Vinyl Wrap Scratch Protection

Submitted: Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 16:40
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Anyone got 'vinyl wrap' protection on 4WD

I've heard a couple of stories, and good reports of vinyl wrap protection. There is two types from what I gather, a sheet, which is applied and heated to confirm to vehicle shape, and a spay on version.

One 'story' in particular I was told of a convoy of near new vehicles on canning stock route I think, about 6 vehicles so the story goes, one had vinyl wrap and was OK with paint as good as new underneath, the others didn't fair well with 2 off them paint ruined, clear coat totally destroyed.

I'm interested with any recommendations for cost effect vinyl wrap, as it can be expensive, anything from $1,200 low end to over 4K high end, and also from what I gather in only lasts a few years.
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Reply By: RMD - Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 19:57

Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 19:57
What on earth ruins the paint while driving along the CSR?
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 20:16

Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 20:16
Hello

Not sure, a few shrubby bits up the north end, from memory (haven't done southern half). Personally I gave up caring about scratches just after I purchased the current vehicle. It is a tool for a purpose and I regard getting scratches as an unavoidable consequence.

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Follow Up By: Member - croaky - Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 20:24

Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 20:24
Hmm, sorry, I cannot remember name of track, I have seen it on TV, 100s of Ks of overgrown track, trees/shrubs scratching each side of vehicle. Anyway, just a story, my intention is to find a cost effect protection product. cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - William B (The Shire) - Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 21:41

Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 21:41
Hi,
There is a lot of sections especially on the southern end where scrub rubs along the side the car.
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Reply By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 20:14

Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 20:14
Hi Croaky
Not sure how long you need a wrap protection for, but there is a product called Auto Skin which you just roll on and it lasts for 4-6 weeks.When finished with it you just hose it off. Its water based and 1 lt covers about 6 square mts
.Have a look for Auto Skin made by GoGreen Protective Films it might be what your looking for.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 23:36

Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 23:36
I strongly recommend that people who value their paint work do not use this product.

I can't say more. Just don't use it, is my advice.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 07:43

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 07:43
Hi Boobook

I would like you to say "why"

I have used this type of product a number of times and found it just brilliant. I have used a small roller and usually use 4 coats on the sides of the vehicle for a good thick coating.

When home from the bush trips, give the car a real good hose down, then when it has soaked in for a while, it peels off like cling wrap in large sheets.

Not sure why you said what you did, it it does what it is made for, stops all bush scratches that come in contact with the Auto Skin. I did find that the above company was no longer in business a few years ago, but did find someone else up in Queensland.



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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 09:25

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 09:25
Stephen PM sent.

I can not say why.

Just don't buy it is my advice.
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 11:10

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 11:10
If you can't say anything...

...why say anything?

Being a public forum, it is often hard to work through the raft of personal opinion and fact. Comments like this only add to the confusion.

You would be better off having said nothing...

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 11:50

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 11:50
Sorry for being terse Anthony. You are right. I would be better off not saying nothing - that is for sure!

I didn't say I can't say anything - I said I can't say any more. It's no skin of my nose if you do or do not like my advice. Sorry for the confusion I may have created in my post. My motivation fwiw was for the benefit of others.






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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 14:07

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 14:07
All good! - I wasn't having a crack at you Boo!

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Follow Up By: Member - croaky - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 16:29

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 16:29
Thank Murray, a good lead, I've checked out the auto skin and that's definately the way to go for people on holiday, or short breaks of a few weeks.

I intend/hope I will be doing the off road touring for years, so at this stage I'm thinking something more long term.

But excellent link, cheers Croaky
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Follow Up By: Paul E6 - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 19:18

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 19:18
must be the infamous auto skin mafia skulking in the background.
hell... they are in the house! get out!
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Follow Up By: Mikee5 - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 12:51

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 12:51
Sorry Boobook but my thoughts now run to 'Damaged paint" and "payout" and Gag order on you" I guess I am into conspiracy theories.
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Reply By: Paul E6 - Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 23:16

Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 at 23:16
We have a VW caddy that has had a yellow wrap since near new, so it's over 4 years old now. It still is in good Nick, although is on road only of
course. Cost between 3 - 4k. Has a 5 year warranty I think.
Finish has dulled slightly, but after all its just plastic. Only we would notice it probably. Would say its got about 2 or 3 years left in it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Croaky - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 16:36

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 16:36
Thanks Paul E6,
This sounds like the sort of product I'm after, I got an estimated price from digitfx.com which was 4k, I'm guessing that is a quality product.
Do you know where you got yours done?
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Follow Up By: Paul E6 - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 19:21

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 19:21
don't remember, but there are many places that do commercial quality vinyl wrap. its takes a few days at least, there is a lot of work involved to get a good job done, which is where the money goes.
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Reply By: Member - Noah273 - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 06:51

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 06:51
We used a 3M vinyl wrap on the leading edges and scruff areas on our
Volvo wagon in 2009 and it is showing no signs of deterioration only wear marks but that is what its for.
This year we wrapped our 200 series and a recent trip to Fraser Island resulted in a number of fine scratches( the sort that you need to observe at a certain angle to notice), all good as it is a sacrifice to protect your duco. After a couple of weeks in the sun these scratches have all but disappeared with no wax or special care on my part.
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Follow Up By: Member - Croaky - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 16:38

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 16:38
Thanks Noah273, this is the feedback I'm after.
it seems vinyl wrap is the way to go, cheers Croaky
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 11:23

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 11:23
I have never used it, but the guy over the road has his Landcruiser Ute vinyl wrapped (in carbon fibre look alike) and it looks to do the job well.

It has been done for about 5 years and still looks to be in good nick. He uses the Ute for both work and play and (being a young guy) it gets a fair hiding when out bush. He puts it down tracks the wind would have a hard time getting down.

This is the second he has done and when he sold the first one, he had it removed and cut and polished and he reckons it was as good as when it came of the floor.

One of my mates has just sold his company 4WD which had vinyl sign writing on (across the entire back third and passenger doors of his 100 series). Even though he had it detailed prior to sale, you could see the scratches in the paint/dirt and colour fade that was not covered by the vinyl.

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Follow Up By: Member - Croaky - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 16:43

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 16:43
Thanks ADC 1

Thanks for feedback, its what I presumed but thought I'd throw it out there, some interesting feedback.

For me it seems a no brain-er to wrap a new vehicle, even if you intend keeping it forever, you never know circumstances may change if for resale vinyl wrap may be a wise investment.

Cheers Croaky
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Follow Up By: Paul E6 - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 19:24

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 19:24
we will be selling our wrapped caddy later in 2017, removing the vinyl first.
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Follow Up By: Supersi - Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 21:51

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 at 21:51
You can cover vehicles in normal sign vinyl (e.g Avery 700 series) or now the "special" vehical wrap vinyls such as the ones that can give the Matt black or carbon fibre look. You can also wrap in clear vinyl and most of the sign vinyl manufacturers make this. Avery is one manufacturer, there product is Avery Stoneguard, it's thicker than normal sign vinyl and wrap materials. I think it's about $75 per mtr, trade cost.

All of the products have about a 7 year rated life.

For a short term fix for one trip, you can use cheaper quality sign vinyl, e.g. Avery 500 series "event" range vinyls. Less adhesive and slightly thinner. Even if you only roughly apply over key areas (wet with soapy water - a few drops of baby shampoo in a small spray bottle and when back from your trip/finished remove with gentle heat. 500series trade cost about $15 per mtr.
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