Short Answer: Whether you have a Jeep Wrangler or a different type of Jeep, you can wrap it in vinyl just like other cars. Furthermore, disassembling a Jeep is simpler than many other types of cars, which can lead to savings when you’re applying a wrap. You can pay less than $100 to wrap a small portion of the Jeep, such as the hood. To do a full wrap yourself, you can expect to pay between $400 and $1,400 (plus the cost of tools), depending on the brand and type of vinyl you choose. For a professional installation, it can cost you upwards of $5,000 for materials and labor. Below, we provide the cost breakdown for vinyl wrapping a Jeep.
Jeep Vinyl Wrap Cost
It’s possible to wrap a Jeep with vinyl just like other cars, and the added benefits with Jeeps are that the wrap may turn out to protect your investment from the harsh conditions it’s likely to encounter. Jeeps are one of the most customizable vehicles on the road today, and for that reason, there are several popular options for installing a vinyl wrap.
You can choose to wrap the whole vehicle or just the hood, doors, body panels, roof, fenders, or any combination of parts. The cost is directly related to how much of your Jeep you want to cover. For more about wrapping a specific portion of your car, we have information about the costs to wrap a car’s hood or roof.
Below, we explain the costs to wrap a Jeep Wrangler, specifically — costs will be similar for other types of Jeeps.
Cost to Buy and Install Vinyl Yourself
The actual process of installing a vinyl wrap isn’t too complicated, and it’s similar to other vehicles like a Mustang (about which we have previously reported). The vinyl is applied like a large sticker to a section of the vehicle.
You can get virtually any color you want in a variety of styles and finishes: matte, gloss, carbon fiber, or even a customized, multi-colored wrap (which will be slightly more expensive). If you have a business and want a logo printed on the vinyl, this is also an option. Vinyl is sold by the square foot, and the most cost-effective option is to buy it in five-foot by 25-foot rolls. The following brands sell rolls of this size:
- 3M Matte Black: About $250 per roll
- 3M Black Carbon Fiber: About $450 per roll
- Avery Gloss Black: About $230 per roll
- Avery White Carbon Fiber: About $300 per roll
- Oracal Silver Carbon Fiber: About $250 per roll
If you decide to do the wrap yourself, you will need a heat gun, a vinyl toolkit, and some other basic tools. Fortunately, you only need to purchase many of these tools once, so you can save money by reusing them for future vinyl wrap projects.
Keep in mind that the vinyl will not hide any imperfections in the body, so dents, scratches, rust, and dirt may all show if you don’t take care to prepare the body of the Jeep before you start applying the vinyl wrap.
A two-door Jeep with a soft top will likely only need two rolls of vinyl wrap, which can cost between $430 and $900 depending on the brand and type you choose. Customizations and logos may cost more. If you have a larger Jeep or one with a hard top, you may end up needing a third roll, which would push the DIY cost up to between $700 and $1,350, plus the cost of tools. Note that if you want a custom print job, a professional shop may be your only option.
Cost for Professional Installation
Since wrapping requires patience, time, and the removal of several car body panels, many people choose to pay an installer to do it.
A wrap from a shop can cost between $2,500 and $5,000 (or more) depending on the finish you choose, the shop location, and whether you have a two-door or four-door Jeep. (Our article has more information about typical car wrap costs.) Also, if your Jeep has a hard top and you want to have that wrapped as well, the cost will be higher since there is more area to cover than with Jeeps that have a soft top (as vinyl cannot be applied to a soft top).
Labor rates vary quite a bit based depending on where you live. It is worth noting, however, that labor costs for wrapping a Jeep Wrangler are likely lower than those for other Jeeps, since this model is specifically designed to be disassembled easily. To find a place that will do the vinyl wrapping for you, you can start with a Google search for shops in your area.
Does a Vinyl Wrap Save Money?
While vinyl wraps are not specifically designed for protective purposes, if you happen to live in a harsh climate with lots of road salt or intense sunlight, a wrap can protect the paint on your car for longer than it might otherwise last. This can help protect your Jeep’s resale value. Vinyl is removable, so you can peel it off anytime and the car will look just as it did when you first applied the vinyl.
Wraps can also save the paint on your Jeep from minor damage; if you’re dealing with mud, water, or sand, the vinyl acts as a shield to keep the paint underneath fresh.
Alternatives to Vinyl Wrapping
Vinyl does have a tendency to chip if subjected to rocks. If you’re frequently off-roading on gravel, it may be better to look at another option like Plasti Dip. Although it’s not easily removable, it offers a higher level of protection if you’re pushing your Jeep to the edge.
If your Jeep doesn’t see much off-road action, you might consider a new paint job if yours isn’t in the best shape. Vinyl wraps can be cheaper than paint but typically only last 10 years at most, compared to 25+ years for a good paint job with a warranty. If the wrap is left in the sun all the time or treated badly, it may only last two to three years.
Another option if your Jeep’s paint is in decent shape is to get a protective wrap or “clear bra” that protects the paint like a vinyl wrap does while letting the existing paint job show through. The costs for these are similar to vinyl wraps (as previously reported).
For more about Jeep modifications, we explain the legality of driving your Jeep without the doors.