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May look good when new, but got to wonder how durable "a full body wrap" would be?

Also wonder how competitive "a full body wrap" in a solid color would be cost wise to just painting?
 

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May look good when new, but got to wonder how durable "a full body wrap" would be?

Also wonder how competitive "a full body wrap" in a solid color would be cost wise to just painting?
The 3M material most shops use is super durable. Better than paint. The problem is cost. 159 high roof would be $2500-$3500.

So I saved $3000 buying my Silver 159 ext ? :)
 

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Sorry, but watching them stretch & perforate the body wrap material over the fresh air grille openings still leaves me skeptical.

The 3M material most shops use is super durable. Better than paint. The problem is cost. 159 high roof would be $2500-$3500.
Seriously doubt even the best body wrap material will be "Better than paint" when it comes to durability on such convoluted corners/edges.
 

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Seriously doubt even the best body wrap material will be "Better than paint" when it comes to durability on such convoluted corners/edges.
Some of the vinyl wraps out there are pretty impressive. I've got a 3mil textured leather look wrap made by MacTac on a BMW r1200GSA that I ride on and off road. The stuff holds up amazingly well. I even did the saddle bags and side panels. The side panels consist of compound curves, recessed lettering, angled surfaces, etc and its where my knees rub against it when sitting. I've had no issues with wear and tear. Sure, a premium paint professionally applied at a factory is going to be better than vinyl, but it's also better than aftermarket paint jobs as well.
 

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Was the paint extra on your sticker?
Silver was no extra charge although I think on a couple colors there is a premium price charge just not sure what colors those are (think I saw it on Rams build site)
 

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I looked into this a bit too since it is so hard to find colors. You could do pretty much any sort of graphics you wanted which from an artists point of view, is really interesting.
I read somewhere you could "expect UP TO 5 years" from a body wrap...
I have a twenty year old van out in the driveway that shines like new...
 

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I've read the vinyl wrap material should last 3-5 years, with 10 years maximum. But that depends on the quality of the material, skill of installer & conditions the wrap is exposed to. When it comes to the durability of computer images printed on body wrap additional factors come into play. Some fade badly. Some are a PITA to remove.

My current van is a 2004 model & the paint is essentially still perfect. This vehicle has never been in my garage & is subject to FL heat & humidity. Would never expect any vinyl sticker to last 10 years. Still have my '92 van & at 24 years old the original paint is still excellent, except where rocker panels & drip edge rusted.

Would not entertain the idea of changing a white PM to my favorite color with body wrap. Have considered artistic body wrap on white van. From what I've learned about body wrap it may be better, more cost effective, just to paint a PM.
 

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When I couldn't find my van in a color other than white, I was a little disappointed, but after a scorching Eastern WA summer, temps on low 100's for three weeks, I am quite satisfied with white :)

My Sprinter was grey, it got hot.

I think Silver would be a nice choice, though my fav is sand :)
 

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When I couldn't find my van in a color other than white, I was a little disappointed, but after a scorching Eastern WA summer, temps on low 100's for three weeks, I am quite satisfied with white :)

My Sprinter was grey, it got hot.

I think Silver would be a nice choice, though my fav is sand :)
Yeah, its been a toasty one over here on the dry side of the state.


One of the reasons we custom ordered our PM was t o get something that was not white. Silver and Sandstone were top of the list. Ended up with silver and am pleased with it. Though I have seen a sandstone since and there was a wee bit of regret.
 

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I'm always surprised there are NEVER any stocked in colors besides white. Ram has a pretty nice pallette yet dealers don't go near the colors. Any idea why? I sure see lots of black, charcoal Sprinters, so someone besides me must want anything but white…
 
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