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Dougie Brown

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RV being wrapped
« on: April 17, 2015, 09:41:19 PM »
After coming back over 6 weeks ago, we figured we really had to do something about the state of the bodywork as it was seriously down-at-heel, faded and shedding decals.  This was despite much work using Zep floor finish as per the lengthy forum thread on that subject 2-3 years ago.  We've had to conclude that it doesn't last and leaves a resin film where it's not washed off or peeled off. :(

We got a quote ($10k) for a complete repaint which the guy said he didn't want to do anyways given the state of the jellcoat (crazed) and general underlying condition.  Just before arriving in Toronto to stay with friends for a week, I saw there were several vehicle wrappers in and around the city so I contacted three.  Out of those, one stood out who we went to see with the RV and discussed possibilities.  End result is that we signed off today on what we think is a great new design and graphics, including completely stripping the old decals and covering the entire coach (not the roof) with Avery vinyl.  You can have whatever you want printed on the vinyl - it makes no difference to the price.

The pics below show what we're having.  The rear image shows too dark on the photo and will be lighter.  We love it.  Should be ready by next weekend.  Cost is $7.5k Canadian which for us is 1k cheaper than $7.5k US due to the current exchange rate (so saves us the equivalent of $1.4k US for the job).

Normal commercial-use life is around 5 years with high mileage and a medium level of care.  It should be good for at least 7-8 years with our use and high level of care, plus of course will be awesome to sit at happy hour gazing at it. :D
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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2015, 07:56:59 AM »
Cool! Like the graphics. Post real pics for us when done.
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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2015, 08:26:19 AM »
I still think you should have picked the three color camo like our Deuce and a half....you could hide anywhere.   I can see it now!!  seriously it's going to look great.
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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2015, 06:36:50 PM »
That seems like a great price for a wrap, not just graphs,
plus a very nice design.

Be sure to post the results.
I really like that.

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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2015, 11:34:01 AM »
Work finally got started.  Removing the decals took one day for one man.

More updates when available.

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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2015, 02:07:02 PM »
Too bad you're not coming back by here at the end of your trip. I would like to see it in person and a good visit wouldn't be bad either. I should be out of Kilt Lifter by then.
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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2015, 09:17:17 PM »
That looks great! Can they just do one section? I want a rear design but my paint and stickers are still good
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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2015, 09:19:16 PM »
I should be out of Kilt Lifter by then.
Kilt Lifter?  That sounds interesting! I think someone is talking scotch  8)
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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2015, 10:16:15 PM »
A reasonable guess, but Kilt Lifter is in fact a great and dark beer from the Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe, AZ. :)

Meade, there's nothing I'd like better than to come by again and do all the things you mention.  Sadly not this year though.

Tom, they can do anything you want.  A rear design is probably the easiest thing to do as it's out there on its own and doesn't necessarily have to tie in with the main coach body.

Going up in the morning to discuss how they'll work around the awning, plus fit some clamps to the roof to store the 8ft ladder which I no longer want adorning the rear. :D

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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2015, 04:37:19 PM »
Left side in progress. There's an RV under there somewhere!!  ???

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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2015, 05:13:41 PM »
Looks like they were there from day one.  Looks great
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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2015, 05:16:24 PM »
That looks terrific!
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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2015, 05:41:29 PM »
A minor matter has come to light 10 mins ago.  They only just realised it has a slideout!!  Panic has ensued, it seems.  :(
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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2015, 10:23:46 PM »
Left side completed !!!
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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2015, 03:48:47 AM »
Amazing Stuff!!   Is there any warranty?   

I'm curious how it would hold up where I live. We go 30 to 40 days in the summer over 100 degrees.

Have seen 113 out here in the west.
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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2015, 08:25:19 AM »
Wow that's amazing!

Arch,  where I used to work in Freaso, ca (lots of 100+) they wrapped the delivery van. Seemed to hold up well to the heat.
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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2015, 09:17:16 AM »
3M guarantee the product for 3 years against fading and peeling if it's fitted by an authorised agent.  The company are warranting their work for as long as they know me, whatever that means. :)  As our design
is stored digitally, they will produce & send replacement sections in the event of damage.

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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2015, 10:29:38 AM »
Looks great and can't wait to see it finished....I had my boat done a few years ago and just may be the answer to my next 5th wheel so following the results closely.

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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2015, 11:23:27 AM »
Wow that's amazing!

Arch,  where I used to work in Freaso, ca (lots of 100+) they wrapped the delivery van. Seemed to hold up well to the heat.

This is the good place for a temperature test!
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« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2015, 03:48:26 PM »
The next two instalments!!  The rear is only half completed.  I can't stop grinning. ;D

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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2015, 07:37:21 PM »
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A minor matter has come to light 10 mins ago.  They only just realised it has a slideout!!  Panic has ensued, it seems.  :(

Just curious Dougie, how did the deal with/resolve this issue?

I must admit (hanging my head) that I was skeptical about a wrap, but it appears that you made a good choice, and this should help others in the future.
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« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2015, 07:48:16 PM »
They told me to stop worrying and they'll sort it.  It's only two small extra areas which the designer has run off the vinyls for, in keeping with the side. That's what I like about these guys - they're straight up and down.

They key - as with most things - is to find someone you can trust to do a proper job.  The product is made by 3M/Avery and is proven mainly in the commercial market which is obviously far tougher then the RV world. Even for an older motorhome like ours, the financial outlay isn't overwhelming if you intend to keep it and enjoy it.

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« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2015, 07:55:27 PM »
This is the good place for a temperature test!

We'll be spending the majority of our time in Arizona from next year, which the designer picked up on and influenced the design with the use of white to reflect the sunlight.  We wouldn't have thought of that. :)

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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2015, 07:56:41 PM »
 
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It's only two small extra areas which the designer has run off the vinyls for, in keeping with the side.

Presumably, that's the 'ends' of the slideout. I was envisioning something 'different' around the 'hole' for the slideout but, in retrospect, that would/should be a non-issue; They just cut the wrap around the hole.
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« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2015, 08:02:43 PM »
That's correct Tom. They already cut the surround round the edges despite not realizing it was a slide out (they're not RV specialists, to be fair). We've had lots of jokes today about the slideout acting like an elastic band when trying to extend it. ;D. They had in fact trimmed it round the panels though.

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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #25 on: April 24, 2015, 08:07:02 PM »
They told me to stop worrying and they'll sort it.  It's only two small extra areas which the designer has run off the vinyls for, in keeping with the side. That's what I like about these guys - they're straight up and down.

They key - as with most things - is to find someone you can trust to do a proper job.  The product is made by 3M/Avery and is proven mainly in the commercial market which is obviously far tougher then the RV world. Even for an older motorhome like ours, the financial outlay isn't overwhelming if you intend to keep it and enjoy it.

Dougie.

I'm not familiar with wrapping but the way I see it, every square in of the rig will be covered. Is that right.   :o ::)
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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #26 on: April 24, 2015, 08:46:23 PM »
It's a vinyl covering which is applied to however much of your vehicle you want.  Common applications are taxi cabs, tractor units, trailers, vans etc.  It's removable as & when you come to sell or whatever.

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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #27 on: April 24, 2015, 09:00:17 PM »
Looks great!

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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #28 on: April 27, 2015, 09:05:41 PM »
Job's done! :D Went to collect the coach this morning and spent a couple of fun hours helping the guys finish the detailing (refit awning etc.) before driving off into the sunset (well, afternoon gloom, lol) feeling like we'd gotten a new coach.  It's freakin' awesome.  Truly.

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Re: RV being wrapped
« Reply #29 on: April 27, 2015, 09:48:18 PM »
They did an awesome job on it, looks great. Looks like a brand new coach. That was probably cheaper than a paint job too. What do you have to do to care for it now?
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