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Does a Vehicle Wrap Ruin the Paint?

Does a Vehicle Wrap Ruin the Paint?

Vehicle wraps are a common customisation option that can alter the look of your vehicle entirely, or be completely inconspicuous. Whether you want to change the look of your vehicle, or just want an extra layer of protection, vehicle wraps provide the solution.

But does a vehicle wrap ruin the pain? In this blog, that is exactly what we will be exploring.

The UK automotive after market industry is thriving, ranking fourth in Europe and ninth in the world in terms of size, and turning over an annual £21.1 billion.

The sector supports 345,600 jobs and contributes £12.2 billion each year to the economy. And it is growing: the sector’s value is set to rise to £28 billion by 2022.

That’s why we at Car Specialist Customs are here to provide you with all the information you require to get the best car customisation possible, whilst being as informed as possible.

The basics of a vehicle wrap

A vehicle wrap is an optional accessory for your vehicle. It is similar to a window or headlight tint. However, a vehicle wrap differs as it is made from different materials and offers different outcomes. Aside from aesthetic upgrades, here is what you can expect from a vehicle wrap.

  • Protect your vehicle’s paintwork from being damaged by UV rays.
  • Protect your vehicle’s paintwork from superficial scrapes and scratches.
  • Can protect from stains.
  • Can be a great way to market your product, if you also happen to be a business owner.

The three forms of vehicle wrapping

There are three kinds of vehicle wraps, all of which provide the same benefits, however, the main difference between the three is the aesthetic results granted by each kind of wrap.

  1. Clear Vinyl Wrapping – This is a transparent layer of wrapping, ideal for those who want the protection provided by wraps, but don’t want to change the look of their vehicle.
  2. Colour Vinyl Wrapping – This form can change the colour of your vehicle without painting it, or can be used to alter the tone of your vehicle.
  3. Advertising Wraps – This form of wrapping is unique, and is subject to the specifications of the customer. Handy for businesses that are independent or commercial. These wraps are commonly used on F1 cars or other racing vehicles.

Does a vehicle wrap ruin the paint?

Does a vehicle wrap ruin the paint?

No. A vehicle wrap does not ruin the paint of the vehicle it is applied to, if the application is done properly.

On the contrary, vehicle wraps offer protection to the paintwork of the vehicle. Vehicle wraps provide protection of the vehicle’s paintwork against UV rays, minor scuffs and scratches, and dust.

However, there can be certain circumstances in which the paint can be affected. This includes…

  • Improper removal of the vehicle wrap could potentially damage the paintwork.
  • If certain adverse chemicals or contaminants are left on the wrap for an extended period, it could impact the wrap and the paint beneath it.
  • Using a sub-par or inadequate vehicle wrap that isn’t certified can alter the vehicle’s paintwork.
  • Stencilling the vehicle prior to and during the application of the wrap. If the blade used to cut the vinyl is mishandled, there is every chance your vehicle can end up with a scrape.
  • Wrapping the vehicle when it already has a bad paint job, or fading/affected paint.
  • Cleaning the wrapped vehicle with products that aren’t friendly to vehicle wraps can definitely damage the wrapping, which in turn could impact the underlying paintwork.

Can I put a vehicle wrap on a leased car?

It is in your best interest to keep your vehicle in the best possible condition, especially if you are leasing it. As vehicle wraps provide protection for the vehicle’s paintwork, it is certainly worth applying it to a leased vehicle.

However, some leasing companies may have policies that prevent you from applying any customisation onto the vehicle. It is best to check with your lease provider before going forward with a vehicle wrap.

Is it better to paint a vehicle or get it wrapped?

It depends on what you have, and need. If you have the time, money, and patience, getting your vehicle painted is an option, although it will be time-consuming, and there is every possibility that the finished product is not what you originally anticipated.

Alternatively, a vehicle wrap is temporary by nature, even if it is between 5–7 years, if the new colour provided by the wrap isn’t to your liking, you can get it re-applied. Furthermore, a vehicle wrap does provide a level of protection to your vehicle’s paintwork, something that a regular paint job can’t provide.

Painting a vehicle also requires multiple layers of paint to truly look legitimate and consistent with its colour. Especially if you’re going over a different coloured layer.

Generally, and most importantly, vehicle wraps would likely be the cheaper option to undertake, this is important for anyone trying to get the best result without paying a premium price.

The best place for vehicle wraps

Going through an established vehicle modifier is the best way to get your vehicle wrapped. This is because their experience, along with the equipment they have on hand, leads to  less room for any error.

Car Specialist Customs holds combined years of experience in wrapping vehicles of various shapes and sizes, Our wraps have a warranty for 3 years, ensuring quality and longevity.

So when we wrap your vehicle, we make sure to…

  1. Discuss what kind of wrap you want, and where you would like it.
  2. Measure the vehicle / relevant areas where the wrap will be applied.
  3. Clean the vehicle / relevant areas before applying
  4. Begin our process of application to your vehicle
  5. Inform you of any maintenance / dos and don’ts when it comes to the longevity of the wrap.

How much does it cost to wrap a vehicle?

The cost of our vehicle wraps are subject to the size of your vehicle, the style of wrapping you want, in addition to any specific areas you may want to wrap. (If it isn’t around the whole body of the vehicle).

Hassle-free vehicle wrapping

Hassle-free vehicle wrapping

Our team members at Car Specialist Customs are extremely passionate and proud of the multiple services and products we provide for the people of Greater Manchester and beyond.

As a fully insured and approved installer, catering to the needs of vehicle owners of Greater Manchester and beyond, we are proud to let you know that we offer services for the following:



Featuring the brands, Pandora, ScorpionTrak, Meta Trak & SmarTrack, we’ve included affordable, and premium products to suit the needs of our customers. With finance options available, and the option of installation, head to our website to get your quote!

We will always go above expectations to make your car feel special to you. With even more services and options becoming available in the future, Car Specialist Customs is the home of making any car unique, secure and special.

See what we can do for you today, we hope the details we shared have helped you decide to take a step forward in personalising your vehicle with our unique service.

We hope to have answered the question ‘Does a vehicle wrap ruin the paint?’ whilst also providing supplementary information that can help you make an informed choice when it comes to investing in customisation options for your vehicle.

Want to get in touch? You can find us right here:


Unit 30

Caldershaw Centre

Ings Ln


OL12 7LQ


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Thursday – Closed

Friday to Sunday – 11 AM—7 PM


07523 971347 (Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm)


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