3M vinyl wraps are sweeping the advertising and promotions industries in ways we haven’t seen before. This durable and versatile material is also used on vehicles for safety and marketing purposes. It can also be used to change the appearance of your vehicle for purely decorative reasons. If you’re considering a 3M vinyl wrap for cars, you’ve come to the right place. 

Depending on the design, colors, and logo choices, car wrapping is a wonderful way to show personality or to market your brand or services. It’s also ideal for professional vehicles that need to be marked, such as emergency vehicles or security vehicles.

But like with many other decisions, there are a lot of factors to weigh. One concerning factor is the total cost. While wrapping your car seems like an exciting decision, some car owners believe that a full-vehicle vinyl wrap is unaffordable. 

We hear you! Here are a few factors to keep in mind that can affect the total cost of your service:


What Type of Vinyl Material Are You Using?

Are you using a 3M cast vinyl or a calendered vinyl? What is the difference?

Think of cast vinyl as a higher-quality and more expensive option. Unlike calendered vinyl, cast vinyl is thinner, made to be more flexible, and conforms to your car’s grooves well. 

Calendered vinyl, on the other hand, is thicker and more susceptible to wear and tear, and cracking. But for those looking to get their car wrapped on a budget, this type of vinyl is a great choice. 

How Big Is Your Car? 

A two-door coupe will need less vinyl than an eight-person seater SUV. That SUV will need way less vinyl than a truck or van would. The bigger your car, the more vinyl you need. The more vinyl you need, the more you can expect to pay.

In case you want a few estimates to toy with, expect a smaller compact car wrap to land somewhere between $2,000 and $3,500. An SUV might be anywhere between $3,500 and $5,000.

When in doubt, give AirMark a call, and let us see how we can help you find the right material to bring your vision to life within your budget. 

Do You Want Graphics on the Vinyl?

A one-color design is a fairly simple modification. If you are trying to get fancy with your wrap, and market yourself or your brand, expect the custom design to run you a little more in costs than that singular color would. 

AirMark takes pride in offering an extensive selection of 3M vinyl that not only withstands most normal wear and tear but has a lifespan of five to seven years in addition to being compatible with various large format printers and Summa cutting equipment. With top-grade vinyl and compatible equipment, your vision can easily come to life.

Seek Expert Insights

While wrapping your car on your own might seem like a fun hobbyist project, taking matters into your hands might do more harm than good. Improperly placed vinyl won’t adhere like it should and will leave visible and unaesthetic bubbles on the surface.

This is why it is so important for you to seek professional assistance with the installation process of a car wrap—especially when it comes to spending anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 for the materials alone. Find the right materials at AirMark to get started!