Changing Logos On Your Trucks: Step-By-Step Process And The Amount Of Time It Takes

When you want to update the logos on your fleet, you want a fleet service that is fast. However, the more complicated your new business logo is, the longer it may take to replace the logos on all of your trucks. Understanding how an auto body paint shop (like Nu Look Collision) removes old logos and paints the new ones on helps you understand why it takes as long as it does. It also helps you to have a healthy expectation of the job completion for your fleet. 

Removing the Old Logos

For the sake of this argument, let's say that your business logo on the side of every vehicle in your fleet is the same size, about two feet by three feet. The fleet service that is repainting these areas for you will have to prep the trucks by taping plastic to the vehicle. The plastic and tape will frame the area that needs the work. Next, they will sand away the entire surface coat, old logo paint, and background paint down to the original primer coat. Sanding an area of this manually will take one to two business days. If the shop technicians speed things up with an electric sander, the time diminishes by about one business day, give or take a few hours, if the technician is working on just that truck alone.

Taping the New Logo and Repainting

The design of your new fleet logo is taped off on every vehicle. If you requested more than two colors in the logo, then the areas where the darker colors go are taped and sealed off. Next, the background color and the lightest color in your logo is applied. Since the background has to be dry before the first logo color is applied, it could be up to one full business day until the next paint color goes on. As each coat dries, it is covered with plastic so that no splatters of another color mess up the finished areas. If your new logo has, for example, three colors, you can expect the repaint job to take up to four business days to apply and dry thoroughly.  

Sealing the Logos

The final step is to apply a top coat sealant to the site. This is usually a quick once-over with an electric paint sprayer. Again, the work has to dry. The technician will then buff and polish your trucks to a nice shine before returning them to you. If there are absolutely no bumps in the road and there is one technician spending all of his or her time on each of your trucks, you can expect about six or seven business days.

If you really want a good, clear idea of how long your specific fleet will take, request a written summary of the amount of time it will take, then add two or three extra business days just in case. Request this "time quote" in writing if you are hard-pressed to let most of your fleet go for the repainting. That way you can stagger the number of trucks heading into the shop.