Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrap in Chicago: Fast, Professional, Affordable!
No matter which factory color your car has, there will be plenty of other vehicles out there that look the same, making it difficult to stand out on the road. However, you can easily change that with the help of carbon fiber vinyl wrap, which can be used to cover certain parts of your car or the entire vehicle. With this solution, not only do you get a sporty and dynamic look, but you can also protect the original paint and maintain the value of your vehicle. In terms of cost and time, auto wrapping is a great alternative to getting a new paint job.
What is carbon fiber vinyl?
Carbon fiber is valued by engineers as it is lightweight but also strong like metal and similar materials. It has a woven fabric look and a nice 3D appearance. Real carbon fiber is typically black, but in some cases, can be colored with a tinting clear coat.
Carbon fiber vinyl is applied on top of the original paint to give the car a carbon fiber appearance without actually changing the material of the car body. This kind of wrap gives an appealing look, but not the lightweight benefits of carbon fiber bodywork. In fact, the wrap actually adds some extra weight, but this is negligible and will not slow down your car.
Carbon fiber vinyl is usually sold in rolls or sheets. Typically it comes as a PVC-based vinyl with an adhesive layer. The wrap is basically a kind of sticker that imitates the look of real carbon fiber. With the help of heat, it can be applied to a wide variety of surfaces, not just vehicles.
Carbon fiber vinyl film is perfect for those that want the premium look of carbon without actually changing the entire structure of their car, which would be much more expensive. Also, unlike a new paint job that can’t be undone, a carbon fiber vinyl wrap can easily be removed any time you want.
The benefits of carbon fiber vinyl wrap
People choose to wrap their cars with carbon fiber vinyl for a variety of reasons:
- Create a more interesting, appealing, and unique look
- Get the carbon fiber appearance at a fraction of the cost
- To save money (wrapping is cheaper than a paint job)
- To protect the paintwork from scratches, road debris damage, weather, and corrosion
- To be able to return to the original look of the car easily, while never having to modify it
- To maintain the value of the vehicle so it can be resold for a better price;
- Fast and easy application
- More resistant that other types of wrapping
- Resistant to corrosion
- Much lighter than other wraps
- Can be coated or painted.
Which carbon fiber vinyl is the best?
There are plenty of wrap brands out there. Some of the best in the world are 3M and Avery — which are precisely the brands that we use in our shop, all of which come with a warranty of two years.
In general, it’s always better to go for a trusted and reputable brand, even though that might cost a bit more at first. In the long term, the extra initial outlay always proves well worth it.
3M wrap is made with a dual cast film composed of invisible air release channels. It’s also made to be pressure activated. This makes the installation process much easier without the need for a heat gun, and it also gives you the freedom to reposition the wrap how you want.
Carbon fiber vinyl wrap in Chicago
If you want to get that premium carbon fiber look and also protect your car for many years to come, Tinting Chicago is here to assist you. You can find us at 3621 N Harlem Ave. and 2720 W Grand Ave., or call us at 773-455-0467 or 312-212-0493.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does carbon fiber vinyl last?
The vinyl wraps we use in our shop are made by brands like 3M and Avery, and come with a warranty of 2 years. The warranty for our installation service is also 2 years, though this does not include regular wear & tear or scratches.
How much does carbon fiber vinyl cost?
From $299 to $5700. The final price depends on the size of your vehicle and the amount you want to cover (full car or just some parts). Here are some quotes from the Tinting Chicago price list.
- Hood: $375-420
- Roof: $420-525
- Trim: $345 - $405
- Head/tail lights: $180-210
- Mirror caps: $299
- Roof rails: $480
- Full car: $4,800-5,700
Does removing carbon fiber vinyl damage paintwork?
No, if it is done professionally and underneath is an original paintwork. Vinyl wrap can easily be removed at any time — whether you are bored with the appearance of your car and want to change it, or if you simply want to go back to the original look of the car. If the underlying paint job was done properly and the wrap was installed correctly, then the removal process should not damage the original paintwork and should not leave any residue behind. However, it’s still better to get the removal job done by a professional service instead of trying to do it yourself and ending up with sticky residue or scratches.
Can I apply carbon fiber vinyl myself?
If you have previous experience with car wrapping, then yes, you can do it yourself. However, if you are unfamiliar with the process, then it’s much better to get the job done by an expert instead of trying to figure it out by yourself. Not only will they have the right knowledge and experience to ensure quality results, but they will also perform the installation in a dust-proof space set to the right temperature. Tinting Chicago is here to help, and you can find us at 3621 N Harlem Ave. and 2720 W Grand Ave., or call us at 773-455-0467 or 312-212-0493.
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