Wrapping (No! Not that music stuff)

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  1. emmitdb

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    Hi All,

    The bonnet of our 'van is starting to look a bit wartorn, nothing drastic but there's a few tiny blemishes caused by flying debris.

    I am considering wrapping the bonnet and possibly the front wings but was wondering if the tiny rust specks would need serious treatment before I had them covered.
    If that is so and anyone out there has done it on a used van as opposed to new, could they please give some pointers as to how they went about it.

    With the greatest respect I'm not after a discussion as to the aesthetic appearance or otherwise of wrapping the front end. As can be seen from my avatar, our 'van isn't exactly a white box and wrapping the front end would not be it's only piece of non paint on it.
     
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  2. mike mcglynn

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    Hi I used to have a bonnet bra on my van that was good it lasted about 3 years and saved a lot of paint chips, bought from e bay made of cushioned vinyl and tied on under the bonnet, worth a look:)
     
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    Did it stop saggy suspension on your front end though? ;)

    Seriously, I'd make sure any paint chips are treated with rust converter and touched up with paint prior to wrapping. A place I worked at had their fleet of vans done, some of which were used, I don't recall any issues with rust bubbling underneath.

    Wrapping can work very well - I've seen complete cars done to change their colour, you'd never know they didn't come out of the factory in their new colour when done.
     
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  4. Gromett

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    I have wrapped my van to tart it up. Here is the post about doing the bonnet.
    https://www.fulltiming.info/self-build-motorhome/vinyl-wrapping-van-part-2

    If there is rust there then you do need to treat it first. However after treating I recommend filling any tiny holes and smoothing it down so that it is level with the surrounding metal. Small dips in the paintwork where rust was will leave a bubble under the surface of the vinyl which will expand on hot days and look terrible.

    You can get rid of them by pricking with a pin and using a teflon squeegie to get the air out. Not a perfect solution but worked ok for me.
     
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    I got the local body shop to spray mine in silver, looks a treat.
     
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    Been thinking of having this done, but who does it?
     
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    Our local sign guy does it, try yours.
     
  8. emmitdb

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    Here you go Sue;
    www.myvehiclewrap.co.uk/‎
    www.envisageprint.co.uk
    www.hullcarwrapping.co.uk
    printbyg4.com/vinyl-wraps
    myvehiclewrap.co.uk

    Spoilt for choice, aren't you!!!

    The usual applies. I have no connection etc. I found these on Gangle or something.(y)
     
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  9. Mikey RV

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    King wraps, check them out on Internet. It's a mate of mine and he is good. Based in the Kidderminster area. Ask to speak to Ben.
     
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    When I worked for a company called Ice Energy we had our vans completely wrapped, they looked fantastic as do the Sky vans but after three years they started to fade and bubble a bit on the edges but a bonnet would be a great idea and I might nick it. (y):D
     
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    I did mine in 2011 I think, Diy job, still looks ok however it is plain white vinyl.
     
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