Think of wrapping my truck

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Hi folks, I am new here. I have actually registered this fall to get access to some hunting tips, yet decided to post here as I just disovered that here is an automotive section.
I've got an F-150 (2015), and in October I have badly scratched it when we went hunting. I had to polish the truck to get rid of the scratches. Now, I think of wrapping my truck, because, you know, in a couple of such trips there will be no paint left haha
Yet for my 20+ years of driving experience I have never dealt with car wrapping, that's why decided to ask your folks opinion. Whether it's possible to do in the garage, or it's just the waste of materials and time and I should go to a shop? Is it really a good protection in my case? And, if there are already some tiny scratches in the paint, won't the body rust under the wrap in these places? Thanks.

PS Here is the pic of the wrap I like, nothing too fancy

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I never heard of wrapping a vehicle. Here in So. Cal. and hunting in the Desert scratches on trucks goes with the territory. At first I tried rubbing them out but eventually I knew it was a losing battle so I just gave up. The brush burns come out with a good washing but forget the scratches.
 

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Just guessing that if you are in areas where the scratches go to bare metal, you will just tear up the wrap. Might be better to google or youtube paint repair techniques and just touch up the scratches as you get them. Scratch repair can be tedious, but it is doable with a little practice.
 

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I think the expense far outweighs the usefulness. I like the brush pinstriping on my tundra.
 

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If you are worried about your daily driver getting a few scratches you could spend the money on a little yota for just hunting.
 

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I work in a detail shop. Don't rap the truck, you will just see the branches rip the rap off. Is what you need to look into is getting a CERAMIC coating put on it.
Best thing on the market right now, stuff works great.
MY 2 CENTS
 

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MAG1 said:
I work in a detail shop. Don't rap the truck, you will just see the branches rip the rap off. Is what you need to look into is getting a CERAMIC coating put on it.
Best thing on the market right now, stuff works great.
MY 2 CENTS
Approximately what would ceramic coating cost for a red F250 crew cab? Not an 8' bed.
 

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Get your entire truck Line-X'ed (spray in bed liner) and it won't show any scratches. (Not my truck. Just an example because they do do colors, not just black).

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Lots of discussion on some other boards about bedlining the entire vehicle or just the lower body to minimize gravel damage. It's not cheap, it adds a fair amount of weight to the vehicle if you do the whole thing, it's almost impossible to keep clean (especially if you get Wister mud on it), it stains. And it's ugly up close. Probably a good idea for a beater that you want to keep going, but I would not do it on a newer vehicle.
 

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I think the wrap would just tear, some guys have just been Rino lining the entire truck. Looks pretty cool to me; I'm thinking of doing my fenders and bumpers, as I got a bit of paint damage on those. I would bet it's got a pretty hefty price tag, just to do the bed of my truck was ~$600
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mouthcallinmatt said:
I work in a detail shop. Don't rap the truck, you will just see the branches rip the rap off. Is what you need to look into is getting a CERAMIC coating put on it.
Best thing on the market right now, stuff works great.
MY 2 CENTS
Approximately what would ceramic coating cost for a red F250 crew cab? Not an 8' bed.
Do you want to try and do it yourself, or do you want someone to do it?
 

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MAG1 said:
I work in a detail shop. Don't rap the truck, you will just see the branches rip the rap off. Is what you need to look into is getting a CERAMIC coating put on it.
Best thing on the market right now, stuff works great.
MY 2 CENTS
Approximately what would ceramic coating cost for a red F250 crew cab? Not an 8' bed.
Do you want to try and do it yourself, or do you want someone to do it?

Just curious if someone else did it. Not sure I have the patience for that.
 

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mouthcallinmatt said:
I work in a detail shop. Don't rap the truck, you will just see the branches rip the rap off. Is what you need to look into is getting a CERAMIC coating put on it.
Best thing on the market right now, stuff works great.
MY 2 CENTS
Approximately what would ceramic coating cost for a red F250 crew cab? Not an 8' bed.
Do you want to try and do it yourself, or do you want someone to do it?

Just curious if someone else did it. Not sure I have the patience for that

It could cost anywhere between $500 & $2000, depending who did it,what kind of warranty it has, and so on.
Are you in the San Diego area?
 

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This is a good thread. My '05 Tacoma has 210k miles, and looks like crap from the brush. I don't care at this point, but I did when it was new. That new paint sparkle prevented me from using it in the woods. When I replace my current rig (hopefully not soon), I'd like to know about people's experiences with some of the above coatings (including price). 4x4s were made to be used!
 

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MAG1 said:
I work in a detail shop. Don't rap the truck, you will just see the branches rip the rap off. Is what you need to look into is getting a CERAMIC coating put on it.
Best thing on the market right now, stuff works great.
MY 2 CENTS
Approximately what would ceramic coating cost for a red F250 crew cab? Not an 8' bed.
Do you want to try and do it yourself, or do you want someone to do it?
Just curious if someone else did it. Not sure I have the patience for that
It could cost anywhere between $500 & $2000, depending who did it,what kind of warranty it has, and so on.
Are you in the San Diego area?

Yes, Carlsbad. My Grandfather gave me his truck before he passed away. I let someone drive it to pick me up in a different area while deer hunting from where we started & he scratched the crap out of it going down the wrong road. Partly fault for so I just sucked it up but knowing how well my Grandpa took care of the truck, I want to do the same but also understand that using it the way it was intended it's going to get it's fair share of scratches. Just curious how much I need to start saving if it's a viable protection for running past brush.

Thanks for the info MAG1. If I decide to do it I'll send you a PM.
 

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My truck has 10 years of pinstripes but my camper shell is peeling like a it has leprosy, any DIY recommendations to seal it once I scrape and sand the clear off?

It's flaking off in big chunks. I am debating taking it to the cheap "chain" but wouldn't mind doing it myself if it would be cheaper.

I have considered the wrap as well and came to the conclusion it looks cool until it is hanging off in shreds...
 

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Bearclaw, I can't give a recommendation, but I can tell you this: before you weigh options, get an actual price from those chains. Their advertised price is never what they actually charge. And look them up on Yelp first, too. There's some pissed off people out there. After doing that research, I ended up refinishing my peeling hood with spray cans. Turned out pretty good!
 
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