Most people seek to express themselves in one way or another. While many manage to express themselves through their individual styles, interests, or words, truck owners and truck enthusiasts like to use their vehicles as a way of showing off parts of their personalities.
Many truck owners look for ways to transform their vehicles so that they don’t drive around with a boring factory paint job, regardless of whether they are traveling for business or pleasure.
Although a new paint job will cost quite a lot, they still want a lasting impression, so for many, it is worthwhile to just apply a quality vehicle wrap.
This article will go over the factors that influence the cost of wrapping a truck as well as the price ranges you can expect for this type of job.
How Much Does it Cost to Wrap a Truck?
Wrapping a truck costs anywhere between $2,000 and $6,000 or more, depending on the type of wrap you’re getting, whether it is a full or partial wrap, the size of the truck, and other determining factors.
If you’re only looking for a simple wrap for a smaller truck, expect a price of around $2,000. If, on the other hand, you want to do a full wrap on a large truck that comes with multiple layers, expect to spend $6,000 or more. You will only be able to get a clear price if you talk to several reputable shops or professionals about the type of wrap you want on your specific truck.
But why does it cost so much to wrap your truck? Getting a better understanding of how a truck is wrapped should give you the needed content on what causes the high prices.
The complexity of the application is one of the factors that will influence how expensive the wrap of a truck will be. An installer will account for things like a truck’s bumper cover being overly difficult to remove or a wrap kit containing many different pieces.
While having the wrap installed, the cost will rise for more complex jobs or tasks that require many hours of labor. Also, a two-door cab will usually need less material than a four-door crew cab, so the price will also be smaller most of the time.
Full Wraps vs. Partial Wraps
Although the final result seems compact, most vehicle wraps come in a multiple-piece kit. Each of the pieces is made for a different panel or part of the body. A partial wrap will only cover the tailgate and/or rear of the truck or another part of the vehicle, while a full wrap covers the paint job on all parts of the pickup truck.
It’s obvious that partial wraps require less material and labor than full wraps, making partial wraps considerably cheaper.
Applying a Vinyl Wrap
Before you can apply the wrap to a truck, the vehicle will first have to be prepared. This includes a full detailing service meant to check whether any painted surface can cause the wrap to not stick properly.
Some truck components might also have to be removed before you can apply the wrap properly, but this will usually depend on the wrap style and the exact vehicle being wrapped. This might include the vehicle’s bumpers or lights in most cases. These items are removed only temporarily so that you can get the needed access to areas that will have the wrap installed.
You then have to position the wrap very carefully so that it can be applied on each panel. While doing this, you should also smooth out any creases or air bubbles you see developing.
It will be easier for you to shrink the wrap into its final position and have it stick properly if you use a heat gun. There are situations in which you can apply multiple layers to create a more complex final product, but this usually requires more complex graphics and a clear understanding of the job at hand.
Preparing Your Truck to be Wrapped
As stated above, before you can start the process of applying the wrap, the truck has to be prepared accordingly.
This involves a thorough wash of your car before you start the wrapping process. It will be harder for the vinyl to adhere to a dirty vehicle than it is to do the same job on a clean one. It is common courtesy to wash your truck before taking it to the wrap shop, although most reputable shops and professionals will do this as well when the vehicle gets in their yard so that they can ensure a fail-proof process.
The condition of the truck’s paint should also be taken into consideration. The vinyl wrap you have applied might look far from perfect if you have a truck with a body full of dents and dings. Spots, where the wrap meets a dent, might make imperfection easier to spot.
Also, rust spots on your truck might continue to eat away at your car even when they have been covered with a wrap. This is why most professional installers will choose not to wrap a rusty vehicle and will ask you to fix these problems first. If they do take on the job, they might not be able to guarantee the longevity and quality of their work.
Maintaining Your Vinyl Truck Wrap
If you maintain your car wrap properly, you can keep it in great condition for several years. The bad news is that as with any other vehicle, the wrap’s hazards come from environmental culprits. Extreme hot or cold weather can cause a lot of stress to the vinyl, making it develop small fissures and cracks.
When possible, it’s better to keep the truck away from the summer hotness, either in a shaded area or in a garage. This will prolong the wrap’s life, protecting it from fading and sunlight exposure.
If you live in a colder climate area, then road salt is the wrap’s biggest enemy. It’s vital that you wash your truck as frequently as possible so that salt doesn’t damage the wrap or eat from the undercarriage of your truck.
Even though the wrap might get damaged with time, the good news is that the paint job underneath won’t, as the wrap works as a protective layer on top of it. While the wrap can be replaced for the same price time and time again, and you might only be charged an additional $500 for the added labor involved in removing the old wrap, a paint job will surely be a lot more expensive.
The cost of wrapping most trucks is somewhere between $2,000 for a small truck and $6,000 for a bigger truck and a more complex wrap design or decal, although the final price will depend on several factors. Among the most important factors to dictate the final cost are the vehicle type, the complexity of the design, and the size of the wrap.
A truck wrap can easily last between five and seven years when it is properly maintained, giving drivers a protective cover over the truck’s paint as well as an amazing look to be proud of.