Crowdsource Advice: Cargo Truck-Paint, Wrap or Bedliner?

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  1. a2ronm

    a2ronm Ti-6Al-4V

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    Hey! I've got a repurposed ex-commercial GMC4500 (Isuzu NPR) box truck with a 14' all aluminum cargo box that needs a new "look", mostly so the Plumber-HVAC logo shadows are gone and its not mistaken as a commercial vehicle.

    I use it as a toy hauler & mobile garage for my motorcycles.

    Question is, should I go for painting, vinyl wrap or bedliner application for its new life?

    Thanks for the input!





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  2. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander nail bender

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    nice setup!

    I'd go with a wrap, bedliner will be boring on a large flat surface like that.

    Maybe even in black and silver to match the Airstream.
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  3. RVDan

    RVDan Long timer

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    Bedliner, while bombproof, is permanent and not terribly aesthetically pleasing.
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  4. Bounder

    Bounder ExternallyDisplaced

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    I would use wrap. Also a spoiler above the cab blended into the box body would help with aero and fuel costs as well.
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  5. tominboise

    tominboise Long timer

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    Paint or wrap. Bedliner is great stuff but is heavy and hard to clean due to the textured surface. Big area like that, I'd be tempted to put out the word to the local graffiti artist community and have someone do an interesting scene on it (no warrior princesses on unicorns, however).
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  6. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Cheapest way that I could do myself-:-) IMO. I'm a painter, not a wrapper.
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  7. VX Rider

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    paint....
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  8. ozmoses

    ozmoses ...

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    Why not rent out ad space?
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  9. nuggets

    nuggets It's all my fault...

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    For that use, I'd paint septic/sewage repair on the side, and add some fake stains coming out of the rear doors. Discourage anyone who wants to take a peek inside... :D
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  10. a2ronm

    a2ronm Ti-6Al-4V

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    My original planned use was as an urban stealth garage for my bikes at a local marina, where my plan was to fully embrace your suggestion......at time of purchase it came with stains and smells pre-installed by the previous owner.

    However, my neighborhood HOA isn't sympathetic to my urban camo plan (even without the smells) thus I have to upgrade the look beyond "commercial vehicle".
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  11. VX Rider

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    HOA's totally and thoroughly suck, although they do sometimes help prevent neighbors from getting too far out of hand.... but they still suck.
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  12. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    Have you considered Plasti-dip?
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  13. Sleepyc

    Sleepyc I have a Moto Boner!

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    Definitely do a wrap.
    :D

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  14. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    I say wrap it! Get tired of it, then wrap it with something else. Should be relatively inexpensive due to the flat surface and no compound curves. Looking forward to seeing what you choose.
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  15. Project84

    Project84 I can haz adventure?

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    I've painted Isuzu NQR/NRR (as well as Internation Navistar and Ford F700) with the same type of box.

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    Use a foam roller.

    Super cheap.
    Super easy.
    Super reliable.
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  16. pnhd65

    pnhd65 renaissance man

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    I love your truck, my question, does it have air brakes? Do you need a CDL for this truck?
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  17. a2ronm

    a2ronm Ti-6Al-4V

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    I'd be interested in any pictures if you have some.

    No air brakes.
    GVW is listed as 14,500 lbs, which doesn't require a CDL in South Carolina.
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  18. a2ronm

    a2ronm Ti-6Al-4V

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    Here is a clearer shot of the inside for you.

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  19. Project84

    Project84 I can haz adventure?

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    I work on these things for a living so the painting I've done is of company logos and such. Probably shouldn't share that.

    Having said that, I've never painted anything ornate. What you posted above, the red/white should be very easy.

    Pressure wash the side with simple green, scrub well, rinse. Wait a day or two to dry. Tape your pattern and get to painting.

    To cover the old plumbers holograms, do a coat of grey over the white first. If you try hiding them with white, they might bleed through.


    FWIW - I've never used primer and always had excellent results.
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    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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