Wrapbeast LLC started as Sign Tech in 2012 in Lanham, MD. With nearly a decade of tint experience and collectively 5 years of PPF and Vinyl experience, we attained our SunTek Certified Automotive Tint Installer status in December 2018 and our SunTek Certified Paint Protection Film Installer status in November 2018.
- Vinyl Wrap:
Vinyl wrap is a vinyl material that can come printed with custom graphics or pre-colored in a variety of different colors and come in matte, satin, gloss, pearl, colorshift, diamond, and chrome finishes. The vinyl material comes in a roll to the installer and can be hand cut or computer cut on a plotter to be installed on a vehicle where the installer will lay the material onto the vehicle and cut it to the shape of the panels. Vinyl wraps can last between 5-10 years based on care and weather conditions (sunnier locations usually have to lean toward the 5 year mark). Based on the color of the car, the color and finish of the wrap, reputation and quality of work of the shop, a vinyl wrap can be anywhere between $1,000-$5,000. Wrap material can also protect your cars original paint color as well as prevent small rock chips from forming on the areas where they are vulnerable. Replacing a damaged panel is also as easy as removing the old vinyl wrap and installing the same material to ensure a quick and uniform way of repairing and restoring the look of the car without the risk of overspray like in plastidip or paint. Wrap has its limitations as well, vinyl lifting or peeling on low-energy surfaces, not having exactly the same type of gloss finish as paint, the risk of cutting paint during installation, bubbling from the wrap lifting, not having the same duration as paint, as well as not being able to buff the wrap are reasons as to why people may choose to go the paint or dip route.
Painting a vehicle as been around as long as there has been the urge for people to personalize their car. The ultimate in ensuring a long lasting effect of protection, restoring the manufacturers original look for the car, as well as changing the color of the car. Paint can also be done in a gloss, matte, satin, colorshift, pearl, diamond, or chrome finish as well. Paintwork can vary, while some paint shops can do the work for relatively cheap, a good paint job can cost between $3,000-$15,000 depending on the type of color, finish, quality of work, and reputation of the shop. Paint also can have its limitations, cost, dirt in the finish, orange peel, improper paint or clearcoat application, overspray, as well as paperwork involved in your local DMV might be something to consider.
Plastidip is an air-dry, specialty rubber coating, that is peelable, flexible and can be used for automotive customization. It can be found in a variety of colors and finishes. Most plastidips are found in a matte or satin finish although a glossy effect can also be done. Most good plastidip jobs should be expected to last between 2-5 years. It is also rather inexpensive as the range for this type of service on a full car can be anywhere between $500-$2,000 depending on the color, finish, quality of the work, and reputation of the shop. For those looking to change the color or finish of their cars exterior on a budget, plastidip is definitely the way to go. Plastidip still has its limitations however, overspray, inconsistencies in the layers of the dip, runs, orange peel, difficulty in removal from improper installation, lacking the gloss finish of paint and vinyl wrap, bubbling in the finish, and aftercare (gasoline spills will damage the plastidip) are the biggest reasons why people can steer clear of plastidip.
Autodip or autoflex is a newer version of plastidip dubbed "sprayable vinyl" or "liquid wrap" that can provide a smoother, glossier finish, however it still has the same limitations as plastidip.
Wrapbeast LLC is a SunTek Certified Automotive Tint and Paint Protection Film Installer.
Wrapbeast provides window and lighting tinting, commercial and personal vehicle vinyl wraps, paint protection films, and custom decal services for the Washington Metro Area. Our window tints are computer cut and come with a lifetime warranty for as long as you own that vehicle. For business owners trying to get their advertising squared away, we offer a full range of vinyl wrap services to help make your work vehicle get noticed.
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