What’s the difference between vinyl wraps and paint?


Get to know the major difference between the most popular interior renovation solutions.

What is the difference between kitchen wrapping and kitchen painting?

When re-doing the kitchen, the most affordable option is usually to re-paint. Paint is done on all the surfaces such as walls, doors, and cabinets. Lately, a better option is trending on the market: vinyl wrapping. This material is known for its availability, affordability, and eco-friendliness. Wrappings are more affordable than painting. This is the reason for the growing popularity of these wrappings

So, if you are looking for a cost-effective way to add freshness to your kitchen area, then vinyl wraps are the ideal option.

A complete kitchen makeover, refurbishment, or replacement involves a lot of expenses. Hence, wrapping proves convenient. Moreover, wraps are much more durable than paints. A standard paint can last up to 2 years, but a quality vinyl wrap can last up to a decade.

This Creative wrap includes an aesthetically pleasing appeal. This is due to the various designs printed on the wraps. 

There are also many other benefits to using Vinyl wrapping. Price, easiness of usage, looks, and environmental effects remain the top ones.

Wraps are available in different colors and designs. First, the vinyl specialists paste the design you choose to the surface. Second, they remove the protective layer from the surface that contains adhesive. So, if you want to try it but are worried about time, don’t! In terms of application speed, kitchen wrapping and bathroom wrapping are way faster. Let’s not mention that

Moreover, the kitchen wrap method is easier than painting and is done fast. And let’s not forget about the better finishes options we get!

What more Do I need to know?

1- Time Complexity

The application processes of wrappings and painting are so different. The difference is so noticeable that you would usually prefer the former over the latter. 

Painting: Painting is a multi-step process. It needs to be handled by skilled workmen using many tools, meant for paint application. 

The  pre-workshop checklist:

A painting job takes several working days, due to the several coats of paint that need to be applied. For that, you need to find an expert with availability for those days. The working days will also need to be matching with your schedule. So ask yourself the following questions:

1-Do I have the time to supervise?

2-Do I have someone that can overlook the work for me if I’m not available?

3-Can I tolerate a painting workshop right now?

4- Am I ready to keep repeating this workshop every few years from now? Will I also have the time?

Paint workshops are exhausting. It’s not as rapid as we hoped it would be. We also need to re-schedule every few years as the paint gets dirty fast. Especially if we decided to go for the neutral palettes (white, beige)

Moreover, it takes some time to clear the kitchen space before painting. Even after completing the painting, it will take some time to make the kitchen ready for use.

Now let’s say you decided to go through the painting process. The first step is surface preparation for the old surfaces that need repainting.

Surface preparation:

1- Scrapping

The surface is scraped with fine-quality sandpaper. This removes unevenness and any kind of particles that can prevent paint from firmly sticking to the surface. The quality of the surface finish largely depends on the quality of surface scraping. If done correctly, it prevents the paint from peeling off. 

2- Priming

Once the surface is smooth, even, and free from unwanted particles, the painter will apply a primer to the surface. This is the second stage of surface preparation. The primer creates a layer on the surface to ease paint adherence. After drying the surface, which might take a few hours or even longer, the painter applies the first coat of paint and allows drying again.

3- Coating

The more you leave on paint to dry, the better it is for the second-layer coating. This is usually done the next day or a few days after. In this coat, the finishing looks are applied: matt or gloss finishes.

Vinyl wrapping – Fixing vinyl wrapping to any surface is a breeze and is done fast. The process does not take more than a few hours Obviously, this depends on the number of components you want to be wrapped. The less components, the less time it will take. But even for the most complex one, it shouldn’t take as much as painting.

The steps:

After you choose the design, the vinyl warp is cut according to the required size and then it is ready to be pasted on the surface

Most Vinyls are heat-activated wrapping. It requires specific tools that the vinyl experts have.

The process starts by placing the wrap on the surface to make it sit smoothly and then heat is added to the surface. The heat activates the adhesive as the wrap gradually sticks firm to the surface. To apply heat, specialists use a specific heater/drier with a high-temperature setting.

The next step is to pull off the backing and apply the vinyl on the surface by gradually spreading it with the help of a squeegee. This process is applicable to adhesive-backed vinyl wraps. These warps have adhesives pre-applied on the under surface and are easy to apply. 

2- Easy replaceable and finishing variety

Painting is 30 to 40% more expensive than vinyl. So if you decided that you wanted to go for another design interior, chances are you need to set a big budget. You need to also re-think your decisions. Sure, paint changes the look of your interior but it is still limited. With only 7 seven colors in the paint spectrum, color choices are set to a specific number. Colors available can be limited to around 3500.

Paint Finishes can be:

  • High-Gloss
  • Semi-Gloss .
  • Satin Paint Finish
  • Eggshell Paint Finish
  • Flat / Matte Paint Finish.

To add on that, most painting companies have limited stock so you will need to wait if you want rare colors.

For Vinyl, finish options are more flexible as well as coloring schemes. You get all the colors and options that paint has to offer and more. Wood is a texture that is also possible with vinyl.

At Yalla Wrap It, more than 7000 options are available. You can check our catalog for more information.

The growing popularity of high-quality vinyl wrappings can’t be ignored. It provides an opportunity to change the look and feel of the kitchen area. Hence, wraps are a great alternative to painting. Understandably, these wraps provide a low-cost and practical solution while you save on the hassles of complete replacements. Aesthetically, it proves to be appealing and straightforward compared to painting. Overall, vinyl wraps are found to be softer than paint. These wraps are easy to remove too. 

Our advice to you: Always look for products of premium quality, and high-quality service. For that, you need to look out for the best wrapping companies in Dubai

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Q: How does the durability of vinyl wraps compare to paint for surfaces like cars or furniture?

A: Vinyl wraps often offer superior durability, being more resistant to scratches, chips, and UV exposure compared to traditional paint.

Q: Are vinyl wraps more cost-effective than painting for home or vehicle customization?

A: In many cases, vinyl wraps can be a cost-effective alternative to painting, considering the longevity, ease of application, and the ability to change designs without repainting.

Q: What are the main differences in terms of application and maintenance between vinyl wraps and traditional paint?

A: Vinyl wraps are applied as a film and can be removed, providing flexibility in design changes. Maintenance may be simpler, with easier cleaning, while traditional paint requires more effort for touch-ups and changes.