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Old 02-27-2016, 12:50 PM   #1
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Have any of you made the choice to vinyl wrap your unit in lieu of full body paint? Pros and cons? Recommendations?
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Living in Florida and not stored indoors the life expectancy would be short, compared to FBP.
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I have a friend who put a wrap on his front cap only. The Diamond Shield had yellowed, scratched and peeled. The colors were close but not a perfect match. At 50 ft it looks good but at close inspection you can tell the difference. It's only one year old so I don't know how it will sun and weather. He said that it was considerably cheaper than sanding and repainting not even considering a new Diamond Shield.
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I'm not sure exactly what you mean by vinyl wrap. On the whole RV? I've never heard of that being done.

We did have front Diamond Shield on our motorhome and it was absolutely perfect after 8 years of full-timing. However, we kept it clean and used 303 on it. We also used it mainly in the western states.

If you read posts of folks that have had problems with it you will see that they usually lived in the south, as you appear to do so. I really think humidity has a lot to do with it having problems, especially of mold. Also, the application has to be done perfectly.

All I can say is that ours was great and very easy to get bugs off. We drove it to Alaska and didn't get any dings. We would recommend it but not if we lived in the south.
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I've seen plenty of corporate RVs with full body wraps, but I don't think I've ever seen a personal rig with a full body wrap. There is a shop out here that "re-stripes" RVs though. They'll take the old graphics off and put new, more modern graphics on instead. That might be an option worth looking into.
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Vinyl wrap will not last as long as paint (maybe 3 to 5 years?), but it is cheaper. One website I came across advertised half the cost of paint. Expect a good paint job for an RV to cost upwards of $10k. The more colors and the more complicated the design, the more it will cost.
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I'm not sure exactly what you mean by vinyl wrap. On the whole RV? I've never heard of that being done.
It's pressure sensitive vinyl sheet. Essentially all the oversized advertising graphics you see on city buses is vinyl wrap. It is applied to buses and trucks all the time, so there's no reason it couldn't be applied to an RV.
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A friend of mine had his older Winnie Adventurer completely wrapped a year ago. Looks great and still holding up ok. A bit less than half the cost of a re-paint.
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I always thought it would be neat to use my wildlife photos on a wrap for my coach. Local quotes were in the $4,000 neighborhood. I never did anything though.
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