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Car Wrapping or Spray Painting: A Comparison

Always wanted your car to be of a certain colour but it’s not offered by the manufacturer? Don’t worry! Colour modification services are widely available these days, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to giving your car a fresh new look. Let’s take a look at the various methods available to allow you to make an informed choice on which method you should opt for!

First impression matters. The colour of the car is the first thing that anyone will notice when they see a car. This is why the paint job is very important. A bad paint job will ruin the overall impression of a car, while a good paint job will enhance it. Do you know that painting is not the only method available to change the colour of your car?

Another method that is gaining traction within the community is wrapping. Wrapping is a cheaper option as compared to painting and it’s also more durable. It also takes a shorter time to finish. It may sound like a no-brainer to choose to wrap over painting, but there’s definitely more to it. Let’s compare them against each other!

Spray Painting

Car Paint Job Workshop

Regular spray painting is much more demanding, tedious and expensive, but you will get better and more permanent results. But does it mean that it’s better?


It is possible to paint a car in more than one colour.


Before heading into the paint booth to get a new coat of colour, a car needs to go through a few days of preparation work. So the entire process takes at least a week to complete.

The preparation process includes stripping the old paint and priming. After getting a new coat of paint, the car needs to be dried in special conditions and polished before the handover to the owner.


Even though the price of a paint job may vary, it’s usually very costly as a lot of effort is required to shine the car properly. This is to ensure the surface is smooth, looks brand new and to keep any rust problems away.


How long a paint job can last will depend on an individual’s usage and maintenance. If the owner put in an effort to wash and polish the car regularly, it will last much longer. It also depends on the environment such as the weather and terrain.

However, by spray painting a car, the base colour of the car may be damaged and it’s impossible to revert back to its original colour.

Car Wrapping

Wrapping a Sports Car

Car Wrapping is a simple process where the car gets wrapped in either coloured plastic foil or vinyl, giving it a new colour and look.


A car can also be wrapped in more than one colour with either gloss or matte finishing. And you can do intricate and detailed designs on your car. With so many varieties and countless combinations available to customise the colour, car owners can create their own unique “masterpiece”!


Wrapping definitely takes lesser time as compared to painting, since it does not require much preparation before and after. However, it will take a longer time to complete for extremely complicated designs.


The cost of wrapping differs greatly depending on how complex the wrap job is. For basic wrapping, it only cost a fraction of a paint job, while for more complex wrapping, it can be more expensive than a paint job.


Like a paint job, how long a wrap job is able to last depends on the owner and the environment. Based on review, a good wrap job can last between 4 to 10 years.

One thing to note is that if the base paint starts to peel, it is not advisable to wrap the car as the cracked paint or rust will still be visible. Also, if the wrapper is inexperienced, the base paint may be scratched or damaged by sharp razors, which are used during the wrapping process to tailor the foil.

If done properly, the wrapping process is reversible and the wrap can be removed any time.

What’s the Verdict?

car wrap or car paint

Painting and wrapping have their own pros and cons. If pricing is your concern, wrapping will be a good choice as it is cheaper and is very durable. If you want something loud and unique with decals or prints, wrapping will be a safer bet since it is hard to paint intricate designs.

Both methods may differ in terms of variety, time, price and durability, however, both are good methods. At the end of the day, you must know what you want before committing to either method. And more importantly, choose a workshop that you can trust and have a reputation for providing excellent service.

If you’re looking for car care services, visit the newly opened Carro Workshop today! Our workshop offers a suite of comprehensive services from car maintenance, repairs and even inspection. Experience reliability and transparency in every way!

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