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Old 03-15-2012, 21:56   #1
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Wrapping A Cruiser

Does anyone know of a department that uses vehicle wraps instead of paint on their cruisers...in particular the black front & rear.

Just looking for input on durability.

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Old 03-15-2012, 22:01   #2
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We will be using the wrap on the doors of our new Tahoes and Explorers. Haven't got them yet, though.
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Old 03-15-2012, 23:33   #3
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Buddy of mine has them. Black cars w/ white wraps for the doors.

He said they are only like $200 cheaper than doing paint. According to him , the wraps suck. He said that you can immediately see EVERY door ding in the car. Said that as soon as the wrap gets dinged, you KNOW IT.

Glad we dont use black and whites....
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they suck, every cruiser here has them all nicked/dinged by the POS's that are "gently" leaned against the car :whistle:
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And here I was thinking this thread was about practical jokes. My bad.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:45   #6
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My former agency wraps cars. It looks ok but scuffs easily.
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Old 03-16-2012, 13:11   #7
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Wraps are for show cars, not for heavy duty use cars like cruisers.
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Old 03-16-2012, 15:14   #8
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Awesome!!! Ours won't last, at all. A majority of our roads are gravel and/or dirt/tractor trail.
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Old 03-16-2012, 18:26   #9
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I was thinking they were going to wrap camo tape around a mossberg shotgun. Shoulda seen it was coptalk. Moving along now, gentlemen.
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Old 03-17-2012, 14:57   #10
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If you were looking for an agency to contact as a reference, I could suggest the University of Iowa Police. They deployed a fleet of Tahoes with wraps to make them black and white (covered just the doors). It looked slick when they were new, and from a short distance, but up close the cuts were not great, the finish was vastly different from the rest of the body, and it scuffed and discolored easily. They ended up dumping the wraps and painting the doors.
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Old 03-17-2012, 23:00   #11
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We use wraps on our black/whites:

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My opinion is they do tend to scratch fairly easily; searching a backpack frame down resulted in the trunk lid needing to be completely redone. And they must be full of static because they attract dust like a magnet.

We went to wraps as it was cheaper than repainting. The goal now is to make the paint scheme part of the specs when ordering vehicles.
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:34   #12
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We use some wraps when they transitioned unmarked cars to marked cars because the chief wanted more marked cars on the streets. They hold up okay. If they get dinged, then you can tell. I don't think it's practical and would probably be about the same price to just paint it. Our cars are white and some of them were burgundy or blue before the wrapping, which you can see when the wrap gets torn.
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Awesome!!! Ours won't last, at all. A majority of our roads are gravel and/or dirt/tractor trail.
Yeah. Probably not a good situation.
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