Police Vehicle Paint and Graphics

 

Police Vehicle Paint and Graphics

We are considering moving away from our very basic police cruiser design; white cars with  blue decal stripes and lettering. The new design would be two tone (gray over dark blue - NOT a OE offered two tone design option) and the lettering would be larger / bolder. I am trying to see who else may have made a similar move away from white cars and am looking for feedback and experiences to include specifics on:

  • Paint vs. wrap?
  • Increased accident repair costs?
  • Problems maintaining consistency with paint shades, etc.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Rick Hilmer   Prince George's County, MD

 

 

 

Anonymous (not verified)
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I'm responding on behalf of FA member, SHoyer, who wrote:

"In Dallas, I have learned from our upfitter that wrap on costs more to remove than to install.  Paint will not fade as quickly as wraps do.  Depending on your graphics and paint scheme, paint is cheaper for us because we use a graphics that are not model specific.

 

We just changed from all white with side specific full blue decals to black and white at the four corners with decals not model specific.  It is less money and quicker upfit as they do not have to produce (same scheme) but different size decals for another model vehicle.  In other words our 2008 Tahoes could only use squad numbers( Dodge Chargers) and our badge decal, upfitter had to produce whole new size set for the Tahoe."

Anonymous (not verified)
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Thanks - I appreciate the input.