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Wrapping bad surfaces....

Discussion in 'Vehicle Wraps' started by bendeane, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. bendeane

    bendeane Member

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    Got this box truck to wrap and not sure how to handle the back. My gut says that if he can't get it fixed up more than that, to wrap it but explain why we can't guarantee it like we normally would.

    It is very smooth, but where there is no paint concerns me and the bigger bolts are awfully rusty.

    Any suggestions?
     

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  2. Jet Fast Printing

    Jet Fast Printing Member

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    Don't do it. It will fail, quickly.
    They need to have it repainted.
     
  3. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

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    It won't stay on that. Been there wraped that! With no paint, moisture will soften the wood and off comes the wrap!
     
  4. bendeane

    bendeane Member

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    Is there any kind of paint we could put on it at our shop that would alleviate him having to take it to a body shop?
     
  5. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

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    PM sent
     
  6. CheapVehicleWrap

    CheapVehicleWrap Very Active Member

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    Trying to save the customer money will ALWAYS cost you money. At best, I see this as a vinyl lettering job. But I must admit, as it looks now it still looks better than allot of wraps.
     
  7. heyskull

    heyskull Very Active Member

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    Get the customer to repaint the rear.
    You are a signmaker not a painter. Each to his own job.
    Don't try to sort it yourself as you will end out of pocket.

    You need a smooth non porrous surface or the adhesive will fail.

    SC
     
  8. jfiscus

    jfiscus Map Wraster

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    paint it if you have the facility, it appears you don't since you are asking what kind of paint to use. Call a local painting company & get a quote if you want to provide an option to the customer (possibly see if the painter will get you a broker price and quote it to the customer at a higher price?)

    If not, refer them to a local paint shop. Do not wrap it.
     
  9. Sparky

    Sparky Active Member

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    What about screwing some 0.040 aluminum to it and wrapping that? My be a cheap shortcut worth trying...
     
  10. wetgravy

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    No. I wouldn't do it at all, if the wood is exposed the wood will rot around the screws and will in a very short while cause leaking in the truck. Have them repaint, a good shop will probably only charge them a couple hundred for a primer coat (to protect the wood) and a good white coat that you can wrap.
     
  11. johnnysigns

    johnnysigns Very Active Member

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    There's too many variables to say it won't stick well on the whole, but I know I would not honor any warranty longer than how long it takes the film took to cool down after it was installed/post heated.
     
  12. Designer Wraps

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    Have them get it sanded better and painted propely then wrap it (no warranty with no guarantees on it not pulling off the paint when the wrap is removed) or tell them again no warranty and no guarantees it will even stick let alone last if u wrap it as is. Either way tell them no warranty on that and get your money up front!!!
     
  13. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    Sand it, Prime it, Paint it, Wrap it what's the big deal you do it with a foam rollers and elbow grease and charge them for it.
     
  14. zapblam

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    Have done at least 2 similar to that. Turned out fine. Prime and paint just like a plywood sign. Then when dry apply decal just like a painted plywood sign. Just made very clear to customer that failure was a possibility and was definitely not warantied.
     
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