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I've decided to get my car wrapped to a color that's easier to live with in a dusty windy desert. I'm calling around to shops and one quoted me $4k for a full wrap with 3M material and that includes blacking out most of the chrome. I've searched here and found information that's pretty old, so I'm wondering who has more recently has paid a shop to do a full wrap and if it was on a V3. here is a pic of my car for reference. thanks everyone!

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What area area you in? I know a guy here in Az that will probably beat that price and does good work! He deleted all my chrome for me and was way cheaper then others.
 

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You know even a HIGH quality wrap needs to be replaced every 3-5 yrs., right?
 

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For whatever reason, I thought it would be closer to $5k for a full wrap.

I might have to look into a wrap as well. I don't plan on selling the V anytime soon so a change of color might be nice for a while. The red looks awesome but is damn near impossible to keep clean. Wonder if they have the color of dirt....
 

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Ah. When you said dusty desert I thought you might be in Arizona
 
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There is quite a bit of dust across the country! 😆 it’s a battle that people who haven’t lived in it understand. I was in Palm Desert, CA before here and it was bad but not nearly as bad as where we’re at now.

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* that’s not from where I live but seems like it sometimes
 

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For whatever reason, I thought it would be closer to $5k for a full wrap.

I might have to look into a wrap as well. I don't plan on selling the V anytime soon so a change of color might be nice for a while. The red looks awesome but is damn near impossible to keep clean. Wonder if they have the color of dirt....
I love my black paint. It’s absolutely beautiful so I wish that I didn’t have to make a decision like this. The dust storms won and my back isn’t what it once was to keep the car clean like I used to enjoy doing. At least there are many color wraps to choose from and I’ve read that greys are good to help me with this problem. I’m torn between 3M satin charcoal and dark grey.
 

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wraps are actually a good investment. if you’re keeping your car 5 or more years think of it like this, PPF is usually $4500. at least you get to add a custom color to your car. everyone has a black, white, blue, red or silver car. go crazy with it. and in the end if you or the next owner isn’t happy with it - it’s not permanent and the original paint underneath was well preserved. i had my V2 wrapped the last year i owned it but i got a steep discount since a close friend owned a wrap shop. i would probably wrap my V3 in the next few years. i know from experience 3M is really good quality. inozetek is known for their smooth and glossy less orange peel finish. also look at flexshield usa. most of these wraps “self heal” so you won’t have to deal with chips and swirls. they’re not hard to take care of and garage parking is a must for longevity. of course see what type of warranty the shop gives on labor and material. you’ll see bubbles and peeling if they do a crappy job. make sure they do the mirrors and door handles. the front bumper will probably be the most challenging part to wrap. add a good ceramic coat to help with less dust. good luck hope this helps!
 

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For whatever reason, I thought it would be closer to $5k for a full wrap.

I might have to look into a wrap as well. I don't plan on selling the V anytime soon so a change of color might be nice for a while. The red looks awesome but is damn near impossible to keep clean. Wonder if they have the color of dirt....
If I wasn’t contending with the level of dust that I am, I would have loved to wrap the car with something close to the CTS-V vector blue.
 

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Or close to the red obsession. That color with everything else blacked out is probably the most gorgeous combo I’ve ever seen on a v3.
But alas, I have to pick a color that conceals dust meaning, it looks like dust! lol I’m pretty sure that I’ll be going with 3M satin dark grey and it’ll do the job and look good too.
 

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wraps are actually a good investment. if you’re keeping your car 5 or more years think of it like this, PPF is usually $4500. at least you get to add a custom color to your car. everyone has a black, white, blue, red or silver car. go crazy with it. and in the end if you or the next owner isn’t happy with it - it’s not permanent and the original paint underneath was well preserved. i had my V2 wrapped the last year i owned it but i got a steep discount since a close friend owned a wrap shop. i would probably wrap my V3 in the next few years. i know from experience 3M is really good quality. inozetek is known for their smooth and glossy less orange peel finish. also look at flexshield usa. most of these wraps “self heal” so you won’t have to deal with chips and swirls. they’re not hard to take care of and garage parking is a must for longevity. of course see what type of warranty the shop gives on labor and material. you’ll see bubbles and peeling if they do a crappy job. make sure they do the mirrors and door handles. the front bumper will probably be the most challenging part to wrap. add a good ceramic coat to help with less dust. good luck hope this helps!
Great feedback thanks! And you mentioned ceramic coating the wrap. I was going to have that done professionally on my car because I’d never attempt something like that myself on glossy deep black paint. There’s just too much risk involved as compared with other colors. Considering a wrap isn’t a permanent finish and I’m going with a satin finish, I’ll do the ceramic coating myself. Thanks for the tip!
 

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avalon king armor shield IX is like ceramic coating for dummies. there’s plenty of videos on youtube on how to apply it. follow their instructions closely and you won’t be dissatisfied. its $70 per kit. it doesn’t take a “professional” - these people don’t go to school and get a degree to apply ceramic coat lol. i’ve done my V2 and V3. wife’s tesla X now porsche taycan 4S, and father in laws corvette C8. best $70 you’ll ever spend on your car. can do an entire vehicle in about 2-3 hours using two coats. you can’t let any water or moisture get on it for 48 hours. they say it takes about two weeks to fully cure. check them out
 
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