In the continuous quest to find new, interesting, and different ways to modify our rides so they don't look like every other black bike, we recently came up with the idea to do an article on wrapping a bike. If you're not familiar with vehicle wraps, basically it's a graphic that is printed on vinyl sheets with an adhesive backing. The backing is then peeled off and the graphic is applied to the vehicle like a giant sticker. Wraps have been gaining popularity over the years as a quick, easy, and less expensive alternative to custom paint.
For the most part, companies have utilized vinyl-wrapping cars, trucks, trailers, motor homes or whatever, for promotional purposes to show off products or services. Hell, here in southern California we see vans rolling around just about everyday covered in vinyl graphics promoting some music artists' latest CD, or a radio station's newest giveaway gig. But now we are seeing more and more personal cars and trucks that are going in for the custom wrap treatment because as we said before it is less expensive than paint, can be applied over your existing paint in about a day, can easily be fixed or replaced if it's damaged, can act as somewhat of a protective barrier to your original paint, and will leave little to no residue on your original paint when removed.
Recently a shop called Gatorwraps, opened up in our area that does vehicle wrapping so we stopped in to ask a few questions about the process. We were immediately introduced to the owner/ president, Rod Voegele, who as it turns out, is a motorcycle enthusiast himself, and owns an American IronHorse Texas Chopper. In fact, Rod had already wrapped the bike about once before and was ready to peel the old layout off and re-wrap the bike with a new design. We made arrangements to come back the following week when Rod was ready to show us the process.