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Old 07-23-2015, 01:30 PM   #1
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Bike wrap vs paint

I'm thinking of getting my bike redone and was suggested I try bike wraps. I'm wondering what's the pros\cons to wraps and pro/cons to paint?
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Old 07-23-2015, 01:45 PM   #2
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a wrap is pretty easy to keep clean, but it's hard for them to get it to stick in the hard curves. after 2 years the wrap will start to look worn and can fade, the paint wont. a wrap is much softer and can scratch more easily
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Well, with wraps its obvious. If you want a change just peel it off. Wraps are pretty hard to do yourself but if you do your research and order some extra material to practice with you should be able to accomplish it.
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What does a wrap cost on a bike?

Need to know where my pricing compares
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:03 PM   #5
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I found a company online that does wraps for my bike and it's $400. I got a quote for paint job from rush bikes and he said 500-700 plus cost of paint
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wraps can be relatively cheap or expensive. Depends on how much design time gets put into the complete effort. Installation is usually done by the sq.ft. of material to be installed and a charge for cleanup/preparation. The wrap material is also sold by the square foot.

the care for a wrap is about the same as a custom paint job. extra gentle. You can wax the wrap just like paint. If it is installed correctly, you should not have any problem areas. we use a primer glue and edge sealer for problem areas. There are also some things that you just can't get around. Depending on the graphics, your tank will most likely have to be done in 3 pieces. The tail section may also have to be done in two pieces. It depends on the artwork. It is sometimes very difficult to align the graphics correctly because you are stretching the artwork as you are installing it. I honestly think this is why bike wraps never really took off. It is difficult if you want it to look like a custom paint job. And you can get a single color throw down paint job pretty cheap these days.
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I found a company online that does wraps for my bike and it's $400. I got a quote for paint job from rush bikes and he said 500-700 plus cost of paint
I can beat 500-700 easy if we are just talking paint and that is including standard base colors. Of course if you are going to shoot some crazy candy paint then you have pick up that cost.

This is for another member on here. This is just to heat treat plastics, prime, base coats, clear coats. He is doing flat grey with black hi gloss accents.

"I a ran some figures and what I did is just basically remove the hydro film cost of each peice.

Also, attached the the flat grey I will order if we go ahead and move forward. Lead time to complete will be about a week depending on how fast I can prep the pieces.
$100 Tank
$150 Wheels
$50 Rear Cowl
$40 Front Fender
$100 Fairings
$440.00 = Total"

**each piece is ready to go and no blasting required with this job** Having to blast anything takes time and time is money.

I shoot auto grade matrix systems clear and that stuff is solid to protect the base color coats.

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Is wrap different than the clear protective film you can pull of if you want?


I want to get that on my tank before I start using my new tank bag.
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Most wrap shop will not take on bikes because it is hard to lay without wrinkling up. Your better off getting it painted.
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I wrap KK47's MV motoamerica bikes....it is a PAIN IN THE , but they turn out cool and hold up during races. If you want to use your stock plastics and want a different look but want to make it stock again to re-sell the bike I'd say go for a wrap. If not, paint away then add decal highlights, thats what i did on my track fainrings.
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