benrk
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Cost of a vehicle wrap?

Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:32 am

Hi,

I put a downpayment on a well equipped & well priced i3, I just don’t like the silver paint.
Has anyone wrapped his i3? Anyone got an idea how much it costs on that little car that has much of the body panels in black anyways?

Thx, Ben

joeblow
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Re: Cost of a vehicle wrap?

Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:38 am

It really varies but we did the paint armor wrap of the entire front end, door edges and rear bumper and it was $1500. I would guess $3K to do the complete car?

benrk
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Re: Cost of a vehicle wrap?

Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:51 am

joeblow wrote:It really varies but we did the paint armor wrap of the entire front end, door edges and rear bumper and it was $1500. I would guess $3K to do the complete car?

Hi, thx for the response. Where are you located, what kind of $ is that? If that’s USD, it sounds very high, but there is some fancy & expensive film out there.
Given how few painted surfaces (besides the black) the i3 has, I’m pretty sure I can have the car painted for cheaper than 3k CAD.

Greetz, Ben

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MKH
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Re: Cost of a vehicle wrap?

Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:06 am

Given how few painted surfaces (besides the black) the i3 has, I’m pretty sure I can have the car painted for cheaper than 3k CAD.
Problem is, the car body panels are all plastic. Normal automotive paint won't work - won't stick, just wipes right off when dry. For any success at all, each body panel will need to be removed, and the finish completely sanded off. Then it needs to be treated with a plastic adhesion promoter. Once that is done, each panel can be primed and painted with a paint made for plastic, ie flexible enough when dry not to crack when the panel flexes. then the panels can be reinstalled when dry. Labor costs alone will push the job North of $7K. Friend with a Corvette, which is all plastic and fiberglass was quoted $10K to $14K.
Mark H.
2015 i3 Rex, Capparis White, Tera World, Technology & Driving Assistant, Parking Assistant, Harman Kardon Audio System, 20 inch wheels, EVoInnovate EVSE

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