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Old 09-28-2007, 02:38 PM   #1
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Question Vinyl Wrapping your Bike?

So, It was suggested to me today that I get my bike wrapped instead of a custom paint job.

I can choose to customize the vinyl or go with base colors/graphics. The estimated price for 10 to 12 sq ft of vinyl - INSTALLED was $350.

Anyone have any experience with Vinyl wraps? Is this a good deal?
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Old 09-28-2007, 03:27 PM   #2
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i can paint the bike for that much or maybe a bit more......and it will last longer.

vinyl will fade and peel away.
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and bubbles/blister if not done correctly.
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w00t call tony! have it done right the first time!!!
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i would rather paint it...
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Thanks for the input. Have to think about whether it's worth it to custom paint a Virago 250.
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if tony paints it its worth it
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Thanks for the input. Have to think about whether it's worth it to custom paint a Virago 250.
shouldnt be too much $, its like a tank, a front fender and two small side covers maybe?
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You want to vynil wrap a cruiser? That makes absolutely no sense to me...

No contest between paint and vynil, especially if Tony is painting!
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Only know one person who wrapped a bike completely.... actually went with camo on his gsxr.

Those going to Big Texas this upcoming week, a buddy rides his bike up there. A stunter bike posting on Superbikemoto.com. His name is Jeff-bouncer.
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Old 09-30-2007, 10:26 AM   #12
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I think vinyl wrapping bikes is gonna be one of the next big things...
its already extremely huge in the car scene due to the durability of modern vinyl and the speed/ease which you can transform a vehicle with basically no limitations on graphics. The finish is very durable and if you get tired of it, a few minutes with a heatgun and a claybar and the vehicle is back to stock. all the vehicles you see rolling around town these days use vinyl... the promotional vehicles for the furniture stores and the radio stations, taxi cabs, even a lot of the custom cars are using it now too.

if your paint is and you just want everything a solid color you could repaint it but if you want custom designs and your paint is smooth the vinyl might be a better choice... esp. cause you can peel it off when its time to sell.
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if you get tired of it, a few minutes with a heatgun and a claybar and the vehicle is back to stock.
I don't buy that for one second. I can say (as bet Tony can too) from personal experience that removing stickers from a bike can be one of the single most frustrating and time consuming things to do. I'd almost rather sand spray paint than mess with a bunch of stickers, let alone the WHOLE bike.

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your paint is smooth the vinyl might be a better choice... esp. cause you can peel it off when its time to sell.
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Basically, just about any time you repaint a bike from stock, you decrease the resale value. The first time someone sees your bike if you're trying to sell, even with a nice paint job, the buyer is going to think you crashed it and are covering up damage.

To each their own though, I would sooner stay away from the vinyl and paint the bike (if it needs it). If it doesn't need painting, I would stay away from it- especially if you intend to sell it anyway. IMHO.
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peeling stickers off a bike is about the easiest thing you can do if you use a heatgun and an adhesive releasing agent. Trust me I know I've done my fair share of it.

And you are arguing against vinyl but then you are agreeing with me that vinyl would be superior because it leaves the original paint intact underneath so you can peel off the vinyl and resell.

Besides when you do a vinyl wrap the vinyl is a solid piece (or several large solid pieces). It is really easy to peel off because there are no numbers or letters to peel off with it, like stock stickers... and it shields the paint below from sunlight, protecting it and preserving the finish.
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i can vouch for the vinyl removal... had stripes on my car and much more. Little time with a heat gun and came right off, after three + years of being on there... can't say there wasn't any glue left(cleansolve took it right out) and there was paint fade... oh well, reapplied them.....
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Well, then I'll be happy to put both of your expertise to work. I can't stand taking that off.

Putting that stuff on a car is different than putting it on plastic bodywork.

By all means, go ahead and sticker the bike, to each their own.
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Didn't know I was going to stir up a hornets nest. I was thinking (Since I'm a girl) I would like to have some custom GIRL look, but then no self respecting GUY would want the bike if and/or when I want to sell and girls usually want their own style, not someone elses. Paint is more permanant, so vinyl seemed like a logical choice for a temporary custom look.

I wanted to know if Vinyl would ruin the paint. Or Bubble or water would get under it and rust things. I was also most concerned with the cost - more or less money than paint? Only, No one seems to have any actual experience with a vinyl wrap, just opinions. I've seen the car wraps and I really like them, only how do they hold up? How long do they last?

How did the guy like his camo GSXR? I really want to know. Thanks for all the comments so far.

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The adhesive can get in to the paint and ruin it. Some adhesives even penetrate to the metal below, and the paint will blister when you remove the vinyl.

I'd bet that any company that makes the vinyl wraps for cars will do it for a bike too.

They'll hold up like paint will, it shouldn't cause any rust. I have no idea on the cost, but I would guess that it's probably comparable to paint.
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I think vinyl wrapping bikes is gonna be one of the next big things.....the promotional vehicles for the furniture stores and the radio stations, taxi cabs, even a lot of the custom cars are using it now too.
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next big things for bikes? hmmm....dont see that happening anytime soon. try to go get a quote for some decent vinyl wrapping on your bike and report back. don't be suprised if a bunch of places turn you down, or charge you an outrageous price.

and yeah, promotional CARS, TRUCKS, VANS are using it....because most of their surfaces are FLAT. unlike a bike, with many grooves, curves, and holes.

i don't see it happening for bikes.

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peeling stickers off a bike is about the easiest thing you can do if you use a heatgun and an adhesive releasing agent. Trust me I know I've done my fair share of it.

And you are arguing against vinyl but then you are agreeing with me that vinyl would be superior because it leaves the original paint intact underneath so you can peel off the vinyl and resell.

Besides when you do a vinyl wrap the vinyl is a solid piece (or several large solid pieces). It is really easy to peel off because there are no numbers or letters to peel off with it, like stock stickers... and it shields the paint below from sunlight, protecting it and preserving the finish.
i have done WAY MORE than my fair share of it.....and it's no fun. and it is definately not easy. especially when the sun beats down on the vinyl and pretty much bonds the vinyl to the car/bike.

if you think it's easy, i'll pay you $$$ to remove decals, because that's how much of a PITA they are to me. nobody in my shop likes to do it either, because it's time consuming and as stated....A PAIN IN THE .

and NO WAY IN is vinyl superior to paint. vinyl will fade ten times faster, will peel away at the edges, and not to mention, will not shine like paint. and if someone scratches your vinyl......try buffing that out.

unless of course you are comparing to MAACO paint jobs.....which is basically like professional rattlecan spray jobs.
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