While many are still unable to find out which option is best for their respective purposes, I’m here to give a brief description on both vinyl as well as paint and the pros and cons to using it on your food truck. In my time as a food truck owner I’ve used both, and I certainly have a preference.
Depending on the look, durability and environmental impact, one may be preferred over the other, as we will see.
All about Vinyl
I’m going to start with vinyl siding. Vinyl car wraps are more expensive when compared to commissioning an artist to paint the truck – however that’s not the main reason it does not work properly for some. It looks good for at least 10 years, however, and if the installation is done accordingly to the book, it will look fine for at least 12 years. You’ll definitely have to change it after that – granted 12 years is a long time in the food truck (or restaurant) business. This is the main upside to using a vinyl wrap over getting your truck painted – it tends to last a lot longer. So when you consider the cost over the life of the wrap it actually becomes cheaper than paint. However, you need to carefully consider is your truck going to last that long? There is a pretty good chance your truck will break down before the car wrap does. If you’re looking for a company to help you with a car or food truck wrap I would recommend Speed Pro Signs – they’re all over the country and their franchises have been terrific to work with.
Power to the Paint
The main reason people choose to use paint is because it is relatively inexpensive when compared to vinyl. The disadvantages, however, are many. Paints will deteriorate more rapidly, so if the food truck is constantly under direct sunlight – as is natural – then it’s a big problem. Using a proper primer and the correctly paint can go a long ways in ensuring it lasts. That said it will likely never last as long as vinyl.
Pros of Vinyl Wraps
- It doesn’t peel off, unlike paint.
- It will typically last longer than pant if the installation is done properly.
- Depending on the installation, it will afford the body of the truck the additional benefit of weather resistance.
Cons of Vinyl Wraps
- It’s more expensive when compared to paint siding.
- Vinyl can show a build-up of grime and dirt depending on where you are operating it, so it has to be cleaned regularly.
- Vinyl is still a controversial material, so a lot of people do object to it.
Pros of Paint Siding
- Paint is less expensive, so it costs less to paint a food truck than install a vinyl truck wrap.
- High quality paint can last as long as your truck does.
- People won’t object to it.
Cons of Paint Siding
- It takes longer to put on.
- It requires an artist, as it doesn’t come ready-to-use like decals.
- Depending on the quality of the paint you use, it may fade and chip earlier than you expected.
So there you have it: the choice is a mix of personal preference and financial consideration. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but both are equally popular.
My personal preference is vinyl, I find it gives a bit more of a professional look. When you’re running a business branding is everything. Whether you’re dealing with signs, banners or truck wraps it’s essential you get it right and get your message across.