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RIVETED TRAILER

Discussion in 'Vehicle Graphics' started by PrintGod31, Jul 1, 2020.

  1. PrintGod31

    PrintGod31 All Hail Johannes gutenberg

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    Just wanted to get a opinion on the best material to use for a 16ft rivted trailer.
     
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  2. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    Cast. Is the trailer riveted or screwed? Cargo trailers usually use screws which I remove if it isn't a wrap.
     
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  3. eahicks

    eahicks Magna Cum Laude - School of Hard Knocks

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    So you don't remove the screw when it IS a wrap?? ::scratching my head::
     
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  4. Jayefkay531

    Jayefkay531 Member

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    Any cast would do. If you are able to remove the rivets, then any intermediate will do. I use 3M 180 because it conforms to the rivets without tenting. If you can remove them, 40c will work just fine.
     
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  5. Stacey K

    Stacey K I like making signs

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    I would use cast but I'm in WI and so I don't take chances with intermediate. If it's screws, take them out and apply vinyl, then screw back in. I have painted them to match the vinyl or you can just leave them plain metal. If it's the smooth rivets then for sure use cast. Make sure you take into account the cost difference of cast vs. intermediate when you do the estimate. It takes a little practice going over the smooth rivets the first time so make sure you have enough material incase you mess up LOL (I know from experience)
     
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  6. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    No head scratching required. In my experience removing a complete line of screws creates more problems like "oil canning". Once those screws are removed the panel is able to move as you try to squeegee the material. Especially on the cargo trailers that have been overloaded their whole life and the skin is stress rippled.

    For partial graphics I will take them out since the integrity of the panel is maintained.

    My methods have worked for nearly three decades. YMMV
     
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  7. Stacey K

    Stacey K I like making signs

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    Ya - that's a good point. Don't take all the screws out for a wrap, only partial graphics. Good thing you chimed in! LOL
     
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