Vehicle Wraps (S05E06)

Chris Duke shows you everything you need to know about vehicle wraps. Troy Downey from APE Wraps guest stars.

Episode Links

Craftsman
APE Wraps
Seiko ColorPainter Printers
Billet Badges
Covercraft

Partz Mentions

Craftsman Professional Heat Gun
AMP Research PowerStep
Horschel Motorsports Fluidampr
Digital Guard Dawg

Episode Notes

In this episode we take a break from our step-by-step format and take a close look at vehicle wraps with the help of one of the pioneers of vehicle wraps, Troy Downey from APE Wraps. All your questions will be answered, including the differences between wraps and paint, how long they last, where to get one, how much they cost, how to care for a wrap, and so much more. You’ll also see our Motorz project truck (a 2005 Ford F-150 SuperCrew) get wrapped from start to finish by Troy and his son, Tommy Downey. To top it all off, Billet Badges made custom one-of-a-kind Craftsman emblems for the sides and tailgate of the truck!

This episode features our regular segments, Partz and Letterz. In “Partz”, Chris talks about a Craftsman heat gun, AMP Research Powersteps, the Fluidampr harmonic damper, and the “2 Go Keyless” Automotive product line from Digital Guard Dawg.

As always, be sure to stick around to watch our out-takes at the very end!

Music

This episode features an original Motorz theme song by Jeremy Pritchard.

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91 Comments
  1. are you kidding me? you have any idea how effective wrap advertising is. it’s all about being seen and creating impressions and is a great investment for any business small or big….or boobs.

  2. are you kidding me? you have any idea how effective wrap advertising is. it’s all about being seen and creating impressions and is a great investment for any business small or big….or boobs.

  3. Hey man, I get what you’re saying. I never said that they were bad for advertising. Never tried to make that argument at all. I was simply trying to state that as a long term solution a good quality paint job by a reputable painter would be more cost effective than having to redo the wrap every 3 to 5 years. However, if the advertisement on the wrap is going to make the money to replace it when the time comes than by all means wrap it up.

  4. Hey man, I get what you’re saying. I never said that they were bad for advertising. Never tried to make that argument at all. I was simply trying to state that as a long term solution a good quality paint job by a reputable painter would be more cost effective than having to redo the wrap every 3 to 5 years. However, if the advertisement on the wrap is going to make the money to replace it when the time comes than by all means wrap it up.

  5. Is Motorz filmed in San Diego? If it was, I would love to watch a build, I love everything about cars, especially the challenges.

  6. Oh well, still nice to know we can claim Motorz for San Diego. Can you recommend a transmission rebuild shop? I have a 1972 Buick Skylark that needs its TH350 rebuilt. I’ve called a couple shops and looked at their reviews, but I’m still kinda weary of handing my baby to a shop, I’ve heard some horror stories about shops, even for simple things like an oil change, a major chain totaled my friends truck several years ago.

  7. Oh well, still nice to know we can claim Motorz for San Diego. Can you recommend a transmission rebuild shop? I have a 1972 Buick Skylark that needs its TH350 rebuilt. I’ve called a couple shops and looked at their reviews, but I’m still kinda weary of handing my baby to a shop, I’ve heard some horror stories about shops, even for simple things like an oil change, a major chain totaled my friends truck several years ago.

  8. The only place I’ve used in the past is a place in Poway. You might want to check out JBA Speed Shop in Kearny Mesa.

  9. As long as it hasn’t been too long, it just peels right off. If it’s been years and baked on in the sun, then it might take a little bit more effort with a heat gun, but it still shouldn’t be too difficult.

  10. This is a very cool and informative video. I learned quite a bit for it. I feel like I can install my own wrap on my Toyota Tundra. I don’t have a company, just a cool design that I had made. I saw that hand washing is the best way to keep up on the maintenance. I do some searching and found these two companies…crystal tek.comwrap guard products.comTheir products seem to be designed for vehicle wraps. Could you possibly tell me your professional opinion?

  11. I’m here on the East Coast. How do I find a wrap company. I have a 92 Olds Achieva SCX, the decals are no longer available from GM. Is there some way to have them scanned, and create a wrap from them.

  12. Hey, you guys should try to plasti dip the truck! It’s cheaper and it protects the paint and body from rust and small dings. I haven’t seen a lot of trucks plasti dipped.

  13. I got quoted $3,500 to fully wrap my car in matte blue. RIP OFF!! I can get a beautiful paint job for that price even cheaper!! Screw that i was thinking $700-800 for a wrap.

  14. What color do you guys think a Jeep Wrangler should be wrapped in? I want something different! Chome?

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