinyl wrap is a perfect protective layer to keep your factory paint from being damage by Chicago’s harsh winters. Below you’ll find more reasons why a vinyl wrap is a great option.


7 Reasons to Wrap Your Car


Cost: A high quality paint job can range from $3,000-$10,000+ depending on the color, paint shop, and quality of the paints. Professionally installed films with the highest quality materials can cost $2500-$5,000+ and will have a life expectancy of 4-10 years depending on the vinyl. For a fraction of the cost of paint, one can choose to wrap their vehicle for as long or little as one desires.


Resale Value: Being able to maintain the manufacturers original paint will keep the resale value intact from a devalued aftermarket paint job. If your company or preference is for instance a bright exotic color, it may not be your potential buyers favorite color. Having the option to keep your vehicles original factory color will allow you to keep your resale value intact.


Countless Options: Upon purchasing your vehicle you may have wanted something different, or possibly a color that is not available in factory paint. This is where vinyl wraps will allow all of your car fantasies to come true. You will be able to stand out from all of the others and have a truly one of a kind vehicle that suits your personality. If after a few years you are looking for change once again, just have us remove it and choose a new color. Transform your vehicle every few years and keep everyone guessing!


Installation Time: When choosing to paint your vehicle you are allowing yourself to be without transportation for up to two weeks or longer. When it comes to wrapping a vehicle, we can have your car fully transformed within 7 days and ready to be picked back up. Don’t leave yourself stranded, wrap it!


Protection: Every covered inch of your vehicle in vinyl is protecting your factory paint from all natural hazards and weathering. Chicago winters can be very rough on standard vehicle paint, especially with all the salts on the streets. And in the summer, prolonged sun exposure also has its damaging effects. Vehicle wrap vinyl is a very durable .1+ mm-thick material and will act as a shield. Say goodbye to stone chips, light abrasion, and other natural hazards!


Easy Maintenance: Is constantly waxing your vehicle beginning to take a toll on you? Allow yourself enjoy never having to wax again! Vehicle wraps are extremely easy to maintain and will look brand new once again from only hand washing with soap and water. There are also some excellent vinyl detail sprays on the market—don’t forget to inquire about these to make the vinyl even easier to care for.


Long Lasting, Safe Removal: High quality vinyls ensure a long lasting product that can also be safely removed. The vehicle wrap may be removed safely between the 4-10 year period and will NOT affect your current paint.

We just completed a move into a new warehouse and couldn’t be more excited with all the possibilities that the space holds. In addition to having more space, we have even better climate control, a dedicated washing bay, brighter lighting and a dedicated paint booth for even higher quality craftsmanship. Check out a few photos below:

We can’t wait to get our hands on the new DYC TopCoat which has transformed what we can do with this already amazing product.

If you’re looking to transform the color of your car with a premium material and don’t want pay the premium price for a vinyl wrap, this is a great alternative.


View our Plasti Dipping services here.

  • An orange vinyl wrap corvette c7 stingray
  • Corvette C7 Stingray Vinyl Wrap Orange

We had some fun wrapping this amazing 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray for Xtreme Xperience. The car started out as a black Stingray with chrome wheels. One of the most eye-catching features of the all-new C7 is the use of vents, fins and louvres around the car which give it an aggressive look, but as a black car, the dark vents just didn’t ‘pop’ on its angular body.

In order to give this already eye-catching car a more supercar-worthy design, we decided to go with an aggressive bright orange gloss vinyl wrap and matte black Plasti Dipped wheels.

Xtreme Xperience is unique in that they only use their fleet of exotic cars on the racetrack, so in addition to making the car look more exotic, the combination of the vinyl wrap and Plasti Dip will protect this car for many thousands of hard track miles.

If you’re looking to Plasti Dip your wheels in Chicago or change the color of your car with a vinyl wrap, shoot us an email with your project’s details and we’ll get a quote to you asap.