Matte vs Gloss Car Wraps: What’s the Difference?

Looking for a car wrap and trying to decide between finishes? Discover the key differences between matte and gloss car wraps.

Whether you’re a car enthusiast or simply looking to give your vehicle a fresh new look, understanding the difference between these two popular finishes is important. So, let’s rev our engines and explore the world of matte and gloss car wraps.


Matte and gloss car wraps may seem similar at first glance, but they couldn’t be more different. The primary distinction lies in their appearance and texture.

Matte wraps offer a sleek, understated elegance with their non-reflective, velvety finish.

Gloss wraps boast a vibrant, mirror-like shine that demands attention wherever you go.

These contrasting finishes have the power to transform your vehicle’s appearance and make a bold statement on the road.

But it’s not just about looks. The difference between matte and gloss car wraps extends beyond aesthetics. 

How long do different types of wraps last?

matte car wrap

Matte vehicle wrap

Gloss Car Wraps

We give a three year warranty for all our gloss wraps. Gloss Car Wraps that are well cared for typically last around 4 years. But can last anywhere up to 6 years.  

Matte Car Wraps

Matte Car Wraps that are well cared for typically last around 18 months on the bonnet and the roof. After this time it starts to burn, crack and fade. 


satin and matte car wrap

Full Hilux ute wrap with a satin & matt finish

Gloss Car Wraps: that are well cared for and typically last around 4 years. But can last anywhere up to 6 years.  All our gloss car wraps come with a warranty of 3 years. 

Matte Car Wraps: that are well cared for and typically last around 18 months.

We have seen well cared for wraps last up to 6 years.


boat wrap removal

Gloss van wrap

When it comes to vehicle wraps, choosing between a gloss finish and a matte finish can be a tough decision. Both options have their unique characteristics and appeal, so it ultimately depends on your personal preferences and the image you want to project. 

But, due to the finish and longevity of the gloss wraps, we always recommend a gloss vehicle wrap to our clients.


Written by Cameron Gurnett, owner of CRG Designs. Cam has been designing vehicle signage, branding and wrapping cars in Melbourne over the last 15 years. 

Cam has worked on vehicles for brands such as; City Mazda Melbourne, Bob Jane T-Mart, Ray White, Cocobella, LJ Hooker and Metropolitan Plumbing + Electrical, Jim’s Plumbing. If you are interested in getting your vehicles wrapped, contact CRG Designs today. 


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