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On the road again… MBUK’s new van!

| Blog, Mountain Biking Uk | 22/01/2013 08:51am

Check out our new fun-bus!

We’re lucky enough to be sporting a new VW Transporter here at MBUK, and last week we razzed it over to Motortint in Cardiff to get stickered up.

Motortint, as you’d expect from the name, specialise in tinting, as well as all kinds of graphics. A look around their massive workshop showed they definitely have all the kit, vinyl cutters all over the place, and a huge vinyl printer too.

They even do a lot of work tinting windows in huge office blocks – these guys know their stuff!

Each decal is cut from a huge sheet of vinyl on a specialist cutter. It cuts through the top layer of vinyl without cutting right through the backing so everything is kept in the right place. Once the vinyl comes out of the cutter, it still looks like a blank sheet…


The waste vinyl is then peeled off, leaving the bits that need to be stuck to the van. It’s a careful job, with one mistake meaning the whole job needing to be started again! These boys are pros though, and had them ready in no time.


With all the waste removed, a top layer is then stuck on to keep everything in place once the backing is taken off. Then it’s off the cutting table and down into the workshop to get it stuck on…¬†Once the backing is removed, everything is wetted, meaning it can be moved once it’s stuck, so the final position is spot on. Then some heat and some serious squeegee work sticks the vinyl permanently to the van.

Each colour has to be done separately, with small locating marks of the main silver showing where the Chop MTB, What Mountain Bike and BikeRadar logos had to sit. It took a while, but we think its definitely worth it. While we were there, the guys tinted the rear screen to a gangster spec super dark black too. Top job! So here is our van in all its glory… if you see us on the roads, give us a wave!



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