Choosing which reflective material (luster) to use on a vehicle wrap can be difficult or confusing, especially if you're unfamiliar with how the various materials look. If you've worked with paint before, you're probably familiar with terms like matte, gloss, satin, pearl, and metallic. But if you don't, we're here to explain the distinctions between gloss, satin, and matte vehicle wraps.
If you're looking for a vehicle wrap but aren't sure what kind of reflective material you want, don't worry! In this article, we will go over the various wrap finishes.
The way light reflects off a surface is loosely defined as luster. To put it another way, it refers to how shiny or reflective the surface is. The amount of light reflected ("shininess") is the main difference between metallic, satin, and matte finishes.
If you are unsure about which sort of luster will best suit you and your vehicle, the first step is to explore the internet for vehicles with various luster finishes to get a better sense of what you want. Most significantly, you should base your decision on the look you want to achieve with the finished wrap. Don't base your decision on what other people think.
Are you looking for something sleek and trendy, yet not excessive? A metallic wrap is most likely your best option. Metallic vehicle wraps are the best at imitating the paint finish found on the majority of vehicles. So, if you just want to change the hue, go with a gloss wrap.
Pearl white gloss VW. Image sourced by flickr user https://www.flickr.com/photos/hottep6153/
Satin vehicle wraps provide a good middle-of-the-road lustre. The satin wrap has a glossy appearance, yet it is a little flat. Those who favour the conventional lustre will recognise this distinct appearance, but want a car wrap that is a little edgy.
Satin candy red Mercedes. Image sourced by flickr user https://www.flickr.com/photos/concavowheels/
Matte vehicle coverings are extravagant. They are one-of-a-kind and rare, making them ideal for anyone who wants their vehicle to stand out. Looking for a one-of-a-kind look? Protect your vehicle even further and add PPF film on top of the matte wrap.
Matte black BMW. Image sourced by flickr user https://www.flickr.com/photos/kpmf/
Yes! Sure, a pearl or metallic vehicle wrap is one-of-a-kind, but that's what makes it so appealing! This style of car wrap is sure to turn heads, and if you don't like the look, you can just peel it off!
The final decision is yours, and it should be based on the aesthetic you want. You have the ability to create any look you can imagine, so have fun with it! Having said that, make sure you work with certified vehicle wrapping professionals to ensure you get the best results.
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