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Old 04-15-2016, 01:37 PM
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So I just attempted to wrap my roof and it was a pain in the ******* getting all the little air bubbles out, I managed to get almost all out but then I ripped an edge pulled the piece off again and moved it down but it was too stretched out at that point to get all the bubbles out again... Im pretty sure with a helper it would have been much easier...

Im just wondering if I should spring for the 3m next time.. I dont mind throwing the vivid junk in the trash ill be bummed throwing away 3m
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Old 04-15-2016, 02:46 PM
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Quality vinyl will make the process very easy for you. Be sure to work from the center out to move the air towards the edges. Bubbles will appear when you seal the air in a section by pressing down the vinyl around it. Best of luck with the next attempt! You'll get better each time
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Vvivid is the same as the eBay China stuff, just rebranded. If you search, all of their colors are exactly the same as the generic stuff. Even the installed example pics are the same. If vinyl tears it means its too cold for the install. Even 3m vinyl will tear when its cold. It stretches easily even the cheap stuff when its warm.

The cheap stuff tends to lift after its been installed. 3m doesn't lift and stays where you applied it, unless the surface wasn't prepped properly.

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I wasn't completely unimpressed with the product, I think it probably would have been fine if I had help and didn't pull it off and stretch the **** out of it... I was more or less just practicing with it, if it had come out good I probably would have kept it temporarily buy i just couldn't get all the bubbles out after I pulled the entire sheet up and moved it...

I started in my ghetto garage but then moved into the sun... The sun made it very flexible and much better to work with. Just needed an extra set of hands.

Ive used 3m before and it was a much better product I just got this cheapo stuff from Amazon so I can work out the bugs..

One thing I shouldn't do for next round is play with the dog right before the process... The dog hair was floating around like a magic trick.

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Ok the 3m is the volk or wrap comment from Mr sparco convinced me, ordered some gloss black 3m wrap... Along with some other stuff from Amazon. Im sure ill post the results good or bad.
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Easiest vinyl to learn on is Avery SW900, most compliant of all vinyls I've used.
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Rear bumper and redoing the sideskirts are all that I have remaining. This has definitely been a learning process.

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OMG CJM what color is that? It is pure SEX....
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Gloss Metallic Brown. The lighting changes the color so much

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You need to change your signature...

2004 350z - Gloss Metallic Brown bitches
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Effin nice color that is! I want to do a wrap as well one day!
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Default Prepping Poly or FG for vinyl

Got all the pieces of my body kit in and Im planning on getting the car wrapped.

I know I need to prep polyurethane and I think fiberglass in some way, before wrapping it, so that it sticks properly.

Iv taken random times in the past two weeks googling with no real luck finding an answer to my specific question.

My plan is to call the shop Ill be getting it wrapped at but until then I wanted to see if any one might know

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and maybe someone will have better luck with a quick google search...I made my way through at least 5 pages and 20-25 links with no luck on finding the info I need.
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Urethane: Clean with Simple Green, wash with warm water and dish washing detergent, wash and rinse again. If its perfectly smooth there's no need for any wet sanding. If its not, wet sand with 600 grit. 3M Primer edges and corners.

Fiberglass: Prep with typical body work, 2 part paint primer, wet sand till smooth. Wrap.
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Originally Posted by mr. sparco View Post
Urethane: Clean with Simple Green, wash with warm water and dish washing detergent, wash and rinse again. If its perfectly smooth there's no need for any wet sanding. If its not, wet sand with 600 grit. 3M Primer edges and corners.

Fiberglass: Prep with typical body work, 2 part paint primer, wet sand till smooth. Wrap.
thx...I can always count on some good forum vet. knowledge. IF your 100% right, that would definitely be a plus since only my hood and trunk are FG, the rest if poly
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The side skirts are bare urethane wrapped in gloss red. Came out nicer than the original OEM paint, as you can see orange peel but not on the wrap. I've done this a few times or more.
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Old 05-09-2016, 04:53 AM
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nice!...starting to think I should have gone with CF for the hood and trunk so there would be ZERO prep for wrapping



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Carbon has its drawbacks too, less prep but you can also see any waves or inconsistent surface issues once wrapped. You can't fix that on carbon unless you don't care and primer over it. Another problem with carbon is if the resin isn't fully 100% cured you might not be able to take the wrap off later on.
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Carbon fiber does have its drawbacks... Im thinking carbon fiber wrap is better than real carbon fiber pieces if your going for looks... Because mine looks like poop
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You have some options: You could sand it then clearcoat, or primer and paint, or primer and wrap.

Those "cf" hoods are actually just fiberglass with a single layer of carbon for aesthetics. Real carbon fiber hoods are made with dry carbon and all layers being carbon with proper resin:composite ratio. Those are generally in the 2k+ price range. I've only seen a couple of members on here with true dry carbon pieces in the last 10 years.
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