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Old January 1st, 2016, 06:36 PM   #1
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Project: That's a wrap!

I started practicing my vinyl wrapping skills last night. Thinking about peeling the dip off and wrapping the car after winter. Practice makes perfect, right? It's not as easy as it looks (just FYI) ha

This is my 2nd front plate, as the first one had to be replaced due to chipping paint, and once again...same issue. O_o

So what's the solution? Let's wrap that beeotch!








Wrapped VS Unwrapped screw covers:



Final outcome:

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Old January 1st, 2016, 06:38 PM   #2
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So last night and continued today, I was practicing wrapping my OEM side mirrors. According to a lot of the videos I watched, side mirrors are often skipped due to their complexity having so many convex curves and angles. I'll be honest, it took me four attempts just to do the passenger side mirror and a lot of wasted vinyl! O_o However, I finally got it to a point where I'm content with it... it isn't perfect, but I only plan on using these mirrors either during the winter since they have the heat feature, or only when I take the TSX mirrors off the car to be wrapped. All in all, I'd say they came out decent - good enough that someone walking by wouldn't look twice, but at a closer glance, you can see some imperfections. Oh well, not bad for my first attempt at something most professional wrappers don't like to do, right??

My advice: Get a buddy! Having someone there with me to help pre-stretch the vinyl while I heated it would have made the process 10x easier. Also, vinyl wrapping a mirror while it is off the vehicle is a lot more difficult - but somehow, I seemed to git 'er done!

Graphite pearl OEM mirrors:



Passenger mirror - Failed attempt #3 progress pic:



Passenger mirror - Attempt #4 (what I'm calling a "success"):



Driver mirror - Attempt #1:

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Old January 5th, 2016, 08:02 PM   #3
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My sheet of Avery Dennison pearlescent white delivered today

Removing the 3M from one mirror:



As you can see, there is no damage to the underlying OEM paint.


Comparison Avery VS. 3M (smaller piece) Pearlescent White:



It was hard to capture, but the Avery is definitely a couple shades whiter. Also, I noticed that the Avery brand has a lot more pearlescent sheen to it, which I believe also contributes to it having more of a whiter appearance. All in all, I'm very pleased with the Avery and believe that this is the brand that I will be ordering to do the entire car


Mirror redone in Avery:


Avery (left) VS. 3M (right):



It was hard to capture in doors but the Avery is definitely whiter whereas the 3M is more of an eggshell / off-white pearl.
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Old January 6th, 2016, 08:22 PM   #4
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The driver side mirror got wrapped in Avery today It is the best outcome / job yet on these mirrors. I went all out and used the Knifeless tape for nice straight clean cuts and then squeegeed the little bit of lip down over the edge of the mirror cover for a very clean, professional look. This mirror is now DONE. w00t.





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WRAP ALL OF THE THINGS! THE TOILET, THE MAILBOX, THE PISTONS, THE BRAKE PADS! lol
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A new toy delivered two nights ago It's an infrared heat lamp used for a one-man show when vinyl wrapping. This will heat the vinyl in a very even manner and allow for me to wrap the bumpers more easily solo. The three knobs allow it to be 100% adjustable - horizontally, vertically and diagonally.







Heat Gun VS. Infrared Heat Lamp

Today I installed the Avery pearlescent white wrapped mirrors onto the car. I must say, the color match to my dip is almost dead-on! This is fantastic news as I now know that I can wrap one panel at a time, while taking my time doing it correctly, by just removing the dip of that panel and leaving the rest of the car dipped until the entire project is complete.

Color comparison: Wrap VS. Dip:






All-in-all, I am liking and prefer the vinyl a lot more. It's finish is even and texture is as smooth as the OEM paint. I can't wait until Spring to get the rest of this project started!
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Old January 10th, 2016, 08:30 PM   #7
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Disassembled and started wrapping the TSX mirrors today. I got one finished and only in one try this time!











Dipped (left) / Wrapped (right)
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Old January 13th, 2016, 05:39 PM   #8
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Today I finished the TSX mirrors! They look Fan-F@ckin-Tastic! haha

After staring at the face trim, I couldn't stand it being black as they come fully painted OEM (only our 7G mirrors come with the black surround) so I decided to wrap them as well. Did the entire trim in only one piece!






Comparison Wrapped VS Unwrapped:




DONE!


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They look much better now, nice job!
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how did you wrap the spoiler? I got the same one and when I was wrapping it with purple matte metallic it just seemed impossible...I gave up on that part and because I wasnt liking the color.
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TSX mirrors reinstalled










I'm definitely itching bad after being bit by the vinyl bug!! Gawsh danggit c'mon winter, be over so I can wrap the rest of the car! lol

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how did you wrap the spoiler?
Which spoiler, bud? I've only done the front vanity plate and both sets of mirrors so far. After accomplishing these mirrors, that spoiler is going to be a piece of cake! At least I started with one of the hardest parts of a car to wrap - and mastered it! Like a boss.
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Which spoiler, bud? I've only done the front vanity plate and both sets of mirrors so far. After accomplishing these mirrors, that spoiler is going to be a piece of cake! At least I started with one of the hardest parts of a car to wrap - and mastered it! Like a boss.
Oh I thought the whole car is wrapped
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No it's currently dipped But I'll take that as a compliment to my dip job haha! The roof is vinyl wrapped in 3M Gloss black, though (and now the mirrors). I'll be wrapping the entire care post-winter.
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I finished one of the rocker panels tonight (side skirt) - plan on doing the passenger side tomorrow. For anyone wondering, to remove the 7.5G side skirts:

1) Remove the three Philip head screws attaching the wheel liner to the rocker panel


2) Remove three black retaining clips - one located rear of the front jack point, one near the middle of the car and one behind the rear jack point. These can easily be taken out with a flat-head screwdriver.

3) With the palm of your hand, give the rocker panel a nice solid, even, whack from the rear wheel well, pushing the entire panel towards the front. It will slide off of its nine clips and fall to the ground. Shouldn't take any longer than 5 mins



4) Remove the nine clips by turning them 45˚ so that they are diagonal and pull them out from the frame.


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Peeled the dip off and gave her a really good cleaning




Rear (underside) view:


Top view:


Front end view:


Rear end view:
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Finished the passenger side skirt today. Unfortunately, my wrapping project must end here until after Winter Just when I feel that I'm really building my skills and knowledge on how to work with vinyl too! lol I really wanted to wrap the spoiler as well so that it's done come Spring, however, I realized that due to the 3M tape and four screws holding it in place, I would rip the dip in the process. So, that is going to have to wait until I'm read to wrap the entire trunk. At that same time, I plan on taking the license plate surround out separately to wrap. I want to do this job as well as I can and doing it the right way (WWPD - What would a professional do?)

Wrapped (left) VS. Dipped (right):







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Hows the durability compared to the dip? Is that the reason for the switch?
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Hows the durability compared to the dip? Is that the reason for the switch?
The main reasons why I'm getting rid of the dip are:

1) Longevity of vinyl VS. dip - my dip is already starting to rip and/or peel in a few spots and the car's only been dipped since August :-/

2) The texture of vinyl is more like an OEM paint feel - very smooth when you run your fingers over it...dip...not so much (even with coats of DipCoat applied) lol

3) Color consistency throughout the entire car - because dip is sprayed on, it all boils down to the sprayer and their ability to pay attention to the minute details. You know what a perfectionist I am, and I tried very hard to get it to come out 100% even (esp. the pearl) but it still is not - some areas have a much brighter sheen than others; others hardly any at all. With vinyl, I don't have to worry because it is machine made and the color, sheen, etc. is even throughout the entire piece.

Do I have any regrets dipping the car? Absolutely not! It gave me a taste as to what my car would look like Pearl White before going all in and either paying someone $2k+ to wrap it, or spending the ~$1k in tools/supplies to wrap it myself.

The one thing that I do like about wrapping over dipping much, much more is no overspray! I have been cleaning over spray in every nook and cranny you can think of as I go. Ugh. PITA. lol
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Very clean work, love it!
Bout to keep teasing my boy who has a 7G with your thread
Thanks for the opinion on Avery, by the way. I thought 3M blew them out the water, guess not.
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375 sq. ft of Avery Dennison Satin Pearl White vinyl ordered C'mon Springtime!
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Very nice skills! Have you thought about wrapping the side mirror bases? You keep this up and some of us will start paying you to wrap their parts.
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LOL thanks bruh! I'm way too OCD to do other peeps' rides Where a shop would take about 3-5 days, it'd probably take me 2 weeks with my work schedule and my level of detail for perfection haha But I truly appreciate the compliment!

Wrapping the mirror bases what...gloss black? It crossed my mind but IMHO gloss black would make it look fake. TBH these mirror bases are actually in really good shape - not faded at all, so I'm just going to keep them the way they are (for now at least ha!)
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Good luck on your wrapping adventure Ben. Is the 375sqft for the entire car? I've ventured down this road before dipping and it was so time consuming to get perfect. I still have it all sitting in the garage. Have you thought about Autoflex? DYC will start offering it soon. It's spray on wrap that can be buffed and sanded. I might go that route.
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Awww sheit son! Just delivered today



Now I have the wrapping itch BAD haha. Out of sight but definitely not out of mind!



@ Rich: 375 sq ft. should be enough as most said it takes approximately 250 sq. ft to wrap a vehicle - or so I've read. Plus, I already have the roof, mirrors and side skirts wrapped so that only leaves both bumpers, the hood, doors, trunk lid and rear QPs No...I haven't heard of Autoflex, I'll have to google that! But I'm definitely going to wrap route. The nice thing is, because this Avery Denn. pearl white matches my pearl white dip to a T, I can just work on a panel at a time, leaving the rest of the car dipped and concentrating on each section and getting it done once, and done right!
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i'm trying to install TSX Mirrors on my 4Dr. and the 3 screw holes do not line up

any advice? do i need to drill new holes to make it fit?
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i'm trying to install TSX Mirrors on my 4Dr. and the 3 screw holes do not line up

any advice? do i need to drill new holes to make it fit?
How the hell does this have anything to do with wrapping a car? Are you out of your skull?
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How the hell does this have anything to do with wrapping a car? Are you out of your skull?
he wrapped and installed TSX Mirrors if you didn't see them

thought it was a valid question to ask someone who's actually installed them

its ok though, i search and found my answer eventually and yes you do have to drill new holes
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Time for an update to this project thread

So last week the chief of parking sent out a massmail saying that a lot of our employees were parking in the wrong section of the parking garage, not the part that our organization leases and that we were to all move to a certain area. Day 1 of parking in the new location, there was a cement pole in a spot that never should have been there - however, was there, due to them doing construction to the roof of the garage. When I went to leave, I was in between this pole and a car on the right of me which was hogging their space. As I was backing out and to the right, my main concentration was on this a-hole's car as to not hit it and at the very last second I see the cement pole out of my peripheral vision and cut the wheel sharper. It was too late, as my bumper made contact, but the impact was SO light I thought that I might have even cleared it! I drove home and after parking in my garage, I looked to find the following:



It wasn't the end of the world as it could've been so much worse (esp. if it was to the other car and not a stationary pole which isn't going to call my insurance company haha!) but for two days I had to drive around with this huge scrape in my front bumper. Low and behold, that's all it took to trigger my OCD and even though I am waiting until Spring to finish my wrap job, this just had to be done this past weekend. So, I pulled the bumper on Saturday morning (it was about 45˚F outside - ideal temp. for wrapping is 70˚F just FYI) and I brought it indoors.

I spent the next five hours removing all of the dip which included the overspray in the most minute crevices as you can't have any residual dip on the bumper or else the vinyl might lift later on down the road and also cleaning / prepping the bumper for the wrap.

I removed all of the extra pieces of the bumper (fog surrounds, center black plastic grille, etc.) and then started peeling off the dip. I was quite nervous when I got to the "wrecked" area, anticipating what I was going to find under the dip, but to my surprise, the only damage to my actual bumper was a very superficial scrape to the OEM clear coat The surface is still as smooth as the rest of the bumper so no sanding was required!! w00t! Thank you Plastidip - you saved my bumper!





Dip fully removed:


I decided to remove the dip from the fog surrounds as well, going back to sporting the black (you're welcome, Ric! :tongue


I decided to wrap the front bumper in two pieces of vinyl, measuring 8.5 ft x 2.5 ft each (cut the 5ft wide vinyl in half) as I did not want to remove the HFP lip and destroy the OEM double sided tape that it came with:





As you can see, I did the fog piece of the bumper all in one piece (this takes skill which I must say I'm quite proud of! Most professionals do an inlay piece of vinyl first due to how deep fog areas tend to be on the bumper). I used the method of heating, stretching and laying the vinyl with a special "wrapping" glove - all done by hand and not a squeegee:


The 90˚ angle inside of the wheel well piece of the bumper was done as its own individual piece of vinyl and then using a special overlap technique using knifeless tape for that seamless cut Vinyl likes to lay in one direction, so to wrap a 90˚ curve and have it come out perfect takes a lot of skill and a lot of patience. I prefer this method a lot more - which I learned through watching many videos from a professional wrapper on YouTube:




Knifeless tape:


The individual piece is laid, and then the outer most piece of knifeless tape is pulled, giving you your overlap. The main piece of vinyl is then laid over this overlap piece and the second piece of tape is pulled, cutting both pieces of vinyl in the exact same spot. Once the vinyl is then laid back down, you are left with a seamless cut:


Once the front fascia was completely finished including the wheel well pieces and fog areas, I then concentrated on the lower front grille area - also wrapped in the same one-piece of vinyl as the rest of the lip


Lastly, I started laying the second 8.5x2.5 ft piece of vinyl to cover the top portion of the bumper:



The top underside of the center grille area was then laid as two individual pieces, once again using my knifeless tape method, and the final trim around the HFP lip was cut:



I finished the job off by laying the rest of the top portion of the bumper up by where the headlights rest and sat back to marvel at my job well done



After reinstalling the bumper onto the car Sunday evening, just in time for work the next day! phew! *wipes sweat off brow*


The next day in the sunlight of the final outcome



^^ What scrape??
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Quick video of the front bumper
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damn that looks good...great job
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