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First Fire truck

Discussion in 'Installation Equipment & Techniques' started by keeperofthecode, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. keeperofthecode

    keeperofthecode New Member

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    Fixing to do my first fire truck. I've already read that 3M is the only way to go for reflective vinyl for the back. Anybody want thow any other tips or tricks my way before i jump into this. Thanks.
     
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  2. 7oaks

    7oaks Active Member

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    I would check the NFPA regulations. I think the vinyl required for the back can't be cut on a standard plotter

    Ken
     
  3. Edna

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    3m or Oralite 5600 is also a great reflective for applications like this.
    The back "chevrons" should be out of high intesity reflective.
    Since they are only strips so you can just cut them with a knife and straight edge,
    use some 2" application tape as a spacer and just lay them on by hand.
    not like I know anything about doing this mind you.
     
  4. 2B

    2B Moderator

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    +1


    also for installation measure MANY times install once.
    You can not reposition reflective once it is installed, messes the reflective properties up in the film
     
  5. wildside

    wildside Very Active Member

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    uhhhh, your "on" your meds today i take it......:thumb:
     
  6. Edna

    Edna Member

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    UH? I was only blue give the guy advise that he asked abot
     
  7. jsmoritz2000

    jsmoritz2000 Very Active Member

    Where do you check these NFPA regulations?
     
  8. CP Signs

    CP Signs Member

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    Edna finally came out of the closet!
     
  9. Rickey J

    Rickey J Member

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    I have done a ton of these. Here are some things you should know.

    -Stripe must be 6"wide
    -Stripe must alternate color from red to yellow
    -Stripe must run at a 45 degree angle from center down
    -Must cover 50% of the rear of the vehicle

    Hope that helps.
     
  10. Coloradosigns

    Coloradosigns Major Contributor

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    Reflexite is absolutely the best stuff. Oracal recently bought them out, and their colors are great, and it applies pretty easily.


    3m's stuff is bad. You need a special cutter that seals the edges or it bleeds...
     
  11. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    We use Reflexite according to Rickeys directions
     
  12. 7oaks

    7oaks Active Member

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    All fire depts should have a current copy of regulations. Percent coverage and type of material should be in the handbooks.

    Ken
     
  13. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

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    I thought the stripes were 4" wide min....Is that Really Edna's pic?
     
  14. keeperofthecode

    keeperofthecode New Member

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    What's a source for the reflexite that doesn't make you buy the full 150' roll? I'm only doing one truck. Thanks for advice.
     
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