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Old 05-24-2012, 10:46 AM   #1
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Re-doing Graphics

I'm removing my graphics this year (already read all the threads on that) and have close friends who had gone through this experience. What I would like to hear from others is the cost you encountered having new graphics put on.

I just got a quote of $3600, I'm sure that includes removing the old graphics, but haven't confirmed that yet. Living in northern Mich, the closest place to me is 120 miles, so it doesn't look like I'm going to have many choices.

I'm sure it would be more cost effective to have them made and put them on myself, so any experience there would be much appreciated too!
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For that price they had better be "Painted-on" graphics. Far superior in both appearance and longevity. Not to mention, washing & waxing ease.

Besides, in replacing my front cap decal, the new one did not cover the former's footprint. I had a 3/8" disagreement in a 48" long decal ! Why? you ask....New was oem material from mfgr. Could be the vinyl, installation ambient temps or a result of temps the day the decal was cut. Curiously, I did mine just as the sun arose. Additionally...The sun had faded the white background color & left a ghost image of the former decal. Noticeable at a 3 ft range.

Re: self install
A lot of glue to remove. Install means a huge amount of effort to work-out the air bubbles. And, you will have air bubbles! The longer the graphic the harder for one man to align and squeegee. You must use an alcohol spray mist to loosen-the-tack as you work along. A full-body job best left to a knowledgeable installer. I spent 4 hrs on a 48" x 16" Lettered logo that read "allegro Bay" with a Nike-like "swoosk" below. I will do similar on rear cap; but not the longer sidewall graphics. No way!

BTW: resale value. Painted graphics would improve yours.
Shop Location 120 miles? Any auto body shop can paint your graphics. Plenty of price shopping nearby.
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For that price they had better be "Painted-on" graphics. Far superior in both appearance and longevity. Not to mention, washing & waxing ease.

Besides, in replacing my front cap decal, the new one did not cover the former's footprint. I had a 3/8" disagreement in a 48" long decal ! Why? you ask....New was oem material from mfgr. Could be the vinyl, installation ambient temps or a result of temps the day the decal was cut. Curiously, I did mine just as the sun arose. Additionally...The sun had faded the white background color & left a ghost image of the former decal. Noticeable at a 3 ft range.

BTW: resale value. Painted graphics would improve yours.
Shop Location 120 miles? Any auto body shop can paint your graphics. Plenty of price shopping nearby.
I have to agree, for vinyl graphics, that's ridiculous, even if they do take the old ones off. Yes, I'm going to have to deal with a lot of ghost images too
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