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  • Templating a vehicle (not using a vehicle library)

    Posted by Dan on May 5, 2023 at 9:04 am

    Hi guys

    I need to do a fleet of vehicles but I don’t have the luxury of having the vehicle for a day, I’ll have the first vehicle for a week to create my template.

    I need to get the vehicle in and out within a matter of hours and onto the next one. I’ve been wrapping their vehicles in the past but that no longer works time wise so I need to create pattens that I can line up and apply.

    In the past, I was told to do this using clear application tape, drawing around sections and digitising that file. Is this still the best method?

    Dan replied 11 months, 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Ian Jenkin

    May 5, 2023 at 10:17 am

    Hey Dan, just out of interest, is there a specific reason behind not using a digital template?

    I think as a guide they are brilliant.

    • Dan

      May 5, 2023 at 10:30 am

      The online templates are good for everyday graphics but not for i.e. cutting a recess panels out.

      I basically want to print and cut out i.e. a recess panel and apply it straight to the van with no cut tape, no applying a template over the image and cutting it out manually (which I was shown years ago). I simply want to do a quick line ups hold with magnets and apply.

      I hope that makes sense, it does in my head lol.

  • Hugh Potter

    May 5, 2023 at 11:02 am

    I’ve replicated vehicle factory stripe kits etc. in the past by applying application paper (or tape) over the stripes or recess, using a new sharpie and drawing a crisp clean outline, then taking to the local Mr Minute printer who can scan in large format (up to 100cm or so wide) and save it as a pdf for me. Once I get it back I can then digitise the outline from a full scale scan. run a test cut in any old vinyl and wet apply, make note of any areas that might need adjusting and trial fit again.

    • Dan

      May 5, 2023 at 12:19 pm

      That’s my thinking and what I am doing at the minute.

      • Hugh Potter

        May 5, 2023 at 12:22 pm

        it’s the only way I know!

        • Dan

          May 5, 2023 at 12:43 pm


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