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Pick a color

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by vintage steel, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. vintage steel

    vintage steel Member
    Messages: 94

    While two trucks is a long way from being a "fleet", I would like to bring some continuity to my business. I was thinking it might be a good idea to paint my trucks to match. Both of my trucks are older, although they are good solid trucks, I don't need to concern myself with resale value.
    It seems like 90% of plow trucks I see are white, the rest are painted regular average [every day] colors.
    I was considering going with a high impact color like blaze orange, bright yellow, or maybe even hot pink. Something that could be spotted and recognized from 4 blocks away. I'm going for brand recognition, I want people, eventually, to know who I am without even having to read the sign.

    Just thought I'd try to get some feedback, what do you think the best color would be? And why.
    As always, I appreciate any and all input.
    -Russ
     
  2. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    I've become partial to the "IDoctorTrees" companies custom paint jobs on his trucks. Two tone w/ the front fenders matching his plow...It's a simple & clean look, where even from a far distance you would know whose truck it is.

    Have a looksee : http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?p=1374592#post1374592
     
  3. blazer2plower

    blazer2plower Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    Suplime green is a good color
     
  4. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,987

    How about a wrap?
     
  5. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I heard $5,000
     
  6. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,987

    Did a quick search and 10-12$ a sq ft. Paint it is!
     
  7. vintage steel

    vintage steel Member
    Messages: 94

    I am considering sublime green. Although, I'm not sure if my industrial paint supply store has that.
     
  8. blazer2plower

    blazer2plower Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    Talk to you local vocational school to see how much it would be for them to doit. If they don't have it thy can mix it for you
     
  9. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    I just had my service truck wrapped. I will no longer paint anything. Vinyl wrap is the way to go. And no it didnt cost $5000. It was way less and I had a huge truck wrapped.
     
  10. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    Sullivanseptic- how much did you pay if you don't mind my asking?
     
  11. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    This truck was all white. I had a two tone wrap. The green and black are 3M vinyl. Best wrap material available. All the logos and writing are machine cut and printed and are layed over the wrap. Lots of detail and cutting on this thing. It was way less then $5000.

    Box truck resized.jpg
     
  12. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    I was in the same situation as you when I bought my second plow truck. I wanted to go with lime green because I use that for all of my company shirts and marketing. My only issue was, if I ever go buy a new truck I have to get it painted first thing. I decided to go with red for my fleet. There is only a few guys running red trucks around me.
     
  13. vintage steel

    vintage steel Member
    Messages: 94

    That looks great. You say "way less" than $5000, how much less? I'm a pretty handy guy, I can paint both my trucks for around $150 (total, not each), that's hard to beat. Vinyl will cost me around $150 per truck. That's $225 per truck, so I think I'm going to stick with the traditional paint and vinyl.
     
  14. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    That truck of mine would have cost way more than $150 to paint. Not to mention its two tone and then all the lettering. I have lettering on back and sides. And decals on door, front hood and front wind fairing. I understand that if you are painting yourself or doing anything yourself, its cheap. But to pay someone to paint a truck properly, its more money. When i say way less than $5000, I mean about half that price.
     
  15. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Why is it such a secret?
     
  16. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    Its not. I just dont like throwing out numbers all over. So it was $2800.
     
  17. vintage steel

    vintage steel Member
    Messages: 94

    The Abominable Green Snow Machine !!

    Although, the picture doesn't do the color justice, I went with a super bright (almost neon) lime green.
    I dubbed it "The Abominable Green Snow Machine" I'll get it stickered up in the next couple weeks, Should be painting the Bronco to match next week.
    Paint job cost about $60 Vinyl will end up being about $200 per truck.
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2012
  18. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,987

    I'm speechless! :dizzy:
     
  19. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    There is no excuse why you should ever be hit in that truck!, It could be a complete white out and you will still be seen. BTW back in the day I had a sub with a blazer truck like that, it got nick named "THE BLUCK", it was awesome!!
     
  20. vintage steel

    vintage steel Member
    Messages: 94

    [​IMG]
    I painted up "truck number 2" tonight. Now I have a matching set!
    That engine that is painted to match actually belongs to Tim, my head mechanic, he is planning on putting it in his boat tomorrow.
    ...Do you think he'll like his new paint job? :laughing: I just couldn't help myself.