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Post Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:57 pm

Advice with pricing a part wrap job

Hi Guys,

I've been putting off wrapping for as long as I can but I'm getting inundated with these kinds of jobs and it's silly to keep turning down good work.

This is an ongoing proof for a customer of mine. Initially, he wanted a blue chrome wrap on the front of the van. As with most jobs, the customers aren't aware of the price of executing a job like this and no surprise it was too much for his budget. He's said his maximum budget is a grand and he'd like something eye-catching.

Could anyone make some suggestions on how I could make this affordable for the client and also fill the brief, please?

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Post Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:03 pm

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What colour is the van at the moment James?
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Post Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:05 pm

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Hi David,

It's silver
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Post Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:25 pm

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James
It occurs to me that if you are inundated with this kind of work, why not turn down the cheap ones with low budgets and go for the more generous ones?
It takes time and effort to reduce the cost of a job, as you are trying to do here.
Fair enough if you are scratching for work, but it sounds like you are flush.
This is all to the customer's gain, and you lose.
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Post Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:50 pm

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Regardless of the material, there's some time involved there.

Removing handles, and any other bits you'd rather weren't there. Then any you do keep in place theres the trimming round, tucking into, round the windows on the doors, if it's a colour coded bumper the fog lights. Cleaning & surface prep too.

Guessing 1-2 days, just depends if you can just get on with it, or if you get interrupted like we do, and how proficient you are at stripping & fitting.

Materials guessing 10m @ £25 a meter (depends on what you use and price you pay) there's £250, in materials alone.

Your wrapping the most difficult & fiddly bits of the whole van. So I'd like 1100-1200+VAT for that... probably never get it.

Always ask the budget before you start the design :wink: explain why you're asking, (prime example) or at the minimum give a between £x & £y price and take a deposit before you start designing.
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Post Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:33 pm

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Could you turn it around and wrap the back instead? Like David said the front is the most difficult and fiddly. Back section would be much more straight forward provided you didn't have to wrap the bumper. Also leave the roof if possible, will save him a couple of m2 of material and you some time. You could wrap the back back 300mm or so of the roof but put a curve in it so it looks like it was done on purpose.
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Post Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:40 pm

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Oracal 979ra is a good material and about £20 a metre
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Post Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:40 pm

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Instead of part wrapping why not do some fancy graphics - something like the attached. Much quicker to implement and can be done using an ordinary vinyl?
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Post Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:35 am

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What I think about wrapping? Wrapping and cheap don’t go together. I know few proud wrappers. They are very good wrappers-but working cheap and failing to pay the bills. You will be stretching your self on so many levels. Stress, time spent designing, workshop will be busy for two days, not able to do other cars, you might break the parts from the car you are removing to do the wrapping...if you are not very good with the actual wrapping-vinyl will pop out of the recess, customer comes back and you have made a loss.

Good variety of advice from other members above, I hope it helps you make decision.

In short, if you are busy, don’t do cheap wrapping. If you must... Simon puts it well in his above post.

“Small fish are more tasty”
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Post Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:46 am

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Hi Guys,

Thanks for all the replies, some great advice. Just to clarify, I'm not looking at trying to do the wrap for cheap, I learned the lesson of working for nothing when I started out.

I think Phills suggestion of the fancy graphics will fit the bill on this job.
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Post Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:56 am

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As David says turn the design around and wrap the back instead, much easier and within their budget
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Post Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:21 am

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Job's like Phil's shown are brilliant.

Nice eye catching design, looks expensive, but you're using standard vinyl, and usually a doddle to fit (look at Phil's not gone over the bump strip).

It's a level up from just cut vinyl, but you can charge a premium, and may just make more money doing those :wink:
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Post Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:45 am

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Yeah forgot to say Phill's design is very nice and a really simple option.

Is there a site you can get these kinds of stripes from without doing them yourself? I know they're simple to do but sometimes a lack of creativity hinders you and you end up staring at a screen you an eternity.
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Post Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:55 am

Re: Advice with pricing a part wrap job

I've just done a DAF cab for a regular customer, if it'd been a new customer I'd have said no but this customer isn't expecting perfection, and he wasn't going to get it on a 10 year old truck, but he wanted a colour change.
3 days with fitting a few smaller jobs in the middle. Trims, handles, mirrors etc all came off and that was a simple job, I'd imagine the front of a van would be far more complicated and to do that and the rest of the sign writing on a grand is impossible.
As said, doing the back would be a far better option or as Phil said stick to cut vinyl.

I'm being asked to wrap 3 Transit minibuses, trouble is it's my wifes bus business so I'll have a problem saying no and asking the full price :rollseyes:

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Post Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:34 pm

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Lol prepare to get screwed Steve

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