It’s a Wrap


If you’re looking for something different or your car needs a new paint job it may be worth looking at getting the bodywork wrapped writes Suzanne Keane

So what is it?

A “wrap” is a PVC Vinyl which is directly applied to the bodywork of a car – to some or all panels depending on your requirements. It’s ideal if you want to provide long term protection for your existing paint or feel like a change – or even just for advertising your business on a few panels.

The big advantage of wraps over paint is that you can get finishes which aren’t possible with painting alone – such as a “chromed”  or “carbon fibre” car. It’s also ideal for customisation on the boot or bonnet.

Your original paintwork is also protected underneath the wrap from natural hazards, UV rays and weather. If your car is damaged it’s easy to re-wrap the offending panels rather than trying to match paint which may have faded over time.

A wrap isn’t permanent and can be removed (by specialists) at any time to restore the car to its original finish (paint which is damaged before the wrap is applied will peel off on removal). It will usually take between 2-5 working days to apply and depending on quality and how it’s been looked after can last for 5-8 years and won’t need waxing during this time. However, you’ll have to invest in a bucket and sponge as automatic car washes will damage the Wrap.


What to look out for?

Each panel should be wrapped separately for the best finish. A good quality wrap will never have any joints on a panel and will have no sign of bubbles or creases and will give the illusion of being “painted” with a different texture and finish – and always ask about warranty!


 Suzanne Keane

19th January, 2015



Author: Suzanne Keane

A confirmed petrol head with a penchant for Retro VW’s, Suzanne has been taking apart (and sometimes putting back together) her own cars for years! You can follow Suzanne on Twitter at @_suzannekeane

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