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Frequently Asked Questions

Paint FAQ Wrap and Lettering Terms Wrap FAQ

Custom Paint

How does the process for getting a custom paint design work?

Some customers come to us with an idea for artwork, a special color, or specific graphic, while others ask us to learn a little about their personality and create a unique design based on their individual style. For over 40 years, we’ve worked closely with our customers to bring their ideas and visions to life. Through a series of phone calls, emails, or visits, the paint colors and designs are completed. Then we can email back and forth with the customer until the final design is approved.

Can I add custom painted graphics and designs to my factory paint?

Absolutely! We do this all the time. Many of our customers request that we add a fuel-tank mural, custom flames, or painted graphics to their stock factory paint, and it is often much more cost-effective.

Why add custom paint to your bike?

Why wouldn’t you? Custom paint is the ultimate accessory! Your bike is your expression of freedom and your paint job is your freedom of expression. Part of owning a motorcycle or cool vehicle is its reflection of your personality and style. There’s nothing worse than seeing another one on the road that looks just like yours. And nothing, not even chrome accessories, will make as big an impact as custom paint. It will truly set your bike apart from the crowd. We understand this, and look forward to helping you create a one-of-a-kind visual statement.

How much does it cost?

Usually less than you think. It depends on many different variables and with a quick consultation we can get you a ballpark price. Because CPV is an exclusive motorcycle painting facility, we have efficiencies that translate into much nicer and higher quality paint work at a lower price.

Is custom paint as durable as my factory paint?

Yes. Few painters have the experience that we have at CPV. We also use the best quality materials, along with our proprietary preparation techniques and paint processes. Our process is so advanced, that it has been tested by major manufacturers and passes their rigorous paint specs and quality levels.

Can I visit the CPV facility?

Yes…. We’re proud to have visitors. This is NOT your typical, dirty, dusty paint shop. Our large facility and one-of-a-kind showroom (in Racine, WI) is visible from I-94 and extremely easy to access. It features dozens of examples of our work, detailed murals, specialty “RealFIRE” flame examples, innovative finishing techniques, and much more. You’ll likely get to meet some of our valued customers, as numerous parts and vehicles are coming through our doors each day.

Does CPV paint cars, trucks, etc?

With our success in reaching the motorcycle market, we no longer paint vehicles due to capacity restraints. We focus solely on motorcycle painting.

Does CPV take credit cards?

Yes, Visa and MasterCard.

How long does a paint job take?

It depends on the complexity of design, season, and current demand. It is best to call for a quick consultation to determine turn-around times. Average is about 4 weeks.

Can CPV expedite paint repairs during on-season riding?

Very often we can. Summer and fall are our slower seasons, so many times we can expedite. For minor repairs, many customers choose to wait until winter to tie up their bike.

Can CPV quote paint repairs by looking at photos of damage?

Absolutely! Our experience is so deep that we view photos via email and can then work up a repair quote, usually within 24 hours. It is a great way to get a quote (but please, take good photos).

Will I be able to tell where my paint job was repaired?

Our goal is your satisfaction. The challenge of color matching and repairing complex paint jobs can be enormous and many times a repair is your only option. Therefore we will work hard to make your parts look original. If we don’t think that your parts are repairable for a number of possible reasons, we will consult with you and help you understand why and your options.

Does CPV take complete bikes and disassemble and reassemble?

No, we encourage you to use your trusted and trained dealer or mechanic. Don’t shortcut this step.


Wrap and Lettering Terms

Full Wrap

Covers the entire vehicle with vinyl. This may or may not include covering all or part of the glass. Full wraps range in design and color, and may or may not include the roof.

Partial Wrap

Covers a substantial part of the vehicle, usually 1/3 to 1/2. A partial wrap can be as effective as a full wrap, especially if the color of the vehicle blends into the background of the wrap.


Covers one area, usually a flat surface, such as a door or hood. Decals include company logos, emergency vehicle symbols, and DOT identification.

Cut Letters

Lettering used for branding, calls to action, or identification.


Can be used in place of decals or cut letters for removable or temporary applications.

Window Perforated Film

This is vinyl with tiny holes, allowing you to see through it from the inside of the vehicle. May be included in a wrap, but can be used independently to cover all or any part of a vehicle’s glass.

** When you understand the options available, it opens up creative avenues. These six options can be combined in many ways or used independently to achieve your vehicle graphics goals. If we can assist you, please let us know. We think that pretty much “wraps it up.”


Wrap FAQ

What is a vehicle wrap?

A vehicle wrap is literally a huge decal applied to the surface of your vehicle. This technology has advanced to the point of being very difficult to tell if the vehicle was re-painted or wrapped in vinyl! Our talented design team can turn your specific vehicle into an art canvas in the computer to show you exactly what your wrap is going to look like prior to ever printing the vinyl. A wrap is the most efficient way to promote your business, cause, event, or just make your vehicle custom.

How much does it cost to wrap a vehicle?

Wraps are priced by the square foot. An average full wrap on a vehicle can range from $2,000 to $4,000 depending on the amount of square footage of material that is required to wrap the vehicle. This is much less than the cost of having a stationary billboard that you must rent every month. And your brand exposure is much greater on a moving vehicle that has the potential of being seen by thousands each day.

Why is CPV Paint & Graphics the best?

Experience and expertise! We’ve invested heavily in the best technology for vinyl graphics, with an experienced team to provide you with the best. We have talented graphic artists, detail-oriented installers, and our printers have an amazing large format clarity so we can execute your vision to its fullest extent.

Will a wrap hurt the paint of vehicle?

No, the paint under the wrap is protected from the harsh UV rays of the sun, exposure to the elements, and minor scratches.

What if I get into an accident or the wrap gets messed up?

Since your wrap is created digitally, we can reprint and install any part of the graphics that may be damaged on your vehicle. We always save your artwork in case it ever needs to be reprinted. Sometimes this is even covered by your insurance should you get into an accident. Please check with your insurance provider.

How long do graphic wraps last?

Usually 3 to 5 years exterior and 1-3 years exterior on window film. We use the highest quality Avery and 3M films designed for outdoor use, to help prevent fading and cracking over time. There are cheaper materials, but we do not skimp on this.

Is it removable?

Yes. We recommend that you bring your vehicle to us or a wrap shop that is knowledgeable about the wrap removal process. In order to remove the wrap, it requires specific tools and experience. To avoid damage to your vehicle it is recommended that a wrap is removed by a professional.

How long does it take to wrap a vehicle?

A typical wrap will take 3 to 5 days to install the vehicle wrap once the design is completed and your wrap is printed. The entire creative process can take as little as a day or two, to a couple of weeks, it all depends on how intricate the design is. Our typical vehicle wrap, design, print, and install takes less than 3 weeks from acceptance of invoice to completion of wrap.