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mcramsay

posted on 1/3/19 at 07:21 PM Reply With Quote
Vinyl wrap advice

I have been watching yianni the super car vinyl wrap bloke on tv, and figured I would at least have a go at trying it on my marlin as I donít have the money to paint at the moment!

I am completely prepared to find out itís not as easy as it looks!!!!

My car is pretty much all fibreglass so Iím going to do a test wrap of a front wing just to see how it goes! The wing is currently in a beige gel coat, do I need to prime this with standard primer and flat off before I can wrap? Iím not talking about to hide imperfections more if the vinyl will adhere properly.

Also there are holes in the wing for mounting and indicators, will the vinyl stick to the inner (non gel coat) OD of the hole or again do I have to prime / seal this surface?


Any tips would be great!

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The Knobs

posted on 1/3/19 at 08:17 PM Reply With Quote
I was just thinking of doing bits of my Striker with vinyl, watching this thread with interest lol
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Slimy38

posted on 1/3/19 at 09:37 PM Reply With Quote
Vinyl is remarkably sticky, it'll stay put on most surfaces. Gel coat will be no problem. I'd just suggest a degreaser with IPA or similar. Note that it will pick up any slight imperfection in the panel, that was my biggest regret when doing my bike. Even the decals that I left on the panels actually showed through the vinyl, remarkably cleanly.

I would recommend starting with only a single curve panel though, if your wings are how I think they are you will have trouble with the leading edge as it makes a 'dome'. I'd actually suggest a bonnet or similar flat panel, you'll soon find the size of a panel isn't as critical as how many curves it has.

Oh, and be sure you want to do it, it's amazing how the stuff doesn't actually come off like it does on Youtube!!

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mcramsay

posted on 1/3/19 at 09:53 PM Reply With Quote
Thanks for the info! I wanted to try on the wing as if I can do that with good results then Iím confident I can do the easier panels, Iím going to take my time put in the prep and not get fustrated.

I donít want to wrap all the easy panels only to find I canít do the difficult ones!

I expect by the end of tomorrow I will be looking at painting the thing!

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The Knobs

posted on 1/3/19 at 10:04 PM Reply With Quote
Which vinyl is the best for diy?
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40inches

posted on 1/3/19 at 11:31 PM Reply With Quote
3M 1080 is designed for car bodies
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CosKev3

posted on 2/3/19 at 09:28 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Knobs
Which vinyl is the best for diy?


As Dave says,3M 1080

There is a big difference between cheap vinyl and premium brands

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Big T

posted on 6/4/19 at 10:11 PM Reply With Quote
Itís suprisingly difficult in practice. The amount of times Iíve watched a video and then given it a go. Like plastering a ceiling. Never again.

Some vinyl is better to work with than others. Iíve used multiple brands and all are supposedly automotive intended. Best Iíve used was a ďHexisĒ branded item. But it was expensive.

I imagine the most complicated part of a Seven style vehicle would be the rear arches and nose cone.

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