posted by vinyl frog on August 6, 2022
How Much Does it Cost to Wrap a Car Matte Black?
Sleek, elegant and sophisticated – a car wrapped in matte black vinyl has a unique stealth look and an aura of mystery about it. A vehicle swathed in glossy vinyl is quite a common sight, and though it earns accolades by the spectators, a matte black car is a class above and definitely turns heads.
Matte black being synonymous with panache and charm accentuates every curve and contour of the car adding a depth and futuristic appeal to its overall look. Defying the norm, if you decide to go for the matte black wrap, it is imperative to get extensive knowledge about it and gauge the cost for a complete look.
Baseline cost for wrapping matte black
The cost of having your car wrapped in matte black depends on many factors but on average, it starts at around $500 to $3000. For a standard sedan, it costs $2000 on average. The price increases with the size of the car.
Matte vinyl film cost
It is not only the look of the matte black vinyl that intrigues one, it has other benefits too such as it costs less, it is long-lasting and is easier to maintain. The vinyl costs between $2.00 and $3.50 per square foot. The following is a rough estimate how much vinyl different cars need for a full wrap:
-Compact car: Approximately 50-55 ft.
-Standard/Mid-size vehicle: Approximately 60-65 ft.
-Truck/SUV: Approximately 75 ft.
What factors affect the cost of wraps?
In order to get the best price on a black car wrap, it is essential that you understand all the variables in advance. The following are some of the factors that help you decide how much wrapping your car matte black will cost:
Factor No 1: Size of your vehicle
Larger vehicles generally require more material than smaller ones so they tend to cost more as well. The bigger your vehicle is, the more panels it has (and thus more work for the installer), which means your wrap will most likely cost more than if you were wrapping a smaller compact car. If you have a small car or a standard sedan, the installation of the wrap may cost approximately $2000, an SUV may start from $4000, and wrapping a luxury, exotic car may range from $4000 to $6000. These are, however, ballpark figures and are for full wrapping of the vehicle.
Factor No 2: Curves and contours
The shape of the vehicle is another factor that should be taken into account. The cost of wrapping vehicles with complex body shapes increases. Complex curves and contours are difficult to wrap and require proper professional prowess. If you have an exquisite car with sharp edges and intricate curves, you will not only need more matte black vinyl but labor cost will also increase. Same goes for the spoilers and bumpers of a car.
Factor No 3: The condition of the vehicle
Another factor that affects the cost is the condition of the paint on your vehicle's surface before applying the wrap. One has to take into account the minor scratches and dents on the exterior as this might affect the smoothness and the finished look of the wrap. As such, most car owners choose to have their vehicles painted before applying wraps to them. Hence preparing the car, which also includes removing its bumpers, headlights, taillights, accessories and trims, adds to the cost of installation.
Factor No 4: The age of the vehicle
The age of your vehicle affects how much it costs to wrap due to its condition. If the paint job is already damaged, it will be harder for them to apply the vinyl without damaging it further and causing bubbles or wrinkles in the process. A newer vehicle with no damage will also be cheaper than one with damage because they will not need to spend as much time fixing up prior damage before applying the vinyl wrap onto your vehicle.
Factor No 5: Vehicle coverage
This refers to the fact whether you want full coverage or partial coverage (body kits). Full coverage means that the entire exterior of your vehicle is covered with the matte black vinyl. Partial coverage means only 25% to 75% of your vehicle is covered. It might include just the back end or sides or just the front of the vehicle. Partial coverage costs less than the full coverage because less vinyl material and effort is used for the same.
Factor No 6: Vehicle type
The type of vehicle also impacts how much it costs to wrap a car. SUVs are often more expensive because they require additional materials to cover their bumpers and wheels. High-end exotic vehicles, such as Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini and Ferrari, cost much more than an ordinary ones basically because installers have to be extra cautious while wrapping them, their bodies are difficult to wrap due to their shape and they require more vinyl for a perfect wrap job. The cost for wrapping them can go as high as $10,000.
Factor No 7: Personal vs. commercial use
Personal use vehicles will vary in price but generally cost less than commercial vehicles. This is because professional wraps are more likely to be used for a fleet and there might be graphics involved. For personal users, the only choice is full or partial wrapping. They can apply special graphics as well but that is seldom the case.
Factor No 8: DIY or professional wrapping
Another big factor in the price of wrapping your car is whether you want someone else to do the work or you want to do it yourself. The DIY option might seem like the better deal initially, but this is not always true. Many people who try to wrap their car themselves end up having issues with their installation process and have to pay someone else anyway. If this happens, it can end up costing more than if they had just hired someone from the beginning!
How long does a vinyl wrap last?
Vinyl wraps can last anywhere between five and seven years, depending on how well you take care of them. The life of a vinyl wrap depends on the type of vehicle, how often it is washed, how it is cared for, and how much sun exposure it gets. Generally speaking, a matte-finish wrap such as matte black will last longer than gloss finish because they are less prone to high-gloss cracking. Glossy wraps also tend to fade faster than darker colors, as do cars with a lot of chrome trim.
Tips that ensure longevity of the matte black wrap
- Wash the car at least twice per month with soap and water (no harsh cleaners).
- Keep the car out of direct sunlight when possible, especially in hot climates like Arizona or Florida where there is increased UV exposure from sunlight.
- Do not use any polish, wax or liquid protectant on matte vinyl wraps. Waxing a matte black wrap is strictly forbidden.
- For immediate removal of contaminants and spot cleaning, use a 2:1 mix of isopropyl alcohol and water.
- Do not scrub your vinyl wrap vigorously as this may damage it.
- Keep your vehicle in a shaded area as much as possible.
- Never run over anything that might damage the vinyl. This includes curbs and other objects on the road.