My 64 vintage ford econoline van is getting a vinyl wrap. I have a little experience with vinyl wrapping so I’m doing all the work myself. Uniquely you should be putting a vinyl wrap over a solid paint job, but that isn’t the case hear.I’ve had to do some minor body repairs so there will be primed areas. I still wet sand with 400 wet sand paper so the surface is silky smooth. I’m using a 3M 1080 S12 Satin Black vinyl wrap that I purchased from metrorestyling.com . I’ve purchased from these guys before and they are great to work with. They give excellent customer support and answer any questions you may have. The vinyl wrap technology has come a long way and I’m sure it is going to become a replacement option for paint. I just can’t bare the expense of paint anymore, even though I do all my own painting. My vintage ford econoline van is on the road every day as my primary work vehicle. The expense to wrap the entire van will be 500.00 to 600.00 dollars, far less than the amount of paint materials. The best part if something gets damaged you just heat the vinyl wrap with a heat gun and peel it off, and put on some new vinyl. The only tools you need is a heat gun, a razor knife, some cleaning fluid, and squeegee. It’s pretty easy if you just go to youtube.com and watch a bunch of videos. Vinyl wrap is pretty forgiving stuff to work with. The flat surfaces are simple, but the compound curves take a little heat and technique, but it’s not rocket science. What I’ve finished already really looks great. I hope it holds up for a long time. I think it’s 5 to 9 years, I’m not sure on that. My vintage ford econoline should be finished in the next couple of weeks. Follow my progress as I will post plenty of pics and videos as I go. I’m not a pro so this will give a good idea of what a beginner can do.