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Full wrap. Didn't do it myself (my airplane time is in short supply these days).
3M vinyl installed by Signz360 out of Washington, MO. The installer came to my hangar to do the work which is about 45 minutes away. This was the first plane they did. The installer Jake is fantastic and the salesman Howie is outstanding too.
It was mostly hands off for me but I definitely needed to be around to answer questions and of course had to have panels off and clean plane to start.
It took them a little longer to complete than they thought but part of it was due to commute time to hangar and some pretty hot days. Plan on $5,500-$6,000 for two colors.
I'm very happy with the results and others around the airport are too. It could definitely be done yourself/with a helper even without experience but of course it would take a lot longer and plan for some wasted vinyl as you learn by mistakes.
Jim it looks great. After painting my first homebuilt myself, I swore I would never do it again. Something to be said for paying for expertise. Well done and IMO money well spent to save time.
Looks awesome. I 'm inot my second year with my partial 3m vinyl wrap and it still looks great and easy to maintain.
I recently tried using Lemon Pledge and a microfiber cloth to clean the vinyl and it works great and leaves a nice shine on it.
Looks great Jim,
Mine is scheduled to be wrapped this month. Don't have a quote back yet but this will be their first plane to wrap as well. Hope it turns out as nice as yours!
Thanks! Glad you're getting finished too. Be sure to spray some primer and gloss paint on the cowling if you are going to wrap that too. The vinyl wants something glossy to stick to. I can't wait to see it.
Looks great, Jim!
When I had my plane painted, I fully-assembled my plane, broke it down for paint, and then did final assembly after paint. Although I'm not contemplating doing a wrap anytime soon, I couldn't help but wonder about this question:
After your observing and helping prep for the wrap process, do you think a wrap would be quicker/better/less waste/less expensive if performed prior to final assembly, or as in your case with a fully assembled airplane, do you think it wouldn't make a significant difference in ease of the wrap, coverage, or expense?
Do you think it is lighter, heaver or about the same as paint?
Looks really nice. Wonder about the longevity? Some wrapped cars don't seem to hold up too good. I had a camper that had vinyl accents. It was really neglected. The black held up real well but some of the other colors not so much. Im guessing there are different grades of vinyl. Is there any info you can share on that?