Wrapping your car’s roof will generally cost between $45 and $55 if you do it yourself, or about $250 for a professional job. Costs will largely depend on the size of the area you need to cover, as well as the vinyl type and finish.
Roof Wrap Options and Cost
Roof wrapping has become a popular way to instantly update the look of your vehicle. While some owners use vehicle wrap to hide the worn or damaged paint on the roof of their car, others use it to give their vehicle an updated look.
There are three major vinyl wrap options that are popular for roofs: gloss, matte, and carbon fiber. Each is available in a wide variety of colors (even custom), and some may have images or graphics printed on them. For each type of vinyl, prices will vary depending on the brand you choose.
Note: If your paint is oxidized and rough, vinyl wrap won’t adhere well to it and you’ll have to paint instead. However, you may choose to complete a cheap rattle can or brush DIY paint job to smooth the surface first, then apply vinyl over that. Find out more in our article about cheap car paint options.
- What it is: Vinyl wrap with a smooth, glossy sheen
- Cost per square foot: $1.50 to $3.50 on Amazon
- What it is: Vinyl wrap with a dull, soft finish and no sheen
- Cost per square foot: $2 to $3 on Amazon
- What it is: Very thin, durable, and flexible textured vinyl wrap available in a range of finishes
- Cost per square foot: $3 to $5 on Amazon
The Cost of DIY Roof Wrapping
Wrapping an entire car can be challenging, but doing a roof wrapping yourself is comparatively easy. The total cost of DIY roof wrapping is around $45 to $55 for solid color wraps, or $85 and $95 for wraps with pre-printed graphics.
The other materials you’ll need to wrap your car’s roof include:
- Cleaner and rags
- Squeegee for vinyl wrap application; about $5 on Amazon
- Utility knife; about $10 on Amazon
- Heat torch; about $20 to $30 on Amazon
Here’s a helpful YouTube video that shows you how to install a roof wrap, step by step:
The Cost of Professional Roof Wrapping
Professional car roof wrapping costs around $250, though it can cost a bit more depending on the type and design of the wrap. We obtained this average cost by contacting several auto body paint shops and viewing auto body websites.
This price tag includes materials such as the vinyl wrap, which can cost $2 to $7 per square foot, with carbon fiber wraps that include graphics or images costing the most. Other factors include labor and conveniences, such as picking up or dropping off your vehicle.
Professional car wrap installers typically use a few specialized tools like a heat torch and air release tools to ensure a perfectly smooth, durable, and long-lasting vinyl wrap installation.
Roof Wrapping vs. Painting
Since vinyl car wraps have become more popular, the cost of professional car wrapping is now comparable to that of professional paint jobs. Both full-car vinyl wrapping and professional car painting starts at around $2,500 and can end up costing upwards of $6,000. Our article has a more thorough comparison of the cost of a car wrap vs. a paint job.
However, vinyl wraps have an advantage in that you can wrap part of your vehicle instead of the whole thing and still achieve a great look. With vehicle painting, you typically need to have the entire car painted instead of just the worn or damaged part. Also, vinyl wraps are removable. If you ever decide to sell your car, you can simply remove the vinyl and the resale value will be unaffected.
So if you’re looking to improve the appearance of your roof without changing the rest of the car, vinyl wrapping tends to be the easier and more economical choice.