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Discussion in '4th Gen - 2018 - present' started by freddy aguila, May 16, 2020.

  1. freddy aguila

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    Saturday morning at the shop for a complete chrome delete wrap. Stay tuned

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    Finished!! 6 hours later!

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    Ha, I did mine today as well! We'll see how long it lasts, I've never wrapped anything before. Wasn't too bad, except under the side mirrors. Unfortunately I had washed the trim area last night (didn't wash the whole vehicle which was dumb, just didn't have time) and dried it. Well there I am tucking vinyl in under the trim piece and the squeegee comes out wet! So I did my best to dry, but not sure if the adhesive on the vinyl will hold as well.
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    Sub'd! Perfect timing! I have been considering both routes... Got my first quote yesterday.

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    If you don't mind me asking what did they charged you? Just trying to get a base line some most of the cost is labor. What color and brand did you go with?

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    What wrap did you use? Other than the water it was pretty straight forward? Any tips?
     
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    @AKentPhoto I used 3M 2080 g12 (gloss black) . HIGHLY recommend the 2080 vs the 1080 if you choose 3M, mostly because the 2080 has a protective film over it that you remove AFTER you have finished squeegeeing and tucking it in. It amazing how it protects it from scratches! If the mirrors were easy to take off I definitely would do that. Maybe they are easy, but I looked at it for 2 minutes and said screw it! Haha. If this doesn't hold up, I will 100% look at the cost of getting it painted, or seeing what a pro would charge. It is amazing how much better it looks, especially on a white Stealth, it SHOULD have been done factory.

    Tips, have a heat gun and use it sparingly to lightly stretch and pull inside door jamb to not have any creases. When at the end you have the vinyl looking like a left bracket [ so put a very low and slight heat to it while pulling straight, then tuck around into the door jamb. I also used a very slight pull and heat on the rear quarter top curve. The first piece I did was the passenger rear quarter and I didn't put any heat to it and it was really good except two tiny creases right on top. I left it thinking I would see how the rest of it went and if I had enough material left I would redo at the end. When I finished them all I decided I could live with it! Haha, mostly because the other side I was trying using heat and it took 3 attempts, both fails were heat gun related.
    First try I did the rounded corner perfectly, then got a little over confident and pulled to much while adding heat in the door jamb and the vinyl tore right at the outside edge, so had nothing to wrap the 1/8 of an inch chrome in the jamb.
    Second try I was pulling at the rounded corner, paying too much attention to the top of the trim and pulling and heating that I got it laid perfectly around the top, but hadn't left enough film on the bottom to tuck under trim. So on the third try when I got both the jamb and the corner perfect and tucked and found water......i was a little (okay, a LOT!) mad!

    Sorry this is so long, just trying to give some insight from a first timer! Oh, and definitely mask / tape around painted areas, for a couple reasons, first is because the vinyl won't stick very well to it so it makes it WAY easier to tuck, and I taped around the underside of my mirror or other parts that I was going to be running a blade on, protects them a bit. Oh and buy one of the "vinyl tool kits" from Amazon or something, it'll have a 30 degree blade and a felt edged squeegee, and also a tool for cutting the roll (kind of like the gift wrap paper cutter that has a blade embedded into it that you just run along it) I used it for cutting the large roll into strips.

    Hope you or someone finds something in this useful!
     
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    Thank you!! Exactly what I'm looking for. I haven't wrapped anything before... :chicken: I figure straight lines with curves at the ends are a good place to start. What tape did you use to protect the body? Painters tape?
     
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    Looks good for the first time. Mine was done by a wrapping company. I saw the 3m box but not sure is he used 1080 or 2080. The trucks looks 100% better with the chrome delete.
     
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