Vynal wrapping front of motorhome (1 Viewer)

Mar 21, 2022
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Has anyone tackled the job of wrapping the front of their motorhome?
I've got a few stone chips and a bit of flaking paint ( I understand a crap job done by manufacturers using water based paint as a few on here has said).
So thinking of wrapping or may get front respraid. Fancy having a go at wrapping so could do with advice
 

Tombola

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Overlaminate the wrap for protection..
Whoever prints the vynil for you make sure the use the better vinyl (cast not calendered) .
Doesn't shrink as much over time and is more UV stable but is more expensive
 
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im a not so newbie
I’ve had a go at a lot of things but wrapping would scare me off unless a “pro” was there to guide me.
 
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The good thing about the front end of van is that its in a lot of small panels, apart from the doors. Would take them all off in the winter so that could do in the dry and warmth

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I had an expert do it once and it was still good after 5 years when we sold the van. The next van the vinyl at the front didn't last long- coming off around the edges because water off the roof after 3 years. The back lasted over 8 years on the back.

Have been thinking doubt it on my current van. Make sure you enjoy the pattern at least until you get rid of the van. All blemishes will be seen when you come to sell!

I am told most vinyl on commercial vehicles lasts 5 year. My vinyl man says the Motorhome companies use a vinyl that last longer. I won't do it myself.

I miss my vinyls!
 
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All Eddie stobart trucks are cab wrapped , a lot will do over a million miles and they always look good.
 
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I have posted this previously as l absolutely love it and desperately would like to get my current MH wrapped the same but l am still building up the courage to do it.

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enough to know i shouldnt touch things i know nothing about ....
I have posted this previously as l absolutely love it and desperately would like to get my current MH wrapped the same but l am still building up the courage to do it.

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I can't see anything in the photograph .... Is there supposed to be something there?
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May 15, 2022
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Hi all
Has anyone tackled the job of wrapping the front of their motorhome?
I've got a few stone chips and a bit of flaking paint ( I understand a crap job done by manufacturers using water based paint as a few on here has said).
So thinking of wrapping or may get front respraid. Fancy having a go at wrapping so could do with advice
Is at Ducato based MH?, if it is then it´s usually the bonnet that flakes, I had a Ducato X250 based MH and got a Bonnet cover off of Amazon that fitted well, looked good and was excellent stone chip protection.
 
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How did you deal with the slots on the bonnet?
The bonnet bra comes with holes in the appropriate places..................have a quick look at the photo, you can see the cut outs ....

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You are aware that if you stick vinyl over the dodgy flaking paint, the vinyl will soon peel away with chunks of paint attached
 
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I did a vinyl wrap on my old Ducato as the paint job was atrocious.

The bonnet and front wings can easily be done solo. Any larger panels I would recommend 2 people on it. I ended up with it folding in on itself or touching the deck when doing it solo.
The bonnet and wings were easy solo though.

Bit hard to tell from this image. But that side panel was a pain the arse to do.
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doing the bonnet was much, much easier.

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This was on the sliding door. Don't attempt it when it is too cold either. The vinyl is brittle as hell. It was 15°C and it just cracked.
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So my advice based on my experience of doing my own van and part of another van.
For big panels get a friend.
Small panels easy, just watch lots of youtube videos for tips (experts not diyers)
Don't do it when it is windy, or there is dust in the air. Prep the surface well. Don't do it if it is cold, or there are insects flying. Don't do it under trees.
Take your time, it is not a race.
 
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The bonnet bra is a cover, not stuck on, I got it to cover the flakey paint for the rest of the season before doing a bonnet respray, sold the MH instead......
 
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How did you deal with the slots on the bonnet?
Just realised this is an old thread :)

The best way to deal with this is to watch a few videos on youtube of the experts doing it. It depends on the depth of the slot as there are two methods I can think of. But neither are overly hard as they are not deep on the bonnet.
 
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