There are thousands of options when it comes to vinyl wrapping. Whether it’s a print design, a mixed media design, or a standard color-change, the “finish” is what gives the film its overall look. Here’s a list to break down some of the aspects of each type:
The majority of new production cars from the factory are shipped with a shiny new coat of paint. The gloss finish is designed to replicate a factory paint job and clear coat; no waxing required! As with paint, there are a few variations available that will completely change the finished look:
Also known as semi-gloss or luster, satin films are halfway between matte and gloss. Some prefer this look over matte because it still gives off a subtle shine, unlike matte films.
Matte films are the most popular at the moment. The flat sheen really highlights body lines and contours which sometimes get lost with a glossy finish. Check out the various types of matte films below.
A subtle metallic flake gives visual texture and extra shine. Seen here is 3M Matte Brown Metallic.
Brushed, Chrome, Variochrome
These specialty films are sure to turn heads. Typically, these are much more costly and difficult to install but the end results are simply stunning!
A mirror like finish offered in a variety of colors. A top quality film is recommended for the perfect mirror-like shine.
An intense iridescent film line from Hexis.
Print wraps require an over-laminate to protect the ink. Over-laminates are normally available with the standard finishes: Gloss, Satin (Semi Gloss) and Matte. Some companies offer specialty laminates such as pearlescent which give the wrap a unique new look.
Most of the time, color-change films do not require any over-laminates but they can be added to create new and unique effects!
Frozen wraps are some of the most eye-catching vehicles out there. This look is hard to capture in photos but looks phenomenal in the sunlight. A frozen look is achieved using a chrome wrap with a matte or satin over-laminate. The chrome film’s reflective characteristics are toned down by the matte over-laminate giving it that frosty look while still boasting an intense shine. Some manufacturers make film with frozen-like characteristics, but whether it’s truly considered “frozen” is up to you.
Printing graphics on over-laminates is a creative way to apply a graphic to chrome (and other) films. It’s also possible to print directly onto the chrome but a printed over-laminate allows extra leeway for alignment and positioning across body panels.