How Long Does Vinyl Car Wrap Last

When you decide to wrap your car, one question may arise in your brain “ how long does car wrap last?” 

How Long Does Vinyl Car Wrap Last

In fact, it is hard to give an estimated answer of how long does a vinyl car wrap last, the durability of a car wrap depends on the vinyl wrap quality and how do you maintain it. There are a fews of factors such as sun exposure, local climate, how to wash your vehicle and the frequency of washing, and more. 

The quality of vinyl is the most important factor that influence the lasting life, a cheap and poor quality material, the wrap may start to peel off or color fade within one year. Yeswrap’s vinyl can last between 3 and 5 years, if it is properly maintained it can last up to 7 years. 

If the vehicle is on the road every day and constantly exposed to the sun, a vinyl wrap will not last that long, car wraps with extended exposure to UV rays can fade over time, it’s expectancy lifespan may be as short as two years. Conversely, if you have the habit of parking in the shade, that could lengthen your vehicle wrap lifespan dramatically.

Another important factor that can impact wrap lifespan is whether or not your wrap was installed correctly, if you get an amateur to install your wrap and leave a bunch of bubbles or wrinkles in it, the car wraps can quickly start peeling. Installed by car wrap experts will not only certainly made the job done well, but also let the vinyl last longer than a greenhand or do it by yourself.

Here are some ways to extend the lifespan of your vehicle wrap

First of all, proper care and maintenance are the best way to extend your car wrap durability. If you have a garage, park your vehicle in the car garage. If you don’t have one, park it  in the shade as much as you can, and keep your vehicle clean.

In the first couple of weeks after the installation, if through harsh temperatures and extreme weather may cause small bubbles to appear in the car wrap. Once it happens, avoid pressing or attempting to fix it on your own. Drive your car to the wrap shop, and let the professional wrapper fix it with a heat gun.

Scratches are inevitable, if you notice some small damages/scratches/peeling on your vehicle wrap, it’s always suggest to take it to repair as soon as possible, that can avoid a more extensive vinyl damages or peel off, otherwise you may need to replace the entire vinyl vehicle wrap.

At last, a good care and wash ways can help long last the life of the wrap, here are some care tips when you washing your vehicle:

-Wash the vehicle by hand, avoid automated car washes which brushes may lift loose edges, scratch the surface
-Frequent wash
-Use a wet, non-abrasive detergent, and avoid using strong solvents
-Use a clean, soft cloth or sponge
-Rinse the wraps thoroughly after washing, and dry with a clean cloth
-Don’t use wax or polish on matte, textured, or custom-made wraps


A vinyl car wrap can last 2 to 7 years normally, the vinyl wrap quality, the maintenance practices, the climate and weather, and proficiency in wrapping are affect the car wrap last longer.