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Paint Your Wall or Wrap It?

OCTOBER 14, 2016| SpeedPro East Bay


Wall Murals

Have you ever looked at a wall at home or work and considered putting some on it to make it less drab? Maybe painting it or putting a cool wallpaper up that will really attract some attention could be the solution.  If you’re contemplating between those two options then this may be helpful in coming to a decision of painting or wrapping your wall.

Let’s start with the cost.  Initially, painting can be more cost-effective, however, when you look at the long-term cost, wrapping your wall saves you more money.  This is a price comparison given by SpeedPro Chicago Loop.

Paint                                                                                            Wrap
Materials: $250-$350                                                            Materials: $3,000-$5,000
Labor: $500                                                                              Labor: $1,500-$2,500
Design: $3,000-$5,000                                                         Design: $500
Refresh rate: Every 3 years                                                   Refresh rate: Every 5-7 years
15 year cost: $18,750-$29,250                                             15 year cost: $10,000-$24,000

Next, it’s important to look at convenience.  When painting a wall mural, it usually has to be done outside of business hours because of the strong paint odor and inconvenience of a mess.  When applying a wall mural it can be done out of the way and during normal business hours without any hassle.  There are no fumes and it takes only a short amount of time to apply.

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Finally, let’s look at the graphic itself.  If a painted wall gets scratched or starts to fade, there is no simple way to repair besides repainting which incurs more costs.  Also if any stains are almost impossible to remove.  Printed vinyl, however, is more difficult to scuff or scratch and is virtually not noticeable and hidden within the graphic.  It’s also quite easy to clean and most dirt can be wiped away.

In the end, the decision is yours but we hope this at least helps you distinguish between painting a wall and wrapping a wall!

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