Car Wrap Vs. Paint: The Advantages and Disadvantages

When you want a custom look for your vehicle, you have options. You can choose a car wrap, or you can choose to use paint on your vehicle. Either option has both advantages and disadvantages depending on your specific desires for your vehicle.

A car wrap wraps around your vehicle. Usually comprised of vinyl, it goes over the top of your existing paint job. You can use a car wrap to cover smaller segments of your vehicle or completely change its look, depending on what you want to accomplish and what type of look you're aiming for. When it comes to both car wraps and paint, your imagination is the limit when it comes to what you can create!

The Advantages of a Vehicle Wrap

Car wraps offer several advantages when it comes to changing the design of your vehicle. The sky is the limit for car wraps: if you can imagine it, you can use the design to transform your vehicle, creating a unique design that will help your car stand out. It doesn't matter if you want to make it easier to find in the parking lot or you're interested in using your vehicle as a rolling advertisement. A car wrap:

  • • Helps protect the paint on your car. Many wraps are completely removable, which means you can peel them off if you want to go back to your original vehicle look. Even better, they may help protect the paint beneath the wrap, keeping your vehicle in great shape and protecting its value.
  • • Wear very well. Much like a skin for your phone case, if you care for them well, they'll stand the test of time.
  • • Offer a more comprehensive array of designs than paint since you can often produce designs with car wraps that paint alone cannot achieve.
  • • You can choose any finish, including matte, shiny, and metallic, for a car wrap.
  • • Car wraps stand up better than matte paint jobs on vehicles, which may be more likely to chip.

Vinyl wraps also allow you to change only a specific segment of your car's design, rather than feeling as though you need to transform or invest in the paint for your entire vehicle to create a minor design change.

The Advantages of Car Paint

While vinyl wraps offer several advantages, car paint can also change your car's appearance. Car paint is fairly easy to arrange. It requires a somewhat simpler design concept: you probably will not get the same level of detail in car paint that you would in a wrap. Car paint, however, does offer several benefits. It:

  • • Permanently changes the look of your car--ideal if you need to update the existing paint job or cover damage to your paint.
  • • It can be less expensive than a car wrap. A cheap paint job, especially for a single color, is usually cheaper than a full wrap for your car.
  • • Allows you to easily take your car through a car wash, rather than having to worry about what a trip through commercial bristles will do to your wrap.


If you choose a car wrap to change the look of your car, you want to make sure you have the best possible design software to accomplish your goals. CorelDRAW can help you get a feel for what your car wrap or paint job will look like on the screen, then help you transform it into reality. Download a free trial today to learn more about our graphic design software packages and how they can help you achieve your design dreams.

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