Arkham Performance

Vinyl wrap

Vinyl technology has evolved over the years and is now a viable alternative to a re-spray. Thanks to the non-destructive nature of the process vinyl wraps allow the ability to revert back to the original paint finish if required, meaning that future resale value is not compromised. Vinyl wraps can also act as a protective shield against weathering, scuffs, and stone chips to the original paintwork.

We also offer lighter touch packages for vehicle owners looking for small vinyl detail in certain areas of the car, such as de-chroming or black pack detail.

Our wrapping bay is a purpose-built facility consisting of a dust-free closed-cell, extensive surround lighting, precision wrapping tools, and temperature control to ensure the vinyl is optimised before & during application. Arkham uses only high-end vinyl suppliers and can offer matte, gloss, satin or even chrome finishes.

Pricing varies as much as customers’ specifications do so whether that be a complete exterior wrap plus the addition of all door shuts & returns, a complete external only colour change or simply a roof or wing mirrors for example.

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Specifics That Affect The Price of a Car Wrap

No two car wraps are the same as every vehicle on the road will be in a different condition, consider the following points:

The size of the vehicle – in general, a small car such as a Ford Ka will be cheaper than a huge 4×4.

The number of doors – For when a total colour change is required (known as shuts & returns).

The complexity of the vehicle surface – even small cars can have lots of curves, lines, grooves and other complex design features that increase the time needed to complete the wrap.

The condition of the existing paintwork – vinyl will not adhere to rust and any existing dents or deep scratches on the surface of the vehicle will still be visible through the new wrap.

Aftermarket parts fitted – any aftermarket sills, spoilers, bumpers or other aftermarket parts will increase the time it takes to complete the project.

Any existing vinyl or graphics fitted – a new vinyl wrap can only adhere to paintwork in good condition, any existing graphics or vinyl will need to be removed.

The type of vinyl wrapped on the car – the cheapest vinyl is an off-the-shelf solid colour. Chrome, satins and two-tone colours cost more with custom-designed patterns costing considerably more.

All Your Questions answered

In general; a cheap low-end respray is cheaper than an average car wrapping cost but a good quality respray costs more than a good quality car wrap.

Of course, a car wrap is only temporary and can be removed but a respray is permanent and a bad respray can cost a lot to rectify.

If we have wrapped your vehicle then we insist you bring it back to us to have the wrap removed properly as there is a process to this so as not to damage the paint underneath. Inexperience of the product or techniques can result in some serious damage being caused to your vehicle. We usually charge around £600 to completely remove a FULL colour change wrap from a vehicle but this depends on exact requirements.

It’s not easy to remove a car vinyl wrap, a heat gun set to a specific temperature is first used to soften the material, the sticky residue is then removed with liquid and chemicals that are designed to protect the paint. The process is slow and to avoid damage to the paintwork, requires care and expertise.

Yes, but only if installed and removed by a professional. There are other, better, ways to protect paintwork such as waxing and translucent spray paint.

No, a vinyl wrap should only be used on sound paintwork. Any existing rust will likely spread under the vinyl and scratches/dents will still be visible through the thin layer of vinyl as the material is essentially thinner than the average human hair & thus also shows imperfections pretty easily.

A car vinyl wrap is only temporary and most will last around 5 years

The vinyl is manufactured in rolls with a sticky back tape which is removed just prior to installation, the mild adhesive is just enough to secure the vinyl but not strong enough to damage the paintwork.