AWESOME trip I just made, 3,000+ miles – and finding van makes a GREAT billboard. Not sure how many others would like to try it, but have had a great experience so far. I did some of the lettering with that flat foam craft stuff – made myself stencils with MS Pub in a size 480 font, and cut them out. Painted them with glow in the dark, neon, and sparkly fabric paint (WATERPROOF : ), Attached to windows with carpet tape. I drove through some of the worst weather I’ve ever encountered on this trip – torrential rain on the way up to NY, a blizzard with gale force winds on the way from NY to VT, and more torrential rain and gale force winds between CT and DE.
The lettering held up fairly well for all of that, except did have to check them, and replace a bit of tape from time to time, and did replace a couple of them. I’d brought the foam stuff, some paint, and tape with me. Didn’t have time to do all in that fashion, so did the rest with a huge magic marker on contact paper. That works pretty well too – taped edges with the carpet tape – but not as water resistant as the foam. Had to replace some of the contact paper banners a couple of times, but was quick and easy to make another one and stick it on. But none of it seems to hurt the van’s paint.
I went up to PR of NY (People’s Republic of NY : ) a week ago Fri. to take two of my girls (canine) to someone who’s taking them to Korea. Then from there up to PR of VT to see my grandkids. Then decided (since I already had the van ‘decorated’, and already getting wonderful responses – waves, thumbs up, and even some applause! – as well as some ‘stunned’ looks – NOTHING negative though : ), decided to tour all the rest of the NE People’s Republics. For those who are not sure exactly what I mean by People’s Republics, http://www.aalf.ws/image/smoking-ban-states-map.gif. I visited most of their State Houses, too – at least parked in front for awhile, giving time for some folks to write down the web address.