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Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by Uptwobucks » Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:27 pm



I am in the process of having my Trike and trailer vinyl wrapped. Have you ever made such a crazy decision? That’s me, I’m known to go off on the wild side. Why I make these crazy decisions I’ll never know. After tossing around the idea and the cost of each, I decided to try the wrap. Liquid copper is the color. I am told since my ride is garage kept it should last up to 7 years. My current color is below. I will post a pic of the results after completion sometime next week. If you have tried the vinyl wrap, please comment.

This is the new color but not the company doing the wrap.

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by redial » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:34 pm

I would paint it ! Like the man says, even if it is garaged it will last 7 years. How long does the paint last? Mine is 21 years young and it still does not need re-painting.

That vinyl fades and looks tatty when it ages.
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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by Uptwobucks » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:52 pm

You are correct, paint does last longer. If I were to disassemble, paint then reassemble the cost was 5k plus. However, I like color change every now and then. So I figured I could do two wraps 5 to 7 years apart, hopefully giving me 10 - 14 yrs for less money. I did question the durability of the product and was offered a guarantee of 5yrs. I was told the vinyl can be washed, and waxed just like paint. They did say 7 to 10 years depending on my maintenance and care, but I always go with the lesser number. But I agree with you paint would last longer.

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by FM-USA » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:11 pm

My Wing is Beige, it blends in most backgrounds, especially concrete. :shock:
I'm kicking around the idea of a vinyl wrap.
Now & then I'll wear Mossy Oak shirt and/or pants, so why not go the full boat and do up the bike & trailer. If there's a minor tear the paints base color of Beige has that pretty much covered. When I Boon-dock camp, who's to know. ;)

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped? Completed

Post by Uptwobucks » Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:37 am

Project completed. Turn out very nice. I also replaced lots of the chrome since it had been on there since 2002. What do you think? Be honest.
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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by FM-USA » Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:09 am

You could almost camp in a pumpkin patch and no one will know you're there. 😜

Looks really good! In a way I like that slight dull sheen of the vinyl.

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by Uptwobucks » Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:20 am

FM-USA wrote:
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You could almost camp in a pumpkin patch and no one will know you're there. 😜

Looks really good! In a way I like that slight dull sheen of the vinyl.

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by themainviking » Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:45 am

I have a friend who wrapped his GL1500 and side car in yellow a couple years back, and he is still happy with it. I think you did a great job, and it looks great. I have always liked the custom possibilities of wrapping, but personally don't have the guts to do it. Any time I have attempted to wrap, it has ended in disaster.
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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by Uptwobucks » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:18 am

themainviking wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:45 am
I have a friend who wrapped his GL1500 and side car in yellow a couple years back, and he is still happy with it. I think you did a great job, and it looks great. I have always liked the custom possibilities of wrapping, but personally don't have the guts to do it. Any time I have attempted to wrap, it has ended in disaster.
I had it professionally done by a company. I had no experience to do it myself. I'm happy now that I see the results. The installer had done bikes for the local PD but had never done a trike. He did say afterwards the price will definitely go up.

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:11 am

I think it is really great.
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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by DenverWinger » Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:17 am

Very nice job, looks good! Just out of curiosity, how many $ did that set you back?
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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by Uptwobucks » Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:59 pm

DenverWinger wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:17 am
Very nice job, looks good! Just out of curiosity, how many $ did that set you back?
Started out at 2000.00, but then I add painting to the bottom of the trailer, vinyl paint to the dash panel, paint below the lower driving lights. So I spent 2700.00 total.

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by minimac » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:54 am

If you're happy, it was well worth it. If it looks half as good in person as in the pictures, it's great!

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by Uptwobucks » Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:45 pm

minimac wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:54 am
If you're happy, it was well worth it. If it looks half as good in person as in the pictures, it's great!
It turned out better than I expected, which is rare :lol: and yes it looks as good as the picture. Thanks for commenting.

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by echinus1988 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:20 pm

I wouldn't have thought it was vinyl, it looks like a perfect paint job and I really like the color. Not bright flashy but a slightly muted but very nice color choice.

Great job!

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by Stew » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:40 pm

I think it turned out great! I have to confess though, silver is about my favorite color for cars and bikes so I would've left it but they did fantastic work :)
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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by CNC Nut » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:47 am

That came out nice. Just a quick question...had you looked at hydro-dipping rather than wrapping?

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by BadMonk » Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:34 am

Very nice! I like it a lot, the copper color probably looks even better in person.

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by Rwilkerson » Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:57 am

Call me old fashion fuddy dudy or just plain hard headed. I would spend $2800.00 on a compressor spray booth time and paint it every time. If I want to change color I will sell mine and buy a new color. Sticking something to a perfectly good paint job is just nuts! If just a part need touch up or replaced spent the cash to replace that part with factory. I can not imagine the mess you create once that crap comes off. I reserve the right of my opinion and know those who do not agree "well that is just to bad". If your going to stick vinyl to your motorcycle at least get paid by using advertising you know like buses and cagers.
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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by Ol Dan » Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:18 am

I've seen the adds on cars but had never heard of using this process to change the color. I'm very impressed with your final results and plan to check into this for my "76 GL. I enjoyed the article.

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by indydealmaker » Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:39 pm

The wrap looks perfect! Was the Vinyl applied to the body parts while assembled?

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by orononewfie » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:03 am

I was trying to make the same decision wrap or paint. Since I didn’t want to shell out the 2g-3G for either and had access to the vinyl and like a personal challenge, I did it myself!
Watched a lot of videos and talked to my shop installer. Final product was great for a first time shot at wrapping with a 3M black ember colour. Almost looks like root beer
I did it last January and after a 15000k it looks great.
I clean it with pledge and never had an issue. This winter I am going to peel it off and do a white with gold flecks
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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by Metal Mangler » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:37 am

Very interesting article. Looks really well. I was also curious did they wrap it while the bike is in one piece or remove all plastic and panels? Thanks
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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by Soupcat 1920 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:45 am

Looks great! I bet the pictures don’t do it justice. As for hydro dipping, my brother built a hydro dipping tank a few years ago( he gets laid off every winter because it’s hard to do concrete work when the ground freezes in our part of the country). He’s found that pattern prints tend to distort over curvy pieces. He did a 20 ounce bubba cup for me with a carbon fiber pattern and it distorted pretty well. Also you would have to find someone with an extremely large tank to do goldwing parts. That being said , if it could be done with someone with the right skill levels and equipment, the possibilities are almost endless! Enjoy the ride on your liquid copper wing!

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Re: Painted or Vinyl Wrapped?

Post by wingingit2 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:14 am

You don't say if you had to disassemble the bike to do the job, did you? If you could post a couple of pic's showing the application would be nice.


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