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Post Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:26 pm

Signwriting the back of a tipper

Hey

I've sign wrote a fair few tipper's and the manufacturers always make it so hard to add text to the back panels.

I'm now thinking of attaching boards and applying the signs to them, they will cost a little extra but I have so much more freedom to create.

Just wondered how best to do this?

Personally i'm thinking a budget dibond material but I need to work out a way of attaching it without damaging the body.

I've never used it but would 3m vhb tape work?

What would you guys do?
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Post Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:44 pm

Re: Signwriting the back of a tipper

I wouldn't be comfortable with just VHB, I'd tape it and back it up with some rivets.
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Post Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:48 pm

Re: Signwriting the back of a tipper

Hi David

That makes sense but in order to sell it to the customer, I was hoping to say they'll be no damage to the body once it's removed which won't devalue the van.

If riveting, would you need to use the tape, surely the rivets would be strong enough?
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Post Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:21 pm

Re: Signwriting the back of a tipper

If you're mounting vinyl to the board, the customer could remove it, leaving the boards in place?

I'd only pop a rivet in each corner, as a backup to the tape.
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Post Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:49 am

Re: Signwriting the back of a tipper

The problem with composite is it normally won't survive especially on a tail board. If it gets dislodged why its being loaded or unloaded and decides to part company as the truck goes up the road someone is going to be liable. These are working trucks & anything can happen to them. I'll try & dig out some photos of dust carts i did with 5mtr boards on that even though they where on the side got ripped & damaged, however they where bolted every 500mm

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Post Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:52 am

Re: Signwriting the back of a tipper

ive recently picked up a lot of work with a haualge firm and a plant hire firm that operate out the same yard you could say, and dibond or pretty much anything wouldnt really last, it still annoys me the condition the vehicles get into after a few weeks work, but its all part of the job, speaking to the owners i would say " that must break your heart seiing that after a few weeks" but its just what happens.

i recently done a few Herron trailers, gave it a quick wipe down with panel wipe and the cloth was turning red, me being nieve but having a spraypainting background spoke to the boss and said this paints not very good on these, his words, have a look next week when your in and its done a few shifts, you would have thought someone had fired an automatic rifle at the thing.
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Post Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:43 am

Re: Signwriting the back of a tipper

Everything Kevin says... plus no mater how good d/s tape you use, it'll only be as good as the grip the paint has on the bodywork. I wouldn't be comfortable with composite. We've made panels for the sides of coaches from solid aluminium. We didn't fit them, and the only advice we gave the client was that they should be bolted directly into structural parts of the bodywork. It was left up to them to determine if the fixing was sufficient. Some of these vehicles will be travelling at speeds up to 70MPH, legal or not, and if one of these panels come flying off you can just imagine the damage it could do.

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