Car wrapping has become more and more popular as the materials and installation for professional new designs become more widespread. In the past, only businesses would be willing to cough up the change to wrap a car so they could advertise their services.
Now, however, even regular car enthusiasts are looking to vinyl wraps as a fun and cool way to change up the look without any commitment. Instead of a pricey paint job that could go wrong or may diminish resale value, you can now just throw on a vinyl layer until you get tired of it.
To be fair, car wrapping is not cheap by any means . It is, however, typically cheaper than similar quality paint jobs.
Why Get A Car Wrap?
There’s lots of reasons to get a vehicle wrap these days. And if you're in Houston then you're in luck because there are some great options available to you! Whether you’re looking to advertise your business or spice up the look of your car, there’s an option out there for you . While it is isn’t a permanent change to the vehicle, it is quite expensive so you’ll want to make sure the design is what you want before moving forward with it. If you do, you can do some cool stuff like this LP640.
What is a Vinyl Vehicle Wrap?
Wraps are a pretty straightforward concept that involves a special technique of applying a thin film or sheet of vinyl on top of your vehicle. Often, the vinyl is printed with a logo or brand that allows the car to act as a moving advertisement for a company.
However, lowered pricing and simpler techniques have brought this approach into the consumer market and it is now used very frequently for purely aesthetic reasons. Painting a car can be a huge pain and very expensive, so sometimes just wrapping it is the better option. There are more than a few reasons why opting to wrap your car instead of repainting it could be the smart decision.
If you’re thinking about wrapping your car but haven’t done too much research yet, check out my article on how much it costs to wrap a car , which has lots of good information. There are a ton of different types of vinyl you can choose from so you’ll want to have decided on your favorites. You definitely shouldn’t make a huge investment in your vehicle without knowing all the options and pricing you have available! And this is definitely a big investment.
As you’ll see in that article typical prices sit around $2000-$6000 depending on the type so be prepared! If you’re already ready to go and just need a good car wrap place in Houston to help you out, then keep reading!
Want to find some cool meetups where people have wrapped their own cars? Checkout my article on finding car meets near you .
The 5 best options for a car wrap in Houston.
Now, on to the specifics! Here are 5 of our favorite shops in town that we think will definitely get your job done well. Check out the specifics on their offerings and details to see which might be the best one for you.
1. Auri Auto Styling
Auri Auto Styling is a great Houston option for vehicle wraps. This shop is located a bit outside of the city in Rosenberg. If you’re particularly looking to only stay in town the next 4 will be your best bets. Auri offers a whole swath of vinyl options though and can do almost any type of automotive wrap for you. Whether you’re looking for a full or partial wrap, they’ve got the tools to do the job.
They specialize in full Automotive Vinyl Wraps , Ceramic Coating, Paint Correction, Professional Detailing, Hydro Dipping, Head Light Restoration, Light Customization and more. This is a great place if you want some vehicle graphics plus a few other upgrades.
If you’re looking for a specialist, Auri is authorized dealer for:
- Vvivid Vinyl
- Inozetek Vinyl
- Oracle Lights
Auri also does a variety of other modding services if you’d like to get a few things done together:
- Wheel Powder Coating
- Window Tinting
- Halo Lighting
- Demon Eye Lighting
- Under-glow Lighting
- Interior Lighting
- Sound System Installing
This shop can easily get you a nice mixed matte white look like this Huracan below. You might not drive a lamborghini, but you can still get the look!
2. Auto Film Specialists
Auto Film Specialists is another shop in the area with locations in Midtown and North Houston. This group focuses on slightly different services so may not be the place for you if you’re looking for a promotional or a consumer vinyl wrap to change the look of the vehicle. Instead, AFS focuses on adding protective layers of film to high end vehicles to ensure they hold up the test of time. The sun and heat can be especially rough in this area and you don’t want you’re car paint dying on you after a few years. If you’re looking for a good way to protect your car, AFS has the solution. They offer:
- MMT Ceramic Coating
- 3M Window Tint
- SunTek Paint Protection Film (PPF)
- Xpel Protection - Light Protection Films
- Luxe Lightwrap Automotive Light Tint
3. Third Coast Customs
Third Coast Customs is another great option in Houston to wrap your vehicle. Located on [Bellaire Blvd](https://goo.gl/maps/huKgZAscVtzRHUEF6) in Houston, this shop is much more central to the city than Auri. A quick look through their gallery shows they know what they’re doing. From cars to trucks, Third Coast has seen it and likely put a wrap on it. While they won’t be your cheapest option in Houston, if you want the job done well then this is a good choice.
Their Services include:
- Carbon Fiber Vehicle Wrap Installation
- Gloss Vehicle Wrap Installation
- Matte Vehicle Wrap Installation
- Motorcycle Wrap Installation
- Trailer & Bus Wrap Installation
- Vehicle Wrap Removal
- Full Vehicle Wrap Installation
- Graphic Design
- Mobile Advertising
- Partial Vehicle Wrap Installation
- Truck Wrap Installation
4. Chill Citty Graphix Inc
Chill Citty Graphix offer graphics at a competitive price. This is an interesting option for getting your vehicle wrapped in Houston because rather than making you go to their shop, they will come to you! It’s a mobile graphics company that will drive to your location to get your work done. Talk about an easy way to get your vehicle wrapped. While they mostly do promotional wraps for cars, they definitely still do the consumer color change vinyl wraps. Chill Citty is an advanced mobile graphics company with 30 yrs experience in sign design and promotional advertising.They’ll take your logos, images and ideas to create a custom look for your company or promo. Chill City will work through specifics over phone and email to get your needs locked down, then they will deliver the product and wrap your vehicle on site in a fast and friendly manner. Another nice thing if you’re not a pro designer is they include the design consultation in the pricing. They also offer a 2 year Warranty on materials and workmanship.
5. Modish Wraps
Modish Wraps is a highly rated shop for getting a vehicle wrap in Houston, located just outside the 610 loop that offers a wide variety of services. It's easily accessible from most of the city and they are full service. They can do full, partial, or commercial vinyl graphics as well as a Chrome delete option. They've got a wide selection and are of the highest quality. They’ve gotten great reviews from customers across Houston and also tend to have very fair pricing. If you’re looking for a high-end consumer wrap to add some flair to your ride with a budget, this may be the spot for you. Their website may not be the best right now, but if you get in touch with them you’ll be happy with them!
Examples and Stories
As always, people who modify their vehicles tend to be vocal on forums which is great for you! We can learn from their experiences.
This Corvette forum has a few additional shops in the Houston area that come reccommended from users.
Call Mingo at Sun Cap Auto Tint. Just had my Nano Fusion installed by him recently. Looks good and his prices are reasonable.
Or this suggestion in Plano
If you haven't decided on a company to do the wrap then I would suggest you contact Novoworks in Plano
This rennlist forum thread has an example of someone wrapping their vehicle with XPel protection film.
In my quest to find decent shops in Houston, I discovered that Xpel acutally has a facility in Houston. Has anyone had any experience with Houston Clear Bra?
Yes they did my GT3. They did a great job. You are welcome to check my GT3. I'm on the west side of Houston.
And a follow up in more detail by blinsc
They are the shop that does all of Porsche of North Houston's work. I got them to do full front, edges wrapped, on my 981 and the job is almost perfect. The only place you can see the wrap is where it goes under the frunk lid emblem.
When I ordered my 981 I told the dealership I was thinking about getting a wrap but then called Houston Clear Bra to see if I could secure a better price going to them directly. It turns out that Porsche of North Houston refers so much business to them that they could not offer a better price by going direct (the price difference was negligible) but the guy I talked to did help me out a bit. For some silly reason, the full front does not include headlights when going through Porsche of North Houston - it's $200 extra. The guy from Houston Clear Bra told me to give him a heads up when my car was coming in and they'd do it for free, which they did.
I'm happy with the job, much better than the 3M protection I had on my previous vehicle.
I hope this has been helpful for you and you are now equipped to make the next step in your process to getting that car or truck of yours wrapped! Feel free to drop a comment or question!