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Hey guys! Johnny Keeler here...

I will be wrapping my car Saturday, Oct 25! :mrgreen: It would be great if I could get some hands to help out, experienced or not. This will be a good lesson for me because it is my first time wrapping as well. I plan on starting a round 9am (no rush to get here that early, I'll be doing prep work until around 10). Hopefully with enough help I can bust this project out in a day. There'll be enough shade, I'll be working in the garage and I'll have a canopy set up outside for further bearable space.

Lunch and drinks will be provided! There are some fast food places nearby (Pizza Hut, Chinese, etc). We'll vote to figure it out...
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Oof. I'd be all over this, but I have company visiting from out of state. Can't wait to see how this turns out.

What color did you pick?

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I hope some people can come help/watch/learn. I'll be on the road coming back from a week in NC that day. :(

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I chose bright orange. Here's a link to it. I took a picture comparing it to burnt orange, however the file is too large to post. In my opinion, bright looks better than burnt in person. I don't want my car looking like the factory color of another car. It's a little more unique this way...

http://www.metrorestyling.com/3M-1080-S ... 080g54.htm

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That's going to look cool!

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I definitely want to get my hands on some wrapping. I'll go if the schedule allows it.

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I'll try and make this as well

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Just like painting, the prep work is very important. You should have the entire car 100% stripped of all wax before you start. This includes the backsides of all edges. As you wrap the film around corners and edges, you do not want it to pull loose. You should be working on this the day(s)/night before as it will take awhile. Do a final wipe with paint prep just before you lay any film. Clean, clean clean!


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We'll need a final count on attendees by mid-week. This should be fun, I've never applied vinyl in so large a quantity.

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Who knows that they can attend? Who is unsure but may be able?

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I am unsure, but maybe. I'll try.


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Today was a successful day! We're almost halfway done with the car. Thanks to Mowog for coming and lending a much-needed hand!

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I can say there was an 'iffy' moment when we were laying the hood, but the 3m vinyl they're using is remarkably forgiving. Having 6 hands for a big panel like the hood is an absolute must. When finished, I think that car is gonna look really good.


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inspecta wrote:
Pictures please!!!

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I'm trying to find a way to post them. The file sizes are too large

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Hopefully these will work. Say hello to Punk'in

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I'm about 40% done. Still have the entire passenger side, rear, nose, and driver's door well to do. The nose needs to be fixed a bit before install

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How difficult has it been? Or do you want to wait til after the bumper to answer that?


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So far I can say it's doable. I can't give a straight easy/hard until the end. It's easier with more people, and easier if you're patient. The fenders, headlight lids and gas lid were easy (lol), but some problems are a bit more difficult with the doors and hood.

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I didn't think I'd like the orange, but it looks good!

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I was looking at the rear bumper late last night and I'm thinking that with what we've learned about the pliability of the vinyl and how well it works with a little bit of heat, it should be fairly easy - front nose, too. The hardest bit will be the rear fascia panel; specifically the license plate area. I wish we had a photo of the mirror we wrapped...

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We really appreciate MOWOG coming over to assist. Without his help, we wouldn't have gotten as far and certainly might still be fighting with the vinyl on the hood.

One thing I'll add (that Mike suggested) is to clay bar the surface beforehand. Vinyl will show every imperfection in the body and every little bit of raised grit in the paint, etc. Depending on the vinyl color and viewing light, one might not see it, but you will if you get close.

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For the finish panel, check out how they do the brake light recesses here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx9_BxTwj0k

But I'd try stretching it first, it might surprise you and actually stretch and lay down in the cavity with just a little heat. The finish panel is pretty small, so it'll be a good experiment without a lot of waste if it doesn't work. If it discolors on the stretch, do like the brake lights in the video. I imagine when you will need to lift the vinyl in the recess to reposition it (wrinkles/bubbles) you're gonna have to work through the license light holes and the top of the recess, so yeah, it's gonna be really hard. Lay the film across the panel starting at the bottom, work it from the center bottom into the cavity, out and up. The more stretch you can get out of the material at the beginning, on entering the recess, the less you will need to make up later into the recess, if that makes sense. On the bright side, you have it off the car so that might make it a little easier, maybe...

Here some tricks for bubbles, instead trying to drive them out with the squeegee, divide and conquer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-i0ll8_yDo

I really like how the 3m film you bought conforms, it not only stretches, but you can squish excess material together too, to an extent. wrinkles just kinda 'disappear' as you work them.

Prep, prep, prep. And yeah, on topic of prep, you're covering a white car (hands-down the best color for concealing imperfections) with a darker color that's really shiny. Any imperfections that you never even saw before will really show when you're done. The clay bar seemed to really help with the film's ability to release for repositioning vs what we applied on the trunk lid- definitely counter-intuitive. Your car had been repainted, so it had some dust specs from the last respray. Those were like mountains in the paint finish, we just sheared off the tops with a razor knife to make it even. Some simple work with 5 minute glazing putty into any dings/voids and some sandpaper before-hand will pay dividends too. But make sure the paint is scuffed before you put the putty in so it has something to bite, else when you pop the vinyl loose as you work it into position, it'll likely pull the putty out and then you'll have a mess.


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now you got me wanting to wrap my car...

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It's a lot cheaper than paint, and it appeals to the instant gratification in all of us. There are also patterns, and textures that are not available in paint. Colors too, like the chrome finishes.
But the best, simple advise I can give is don't buy cheap vinyl, and do some prep work before just trying to stick it on. These are both key differences between a shitty result and something to be proud of. As I said before, conformal vinyl technology like air release and nano glass in the adhesive (itself, also rapidly evolved to a well performing pressure sensitive) to make a standoff has come a loooong way in just a few years.
We had perfect weather at John's too, the temp and humidity were both way down. The tools are dead simple, and you can get by with a hair dryer if you don't have a heat gun. Best part, if you f$%# up, you've likely only wasted a square yard or so of material on the largest of panels, just peel it off and start that panel over.


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