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  • Electric waste truck, wrap

    Posted by David McDonald on September 13, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Hi All

    Haven’t posted anything for a while but thought I’d share this from last week as it was an interesting vehicle – an electric bin wagon with around 2 tons of batteries! However, acceleration and top end speed just the same as a regular bin wagon – disappointed it wasn’t Tesla quick.



    Robert Lambie replied 1 year ago 10 Members · 14 Replies
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  • Richard Wills

    September 13, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Beautiful job, and hopefully one that will keep on giving.

  • Peter Cassidy

    September 14, 2021 at 9:41 am

    This is excellent, impressive job David. 👍

  • Kevin Mahoney

    September 14, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Excellent work mate

  • Robert Lambie

    September 14, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Very impressive David, that’s a big wrap!
    Did you use a cast or opt for using a polymeric for it?

    might be just the sun, but is the cab a print or a two-tone wrap vinyl?

    thanks for sharing, always great seeing what you have been up to, mate.

  • Karen White

    September 14, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Lovely, what a blank canvas to be given to create a wrap from! ❤

    How long would something like this take to wrap?

  • David Hammond

    September 14, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Outstanding! 👏 👏

    I hope this makes sense – Did you wrap the front/backward facing faces on the box section parts towards the back?

  • David McDonald

    September 14, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    Hi all, thanks for the kind comments.

    Rob, its just the light the cab is self coloured and everything else is printed cast.

    Karen, there’s 6-7 days of total effort invested in this one.

    David, the rear sides were the hardest part of the whole job, all the ‘box sections’ are fully wrapped, albeit many of the returns are pieced as the depth/angles were too much to work in – we took a lot of design time to make sure there was still good registration even through all these patched areas.



  • Martin Cole

    September 15, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Great work Dave, very effective and worth al the effort that went into it,

    I miss seeing your work, always on another level to the norm

  • Robert Lambie

    September 15, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Ahh OK, I see it now mate…
    Bizarre how the light makes it look like a colour-shift finish.
    I think what made my mind up was the rear of the cab being white. please don’t tell me that’s the light too, or I’m losing the plot! 🤣🤣

    It’s a great job to show customers, due to the size and complexity of the work involved! 👍

    The box sections that are wrapped on the side, have you done that from a single sheet “so-to-speak” or did you print parts twice to allow for wrapping the flat areas then those box section parts?
    sorry for all the questions, I’m a nosey buggar and like to learn and understand how people tackle things differently when it comes to vinyl and wrapping. 😀

  • Leslie Anderson

    September 16, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Now there is something you do not see every day. Love it! ❤

  • Mark Johnston

    September 19, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    very cool. i like that! 👍

  • David McDonald

    September 22, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Rob

    We put a single drop over these areas, cut dead centre on the high sides of the boxes and dropped into the low panels, coming 1 – 2cm forward onto the returns depending on how thick the weld lines were. We did the same again the opposite way – covering the faces of the boxes and back enough on the side returns to give a 1cm overlap. We didn’t print another full drop just the individual fronts of each box, so yes a double print.

    There is another discussion thread on the go from David Hammond at the moment about the profitability of bigger wraps against multiple non-wrap / part wrap jobs. We made money on this job but I’d want to add a considerable amount more if a repeat of this job came in from a different customer. Good for the portfolio and this was from valued long term customers but always much harder work than you think – I need to be more when installing times!! Multiple smaller jobs are nearly always more profitable than large wraps if you have time/resources to do both.

    Martin Cole – thanks for the comment mate, much appreciated, puts a spring in my step. I’ll get round to posting some more soon.



    • David Hammond

      September 22, 2021 at 2:04 pm

      It’s a very nice job David, and demonstrates your abilities.

      Whilst it might not be the most profitable of jobs, it demonstrates your abilities, and it’s probably a job many small companies can’t/won’t take on, so sets you apart.

      Nothing worse than underestimating the time/effort and price on a job.

  • Robert Lambie

    September 27, 2021 at 12:16 pm


    Thanks for the explanation David, makes sense, mate. 👍

    I agree with you regarding big installs like this, it is so easy to spend more time than planned on it. Everything is guesswork when we quote, but when it comes to doing it, the process just eats up time and profit very quickly.