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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! :D








Wrapped VS Unwrapped screw covers:



Final outcome:

 
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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! :up2:

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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My sheet of Avery Dennison pearlescent white delivered today :up2:

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 :yes:


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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The driver side mirror got wrapped in Avery today :D 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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A new toy delivered two nights ago :up2: 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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Disassembled and started wrapping the TSX mirrors today. I got one finished and only in one try this time! :D











Dipped (left) / Wrapped (right)
 
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Today I finished the TSX mirrors! :up2: They look [email protected]! 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:
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DONE!


 

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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 :down: 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):







Reinstalled :up2:

 

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ikethegreat said:
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. :up2:

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 :D
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 :D C'mon Springtime!
 
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