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When it comes to customizing and protecting your vehicle, multiple options are available. Our shop specializes in Paint Protection Film Wraps and Vinyl Wraps, so we often receive multiple questions as to which wrap option is the best, and how the two compare. In this blog post we are aiming to answer one question, – what’s better, PPF or Vinyl Wrap? We are hoping to help you find the film that works best for your specific needs.

We would like to begin the comparison between the two by first explaining what PPF and Vinyl Wraps are.

What is PPF:

PPF, which stands for Paint Protection Film (also known as clearbra) is a virtually invisible, typically 8 mil thick self-healing urethane film which is applied to the surface of your vehicle. It offers superior impact protection, keeping the paint of your car safe from scuffs, scratches and rock chips. In addition to impact protection it also helps keep the paint of your car from negative effects of the environment, such as oil spills, bird droppings, and water marks. It also keeps your car safe from negative effects of the UV light, protecting the paint from fading.

Porsche ppf wrap

What is Vinyl Wrap:

Vinyl wrap is a thin and flexible material, made out of PVC. It is typically 3-4 mil thick, and it comes in different colours, finishes, and textures. Vinyl wrap film comes with a specially formulated adhesive in the back, which allows the material to safely adhere to the surface, and take the shape of whatever it is applied to. Vinyl wrap is mostly used for the purpose of altering the look of your car. Due to an extensive variety of colours and finishes your options are pretty much limitless. Vinyl wrap can also be used for accent pieces, meaning only certain part of the car are wrapped. One of the most popular partial wraps is a chromedelte, when all chrome surfaces of the vehicle are wrapped in vinyl (usually black, however options are not limited).

vinyl wrap

Now when we gave you a little bit of background of what each film does, it is time to move on to the comparison itself. 

PPF or Vinyl Wrap Purpose:

As mentioned previously, PPF and Vinyl Wraps serve slightly different purposes. PPF’s main purpose is to protect the paint of the vehicle from damage. Since the film is clear (although different coloured variations of PPF are entering the market now), it does not make your vehicle look different. It might make it slightly more shiny, however, you wont see any major differences in appearance. Because the film is designed to protect the surface, it is thicker than vinyl, in order to be able to actually protect the paint from impact. 

Vinyl wraps, on the other hand, drastically change the look of your car. Transformations that can be achieved with vinyl wraps are incredible. You an go from white to black, add custom accents, cover chrome areas, or add custom graphics. The main purpose of vinyl wraps is to customize the appearance of your vehicle, so the film is designed with this goal in mind. For that reason it is thinner than PPF, and is slightly more flexible. 

Surface Protection:

While PPF is still the best way to protect the car from exterior damage, Vinyl Wrap can also serve similar purpose. Although not as thick, it still covers the paint of your car, creating a slight barrier. Obviously, vinyl wraps will not protect the paint from a deep scratch or a scuff, but they will protect it from minor rock chips, bird droppings and negative effects of UV light.  

To put it simply, PPF is perfect if you are looking for an extensive protection. It is perfect for an off-road or highway driving. However, if you are mostly driving in the city, vinyl wraps are able to provide a degree of protection as well. 

PPF or Vinyl Wrap Packages:

PPF and Vinyl Wrap Films offer slightly different packages, based on areas to cover. Since PPF is transparent, there is no problem in partially covering the car. In fact, the most popular PPF package is a Full Front package, which covers only the front of the vehicle (bumper, hood, fenders, and mirrors). 

Vinyl wrap , on the other hand, is typically applied to the whole vehicle, unless a client is looking for a custom design. 

Price:

PPF jobs usually cost more than vinyl wrap jobs. You can expect to pay around $5000+ for a full PPF wrap on a sedan. Meanwhile, a full vinyl wrap will typically cost you around $3400 for a similar sized vehicle. It is due to the material cost, which is much higher for PPF, and installation process, which can be a bit more complicated. If you are looking to get a quote for your wrap job, get in touch and we will be able to help you!

Installation:

PPF and Vinyl Wraps are installed differently. PPF uses wet installation, meaning the film needs to be wet in order to adhere to the surface of your car. Installers typically use a mix of soap and water, or an installation gel. 

Vinyl wrap, on the other hand, installed dry. In fact, any water during installation process can make wrap job fail. The film does not stick to wet surfaces at all. 

Another major difference between the two is how the material is cut. PPF films typically use special cutting software, which comes with a variety of patterns that fit each part of the vehicle. PPF is cut by a plotter, specifically to fit the part it is being applied to. 

Vinyl Wraps are cut by hand. Installers normally cut a piece big enough to cover required area, and then trim it once the material is installed. 

Paint Condition:

It is important to make sure your paint is in good condition prior to installing any type of wrap on your car. Since PPF is clear, it will show any paint imperfections that your car might have. We always recommend to get paint correction, if the paint is in bad condition. The ideal time to apply PPF is when the car was just picked up from the dealership. That way you can ensure you are protecting the paint which has not yet been damaged. Applying PPF after the car has been driven for some time will not give you the same results. It will protect the car from future damage, however it will not mask any damage that was previously done. 

Vinyl wraps are a bit more forgiving. Since Vinyl Film is not transparent, it will hide any visual imperfections. However, if your car has rock chips or is missing paint, it will show through the film. Any textured imperfections will be noticeable through the vinyl. 

Longevity:

Both, PPF and Vinyl Wrap Films, when installed properly, will last for a while.

Typically, when cared for properly, Paint Protection Films will last for about 10 years.

Vinyl wraps, if cared for properly, will last for about 5 years.

Both films, if they come from reputable manufacturer, will not damage your paint if its original condition was good. 

Things To Keep In Mind:

There are several things you should keep in mind when making your decision on which film to go with. 

Although PPF is transparent, overtime you might notice the edges of wrap are beginning to show more. PPF is typically not wrapped around the edge of the panel, so overtime the cut line might start to accumulate dirt and become slightly more visible. It is especially noticeable on partial PPF wraps, like partial hood for example.  

In terms of Vinyl Wraps, you should always keep in mind that the original colour of paint might show through in the gaps between panels in some instances. Black Cars are usually the easiest ones to wrap, and this difference is not noticeable. However, if your car is going from white to black, you might still see some white peeking through the gaps. It happens because some areas between panels are simply not reachable, and there is no way to wrap them. We do, however, cover as much of the original colour in gaps as possible. We always aim to create a paint looking finish.

Conclusion: PPF or Vinyl Wrap? 

In short, there is no way of saying which film is best. Both are great and are serving slightly different purposes. 

If you are looking to change the look of your vehicle, and slightly protect it while driving in the city, Vinyl Wrap is your choice! It adds some level of protection, and allows you to save a couple extra thousands of dollars. 

If you do need that full protection against pretty much anything the road can throw at you, and you do have the budget, – PPF is your choice! It is best to apply PPF on your car as soon as you pick it up from the dealership. That way you can ensure the original condition of your paint remains pristine for years to come!

Vinyl wraps have become significantly more popular over the last few years. What started as a simple alternative to paint, has grown into a massive multibillion dollar industry. Many people nowadays think Vinyl Wrap when it comes to exterior customization options for their vehicles. However, everything has its pros and cons. So in this blog post we outlined some major benefits and things to consider prior to getting your car wrapped, all in hopes of helping you make an informative decision.

What is Vinyl Wrap

Vinyl Wrap is an alternative to car paint. It is a thin flexible film that comes from the factory with specially formulated adhesive on the back that safely adheres to the surface of the car. The film is very flexible, and with certain manipulations it takes shape of whatever it is applied to. It comes in a variety of colours and finishes, which allows you to fully customize the exterior of your vehicle. The film is fully removable, and leaves no damage on the vehicle if installation was performed correctly, the material was removed within the warranty period, and high quality materials were used. person wrapping a car with vinyl wrap

Vinyl Wraps Cost

While many still believe Vinyl Wraps to be cheap, with higher quality materials, more skilled and qualified installers, and an increased demand prices vary greatly. Yet, in general Vinyl Wraps still cost less than a paint job. For example, it would cost you around 3000$-3500$ to get a high quality Matte Wrap on a mid sized sedan. Whereas high quality Matte Paint job would cost you anywhere from 5000$ and up. Prices of wrap jobs will also vary based on the size of your vehicle and the type of material you are going for. However in general Vinyl Wraps will still cost you less than an equivalent paint job.

Extensive Variety of Options

Vinyl Wrap Films come in a great variety of options. There are multiple colours, finishes and textures for you to choose from. From simple gloss wraps, to sophisticated mattes, to head turning chromes. Vinyl Film manufacturers release new colours on a half a year basis, which means your options are only growing. Do you want something more unique? Go for embossing, which will add a touch of character to your wrap. There are also options of brushed or carbon fibre wraps, which make for perfect accent pieces. The sky is the limit. If you are struggling to make the right choice, check out our blog post on What Wrap To Choose to best express your personality and style.chrome vinyl wrap

Longevity

High quality Vinyl Wraps that are properly cared for will last you for up to 5 years.

No Commitment

One of the greatest features of Vinyl Wraps is its low commitment. If you are bored of the colour of your car, but don’t want to go to an extend of repainting it, vinyl wraps are perfect for you. Since the film can be taken off the car anytime, there is absolutely no commitment to keep it for longer than desired. The removal process is performed by certified installers, and usually takes a few hours, if the correct film was used.

Safe for Paint

If you are using a high quality Vinyl Wrap from trusted manufacturers like 3M or Avery, Vinyl Wrap is completely safe for your paint. Considering that your paint is in good condition, Vinyl will not peel off or damage the paint. Many Vinyl Wraps manufacturers provide an extensive warranty for their films. Additional warranty is provided by a wrap shop performing the job. At Aegis Paint Shield we offer our clients a lifetime installation warranty, meaning we will fix al installation related issues for as long as you keep the car.

Quick Instal

Vinyl wraps are quicker to instal, when compared to paint. We’ve had Vinyl Wrap projects that were completed in 2 days, and the car was ready to be returned to the client. As opposed to paint, wrapped cars don’t need to be kept at the shop for an extensive period of time, since vinyl does not have a long curing period. So if you are willing to get your car wrapped over the weekend, you can have it ready by Monday morning for your commute to work. You’ll get lots of attention from your coworkers on the parking lot!vinyl wrap installation

Resale Value

Vinyl Wraps also help to preserve resale value of your car, as opposed to paint. The film helps protect the paint from minor exterior damage and environmental conditions affecting the paint. It is by no means an equivalent to Paint Protection Film, however it still serves as a thin barrier between your paint and harmful conditions of daily driving.

Vinyl Wrap Repairability

If we were to compare the ease and cost of repairability, vinyl wraps are relatively easy and cheap to repair. If the panel is scratched, all it takes is for the damaged vinyl to be removed, and new one installed. It can be easily done in a day, and you can have your car back looking brand new.

Things To Consider

As great as Vinyl Wraps are, they are not perfect. There is a few factors you should consider prior to wrapping your car

Paint Condition

In order to get the best quality Vinyl Wrap it is important to make sure your paint is in good condition. Due to its nature Vinyl Wraps do not hide paint defects, but sometimes accentuate them. So if your paint is peeling off, or some major surface damage is present, Vinyl Wrap is not recommended until the paint is fixed. If applied to damaged paint, Vinyl Wrap might peel it off when removed.rusty car paint

Material Quality

It is very important to only use high quality Vinyl Films. We work with trusted and industry recognized Vinyl Film manufacturers like 3M and Avery. Low quality cheap films are harder to manipulate, which results in poor installation quality, bubbles and wrinkles. In addition, cheap films typically use poorly formulated adhesive, which damages the paint and makes a removal process a nightmare.

Installer Skills

Picking the right shop and the right installer for your project is also highly important. Many inexperienced installers leave visible seams on parts of your vehicle, which clearly makes it look DIY’ish. In addition, poorly wrapped corners and untucked edges lead to vinyl lifting and wrinkles. At Aegis Paint Shield we perform a seamless installation, making sure each panel is wrapped in one piece, unless it is absolutely impossible. In those rare cases, we hide the seam to make it almost invisible.vinyl wrap seam

Visible Gaps

Because Vinyl Wrap is only applied to the exterior of your vehicle, on some occasions the original colour will show in panel gaps. This is especially true if your vehicle is white. Although installers do their best to hide as much of the original colour as possible, sometimes there is just no way to stick vinyl to the area between panels. In this case you might notice the original colour still showing through. It is not always the case, but it is a factor you should keep in mind when going with Vinyl Wraps.

Care Routine

If you are wrapping your car, your car care routine will have to change. We do not recommend using automatic car washes, since brushes can scratch the vinyl. Avoid using any brushes on your wrapped vehicle. The best way to care for your wrap is to hand wash it with a microfibre and some soap. For more care instructions check out our blog post on How To Care For Your Wrap . car wash brushes

Environmental Conditions

Vinyl Wrap is vulnerable to environmental conditions. In order to prolong the life of your wrap we recommend you protect your car from an extensive sun exposure. If you live in a hot and sunny climate, try to avoid parking your car in the sun for a long period of time. Sun will make the adhesive bond to the surface of the car, which will cause issues during removal process. Extensive exposure to UV light might also accelerate colour fading process. In this case we recommend that you protect your car with Ceramic Pro Coating, a coating solution which protects your wrap from negative effects of UV light. In addition, Ceramic Pro eases maintenance of your vehicle, and keeps it clean for longer by preventing dirt and dust from sticking to your wrap.

Another way to protect your wrap from damage and negative effects of the environment is Paint Protection Film. It is applied directly on Vinyl to protect it from scratches, rock chips and minor dents.

We hope you find this information useful, and that we helped you to understand all of the necessary factors to consider prior to getting your car wrapped. If you have any further questions, reach out to us!

Vinyl Wrap: Common Installation Mistakes

There are multiple factors that affect the quality of vinyl wrap installation and ultimately the appearance of your vehicle. In this blog post we are discussing few of the most common Vinyl Wraps installation mistakes, and how to avoid them. 

Lack of Proper Cleaning

a car is being washed to avoid vinyl wrapping mistakes

Lack of proper cleaning is one of the first and most common installation mistakes. The surface of the car must be thoroughly cleaned and degreased prior to wrapping. Vinyl wrap doesn’t stick to dirt, so leaving some areas of the car dirty is a recipe for vinyl lifting off the surface. Most commonly, this can be seen around the edges of panels and in wheel wells. Vinyl film will also tent over dirt particles left on the vehicle, making your wrap look bumpy. Some of the issues primarily caused by insufficient cleaning are:

– Vinyl film lifting off the surface of the car

– Bubbles

– Wrap failing on edges of panels

– Debris underneath the vinyl

How to avoid:

It is very important to wrap a car in a clean and controlled environment. Make sure the shop is free of dirt and dust prior to beginning of installation. Thorough wash of the entire car will minimize contamination during the installation. A multistage washing process of the vehicle and cleanliness of work area are the two key factors for a perfect wrap

Wrinkly Corners

perfectly finished corners of a car vinyl wrapWrinkly corners is the mistake that makes any wrap look cheap and unprofessional. Proper vinyl wrap has to look like the car is painted, and corners always give away a cheap wrap. Being one of the most difficult parts to wrap, corners always give away the skill set of the installer. Vinyl wrap film that is available today allows a skillful installer to deliver a paint-like quality, so there is no excuses for wrinkles anywhere on your wrap. 

How to avoid:

The best way to ensure a perfect corners wrap is to go with an experienced and trained installer. Experienced installer will be able to handle different kinds of materials and will possess a large variety of installation techniques and tricks to ensure corners are wrapped perfectly. Work of inexperienced installer is quite obvious, especially up close and in detail.

Overstretch

Overstretch is another common installation mistake. It happens when the piece of vinyl cut for a specific part of the car ends up being too small, and the installer has to then stretch the material in order too make it fit. When the material is overstretched, there is a risk of it lifting off the surface of your car, since the adhesive gets thinned out in the process, making the vinyl less sticky. Overstretched areas may also be in a lot of tension, which leads to film failing, especially on edges and corners. Overstretch also makes the vinyl look thinner, and affects the appearance of your wrap. Seeing discoloured, shiny spots on a wrap is a sign of material overstretch. It is especially noticeable in patterned wraps, like carbon fibre for example, when you can clearly see the material was overstretched because the pattern is distorted. 

How to avoid: 

The best way to avoid overstretch is to make correct measurements of the vehicle before it is wrapped. Doing that will allow to ensure you have enough material for each part, which will help avoid overstretching. 

Not Following the Direction of Directional Wraps

Not all vinyl wraps are installed the same way. Some wrapping films are directional, and require a special installation approach. Those films change shade and colour depending on which angle you look at it. This means that these films must be installed unidirectionally on the car, otherwise panel will be mismatching in colour. This is especially obvious on colourflow/colourflip wraps, where the direction of the film affect the hue of colour most noticeably. 

How to avoid:

You have to pay special attention to the direction of the colour prior to cutting pieces of vinyl for the wrap. Don’t just cut pieces of vinyl and stick them on.  

Seams

You can sometimes see wrapped cars that looked nice from the distance, but as you approach you realize that front bumper is wrapped in 6 pieces of vinyl. Although not exactly a mistake, seams can really ruin the appearance of your wrap. If there is a seam on the car, it definitely doesn’t look like paint. Seams make your car look cheaper, and in a way the wrap looks like a DIY project. We stand behind seamless wraps, and only use them when it’s absolutely necessary to ensure a proper longevity of a wrap.

How to avoid:

In scenarios where seams are needed, an experienced installer will attempt to hide all seams from the plain sight. This can be done by placing seams exactly on existing body lines of the car. It is a meticulous process that requires both skill and patience.

Lack of Post Installation Procedures

Last but not least, after the installation is complete it is important to perform 2 procedures necessary to ensure the longevity and execution of the wrap. Post heating and proper curing time. Post heating is a process of warming material up to a certain temperature to “kill” the memory of the film and seal it better. This is especially important on panel edges, corners and seams. Proper curing time allows a wrap to fully adhere to the surface of the car, curing it in place and allowing you to avoid lifting and bubbles. 

We hope that this blog post will help you to avoid the most common Vinyl Wraps Installation Mistakes!