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Old October 22nd, 2012, 11:07 PM   #1
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Should I do this to my side mirrors?

All right, gangs; here is the situation. Got my coupe last week and the side mirrors look like they been exposed to the sun for too much, they look matte. I'm thinking about wrapping them up in carbon fiber instead of painting them. What are your thoughts?
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Don't be shy..
If that fails try plasti-dip
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Old October 24th, 2012, 02:42 PM   #3
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i had done that with mine, but it didnt look right to me. i took it off and ended up painting them.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 07:25 PM   #4
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have you tried using a lot of armor all for the plastic portion? or polishing compound for the paint? if that doesn't work just paint it
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Old October 26th, 2012, 02:23 PM   #5
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Matte? Are you saying the paint looks dull or the black plastic under it? If the paint looks dull, and there isnt any clear coat failure, go to the local auto store and pick up some Meguiars Ultimate Compound. Along with a little clay bar, and final sealant they should be restored new. Take some pics and show us exactly how this looks because depending on the severity, you might have to re-paint.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 08:31 PM   #6
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here is what i did with mine. I was going to wrap the whole thing but decided against it.

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Old November 24th, 2012, 12:35 AM   #7
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^ that looks sick i like that. i would have also done the black parts of the mirror. coolness man
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Old November 24th, 2012, 06:29 AM   #8
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your mirrors look DOPE BOY FRESH HOMIE!!

killer mod!

can you tell us where you got the cf wrap from?
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Old November 24th, 2012, 06:49 AM   #9
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Yeah i may do them next spring, i didnt have much time when i did these. Got the wrap from ebay, make sure to get the real 3M stuff, 1080 i believe, the thinner stuff, not DiNoc.
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Old November 25th, 2012, 11:51 AM   #10
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here is what i did with mine. I was going to wrap the whole thing but decided against it.

Looks great!
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That looks real good. I am going to do that.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 03:06 PM   #12
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Matte? Are you saying the paint looks dull or the black plastic under it? If the paint looks dull, and there isnt any clear coat failure, go to the local auto store and pick up some Meguiars Ultimate Compound. Along with a little clay bar, and final sealant they should be restored new. Take some pics and show us exactly how this looks because depending on the severity, you might have to re-paint.


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here is what i did with mine. I was going to wrap the whole thing but decided against it.
That's the exact part of the mirror I'm talking about. I don't want to wrao the whole thing, either cuz it won't be as nice as this. Nice wrap, man!
P.S: You still have some leftover? Should try to wrap the wipers Oh and was it easy to take off the mirrors? DIY write-up, maybe lol
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Old November 27th, 2012, 09:00 AM   #13
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here is what i did with mine. I was going to wrap the whole thing but decided against it.
that looks really good with the red. thats what i had done on mine, but i didnt like how it looked on my car. but like i said, it looks great with the red. nice work.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 04:07 PM   #14
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That's the exact part of the mirror I'm talking about. I don't want to wrap the whole thing, either cuz it won't be as nice as this. Nice wrap, man!
P.S: You still have some leftover? Should try to wrap the wipers Oh and was it easy to take off the mirrors? DIY write-up, maybe lol
I wrapped it because of the same reason
Its actually pretty easy to take the mirror out. Pop the cover from inside and take out 3 nuts. Then there are 3 screw on the bottom of the mirror. Wrapping the whole thing with one sheet is the hard part. Take your time and trim the excess of as you shape it with a hair dryer on high, heat gun was too hot for this sheet.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 08:12 AM   #15
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I wrapped it because of the same reason
Its actually pretty easy to take the mirror out. Pop the cover from inside and take out 3 nuts. Then there are 3 screw on the bottom of the mirror. Wrapping the whole thing with one sheet is the hard part. Take your time and trim the excess of as you shape it with a hair dryer on high, heat gun was too hot for this sheet.
So what was the size of the sheet that you bought? And it came with 3M adhesive on the back right?
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I bought a 1x6 ft sheet and wrapped some interior parts, 1ft wide was plenty enough to wrap everything. It doesnt really have an adhesive, its made by 3M. You can remove it and be left with no residue. It activates with heat, maybe it has some sort of adhesive but its not like glue Go try it!
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 02:36 PM   #17
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I bought a 1x6 ft sheet and wrapped some interior parts, 1ft wide was plenty enough to wrap everything. It doesnt really have an adhesive, its made by 3M. You can remove it and be left with no residue. It activates with heat, maybe it has some sort of adhesive but its not like glue Go try it!
So you heat it first then wrap it and continue heating it while pushing the bubbles out? I'll try and put this on my X'Mas list then lol
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care to share a link to the wrap?
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Old December 9th, 2012, 10:06 AM   #19
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So you heat it first then wrap it and continue heating it while pushing the bubbles out? I'll try and put this on my X'Mas list then lol
No, you take out the backing paper and apply it to the clean surface then you heat it up as you pull and work the edges. A hair dryer on low works well. Then you trim the access as you work the piece, not that hard to do

Here is a link but just search for "3M 1080 carbon fiber wrap" on Ebay.

3M 1080 Gloss Black Carbon Fiber Vinyl Vehicle Wrap Film Sheet 60"x12" CF12 | eBay
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 06:58 PM   #20
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Do this carbon fiber, i like the look!
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same ^^
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I like the look, most of my CF parts that wrap, started to have bubble in several months, i think maybe it the crazy florida heat during the summer. anyone has trouble with bubble in their wraps?
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Old December 29th, 2012, 11:03 AM   #23
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^^ I know a guy who has his Yaris wrap in matte black and CF on the roof, wipers, and hood. Nothing has happened yet.
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I like the look, most of my CF parts that wrap, started to have bubble in several months, i think maybe it the crazy florida heat during the summer. anyone has trouble with bubble in their wraps?
I work at a signage company, we also do car wraps. And the bubbles depend a lot on the quality of the material as well as the prep work. I like to use 3m vinyl (the best) on all the wraps that are going to be exposed to the sun, specially in Florida.
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Old January 13th, 2013, 11:26 PM   #25
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I need to do this too.. mine are fading too
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looks pretty sick with that carbon but i still like the glossy black
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Old January 14th, 2013, 09:03 PM   #27
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The carbon fiber looks good. I want to do it.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:14 AM   #28
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The 3M actually has microscopic holes in it i read so as you work the piece the air escapes. The bubbles you speak of are probably just the material lifting off because of a bad prep job, it needs to be free of any oil or wax, especially on an outside wrap for it to last long and look good.
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