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Suggestions Wrapping a food truck over existing graphics... help!

Discussion in 'Vehicle Wraps' started by Braggadoon, Jun 1, 2019.

  1. Braggadoon

    Braggadoon New Member

    Hey out there - we are getting ready to tackle a new project, and would love any suggestions from my sign and graphics community. Our client has recently purchased a food truck with existing graphics, and would like for us to go over the graphics with a black wrap. The new graphics are very modern and minimal, and we will be installing those over the wrap with white cast vinyl. We have hired a really good auto detailer we work with to prep the surface including buffing out trouble areas where the lam has lifted from the existing vinyl. Knowing that our wrap will only hold up as well as what is underneath can anyone provide any insight as to whether we completely bananas to attempt this? Our plan as of this moment is to go with 3m 1080 S12 (satin black) as the base wrap film - unless, of course, anyone has a better idea? Any input is welcomed and certainly appreciated! See attached images for what we are up against... IMG-3365.JPG IMG-3369.JPG
  2. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    Best option is to remove the existing graphics completely and totally. What you are going to find is that every rivet, screw, edges, etc are not going to go down nearly as nice as it would otherwise.

    That being said. We have done it but we will not warrant the materials or installation is a customer insists that we wrap over. That can be simply because they are cheap, the existing graphics are just in such bad condition that removal will simply be crazily expensive, the vehicle or new graphics might only be needed for a very short time, or they simply do not care.
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  3. TimToad

    TimToad Very Active Member

    The material doesn't look that aged from the photos.

    If it was me, I'd try to remove a small section as a test to see if its a good quality wrap material, which if it is should come off without too much effort. That wrap can't be more than a couple years old.

    You'd probably have less labor time doing a full removal if the material is decent than paying a detailer to do all that buffing and such, little of which is going to help your media stick any better. Why mess around with half measures when you want your work to last and represent you in the best possible way?

    If you don't want to do the removal or they are on a budget, instruct the client on how to do it and tell them to bring you the truck after they are done.
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  4. Braggadoon

    Braggadoon New Member

    Thank you both - I think we will do a test removal, just to see where we are at. You're right - the rivets will be a nightmare x 1 million with the existing vinyl overlay.
    Offering them an option of with and without removal, especially with no warrant on the graphics once they are installed will be the way to go. And its true - we are in a small town up here, and these folks are part of my community - their success is our success....
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  5. night eagle

    night eagle Active Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    Crowley tx
    I wouldn’t do it. You are asking for trouble. It will never have a clean look.
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  6. kcollinsdesign

    kcollinsdesign Member

    Apr 22, 2007
    Normal, Illinois
    Remove the old graphics. Having an auto detailer remove "trouble areas" is absurd. If it is failing now, just wait and see what a mess you will have when you cover it with new adhesive vinyl.

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