Find answers, ask questions, connect with our community.

Activity Feed Forums Sign Discussion Vehicle Wrapping Transit Van Panel infill with vinyl help.

  • Transit Van Panel infill with vinyl help.

     John Lacey updated 7 months, 1 week ago 9 Members · 13 Posts
  • Richard Thompson

    Member
    January 22, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Hello Everyone,

    Looking for advice on the following,

    Could anyone recommend a way of cutting vinyl to the shape of panel infills on Transit Van sides and rear panels, without having to cut on the vehicle.

    Any help would be appiciated.

    Regards

    Richard

  • Dave Howieson

    Member
    January 22, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Hi Richard, I normally lay some knifeless tape around the recess, lay the panel over the top – effectively wrapping the panel, and then pull the tape to get a neat outline and save cutting on the vehicle

  • Chris Wool

    Member
    January 22, 2020 at 11:50 am

    probably not the answer you want but learn to copy and draw templates so you can design within and cut at will.
    never really got on with knifless tape but ok for one offs, but something you will use several times is worth the time investment of a cutable template.

  • Pane Talev

    Member
    January 22, 2020 at 11:51 am

    As above – or by using discarded backing paper from vinyl or laminate.
    I use transparent backing paper / film from Oracal optical clear laminate.
    Place paper on the van with magnets.
    Run a pencil line and draw the panel shape.
    Cut on you table.
    Place paper template on your van and make sure you are happy with.
    Place template over your graphics and cut following your template. (I’m doing this right now)

  • Gordon Smithard

    Member
    January 22, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    If you’re talking about the Transit Custom with the wedge shaped panels then you’ll have to go with the knifeless tape as the panels are slightly dome shaped, more so on the back.

  • John Lacey

    Member
    January 22, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Is there not a ‘vehicle outlines’ library? I used to own one on CD’s that had most scaled vehicles…

  • Chris Windebank

    Member
    January 22, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    not accurate enough John

  • John Lacey

    Member
    January 22, 2020 at 3:53 pm
    quote Chris Windebank:

    not accurate enough John

    Photo, scale and draw the outline in Illustrator :smiles:

  • Pane Talev

    Member
    January 22, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    quote John Lacey:

    quote Chris Windebank:

    not accurate enough John

    Photo, scale and draw the outline in Illustrator :smiles:

    I’ve never done this perfectly on the design line from first attempt. The lens of the camera does her own thing.
    I’ve done this for a fleet of berlingo’s.
    Few meters test cuts with old vinyl and 4-5 attempts later…impeccable results.

  • Nigel Poulter

    Member
    January 23, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Hi Richard
    Knifeless tape is the easier faster solution, there are several to choose from, i would recommend 3M finish line, if there are tight curves then use 3M Designline and if the vinyl is laminated you may need Wrapcut Wire.

  • Richard Thompson

    Member
    January 26, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Hi

    Wow i didn’t expect to receive the large amount of replies that i got, plenty to think about,

    Thanks to everyone who took time out to let me have their surggestions.

    Richard

  • Nick Atkinson

    Member
    February 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    I just use wrap cut , works fine

  • John Lacey

    Member
    February 16, 2020 at 9:14 pm
    quote Pane Talev:

    quote John Lacey:

    quote Chris Windebank:

    not accurate enough John

    Photo, scale and draw the outline in Illustrator :smiles:

    I’ve never done this perfectly on the design line from first attempt. The lens of the camera does her own thing.
    I’ve done this for a fleet of berlingo’s.
    Few meters test cuts with old vinyl and 4-5 attempts later…impeccable results.[/quo

    Do you use an iPhone camera or a DSLR? The smartphone lens is rubbish and distorts the image but a standard 18-55 lens on a dslr has worked for me.

Log in to reply.

Original Post
0 of 0 posts June 2018
Now