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    I'm in the process of choosing how/who to do my graphics. I thought a vehicle wrap would be great-- nothing catches your attention more-- but then I got the price estimate and understood why I haven't seen mobilers with these. I could still go with partial/spotting or a traditional graphics. Did anyone use a good national company? This is so hard!! I have an idea how I want it to look and I'll be so regretful if I don't get what I want! Please give me advice!

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    Find a sign company that does air brush painting on vechicles. It is not that expensive when you think about it because it is your main advertizing, and once it is done it's done. (Think of it as part of the cost of you van) It is not something you are going to have do over again. That's another reason to get what you want to start with.

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    • #3
      I'm with stray hairs for what my graphics cost at wgnt you couold have them air brushed, My graphics will only last about 5 years before they start fading.

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      • #4
        You HOPE it will last 5 years

        5 years if you are lucky! I have had my van for three years come September and I am already really badly faded. I think there is a warranty so I am sending them pictures. I have(had) a lot of red in my graphics and they are in between orange and yellow right now! Air brushing does sound the way to go. No matter what the warranty situation is, I will have to do something with mine. I can't go around looking like this and who knows what they will look like by the end of this summer. I am thinking of having most of them removed (which I will have to unless I want faded graphics) and replacing with a scaled back more conservative plan.

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        • #5
          Furelite, are your graphics are original WagnTails from 2004? Mine seem to be doing okay, not quite as crisp as when I first got the van, but not noticably faded. Mine are mostly greens and blues, wonder if that makes much difference?

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          • #6
            I designed (or had a friend design) my picture and layout I wanted for my van and the trailer. I then took it to a sign company and asked them if it could be enlarged to fit the van. Here are a few things to consider: make sure the resolution is great enough to handle that big of a change. For my van the grapic is 5 feet by 8 feet, it took a loooonggg time to find an image that I liked at such a high resolution. Go to shutterstock dot com. It costs for one month subscription but worth it, the pics are large enough and then you don't have to hire a graphics designer.

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            • #7
              Meesh

              Ya, mine are the originals from WNT. It is really only the red that is affected, but I have a LOT of red. I think that red is just not going to hold up in the sun. Though you would think that if that were the case, they would tell you that or not offer it. On the hood of my van, I have the phone number in what was red lettering. It is now so yellow that you would think that they had always been yellow. Just a few months ago they were orange, but now the transition is complete. On the side graphics, they are making the change to yellow as well. Really bad. I would advise people to stay away from RED.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Fur Elite View Post
                Ya, mine are the originals from WNT. It is really only the red that is affected, but I have a LOT of red. I think that red is just not going to hold up in the sun. Though you would think that if that were the case, they would tell you that or not offer it. On the hood of my van, I have the phone number in what was red lettering. It is now so yellow that you would think that they had always been yellow. Just a few months ago they were orange, but now the transition is complete. On the side graphics, they are making the change to yellow as well. Really bad. I would advise people to stay away from RED.

                Red seems to be a difficult color to keep from fading quickly, whether it's paint or dye on your hair. ;-) I've also heard if you get a tattoo with red in it, it will fade out in time and have to be redone.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by strayhairs View Post
                  Find a sign company that does air brush painting on vechicles. It is not that expensive when you think about it because it is your main advertizing, and once it is done it's done. (Think of it as part of the cost of you van) It is not something you are going to have do over again. That's another reason to get what you want to start with.
                  The guy that painted my graphics said not to do airbrushing if you want it to last. He said it is like putting dry paint on dry paint and it won't last. I had mine painted and he guarentees it for life. It will not fade peal, crack or anything else.
                  If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Fur Elite View Post
                    Ya, mine are the originals from WNT. It is really only the red that is affected, but I have a LOT of red. I think that red is just not going to hold up in the sun.

                    I am in the process of finally putting lettering on my new van. My logo has a ton of red in it too. When I sold my WNTs the red, even though it was less than three years old, was fading to orange. That was with an every 6 month waxing. I was hesitant to go with the same logo. The graphics guy here said it has to do with the quality of the vinyl that WNTs uses. There is a 15 year vinyl and a 5 year vinyl. For the price that WNTs charges for their graphics, you would think that they would use a higher quality. Make sure you know what type of warranty your graphics carry, especially if you are contemplating red.

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                    • #11
                      Oh great!all my phone numbers are red.Does anyone know how yellow fairs?My logo is large and theres alot of yellow in it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by happy trails View Post
                        Oh great!all my phone numbers are red.Does anyone know how yellow fairs?My logo is large and theres alot of yellow in it.
                        Why don't you get paint instead of vinyl? That way you don't have to worry about it.
                        If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

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                        • #13
                          How do you find someone to paint it? It seems like all I can find is vehicle wraps or vinyl...... arrrrrrrg.

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                          • #14
                            The yellow I have is just fine. My logo is probably 70% red, 25% yellow and the rest black. The only red that is still nice looking is the phone numbering that is on the passenger side door panel area and some of the red on the lower half on the sides. Any red over mid way up on the van is somewhere between faded red, orange and yellow.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by diamienono View Post
                              The guy that painted my graphics said not to do airbrushing if you want it to last. He said it is like putting dry paint on dry paint and it won't last. I had mine painted and he guarentees it for life. It will not fade peal, crack or anything else.
                              I guess I'm mixing up air brushing with painting, I didn't know there was a difference. Sorry. I thought my graphics were air brushed but maybe they are painted. My husband took my van and had it done by his friend so I'm not sure how the paint was put on.
                              I just know they look good and have not faded and they have been on for four years.

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