Customize Your Ride With A Car Roof Vinyl Wrap
Vinyl wrap is a great solution to style your car roof, give your vehicle a unique look, and protect the paint underneath. Nowadays, roof wraps come in a variety of colors, textures, and designs. Picking the right roof wrap and applying it correctly is essential to get the desired results.
This article runs through the basics of roof wrapping, including the benefits of installing a vinyl wrap on your car roof, how the vinyl wrap is installed, and how much a quality roof vinyl will cost.
What is a car roof vinyl wrap?
Car wrapping involves applying a special vinyl wrap film to a car exterior. A car roof is one of the most popular parts for vinyl wrapping — it’s a great way to customize a car and make it stand out on the road.
Origins of the roof vinyl look
Originally, vinyl roof wraps were developed to mimic the look of a convertible car.
In fact, the history of this look can be traced back almost to the start of the history of the automobile. Early cars such as the 1929 Ford Model “A” Special Coupe had a roof covered in vinyl-like material designed to look like the moveable top of a horse-drawn carriage.
Since then, vinyl roofs have featured on some of the most classic cars ever made. One of the first cars to come with a modern vinyl roof as standard was the 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville. They later appeared on Lincoln Cosmopolitan coupes, Chrysler’s Dodge Dart, and the first Ford Mustang.
Roof wraps come into their own
While vinyl roof wraps first appeared to conjure up the vinyl roof look on cars with rigid roofs, they have since developed in a direction all of their own. Today, roof wrapping has evolved into a unique styling statement embodying a thoroughly modern aesthetic.
Popular choices include gloss black vinyl roof wrap, which can make a car look extra sleek, or a custom-designed vinyl wrap decal which brings a splash of personality to any car roof.
Why wrap your car roof in vinyl?
In terms of price, convenience, and flexibility, installing vinyl wrap on your car roof is one of the best ways to give your car a customized look.
Here are five reasons why roof wrap is a great solution over other options such as getting a new paint job.
1. Be creative, with endless ways to customize
Vinyl wrapping allows you to choose from countless different designs, colors, textures, and patterns. By getting creative and choosing a new color to wrap the roof of your car, you can create a striking contrast that significantly alters the appearance and feel of your whole automobile.
2. An affordable alternative to paint
Having a quality roof wrap installed is more cost-effective than getting a professional paint job.
3. Vinyl wrap is quick
Vinyl roof wraps are relatively easy and efficient to apply – the job can be done in a ***few hours*** by experienced professionals, meaning you can get your car back and be on the road again in no time.
4. Flexibility for the future
Unlike paint, vinyl wraps are not permanent. You can change the look of your car without permanently altering it, as you can always remove the wrap and return your vehicle to its original state if you want. This is also an advantage when it comes to retaining the resale value of your vehicle, as there is no need to permanently change the color of your car roof.
5. Protection for your car roof
The paintwork on a car roof can be scratched or damaged by objects falling from above such as branches or sap from trees, road debris, or hail. Like wrapping other parts of your vehicle, roof wraps can protect the car exterior and help maintain the resale value of the automobile.
Choosing the right roof vinyl
With so many types of vinyl wrap available on the market, it pays to take your time and think carefully about the right color and material of vinyl film and how the roof vinyl will complement and contrast with the rest of the vehicle.
You can choose from a variety of brands and manufacturers that offer different product choices in terms of the wrap appearance, gloss, finish, materials, and style.
Selecting the best wrap for your roof can really upgrade the styling of your automobile. For example, the installation of a gloss black vinyl wrap on a light-colored car can visually “lower” the car. Stripes may look fabulous on certain sporty cars but may not fit other models. We offer a wide selection of roof vinyl kits so you can customize your vehicle according to your personal preferences. Our specialists can also advise you on designing the best vinyl wrap look for your car.
How is roof vinyl installed?
Roof wrapping is performed by a similar process to that used to wrap other parts of a vehicle. While the procedure is relatively straightforward and efficient, there are many details our specialists at Tinting Chicago pay attention to.
First, it is important to prepare your car and the workspace properly. The car is being washed thoroughly and allowed to dry completely, as the film will not work properly if dust or any other deposits are left on the roof surface. Our workspace is totally clean and dust-free.
Apply with care
Once the vinyl wrap has been accurately cut to the right size for your roof, we apply it carefully to the car surface. While doing this, we remove all bubbles from the film by using special tools such as a squeegee and heat gun, taking special care around sharp corners.
Can I do it myself?
DIY roof wrapping sounds good in theory, but working with vinyl wraps is often more tricky than it sounds. Making errors during the preparation and application process can lead to unsatisfactory results.
Browse through the buyer reviews of any popular DIY vinyl wrap product and you’ll find countless stories of regret that end in cars left with stain-like blemishes, wasted vinyl wrap kits, and sub-optimal finishes on the roof vinyl.
At the very least, vinyl wrapping is a two-person job that requires great patience — as well as the right techniques and equipment, such as robust ladders to safely apply the roof vinyl.
Benefits of our professional roof vinyl service
In practice, if you want to be sure of quality roof wrap results without the potential headaches of a botched job, it is best to call in professionals to do the installation.
Our roof vinyl wrapping specialists offer a top-class service tailored to the needs of each customer, vehicle, style, and budget. As well as completing the job in about 1,5-2,5 hrs (depending on difficulty of work) in our specially-fitted shop for car wrapping, we can also guide you through the different roof wraps available to get the right look for your car.
How much does it cost?
And so to the crunch time… What price can you expect to pay for a quality auto roof wrap?
Well, the answer depends on what kind of roof vinyl you opt for, as well as the size of your car roof and what model you drive. But it is certainly cheaper than getting a new paint job. The average cost to wrap a conventional sedan with roof vinyl would be in the range of $350 to $500.
For more details on price and the different options available, please speak to one of our team today who will be happy to give you a quote on different types of vinyl wrap as well as more information on our wrapping service.
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