This is PART ONE of Mike’s Practical, Tactical Van Transformation.
Do you have peeling paint? hail damage? chips, dents or scratches? fading or oxidized paint?
Are you looking for fender flares for a Chevy Van? Do you have faded bumpers and want to restore the finish? Is a van wrap too expensive? Looking for a Kevlar type paint? Are you looking for a a camo look, military paint or desert look for your van? Looking for a sound deadener for your van? Are you looking for a paint or coating with durability and functionality?
Do you have a Chevy Express van or GMC van with peeling paint? There are hundreds of thousands of white Chevy & GMC vans roaming the streets with peeling paint! If you haven’t noticed this already, now that we’ve pointed it out to you, you’ll see them EVERYWHERE! Unfortunately, GM has yet to step forward to offer a recall on this obvious factory paint peeling problem on Chevy and GMC vans. Equally unfortunate, fixing peeling paint is no easy task and could cost thousands of dollars. Fixing hail damage is costly as well, not to mention that as soon as you fix it, another hail storm could pop up and you’ll be right back where you started… with hail damage!
Perhaps you want a new color on your van or an off-road look? Would you like your paint to be scratch, stain and hail resistant? How about being resistant to corrosion from road salt and rust? How about a paint with a UV protectant (UV inhibitor) that also acts as a sound deadener?
Is there such a product? We thought about adding a wrap to the van, but not only does that cost 2 or 3 thousand dollars, it only lasts about 5 years and any peeling paint or hail damage would show right through. So there’s more time and money involved just to prep it for a wrap. We certainly didn’t want to go to the expense of repairing every little blemish and dent in order to do a professional, traditional paint job either.
After much research and deliberation, Mike found an amazing solution that SOLVES ALL OF THESE PROBLEMS!
It’s called RAPTOR! U-POL’s RAPTOR bed liner coating is a durable 2K polyurethane coating that provides surfaces with a protective barrier. It’s a textured, protective coating that was traditionally used for truck bed liners. You’ve probably seen it applied to a jeep here and there and other off-road type vehicles as well. Other coatings, like Rhino Liner, Line-X, Herculiner, Durabak, Rust-Oleum, Monstaliner and paint with Kevlar (usually 4-5 grand), have similar properties. After much research on all of the bed liner choices out there, and due to RAPTOR’s amazing reviews and great ratings, we chose to go with RAPTOR. And by the way, there is no rubber in RAPTOR. RAPTOR is a thick polyurethane coating, which gives it great UV stability and impact resistance without the use of additives such as rubber.
For a product to be inexpensive (you can do your whole van in RAPTOR for about $300-500), easy to apply, a DIY product, heat, scratch, stain, UV and fade resistant, plus be a sound deadener, we couldn’t be more happy with it! We wanted a matte finish and RAPTOR comes pretty close with a slight sheen. We applied RAPTOR to our camper van (see video above) and we want to share with you the how-to, DIY tips and tricks to applying U-POL RAPTOR to your van.
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Music used in this video:
Hooky with Sloane by Bird Creek – YouTube
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Old Friend by Silent Partner – YouTube
THIS IS A DIY VIDEO: This DIY video and post are for informational purposes only. The creator provides no warranty or guaranty and cannot be held liable for issues resulting from the implementation of the information provided.
This video is a DIY video on how to paint your own cargo van or camper van with U-Pol’s RAPTOR coating.