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Old 09-23-2014, 07:23 PM   #1
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Vehicle Vinyl Wrap

There have been a few posts in the past about vinyl wrap vs. paint and a more recent post about getting a commission on vinyl wrap graphics for advertising. I had an entirely new graphics scheme done on our coach eight years ago by RV Stripes and Graphics in Mesa, AZ. The graphics are bright yellow and dark maroon (ASU Sun Devil colors) and they are as bright today as they were eight years ago.

I've been doing a lot of research lately online about vinyl vs. paint and have discovered vinyl has come a long way in the past few years. In conjunction with RV S & G, I'm moving forward to completely wrap our 40' coach and Jeep toad with 3M 1080 vinyl. I'm doing the major wrap and RV S & G will be providing new graphics. I'm doing this 1) because ASU completely changed their color and mascot scheme and 2) my twenty year old coach needs a new paint job.

I've bought several different small pieces of vinyl and have experimented with how the install will go. My next step is to wrap the Jeep for practice and then do the coach. You don't need a respirator, spray gun, expensive paint, and a climate controlled garage to install vinyl. You just need a little patience. A new paint job will cost $10k + for the RV and $3k for the jeep. I'm buying $1,500 worth of vinyl to do both.

The vinyl put on eight years ago has held very well in the AZ sun. The new 3M 1080 material is supposed to have a 12 year life, making my coach 32 years old.

I'll post updates as I move through the process.
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Looking forward to seeing the work you did...can you take some progress photos as you move along in the project?
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Yes, please post pictures!

I'm looking forward to sering your project! Question, how does vinyl handle the inevitable (at least for us) tree branch scratches and occasional whoops!?
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FWIW, I had our 2010 JKU Rubicon wrapped in 3M vinyl to preserve the paint when running off road trails involving brush. I used clear and did the doors and sides of the hood. The branches scratched the vinyl, but nothing got through to the paint. It worked as planned, but the metal flaking of the paint did not show through as well as where there was none.
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pic please this sound interesting, Thanks Tim
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My coach/ MH is already @ 32 Yrs old, it takes me a week to wax it.
I used to getrdone in 2 days, Can't wait for the pictures. Do you have to cut out around the windows and the like?
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Sspritz,

A new vinyl rap is perfect for an older RV. I still had good color and was seeing some good results with the floor sealing stuff making the fiberglass caps looking better, but my underlying grey paint was starting to flake and discolor. I also had some body damage that had to repair, so a re-paint was in order.

The wrap comes in five foot wide rolls. You do trim around the windows. I plan to remove all lights, cargo compartments, trim, etc. you apply the wrap vertically with 1/2" overlaps. It's like doing a five foot wide re-color in strips. The wrap comes in a wide variety of colors, including stuff like brushed metallic and chrome. You can also do leather and snake skin!!

The good stuff (3m 1080), is low tact when first applied and can easily be shifted after the first application to get everything lined up. The adhesive is activated by pressure using special Velcro lined squeegees. You also apply heat (heat gun) to seal edges and to stretch wrap over curved surfaces. They even sell a product called kniveless tape that you can use to cut the vinyl around windows without using a knife.

Current 3m specs call for a longevity of 12 years. It isn't a $10k paint job, but I plan to do my toad and coach for under $1,500.
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Please share photos once you're done. ...I'm certain you have a huge audience lurking in the background. ..
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While in Orlando they had the local tour/shuttle buses wrapped to make the new buses look like they were from the 50's. Thought it would be cool to make a 2014 rv look retro.
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post pictures before during and after thanks
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I got an estimate of about $5000 to wrap a 37' coach, and $4000 for the materials if I wanted to DIY. Where do you find vinyl for $1500?

Secondly, how could one person handle the vinyl by themselves? Is it like decals, with super-stick on the back, or is it like window tint that allows you to move it around because you've sprayed the surfaces with liquid?

I'm very curious to see progress reports!
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Found this older RV wrapped while tailgating in College Station, TX.
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