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  • What bleed to do you use wrapping van back doors

    Posted by Dan on March 25, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Out of curiosity, when printing the rear doors on a van, the media is too wide so I print both door separately. I tend to give myself a bleed of 50mm on each door, this way I know I am covered both top, bottom and either side.

    However, 50mm is a bit much where the doors meet, I’m thinking of dropping this side to about 10/20mm.

    At 10mm, my measurements have to be perfect, at 20mm I have a little wiggle room but some of the media will apply to the other door meaning I have to remove this before fitting the next door. I could miss the bleed this side and butt it up against each other but not sure if that is too risky.

    What does everyone do?

    Mark Johnston replied 2 years ago 6 Members · 7 Replies
  • 7 Replies
  • Martyn Heath

    March 25, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    i would stick to what your doing otherwise one day you will come up short. I do about 100mm all way round but thats because i really trust myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  • David Hammond

    March 25, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    As much as possible for me. Some Van’s have quite a big curve over the top to the roof.

    it also depends how you wrap the door, we remove the rubber seal and wrap behind that, yet I’ve seen others who wrap about 5mm.

    for the sake of bit of vinyl, it’s cheaper than a reprint if too short.

  • Dan

    March 25, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks guys.

    I’ll stick to what I have then, better safe than sorry.

  • Joe Killeen

    March 28, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    For me it depends on the design and the van, I always tape the centre joint 50mm overlap on the bench then place on the van with loads of magnets remove tape and fit one side at a time.

    50-100mm bleed on sides for sticky fingers๐Ÿ˜‚

  • RobertLambie

    April 1, 2022 at 1:09 am

    For the rear doors, 50mm is about right, Dan.
    The only time I would limit myself to less handling material, would be if I was trying to nest other prints alongside the door printing and save a bit of vinyl waste.

    It is different if you are going to trim flush down the edge of the door. but if you are actually wrapping the doors, then you must allow for handling material, which I recommend 50mm – 100mm depending on where and how much handling will be expected in certain areas.

    although you “think” your hands and fingers are clean, very seldom are they, if at all.
    you have natural oils on your skin, dirt you pick up just fitting the materials. these are quickly transferred to the adhesive side of the vinyl. right there, your warranty is void!
    If you think about only having that couple of inches and folding it around the door panel and the amount of handling you will have done, just to get it there, without realising it, you would be really surprised by the crap you have transferred to the sticky side. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜

    Don’t get me wrong, we have all done it. myself included. I probably have made every mistake in the book, twice!

  • Dan

    April 1, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Thanks guys. I stuck with 50mm and found a better way to wrap the doors so got around my issue with the excess vinyl.

  • Mark Johnston

    April 4, 2022 at 9:55 am

    we would add 25mm but just for the back doors as they are mostly flat all around. i agree it doesn’t give you much to play with though.

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