Not many trucks are prepped for off road use straight out of the lot as well as the new Ford SVT Raptor. With a 6.2L V8 pumping out 411 horsepower, beefy internal bypass Fox Racing Shox and nearly a combined 2ft of suspension travel, it’s about as close to a Baja ready beast as they come. Currently only available in 5 colors with a limited supply of graphic editions, the Raptor is a prime candidate for personalization & a definitely a platform worth wrapping for protection given the harshness off- road adventuring can dish out.
Upon receiving this Raptor Super Crew we were given a bit of flexibility with designing how the complete wrap & graphic look would tie together. Keeping the strong and understated look in mind we opted for a multi- finish black exterior with stealthy door graphics, badges, and window tint. A majority of the truck’s surface would receive a full satin clear bra film while the arches were to be wrapped in matte black to match the refinished matte black emblems & customized door graphics.
As always, step one brought the Raptor into the wash bay for a thorough hand washing to assure proper film adhesion.
Once the Raptor was scrubbed and shining, it was pulled into the shop to begin tinting the windows with our high quality ceramic film. Each window film is carefully hand cut to ensure maximum coverage & sealing. We always retain tint opacity within legal limits of 35% or less depending on application.
After tinting, the wrap process commenced. With all the lighting & styling component of the truck’s exterior removed, Matt set to work covering each individual body panel with clear satin finish film. Given the rather large surface area of the truck, all of the pieces of satin polyurethane had to be tailored to the panels individually to ensure coverage right up to the seams & jams.
The difference between the stock black gloss paint & the satin clear coverage is staggering! Between the added protection from a full coverage wrap & the aesthetic upgrade, polyurethane vehicle wraps are always a smart way to go.
While the wrap process was underway, our media team set to work creating the custom door graphics that would be applied once the satin exterior & matte arches had been covered. Originally, Ford offered a digital mud graphic option but the look was a bit more bold than what was desired. We rendered a two-tone version of the “Raptor SVT” lettering utilizing the same matte finish which would be covering the fender arches and accented it with a matching, black reflective tire tread fill inside the lettering – from a glance, the appearance is subtle & almost unnoticeable, but at night and under a bit of light the reflection shines bright!
Once the wrap was completed and the side graphics had been applied, it was time to add the refinished matte badges & pull the Raptor into the light tunnel for an inspection & additional final touches.
With open season upon us, the Raptor’s owner wanted to make sure he’d be covered in case he ran into anything undead during excursion into the unknown – we made sure he’d have his bases covered.
Upon completion, the Raptor was rolled into the cyclorama so a few final photos could be snapped & we could admire the transition the truck had made. It’s always amazing to watch a vehicle make the transformation from a standard finish to a customized look, and this SVT Raptor is a shining example of how great a complete satin wrap can look over a factory paint job.
Be sure to drop by the Celebrity Cars blog and have a look at Ken Block’s matte black SVT Raptor – then, let us both know which looks better!