Beginner’s Guide to Choosing MTB Graphics Kits

Guide du débutant pour le choix des kits graphiques pour VTT

Riding an ATV is becoming more and more popular, and with it, the market for ATV graphics kits continues to expand. With all the options available, it is difficult for beginners to choose the right one. A comprehensive guide on choosing graphics kits is helpful in the beginning.

Types of graphics kits

When it comes to choosing graphics kits for ATVs, there are several types to consider, including decals and complete graphics kits.

  • Decal Graphics Kits. These decals feature colorful designs and eye-catching logos that easily attach to an ATV's frame or body panel without any special tools or hardware. The adhesive backing makes applying the sticker simple and hassle-free. Decals are a great option for those who want to add style to their vehicle but want to commit to something other than a more permanent graphics kit.
  • Complete graphics kits. These graphic kits provide maximum coverage with fewer pieces than individual decals, allowing individuals to create a unique look with custom color combinations and design ideas. Complete graphics kits typically consist of die-cut vinyl, printed backgrounds and detailed accessories such as panels with printed images or textured elements like carbon fiber or mud flaps.
  • Decals. These are stickers or pieces of vinyl that adhere directly to the plastic surfaces of an ATV. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some even feature logos and other illustrations. This type of graphics kit is relatively inexpensive compared to other types. However, it may only last for a while, as the adhesive on the decals may eventually wear off.
  • Wing graphics kits. Fender graphics kits only cover the front and rear fenders of an ATV, but can make a big visual impact if installed correctly. These graphics are typically made of high quality, waterproof and fade resistant vinyl, making them ideal for use in harsh environments or off-road racing applications where other graphics would not hold up as well to the wire time.
  • Partial graphics kits. Partial graphics kits only cover certain parts of an ATV, like the hood or fenders. They are significantly less expensive than full graphics kits, allowing users to customize their vehicle without breaking the bank. However, because they only cover part of an ATV's body rather than all sides at once, they require more time and effort to install correctly. Plus, they offer less coverage than full graphics kits.

Factors to consider before buying

There are several important factors to consider if a person is considering purchasing a graphics kit for their mountain bike.

  • Design. The design of the graphics kit will be one of the most determining aspects of its overall appearance. Choose something that reflects your personality. You'll find kits with bold and bold patterns, as well as subtle and elegant designs.
  • Sustainability. Materials must be strong enough to withstand harsh conditions like mud and dust. Consider the thickness of the decals and the adhesive that protects them from peeling or fading over time.
  • The cost. Although having an eye-catching design is important, people don't want to break the bank to achieve it. Shop online and compare prices from different sellers to find something that's within your budget while still looking good.
  • Installation process. Different graphics kits have different installation processes. Choose the one that will be easiest to install. If this is not possible, look for local professionals who can do it at a reasonable price. Also, remember if the kit comes with instructions or other necessary tools to make installation easier.
  • Compatibility. Not all graphics kits are compatible with all types of mountain bikes. Always check that the kit is suitable before ordering it online or purchasing it. Try contacting each company's customer service representatives directly to ask which models they offer products for to make sure everything is working properly.

Installation Tips

Here are some tips to remember to get the most out of installing a graphics kit. First, choose the type of graphics kit. There are many options: full body wrap, single-color decals, and textured finishes such as carbon fiber and brushed aluminum. Take the time to research each option and compare prices before making a final decision. Measure the ATV carefully to know what size graphics kit is needed.

Next, carefully prepare the surface that will be covered by the graphics kit before installing it. This means cleaning it with a mild detergent and removing any dirt or debris that could affect adhesion once the decal is applied. Allow the surface to dry completely before installing.

When applying the sticker, do not rush, as you may make mistakes or damage the sticker and the surface of the ATV. It is also helpful to have someone help you during application. This way, they secure areas where extra pressure is needed or hold an edge while smoothing out bubbles using a squeegee or plastic card.

Finally, after a 24-48 hour drying time (check manufacturer's directions again), use a sealant or wax specifically designed for vinyl surfaces on the newly installed graphics kit for added protection against environmental damage and UV rays from exposure to sunlight over time.

Maintenance and upkeep

To keep vinyl graphics looking their best, it is important to maintain them regularly. This includes cleaning the surface using a soft cloth, mild soap, or a cleaner specifically designed for vinyl decals. Follow the manufacturer's instructions, as some products can be abrasive or damage the surface if used too frequently.

Always check the graphics kit for signs of deterioration (peeling, discoloration or cracking due to age). If this is the case, the damaged elements should be replaced immediately with new graphics to ensure that all surfaces remain intact. Additionally, waxing the ATV will further protect it from UV rays and other environmental factors that could threaten its overall performance.

Choosing a graphics kit for an ATV is an exciting but difficult task. Knowing which type of material is best suited for certain applications, understanding the exact specifications required, and completing installation procedures will achieve the desired results.

Additionally, thoroughly researching the differences between the products offered by different sellers before investing money in completing the project saves valuable resources (both monetary and physical) and ensures that the whole process runs as smoothly as possible. Finally, regular maintenance should be carried out in order to preserve the original appearance and condition of the graphics kit in the long term.