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Old 04-20-2021, 06:18 AM
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Default Paint Design/Wrap

Is there an online, or app, folks are using to plan their paint/wrap? Has anyone on here done a full wrap? Opens up all kinds of creative opportunities but Iím concerned about the longevity of vinyl.
Ray and Lori Meunier
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:37 AM
Kyle Boatright Kyle Boatright is offline
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I have 20 year old vinyl trim on my RV-6. It is holding up well.

Given the corrosion we've seen under Van's blue plastic, I would 100% prime an aircraft with an epoxy primer before I wrapped it.

On the RV-10, I'm considering using vinyl for some of the larger trim color areas. Those areas will be fully painted the base color before any vinyl is applied.
Kyle Boatright
Marietta, GA
2001 RV-6 N46KB
2019(?) RV-10
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:49 PM
Bandera Bandera is offline
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There some spots that canít be vinyl wrapped so they need to be painted anyway. I know two people that have had their planes wrapped. After about 4 or 5 years both started having issues on the cowlings and leading edges. This is only a small sample so donít take as gospel. IMHO, the best thing to do is paint. If you take care of your plane, you should be able to get a good 20 years or more out of a paint job.
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