Chrome Car Wrap or Chrome Car Paint?

Paint or Wrap: The Best Way to Chrome Your Car

Wrap or paintPolished chrome and high-performance luxury vehicles have gone hand-in-hand for decades, and perhaps much, much longer. Almost as long as cars have been on the road, automakers have used chrome accents to make their vehicles pop and stand out from the competition. In time, drivers began adding their own aftermarket chrome accents to give their vehicles more aesthetic flare. But only recently have drivers been able to go beyond chrome accents and transform their rides into fully chromed-out chariots.

This new trend in car customization is especially popular with the über rich and famous, as evident by Justin Bieber’s chrome Fisker Karma, 50 Cent’s chrome Lamborghini Murcielago, and Swizz Beatz’s chrome Lotus Evora GTE (just to name a few). Of course you don’t have to be famous or wealthy yourself to own a chrome car, you just need the desire to stand out and a car worth showing off—because if there’s one thing a chrome car isn’t, it’s unnoticeable.

So, what next? You need to decide between wrapping and painting your car in chrome. Both options can give you the chromed-out look you desire for your luxury vehicle, but there are important differences to consider that can help you decide which one is right for your ride.

Chrome Wrap vs Chrome Paint

Chrome is chrome is chrome, right? Not necessarily. Although chrome-wrapped and chrome-painted cars might look similar (at least to the untrained eye) there are a slew of factors that can direct you towards one route or the other, including:

The Cost to Chrome

One of the first and most important differences between auto chrome wrapping and auto chrome painting is price. A professional chrome paint job can cost thousands of dollars more than a chrome wrap when you factor in additional labor and material costs. You also need to consider the cost to restore your vehicle if you ever grow tired of the chrome look. A car wrap can simply be peeled off, whereas a chrome paint job will require you to repaint your entire vehicle again in order to change its appearance.

How Long It Takes

Although it might not be as important to you as the cost, the time required to chrome your vehicle can also play a role in your decision to wrap or paint. Typically, auto paint jobs take many times longer than professional wrap installations. Some chrome wrap installers can have your vehicle finished up and ready for the road in as little as one day after you drop off your car. A chrome paint job, on the other hand, can leave you without your vehicle for days or even weeks while the painters sand the body, tape off the glass, etc.

Aftercare and Maintenance

Another seemingly minor consideration, the maintenance and cleaning requirements of auto chrome wrap and auto chrome paint should also be taken into consideration if you’re weighing your options equally and carefully. Chrome car wrap doesn’t require any special cleaning products or techniques beyond what you already do to keep your car looking great. With mirrored “chrome” paint, you’ll need to keep your vehicle waxed in order to maintain the shine and add a layer of protection against the elements.

The Final Product

By this point you’re probably wondering, “All of this is great but which option looks better?” It’s hard to say for sure since it’s largely a matter of preference and opinion. One thing we can say for certain, however, is that in either case the final product will look best when handled by a professional. Chrome wrapping, for example, is easy enough that some drivers attempt to do it on their own but tricky enough that the difference between DIY and professional chrome wrap jobs is easy to spot.

If you can imagine your car chromed out from top to bottom, side to side, and front to back, the chrome wrap experts here at Super Auto Shield can help. We are one of the premier chrome car wrap shops in Southern Florida, and we’re happy to walk through the options with you and make sure you understand the process of tricking your car out in chrome. Call (561) 367-0101 to get started.

Wendy Feliu
wendy@autosupershield.com