We work with food trucks across the US – by the hundreds. So we put together what you need to to know about the cost for a food truck in 2023.
Let’s dive right in.
What Is The Cost To Wrap A Food Truck?
The cost of wrapping a food truck will start at about $3,000, with larger trucks costing more. The biggest factor is simply the size of the truck; the bigger it is, the more material will be needed, as well as labor.
Food truck wrapping companies will mostly calculate the price of wrapping a food truck based on the total amount of coverage on the vehicle, and the size of the truck.
For example, if you are on a tight budget, you might consider a partial wrap, which would cover the sides and back of your truck.
How Long Does It Take To Wrap A Food Truck?
The process of wrapping a food truck can take just a few days, or up to a week, depending on the condition of the vehicle. If there have already been graphics applied to the truck, these will need to be removed prior to wrapping your design. Graphic removal can take an additional day or two.
Here’s the basic process of wrapping your food truck:
The process typically begins with the preparation of the food truck, which may involve cleaning and sanding the surface to ensure that it is smooth and ready for the wrap.
Next, the wrap material is cut to size and shape and applied to the food truck. This process may involve the use of heat guns, squeegees, and other tools to smooth out the material and eliminate any air bubbles.
Finally, the wrap is trimmed and finished, and any final touch-ups are made.
Can I Wrap My Food Truck Myself?
We don’t recommend wrapping your food truck on your own – and not because we’re trying to sell you on the wrap job!
Wrapping a food truck requires a high level of skill and attention to detail, and any mistakes made during the process can be costly to fix.
The materials used for wrapping a food truck are often expensive, so if you make a mistake, you’ll need to reprint the graphics on costly 3M wrap film.
The trickiest part are the contours, edges of doors, and those hard to get to spots that are not flat – you can easily make a mistake in these areas and risk ruining your graphics.
How Long Does A Food Truck Wrap Last?
The life of a food truck – ah, to be young again! Truthfully, food truck wraps stay looking young for 5 years, and after the 5 -7 year span, they start looking a little worse for wear.
The lifespan of the wrap depends on how well it is taken care of – so here’s how you can maintain your new wrap:
- Keep the truck clean: Regularly washing and waxing the truck will help to protect the wrap from dirt, grime, and other contaminants that can wear down the material.
- Avoid abrasive materials: Avoid using abrasive materials or practices that could damage the wrap, such as scrubbing the wrap with a harsh brush or using harsh chemicals to clean it.
- Repair any damage as soon as possible: If the wrap becomes damaged, it is important to address the damage as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading or worsening.
- Use a soft cloth and mild soap to clean the wrap: When cleaning the wrap, use a soft cloth and mild soap to avoid scratching or damaging the material.
- Avoid exposing the wrap to extreme temperatures: Extreme temperatures can cause the wrap material to shrink or expand, which can lead to damage.
What’s The Cheapest Way To Wrap My Food Truck?
If you are just starting your food truck business, we suggest having your graphic design ready to go before you start shopping for a food truck wrap company, so you’ll save on the design costs.
It’s also cheaper to wrap less of the truck – go with a partial wrap that covers just the sides and back, rather than a full wrap on the whole truck.
But one of the best ways to get a cheaper cost on your food truck is to ask the company that has installers in every state across the US – National Car Wraps! We quote out every job based on your location, ensuring you get a great cost. Contact us today to get a quote for your new food truck.