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Hello Wesley (or anybody else who knows), how are areas covered, where two pieces of sheet metal overlap or when there is even a small gap? What about complex areas like piano hinges?
I'm interested in wrapping our CruZer, but wonder if it might be easier to paint it, particularly if we do this while the wings and tailfeathers are still off.
i am nearing completion of my 701frame and was going to wrap the plane....until I wrapped my airboat to practice on.
I ran a small wrap business several years ago, so felt very confident in it., until I tried it.
To make vinyl stick and stay on bare aluminum ( in a cold atmosphere) it must be pretreated with extra glue. Vinyl stores sell this product. You simply spray it on, then put on the wrap over it. Good luck ever getting that glue off.
In the cold, it doesn’t matter and it comes off anyway. When very cold, the wrap will crack and flake off , much like paint chips. There is no wrap left around where the prop is , it all got blown off.
I was a Really excited about wrapping the plane. But it is not advisable in cold climates.
Rivets and air bubbles are no problem with new high tech wraps. Much easier than it used to be to install.
and who quoted 1500 to wrap a plane??? That’s less than dirt cheap. The vinyl costs more than that. Quality vinyl will cost 2-3 times that just in vinyl, not including overlay, printing, install, etc. I would expect 5-7k for a quality wrap from a quality company.
Also, vinyl is heavy. I’ve heard it said how much lighter it is than paint. It’s not. Maybe, in small pieces..but not when you try to wrap both sides of a wing and all four sides of the fuse. Just try to pick up a roll of vinyl big enough to wrap a plane. You will need 2 or more people to move it.
Just my 2 cents...