Aside from adding some extraneous components, one exciting way to design your car is by adding colors to the exterior. And when it comes to adding colors, what readily pops up in your mind is to have some painting job done on the car but that does seem to be limiting and costly in some sense; it is with respect to this that carbon fiber wraps have become highly valued and sought-after instead of color painting on the surface of the car or hood.
These carbon fiber vinyl wraps are not only affordable; they also give one the opportunity to have different styling mix to his/her automobile every couple of months. Imagine having a glossy feel or some sort of animal-print on your car while you are going camping. Moreover, the wraps are yet wonderful items for protecting the painting on one’s car; in effect keeping the car from getting scratched.
Carbon fiber wraps come in different dimensions, color and texture/design, and there are quite a good number of brands that are making top quality wraps today – VViViD Vinyls, 3M and TCBunny are just some few brands that appear to have perfected [and yet keep looking for ways of improvement] the act of making these decorative wraps.
- 1 10 Best Carbon fiber wraps ( updated 2020)
- 2 5.PEATOP 3D Carbon Fiber Vinyl (5ft X 1ft) Wrap
- 2.1 6. 3M 1080 Gloss Black (5ft X 10ft) Car Wrap Vinyl Film
- 2.2 7.LZLRUN 3D Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrap (1ft X 5ft)
- 2.3 8.VviViD Vinyls Black High Gloss Microfinish vinyl- Recommended
- 2.4 9.Tmall 3D Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrap (2ft X 5ft)
- 2.5 10. VViViD Vinyls High Gloss Black Carbon Tech Art (2ft X 5ft) Vinyl wrap
- 3 Advantages and Disadvantages of Car Vinyl Wraps
- 4 Buying Guide for Carbon Fiber Wrap
- 5 Conclusion
10 Best Carbon fiber wraps ( updated 2020)
The best carbon fiber wrap should be one that has been designed in such a way that makes its installation easy; does not create any form of air bubble and of course, makes a great appeal to the sight of its beholder. These qualities are well reflected in most of the products we shall be discussing in this review which takes flight right about now.
1. 3M 1080 M12 Carbon fiber 5ft X 1ft Wrap:
I start this off with a piece that can easily be adjudged as the best car vinyl wrap of the lot, the 3M 1080 M12. It does not come as a dual cast film, and does not require any additional film for the purpose of over-laminating. The ease with which it can be applied to the exterior surface along with the possibility of repositioning it to suit your taste prior to applying firm pressure will ensure that an elegant, clean, bubble-free appearance is created on your car.
The wrap is really flexible and it will blend with curved surfaces without any difficulty. Furthermore, the fact that it can allows dry installation and does not need any form of printing makes it the people’s choice. Again, its dimension is one that enables a ‘seamless’ application unto the surface of your automobile.
If there is however any reason to complain or go for some other wrap brand, it would be connected with the relatively high cost of the M12. But I do believe that there is always a price to be paid for quality, and as such, I am giving this wrap 10 out of 10.
– Ease of installation
– Can be applied without seam
– Somewhat pricey
This very one will conform with 10ft X 5ft dimension and stay fitted unto the surface it has been applied – it can be molded over contours with the application of heat probably using a heat gun. Its grid pattern permits one to accurately measure as per the dimension of the surface and cut it to the required size.
It features air channels that help to ensure bubble-free installation, and it does not bring about wrinkles. Due to its workability and the way it conforms to contour [and any kind of shape], this product from TCBunny can serve as a good car interior vinyl wrap – so, you can get to tune up the style on the car inside-out.
When applied, it gives a 4-dimensional feel and has the propensity to resist UV rays. Additionally, it is water-proof and will not take up stain easily. Another benefit of buying this is that the wrap comes at a very reasonable price plus it can last for up to 5 years when used outdoor.
Despite the positive reviews, some users have had cause to be disgruntled owing to the way they wrap easily gets ripped. This does not surely augur well for its quality and for that, I will score this 7.5 out of 10.
– Poor quality
– Falls off easily
3. VViViD Vinyls XPO Red Carbon Fiber 5ft X 1ft car Wrap
Here is another car vinyl wrap that has been reinforced with carbon fiber to use in protecting your automobile’s exterior and also create a beautiful impression – a feat made more profound by the 4D visual effect it gives off.
In designing this, VViViD Vinyls have employed various advanced technologies [like the VviViD Resist, VviViD Heat Fuse and VviViD Air Release] to ensure that it comes out with good quality, and also get to be easily applied by anyone – this could give a pointer to the reason why a lot of persons settle for the VviViD Vinyl XPO Carbon Fiber to meet their car’s styling needs.
The wrap is quite tough but lightweight, and it can be applied in different ways – either by using solvent-based adhesive or dry installation. Optionally, it can be applied with the aid of the 3M edge sealer and 3M 94 primer.
This, I must say, is a very good vinyl wrap for cars; although one cannot overlook certain criticisms that have been directed towards product’s installation and performance. Some persons have complained about how difficult it was to install it and the claim that it did not work very well – this though could just be exceptions as many users still see it as the perfect; if not the best, carbon fiber wrap that is available in the market.
– Premium quality
– Easily repositionable
– Preserves paintwork
– A bit difficult to install
4. DIYAH 4D Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrap
This is another UV protected and waterproof vinyl wrap that you can use to complement your automobile to a great appeal. Its flexibility and suppleness make it possible to bend it thus conforming it to contours and/or any complex shape. Though it may wrinkle but it can be brought back to shape by applying heat.
With a thickness of 0.19mm, the wrap is quite thin and its air pocket release backing design will help to prevent bubbles hence leaving a smooth appearance. Nonetheless, should bubble come up; they can be eliminated using heat gun or a squeegee.
Besides the properties stated above, the DIYAH’s 10ft X 5ft vinyl wrap has a glossy appearance and gives a 4-dimensional feel and look. The wrap, however, seems not to do very well when exposed to the sun over long periods as it can come off. Again, there are criticisms over it being too thin and fragile.
– Very economical
– Good quality
– Hard to work with
– May not be able to withstand high heat intensity
5.PEATOP 3D Carbon Fiber Vinyl (5ft X 1ft) Wrap
Looking out for a workable car interior vinyl wrap? Here, you have one in this 3D carbon fiber vinyl wrap from PEATOP. The wrap is repositionable so you may have to apply heat [and some pressure] to make it stick perfectly.
Like most of the very functional sorts, this also has air release channels that aid in pushing bubbles out of the surface it has been applied. Again, it is waterproof and UV resistant and does not harbor the least amount of stain which is a great feature as not all wraps have this quality.
Furthermore, it can be removed without denting the paintwork on the surface of your car if you wish to change the design of carbon wrap. Though there are some positives to draw from using this wrap but needs to be said that it is far from being a perfect piece – it has been found to be lacking in quality on a number of occasions.
– UV resistant
– Easy to install
– It is not self-adhesive; requires the application of heat to stick
– It is not so stretchable
6. 3M 1080 Gloss Black (5ft X 10ft) Car Wrap Vinyl Film
Just like the CSF12 that opened up this discourse, this is another masterclass [with a gloss] from 3M – the home of quality car products you may say. The G12 is also a dual cast film that has got non-visible air release channels which serve as effective outlets for bubbles and help you realize a clean, glistening installation.
The adhesive on the wrap is pressure activated and it (the wrap) can be installed dry. Additionally, it has been boosted with a coating that makes it UV resistant. Plus it is stretchable and can be applied unto curved surfaces on the car without any wrinkle.
When I consider the natural and/or fine finish this gives off [upon its application on automobile] along with the quality it reflects, I am tempted to say that I have nothing untoward to say about it. Notwithstanding, a number of users have raised concerns over how the wrap creased and about the poor packaging of the wrap – may be just some exceptions I perceive.
– Rapid air release
– Highly repositionable
– Scratch resistant
– UV resistant
7.LZLRUN 3D Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrap (1ft X 5ft)
This is a product that you can use to wrap some parts of your car’s interior – from the dashboard to the steering wheel, control panel and so on – as well as some other external parts like the front hood, tire rim, etc. it has been equipped with air channels hence you can be sure of a bubble-free installation.
As a bonus, the package also comes with a knife and hand tool that will be useful when installing the wrap. Furthermore, it is made of premium quality; repositionable and would conform to contours and varying degrees of shapes.
Nevertheless, a couple of users have had reasons to gripe over its fragile nature and it does not stick well enough but that could be the installer’s fault. In as much as I may not be able to defend the manufacturer here, I do believe that with this stylish vinyl wrap, car interior and exterior should not look anything short of attractive. I give it 8 out of 10.
– Good value for money
– Bubble-free installation
– Perfect for car interior design
– Water resistant
– Hard to work with
– It is somewhat too thin
8.VviViD Vinyls Black High Gloss Microfinish vinyl- Recommended
I could easily take this to be the best car vinyl wrap there is for a reason – the realistic paint-like appearance it impacts on the automobile. The Microfinish gloss surface it gives seems to be second to none. Plus it is 4.3 mils thick and can stretch to conform to right about any kind of shape.
More importantly, it has been integrated with the XPO air release technology which makes it to rapidly eliminate air bubbles. This particular vinyl wrap is really strong, durable and yet lightweight; it can be applied through dry installation [or with the aid of a solvent-based adhesive] just like the other VViViD product discussed earlier.
So good it is that you will hardly see any negative comment about it. I will recommend this to anyone any day anytime; this no doubt has my 10.
– Top quality
– Easy to install
– Good alternative for paint
9.Tmall 3D Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrap (2ft X 5ft)
This vinyl wrap may not be coming from one of the major producers but it remains a top-quality pick nonetheless. Its twill weave texture will definitely style up the interior [as well as some parts of the exterior of your automobile in a great way].
The wrap is coated in order to get a considerable degree of UV protection and it is also water-resistant. The Tmall 3D Carbon vinyl wrap has self-adhesive backing which makes it possible to install without much hassle. Plus, with its air release channels, a bubble-free installation is guaranteed
The quality reflected on this vinyl wrap has been the major reason why it keeps enjoying rave reviews – there is a sense of satisfaction expressed by most of those who have used this piece. And it even gets more interesting to know that that quality comes at a very affordable price – at a steal maybe.
– Premium quality
– UV resistant
– Very economical
– Ease of installation
10. VViViD Vinyls High Gloss Black Carbon Tech Art (2ft X 5ft) Vinyl wrap
I will like to end this review on the 10 best carbon fiber wraps on a vivid note by looking at another unique product (the Tech Art vinyl wrap) from VViViD Vinyls. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is designed as a 3-layer cast vinyl enhanced by a high gloss lamination to create a super realistic look on the whole. This vinyl wrap has a thickness of 5.5 mils.
It features a micro-finished surface that is very easy to clean and maintain and also has air release channels for the quick ejection of the bubble. The adhesive is repositionable and extremely simple to work with. Plus it does not require printing of any form to give an appreciable impression.
If properly [and/or professionally installed], the VViViD Vinyls Tech Art Carbon Fiber vinyl wrap should not give any cause for concern as it has been detailedly designed for the purpose of styling one’s automobile for quite an appreciable period of time. The only issue is that it might take some time to stick due to its thickness. Irrespective of this, I am going to give this 10 out of 10.
-Easy to install and work with
-Can be removed without any incidence of your paintwork chipping.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Car Vinyl Wraps
At this point, we shall look at the advantages and disadvantages of using the vinyl wrap to complement/style up cars. First, we start off with some of the advantages and later shed some thoughts on the disadvantages that may be perceivable.
The benefits you get from wrapping your car are hereby discussed under the following headings:
1.Customization: This is about the most obvious reason a lot of people settle for vinyl wrapping on cars. It allows one to set the style on his/her automobile to a personal taste. More so, the number of possibilities achievable with them is pretty vast. This means you can recurrently tweak the appearance of your car by simply taking off the old vinyl wrap and installing a new one at will.
2. Protection: Besides customization, vinyl wraps also offer a great degree of protection to the painting on the body of the car. It helps to preserve the factory paint of the car over a long period of time. The wrap basically prevents the car’s body from getting scratched, and this could be a key factor in determining the resale value of the vehicle whenever you’re tired of using it.
3. Affordability: If you are a person who cares so much about turning out in an artistic fashion, chances are that you will easily get bored leaving a particular painting on your car over a long period. But the truth is that repainting jobs are not always friendly on the pocket so, vinyl wraps provide a cost-effective means of effecting that attractive appeal in the shortest possible time.
Talking about the disadvantages of car vinyl wrap; it has to be said that poor mode or mode of installation is the reason why vinyl wraps may be painted in bad light. For instance, having a substandard vinyl wrap installed on a car could eventually ruin the painting [when it is time to remove the wrap] or create an eyesore upon peeling off the surface of the automobile.
Buying Guide for Carbon Fiber Wrap
Now, before you go ahead with the purchase of a vinyl wrap, it is important that you put certain things into consideration even as you go about doing some personal research. Here are some of the factors you should ponder on:
Brand matters a great deal when buying carbon fiber vinyl wrap. Going for a trusted brand definitely guarantees quality, and that goes a long way in telling how much satisfaction you get from using the wrap [you eventually chose] on your car. It is necessary to state here that you do not neglect reviews about the different brands and products that are in the market.
- Ease of installation
If you intend to try your hands on a vinyl wrap as a DIYer, you may need to pay heed to the ease of installation of the product you are rooting for. There are some vinyl wraps that are not so easy to install even after one must have watched instructional videos on how to install them – the expertise of a professional is usually required in this wise. So, if you are a beginner [who wishes to wrap your vehicle on your own], it is advisable to look out for those wraps that leave room for errors – probably, the ones that are repositionable.
The best carbon fiber wrap is not necessarily the one that costs more so, you do not have to spend your fortune to get a piece of premium quality. There are a good number of products that are highly functional, durable and yet very affordable.
You should not get carried away by how nice-looking a particular vinyl wrap is that you forget to take cognizance of its size and/or dimension. Ensure that the size of the wrap is sufficient enough to cover the surface of the car you want to use it on before triggering a purchase.
Carbon fiber vinyl wraps are indeed handy items to use in giving any automobile a creative touch, and you must have probably found one or two that you will like to try out from our list of ten vinyl wraps discussed in the review. And while I may not be able to clearly ascertain which is the best vinyl wrap brand between VViViD and 3M, I will go with the Carbon Fiber Tech Art and 3M’s M12 as my top picks.