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March 5, 2018 Staff

The Best Places to Find Blank or Unwrapped Food Trucks

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Trying to find a blank food truck? A blank truck is simply a food truck that hasn’t been wrapped with graphics or painted yet. A professional wrap makes an night-and-day difference in how a food truck will look to the public. This single update can transform a tired looking 20-year old truck and make the unit look brand new.

If you’re in the market for an unwrapped food truck there are a few places you can begin your search. First, keep in mind that any food truck can be “unwrapped” so to speak. If you acquire a food truck that was preowned or used for another purpose (such as a FedEx delivery or bread truck), you can get the previous branding removed and start with a clean slate.

Don’t let a truck with that’s already wrapped or been painted discourage you from buying. Most trucks being up-fitted to a mobile kitchen require brand refresh anyway. As a result, it’s not a whole lot more work to invest in a pre-owned mobile unit with graphics you plan to update after purchase.

All the being said if you’re looking for a blank food truck some of the best places to look are for used vehicles that were at one time part of a fleet. The most common examples of this would be delivery trucks from FedEx or bread delivery trucks.

One of the best models to familiarize yourself with is the Chevrolet P30 truck. This is the most popular make / model of vehicle converted into a food truck due to it’s reliability and cab area. You can occasionally find these units for sale in your area on websites like Craigslist or eBay. Of course, at M&R Specialty Trailers and Trucks, we can also help you on your search to find the perfect unit to fit your needs. We have relationships with dealers across the United States and can likely help connect you with the right product.

The Cost of Getting a New Food Truck Wrap

The cost to wrap a food truck ranges from $3,000 – $6,000.  The final price will be determined by who designs your wrap and the complexity of the design. The size of your unit will also play a role in determining the price as more vinyl will be needed to cover the vehicle.

We always recommend getting quotes from 2 – 3 graphic design companies to price compare. It’s worth comparing prices because some companies include design into their wrap fees or will provide a discount if you work with them on the design and wrap aspect of the unit.

You should always get samples of a graphic designers prior work before you work with them. A good design has a lot to do with personal taste. A design that you love someone else may dislike. Viewing the designers portfolio of past work will give you an idea of whether or not you like their style. You can often view a companies past work by browsing their website. For example, GatorWraps.com features many of their past wraps online so you can get hundreds of vehicle wrap examples from the comfort of your home.

As an added layer of protection, if the company is a 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company this can also provide an added level of comfort because you know they’ve been trained to apply the wrap correctly. We also recommend checking online reviews of the company to see what past customers are saying about the company.

A clear cab highlights the mobile kitchen interior of Triple J’s Pizzeria.

Should You Paint a Food Truck?

A food truck can be painted, but most vendors choose a vinyl wrap instead. Vinyl wraps maintain their glossy look and standup against the elements better than paint. Additionally, the details of a vinyl wrap is superior to paint.

When you receive a proposed design on a wrap, you can be confident the final product is going to closely match that design in terms of color and detail. With paint, it can be more difficult to get the detailed shades and coloring just right… even if you have an experienced and highly skilled painter.

You will be able to save some money on the exterior of your vehicle as many paint jobs cost between $1,000 – $3,000. Still, when it comes to something as important as the outside of your mobile food unit, it will pay future dividends to get a wrap that will promote your food truck professionally for years to come.

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