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I found 1 post about here on this side. i watched 2 movies on you tube and i wonder why would you do it. To change the color on your car i can understand it. I just wonder how good over time the wrap will stand up during everyday use say like snow rain shopping carts and door dings. How about stone chips. How much to do it cheaper than a paint job i don,t know. Any of the members did it? By watching the movie i have to say the guys doing and awesome job and the results look great. So how do you take care of a wrapped car? Like washing and waxing it. Would it not look cheesy when you open the hood or Trunk? To wrap a Chevy to spread the message i can understand it but why on an Slk here are the clips


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EachbmDB-w8&feature=player_detailpage#t=8s


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bi_x2J0UpQ&feature=player_detailpage#t=3s
 

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I read on here that if you damage a panel you need the whole panel re wrapping and there is a colour fading problem if its been on a few months. The site on the you tube says its good for 3 to 5 years. I dont think I would part with that sort of money for 3 to 5 years. I wonder what it looks like after 3 years wear
 

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My brother worked at a company (to remain namelss) that wrapped thier entire fleet of vehicles and the wrapping never faded or anything, and tended to last about 5-7 years (although warranty was 5 years). When the fleet cars were sold, they would take the wrap off and the paint underneath looked good as new.

My brother as well as other employees would sometimes have their personal cars wrapped by the same guys who did the fleet vehicles (not advertising wrap but typically a single color or two tone sometimes - looked like a basic paint job). The advantage was that it preserved the paint, was cheaper than getting the car painted and you have a lot more options for 'intricate' things, for example one guy had his challenger wrapped in a dark carbon fiber and to some it looked really really good (I personally didn't care for it), but there was know way someone could have painted it that well.

The only downside of wrapping was if you got a door ding or small dent, it is more noticable than paint and if you did a basic job of 'pulling the dent out' the wrap wouldn't necessarily move with the dent the way paint would and could look 'warpped'. If you are the type to keep your car a few years and sell, the wrap can add a few bucks to you asking price as the paint job will look brand new.

Overall, I think wrapping a car isn't a bad alternative depending on what you are trying to do. If you want a really intricate paint job and then going to sell your car a few years down the line, I think wrapping is the way to go. If you 'need' a paint job and don't have the money to get the entire job done 'right' then wrapping is a good option as it's considerably cheaper than having a 'good' paint job and looks the same or better. But if you plan to keep your car for the long hall and only want to have to deal with a color change once, then I think painting and waxint/general paint maintenance is the better way to go.

A lot of company cars that have logos and advertising on them use wraps versus paint for a variety of reasons (cost, consistent look, easy to re-do etc.). One thing I would say, if you have rust on your car, you'll still want to have the rust sanded and coverved priro to putting on a wrap.

Oh, you never have to wax your wrap, just washing it will keep it looking good as new.
 

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I personally like the wrap.. it protects your original paint and I can always go back to the original when I get tired of the wrap. Most importantly, aftermarket stuff tend to depreciate the cost of the car so whenever you feel like its time to sell/trade your car in, you can always peel the wrap off(professionally that is)

here is a not so good pic of my painted roof top of my slk vs. a wrapped rooftop of my B7.




 

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If I paid so much for metallic paint on my car, I want to see it every day not hide it.
Some invention are good but this one is crazy.
 

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My dad just professionally repainted my slk 230 three weeks ago, its about 800 dollars per panel, by the time you metal finish all the dents out, sand it, prime it, seal it, sand it, paint it (3 coats), clear it (2 coats), than wet sand it, than buff it, than buff it again, than buff it a finally time. Plus paint and materials, witch my paint and materials from PPG (bodyshop-cost keep in mind) using 744 silver, 3000 clear, plus the primer, sealer, harder, and reducer was running about $1,600. Than on top of that, add in the 3 buffing pads, the 3 buffing compounds and all the man hours on the car. I have about 300 man hours in my car at about the going rate of a normal body shop witch is 55 dollars and hour, yeah do the math....but i did a full resto on my car and it was definitly a labor of love for being my first car that i proudly bought at the age of 15 and drove it 1,500 miles from Florida to my hometown, after it had 4 flat tires and has been sitting out for 7 years in Florida sun, and i got a steal of a deal for $3,000 dollars. Than in the next in 8 months i brought it back from the dead doing everything from hydraulics in the top to the whole interior ripped out to paint to engine to brakes. So your answer is about $10,000 for paint, vinyl is of course the cheaper way out but i doubt the lifetime will last...It would have to be a weekend car that never sees the wet climates.
 

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Another thing is, the Mercedes Benz interiors on these cars suck! I found a nice virgin European 1997 inline 4 non-supercharged slk200 i believe? than i got a steal of a deal, the whole red interior from the dash pad all the way down to the carpet minus the seats all for 500 dollars! the stupid shifter knob is 200 from Mercedes! Than i sprayed engine degreaser on all the parts and pressure washed it down to bare plastic and prepped it with adhesion promoter and a scotch-brite and shot it with special mixed sem and sem clear to match the original interior. What a piss poor idea Mercedes was thinking right? Everyones is like that! The reason is because they wanted that "soft touch feel" so they put latex paint on it...House Paint! Than when the moisture hit it, they were done for, what a big mistake! :td:
 
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