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How Much Does It Cost to Vinyl Wrap a Car’s Roof in Los Angeles?

With all the fantastic advances made in the vehicle vinyl wrapping industry, including vastly advancing its variety, it is starting to look like a better and better option for many people. One peek at the Top 10 Upcoming Car Wrapping Trends for 2021 can have anyone looking into vinyl wrapping for their car.

If you want to go for a more subtle appearance for your vehicle than some of the extreme wraps out there, getting your roof vinyl wrapped may be the perfect compromise for you. If you are thinking about this new look for your vehicle, one of the first things you’ll probably wonder is “how much does it cost?’. The answer: It depends, but generally around $300.

Properties of the Vinyl Wrap Used

There is a wide range of reasonable prices for vinyl wrapping your vehicle’s depending on several factors. Some of the most important factors include the size of your vehicle’s roof, the quality and type of materials used, the expertise of the installers, and any finish you would like to be applied on top of the vinyl.

There are all different types, materials, and manufacturers of vehicle vinyl wraps. Unusual colors cost more than more common colors like black. There are also outstanding specialty wraps, such as color shifting and chameleon wraps, as well as every type of design you can imagine.

A particularly popular specialized wrap is the carbon fiber print vinyl wrap that has both the look and feel of real carbon fiber. As is expected, specialized wraps will cost more than normal wraps.

Getting a black gloss vinyl wrap instead of a carbon fiber vinyl wrap makes sense when trying to reduce costs. Do not try to cut costs by compromising when it comes to who manufactured your wrap. Like with anything, you can often find cheaper options from a no-name manufacturer off of the internet, but it is not worth it.

Purchasing a wrap like 3M’s Ocean Shimmer or Gold Dust Black 1080 Satin will be more expensive but will also ensure that you can trust the wrap’s quality and reliability. Not only that, but you will also get optimal service and a warranty to boot! The increased price is absolutely worth it and avoids a lot of the trouble that can come with wrapping your vehicle with a low-quality wrap.

The Expertise of Installer

Installing vinyl wrap on a vehicle’s roof in a manner that will stand the test of time and consistently be free of defects requires experience. You can save a lot of money going to someone who has less experience, and even more money by doing it yourself.

Online, you can find vinyl wrap kits for one fourth or less of the cost of having it done professionally. This being said, you may end up with bubbles, peeling, or lifting, and a wrap job that looks unprofessional and will not last. With do-it-yourself kits, it’s also often difficult to determine the quality of the wrap material before something goes wrong.

Instead of taking this unnecessary risk, vehicles should be wrapped by an experienced installer. Here at StickerCity not only do we specialize in both vinyl wrapping vehicles and paint protection, but we have also won several awards. These include 2017’s “Wrap Like a King” and Roland’s Creative reward.

Labor Costs

Labor costs will depend on the amount of time required to wrap your vehicle’s roof, the effort that will be needed, and the expertise of the installer. Simple jobs can take as little as a couple of hours. Not all wrap jobs are this easy though.  

More complex jobs such as those that will have paint protection film or ceramic coating applied on top, or those that have unusual roof shapes, may take a significantly longer amount of time.  The more time you expect the installer to work, and the more difficult that work is, the more expensive it will be.

Area Being Covered

Both because of increased labor costs, but also because of the fact that more materials will be needed, wrapping a larger or more complex roof will cost more than a simple, smaller vehicle roof. For example, the amount you would be quoted regarding wrapping your smart car in Los Angeles will be significantly less because of its compact size. If you were to have the roof of a limo be vinyl wrapped, the price is going to be several times more expensive.

Topcoat and Other Options

If you were wondering if you can clear coat over vinyl wrap, the answer is absolutely! Not only can the clear coat help to protect your vinyl wrap just like it would your paint, but it can also bring out your vinyl wrap’s gloss and finish to make it look even better than it already does. Of course, installers that offer a topcoat will charge more than one that does not.

Topcoats are not bulletproof and will not save you from more harsh scratches and abrasions. XPEL’s ceramic coating can be placed on top of your vehicle’s vinyl wrap and can add the ultimate layer of protection. If damage to your wrap and underlying paint is a concern of yours, going to one of the best XPEL Installers in the LA area is the best option. XPEL’s Ceramic Pro’s cost is worth it, but it could cost well over double the cost of the vinyl wrap itself.

How Much Does Wrapping Your Vehicle’s Roof Cost?

Having your roof wrapped may vary in cost but generally, it will fall around $300 unless there are special circumstances like if you have a ceramic coating applied on top of it. Far less than getting a permanent paint job that cannot be easily reversed, vinyl wrapping your vehicle’s roof can revamp your car’s appearance without breaking the bank.

If an installer quotes you at less than $200, it should raise concerns about the quality of materials used and the expertise of the installer. The best way to determine the appropriate pricing is to call around and speak to different installers to figure out what each establishment does, the quality of their work, what brands they offer, and their quote. 

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