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Old 01-01-2018, 11:44 AM   #1
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Wrap or not wrap

My 99 986 needs a Paint job. But.. one of my close friends ďwarpsĒ Porsche Race cars and Padron race cars. He has offered to wrap my Boxster after the Rolex 24 Hour Race.

Anyone have a warped Boxster? If so whatís your thoughts on wrapping vs painting?


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Old 01-01-2018, 12:25 PM   #2
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Wrapping can be way cheaper than a real paint job. It's great if you just want to experiment with a new color and can reverse it easily if you either don't like it or want to go for a real paint job. If you're staying the same color I would just have the car repainted.
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Old 01-01-2018, 12:41 PM   #3
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Thanks. Paint jobs can be very expensive. A local Porsche Service shop recommended a painter Who does a good job and is reasonably priced. Painter gave me a $2000 estimate.


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Old 01-01-2018, 04:26 PM   #4
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I have been wondering about wrapping front hood... as mine is repainted when I got the car and not as nice. Anyone done it, please share some pics!
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Old 01-01-2018, 04:39 PM   #5
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I know person that did that to his Cayman and another person to is 911.


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Old 01-01-2018, 04:56 PM   #6
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Wrap it. You can get super creative. There is a local racer here that has a 2.5' Porsche crest "embossed" into his hood by having the crest done then the over wrap. It sits at an angle, just off center. Don't have a pic, but it's really cool. I had my hood CF wrapped for awhile, but decided I wanted to go stripes. Did those and the Porsche door stripes. Love it.

The only downside to wrapping an older paint job is paint chips. They can show under the wrap and also cause air bubbles. There may be a way to circumvent that, but it was always an issue when doing clear bras.
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Old 01-01-2018, 05:12 PM   #7
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My friend wraps the Official Porsche race team cars. Travels the world. He is very creative. Might paint it and make sure body is correct then wrap it creatively. Iím going to his shop in Palm Beach after the Rolex 24 Hour Race to get creative with him.

The green car is one of 11 he did last year for the race.




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Old 01-01-2018, 05:21 PM   #8
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There was a local 99 Boxster for sale a couple of years ago that had a full chrome wrap. From 10 feet away, it was pretty cool looking. The car owner owned a detail shop and did the car to learn how to do it and then use the car as an attention getter. I chatted with him for a bit and he showed me his mistakes and mentioned that the wrap can cost as much as an average paint job (whatever that is).

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Old 01-01-2018, 06:20 PM   #9
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Wrap or not wrap

Yup $3k or so. But if my friend does it cost will be parts only. Thatís why am thinking of wrapping instead of painting. I have a place where I can get it painted for about two grand and a local poor service center claims theyíre pretty good at what they do.

Iím still considering painting instead of wrapping it. I also want to change out the headlights. And I want to get a different steering wheel. My steering wheel has some issues.

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It partly depends on what you want.

If you want your car to look like a IMSA Prototype race car (or have a complex or highly subjective color scheme), then wrap it.

I have known several friends who wrapped their cars (mostly 911's). All of them removed the wrap in less than 12 months because the complex design/color was really too much to live with on a daily basis for the street. I drive my Boxster race car on the street to/from races with big sponsor stickers and brightly colored wheels and it can get tiring to stand out everywhere you go.

If you want a solid/normal color and your local shop can do a decent job at that price point ($2K), then paint it since it will last longer and shine truer.
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Yup $3k or so. But if my friend does it cost will be parts only. Thatís why am thinking of wrapping instead of painting. I have a place where I can get it painted for about two grand and a local poor service center claims theyíre pretty good at what they do.

Iím still considering painting instead of wrapping it. I also want to change out the headlights. And I want to get a different steering wheel. My steering wheel has some issues.

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What issues does your steering wheel have?
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What issues does your steering wheel have?


The top part is rough kind of like dry Raught. Tried a steering wheel cover but did not like the feel. Looking to replace it.


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$2 grand for a paint job is pretty cheap for most shops. I got mine painted at Maico (I know, scratch and shine!) and it looks very nice. Including bodywork, painting the door jams and both trunks it was $2100, with some discounts and by scheduling it in the shop's slack period, it came in at about $1600. 4 year guarantee, btw.

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I wouldn't wrap instead of painting. I live in the desert southwest and I think it wouldn't last in our summer sun & heat.
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Wow, yours looks good. Iím leaning on paint and perhaps wrap the front bumper/hood and maybe add a stripe or something. Thanks for sharing.


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Old 01-02-2018, 09:23 AM   #16
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wrapping...hm...these guys with their weathered motorsport design comes into my mind
Weathered Motorsport Wrap Design | Skepple Inc

just love it.
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If the paint is damaged to the point it needs to be repainted, and cannot be repaired with a good detail, I would repaint the car. But I would first ask why you think it needs to be repainted. Unless the clearcoat is failing, polishing should remove the majority of paint defects. Also, keep in mind that wraps are not meant to be permanent and offer little to no protection against future damage like a clear bra.
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Those distressed wraps are pretty cool. Ain't cheap though!
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Hood and trunk are fading.


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Old 01-02-2018, 11:52 PM   #20
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One thing to remember when you wrap a car is that the wrap sticks to the paint already there, if that's not very good then the guys doing the wrap should refuse to do it as it will only make things worse. It's like any other decal in that it needs a solid base to adhere to.

The best thing about wrapping a car is that if you do scratch or mark it then it's easy enough to replace. But the main reason for me is to protect the good paint underneath and make the car easier to live with on a daily basis. I don't care too much if the wrap gets marked but i would if the paint got marked.

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