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Why 'Wrap' Your Car?

For those who have done it or are considering it, what's the thinking behind 'wrapping' the car in another color? I guess I get it if it's an odd color, but some people have recently posted about wrapping satin white over a black paint. Why not get the pearl white car?

How much does a wrap cost?
How long does a wrap last?
What does the wrap do to paint/chrome/plastic it covers when removed?
How do you do it at all those areas like door jambs with lots little crinkly spaces?
Who does a wrap?
Why not repaint every few years instead?

Just curious, no agenda. I obviously am not a 'wrapper'!

Far cheaper than repaint, and can be removed. Google vinyl wrap.

Here are before and after pix from the following thread:

Before, black:

After, satin white:

Notice the nose cone and trim were done, too.

Trim was actually repainted gloss black.

Cattledog, as the owner of the above vehicle stated, he didn't realized what a pain it was to keep a black car looking clean. Which is odd considering his handle is "Porschedealer".

Also, matt colors are "in" and, as Brian stated, it's cheaper to wrap than it is to repaint.

I've owned black cars in the past and will never again. At least not until I can afford to have it detailed once a week (or more often). They do look awesome when clean!

Wait, you've got a blue one don't you? Doesn't it look dirty quickly? Dust just seems to show more on dark cars IMHO. Love that blue too though. So deep and rich.



There's also the repair factor. If the wrap shows scratches or marks, no biggie. It can be replaced entire or in part. Paint, not so much. At least not oven-baked multicoat "with a piano finish".

Found another one, *matte*.

Really wish I'd had the front of my current car wrapped with clear bra. It's taken quite a beating the last 9 years.

But French research has discovered a 7mm decline per year from their use.

Just sayin'.

As an aside, in Germany most of the Taxi cars are wrapped in that awful off-white color. This way it is easier to sell the car later on - just remove the wrap and you have the "original color back - like blue, black, red, etc. and it is more resilient to scratches and much cheaper to replace.

Cool, good to know, doubt I'll ever do it but it does look cool. Good luck to 'wrappers'!

how much does wrapping model-s cost?

.. and do you get the wrap in that signature red color? ;)

Attn Goneskian

Cattledog, as the owner of the above vehicle stated, he didn't realized what a pain it was to keep a black car looking clean. Which is odd considering his handle is "Porschedealer".

I knew that someone would catch onto this...yes I have been selling cars for 21 years and have been telling people for at least 20 of those years that black looks the best as long as it is kept clean! I obviously did not take my own advise! I assumed that by having my porters clean the car 2x per week that I could live with the black car...I could not!

Once you go'll never go back! LOL

P.S. The wrap cost about $3k depending on shops and attention to detail (extremely labor intensive) !

I've found that wrapping the high impact areas on the front of the car, mirrors, and back bumper have been more than enough. I put 3M Autobond on a Mercedes S-class in 2001 and it still looks like it rolled off the showroom floor save a pebble mark or two on the upper hood, which was easily addressed with a dab of touch-up paint. Wrapping the whole car is like putting a screen protector on your iPad or iPhone- great if you're OC, but otherwise of little real utility.

@glenster - Sorry to point that out but the irony was just too delicious. ;-)

On the plus side, if you hadn't made that choice we might not get to see what a matte white wrap looks like! So a big thank you because it's pretty f'in awesome!

So I take it you don't sell Porsche's any longer? If you did I presume you'd be driving a 911 or perhaps a Panamera. ;-)


Hey Tesla enthusiasts, just wanted to share a photo of a wrapped Tesla Model S with you all that was recently completed by NorthWest Auto Salon in Lynnwood, Washington. To my knowledge, it is one of the first "satin clear" wrapped Teslas in existence! We utilized XPEL Stealth paint protection film, which is an extremely durable clear bra material with a flat, frosty, diffused finish.

The full coverage wrap will keep your paint in pristine condition, and it adds a new level of dimensionality to the factory color.

If you have any questions about vehicle wraps, the complexity of wrapping a Tesla, or anything car care related, shoot us an e-mail and we would be happy to assist.

Please post prices for these xpel wraps:

front (all front panels,front fenders,front side of mirrors)
full hood
front bumper
rear bumper
doors, each one
rocker panels, both sides

Also, a price for each of the above with a similar, next-best material (3M?).


Im getting my full front end done with xpel at sticker city in Sherman Oaks Ca on Monday for 1400.00

Then looking to opti-coat the rest of the car. My g35 got ruined by seagull shit over 5 years working at my office in Santa Monica.

Awesome work Dan!

Is that a blue one under there? Is the trim wrapped or painted?

I know you guys do great work. You satin wrapped a friend of mine's black Audi Q7. The one for the Audi Cycling team.


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Attn Goneskiian,

Still at Porsche...been selling Porsches since 2003 first in Woodland Hills and now in Beverly Hills

Until they give me a free Porsche demo to drive the product that I sell...I'm keeping my TESLA !

Sorry for the lack of response, everyone! I guess I was expecting to get some sort of a notification in my inbox when new messages were posted.

Pricing information for vehicle wraps & paint protection can be found on our website, or of you would like a specific quote for a full XPEL "Stealth" wrap like the one pictured, feel free to email We tend to carry a variety of films, which each have different prices, including clear bra, so the range for installation can vary depending on what you want to have done. An XL sedan wrap such as this one could start at around $5000 depending on film & complexity of installation.

I will check back here & include a link to the article on our site with the full wrap installation, pictures & video once it's up.


Just to add - yes, this car is the factory blue paint option with clear, satin PPF. Not fully opaque, matte finish vehicle wrap film.

Beautiful matte finish on the blue Tesla Model S, Dan. Even though this option is quite costly for consumers, not only does it protect the paint, but it also adds that uniqueness by altering the factory color just so slightly. Great installation Dan!

We did this on a customer's f10 m5 months ago. For those of you contemplating betweeen a PPF or vinyl wrap, there are many differences. For one, vinyl is applied in dry form where clear bra is not. Here is a video of the full bmw m5 we did, from beginning to end. Enjoy :)

We wrapped glenster's satin pearl white Tesla s. More pictures can be found here:

Ever see a urban camo wrap? Low profile = less tickets...

On a Tesla? No I haven't seen one.

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