Can You Wrap Your Food Truck Yourself?

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Vehicle Wraps

Can You Wrap Your Food Truck Yourself?

The average cost of food truck wrap is about $2000-$5000, and the labor cost of wrapping a food truck ranges from $500 to $600 depends on different areas. So many people may want to wrap your food truck yourself to save some cost. Here are some suggestions from ACME:

Note: If you have experience in applying vinyl graphics, you may choose to attempt wrapping your food truck yourself. However, we don’t suggest you do a full vehicle wrap yourself unless you have years of experience and enough friends to help.

There are plenty of vinyl wrap installation videos on Youtube, but believe me, saying is one thing, doing is another. If you don’t want to spend money on printing out a graphic for incorrectly installed, then pay for a professional to do it in the long run.

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Start to Wrap Your Food Truck!


vinyl graphics installation tools-acme

A tape measure: For accurately positioning your wrap.
Masking tape: For positioning the wrap before you install it.
A squeegee: For applying the vinyl.
A razor knife: For trimming away excess vinyl.
A heat gun: For heating the vinyl on more complicated applications.

Remember: Install your wrap in temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit — 70 to 80 degrees is the optimum range. Whenever possible, apply wraps indoors, which helps control the temperature and reduces the amount of wind and dust you have to deal with.


Installation Steps

1. Clean and dry your truck thoroughly.
Any lingering dirt, even the minutest of dirt particles, will show through the graphic installation. So all dirt and oil must be removed from the vehicle’s surface to ensure a proper bond of the vinyl’s adhesive.
Use warm soapy water to hand-wash your food truck, and use a grease remover to get rid of those tough spots.
A common mistake during the preparation process is failing to allow the vehicle to dry fully. It can take up to 24 hours for your vehicle to dry completely, especially in humid or cold areas.

2. Tape the design to the exterior to make sure everything is positioned correctly.

3. Remove the backing of the film and apply the wrap.
You can use a heat gun to help the vinyl to flex and bend over curved surfaces. All movements over the vinyl should be firm and in a sweeping motion to avoid the formation of bubbles in the first place. If bubbles do appear, remove the vinyl in that area and try again.


Care and Maintenance

ACME suggests you hand wash your food truck with soapy water if you want to extend the vinyl wraps’ lifespan. Once a week will be fine.

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