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Installing new graphics on top of old ones: Opinions?

Discussion in 'Vehicle Wraps' started by RoCo, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. RoCo

    RoCo Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    We have a client that wants us to redo the wrap on an old RV (4th time for this, I think). The last time we stripped it 3 years ago, the surface of the RV was looking pretty rough (lots of paint loss, body damage, etc) and we actually had to prime and spray paint some areas and cross our fingers that everything stuck and held on over time. It seems to have held up, though I have not inspected it up close, yet. I'm leaning towards installing the new wrap on the existing one, provided it's in good condition and not pulling away, etc. If we strip it off it could be a disaster under there and create an even worse situation than we had the last time around.

    Any thoughts?
  2. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

    Oct 19, 2009
    how long do they expect this one to last?
  3. RoCo

    RoCo Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    I would say 3-4 years. Though I guess it's a possibility that the vehicle itself may have worn out by then, anyway.
  4. TyrantDesigner

    TyrantDesigner Art! Hot and fresh.

    Mar 9, 2011
    Amarillo, TX
    Isn't the life of most wrap material rated for 10 years? it could possibly stand up to it if only another 3 or 4. Just set expectations that because of the condition it might only last 1 or 2 and to cross finvers for 3 to 4 years and quote for what you think removal, fixing, prepping and install would cost vs just install and explain what you would have to do because of the age of the RV.
  5. xxtoni

    xxtoni Member

    Jan 14, 2012
    Just offer full disclosure to the client and give them the choice. Tell them that ideally you would remove the old stuff and then apply the new ones but because of the possibility of the surface not being good enough for another application you think it might be a good idea to just apply it over the current graphics and that this will probably lead to shorter lifespan of the graphics. Just make sure that they know what you're saying, make the proper recommendation and it's out of your hands. The responsibility is then theirs.
  6. jfiscus

    jfiscus Map Wraster

    Apr 2, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    +1 to the advise above, however I would like to make the addition of: Trim back all edges around 1/2" or remove any suspect edge material that may be startig to fail or around any damaged areas. If your previous install was done correctly and this one is also, I would gamble that the new wrap will still last another 3-4 years. However; after that time, you'd better hope they junk the RV! ;)

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