Do Car Wraps Damage Paint?

by | Dec 5, 2022 | Large Format Printing

Many people are concerned that car wraps can damage paint, so they avoid getting their car wrapped, but that’s like throwing money out the window.

Wrapping your car can be one of the most effective marketing techniques your business uses, so knowing the truth about car wraps and how they affect your car’s paint is important to your car and your business.

So do car wraps damage paint?

The answer is ‘no,’ but there are some exceptions.

Most Car Wraps Don’t Damage Paint

Car wraps (when done right) won’t damage the paint. However, certain conditions make them work the best, including that the car is five years old or newer, has no body damage, and there aren’t excessive chips or UV exposure.

In fact, the opposite is true – car wraps can protect the paint. Small debris and the sun won’t damage your car’s paint because it’s under the protection of the vinyl car wrap.

Remove the Wrap in Four Years or Less

Remove the car wrap in four years or less for the best results and to avoid damaging your car’s paint. This is how long it takes before the adhesive bonds too strongly to the paint, causing damage.

This is often the halfway point in a vehicle’s life and is a good time to refresh the wrap, giving the car a fresh look.

Only Use Professional Car Wrappers

Using professional car-wrappers is the key to not damaging your car’s paint from car wraps. Use a company that’s been in business for many years, has a lot of experience, and has great reviews. Work with someone who can justifiably show you that they’ve wrapped other cars without damaging the paint and can check your vehicle and determine if it’s a good candidate for wrapping.

Final Thoughts

Car wrapping itself won’t likely damage your paint. However, using a company without experience or DIYing it could damage your vehicle. 

When done right by the professionals, though, your car will look as good as new after removing the car wrap.

Samantha Hawrylack

Samantha Hawrylack

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