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      04-19-2010, 01:00 AM   #1
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wrapped my car

I vinyl wrapped my car flat black. This was just a random project i decided to pull the trigger on.... I had no experience whatsoever on vinyling anything. I just watched a few vids on youtube and got some advice from friends who do vinyl stickers. Here's a few pics of the process and outcome...

Hate it, Love it...It was my first time... it took me 1 week and a day to complete....did a panel a day after work =)

oh, and for the record... I didn't pay over $3000 bucks that most people pay to vinyl their car....

I paid about $120 for all materials... and i did all the work myself, with some help from my fiance from time to time

=) enjoy



DIY!!!!

so this will be my little DIY since there's not really much to mention =)


THINGS YOU NEED:
Vinyl (about 25 yards give it take..also depending how much you mess up)... measurements for the vinyl i got were 25 yrds and 48 inches wide....

2 qts of application fluid for the vinyl

I used a felt squeegee so it wont scratch the surface of the vinyl.

I also used a heat gun from Harbor Freight... $10 FTW!!!!

1 XActo knife and scissors

AND LOTS OF PATIENCE!!!!!


I fully detailed the car prior to vinyling including:
- Full car wash, Clay bar'ed the car, and waxed just to be sure the car was flawless.

It is important to make sure there are no specs of dust, bugs, dirt, or anything that would affect the vinyl application onto the car...


Applying:

1. Start with the easiest parts first (for me, it was the roof, trunk, and hood)

2. Cut the vinyl to the size of the section you are going to start on and make sure you cut an oversized piece just in case for stretching the vinyl.

3. Spray the application fluid all over the area you are about to vinyl, and peel off the backing of the vinyl and apply it to the section.

4. Be sure you squeegee the vinyl slowly because if you're too rapid, that may cause creases and lots of air bubbles; this is where the heat gun comes into play. With creases, just lift the vinyl back up and heat the area which you creased, stretch the vinyl until there is no more crease and reapply the vinyl. ALWAYS SQUEEGEE FROM MIDDLE OUTWARD...

5. The vinyl may keep coming up at the edges, this is due to the application fluid. Let it dry and you may continue to squeegee the vinyl down.



Now for the curvy areas!!!!

This is where you may need some help from a person or two...

FOR THE BUMPERS:

1. do not use application fluid when vinyling the bumpers or the most curvy areas of the car. If you do, it will be a Bi*ch to apply it.

2. Use A LOT of stretch and heat for this application

3. Start middle outward; squeegee the middle area of the bumper on, and have someone pull on the vinyl away as you heat the vinyl and squeegee it down. Do NOT over heat or overstretch the vinyl as it may lose its flat black appearance.

FYI: There will be a lot of bubbles on the sections where you do not spray the application fluid. NO WORRIES! try to get the bubbles as small as possible, and when you're done, let the car sit out in the sun and the bubbles will magically disappear!! (with the help of a needle from time to time) =)



when starting this project, you'll learn more and more as you keep vinyling sections of your car.

I learned as i went, and you all will too! (if you decide to tackle this)


Try vinyling a piece a time. I vinyl'd a section a day because that took all my patience in a day..

In the end, you'll be satisfied. This is a pretty straightforward DIY, so if there's any other questions, feel free to PM me.

Thanks again everyone!!!!!






<B>UPDATE!!!!!!!!</B>


VINYL REMOVED ON NOVEMBER 12, 2010

VINYL HELD UP VERY WELL. MINIMAL TO NO GLUE RESIDUE. PAINT INTACT AND LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE THE FIRST DAY I BOUGHT IT.


ALSO ADDED PICTURES OF THE CAR WHEN IT WAS EGGED LAST MONTH. VINYL HELD UP THROUGH THAT, TOO. I DON'T KNOW WHO DID IT, BUT I HOPE THEY ROT IN HELL..HAHA...


THE CAR IS NOW BONE STOCK AS OF TODAY!!!!!

ENJOY!!
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      04-19-2010, 01:03 AM   #2
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nicely done! and cheap at that!

but then a question pops up, what's the point of choosing a color at bmw anymore when you can just... do it yourself
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      04-19-2010, 01:03 AM   #3
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Cool. How long do you plan to keep it on?
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      04-19-2010, 01:05 AM   #4
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looks like you had fun doing it, did you wrap up the door jam also?
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nicely done! and cheap at that!

but then a question pops up, what's the point of choosing a color at bmw anymore when you can just... do it yourself
thank you =)

very true about picking colors....i guess its all preference now..
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Cool. How long do you plan to keep it on?
maybe a year or so. The vinyl i chose last up to 4 years...
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looks like you had fun doing it, did you wrap up the door jam also?
it took alot of patience...LOL..

no, i just left 'em blue
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      04-19-2010, 01:12 AM   #8
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Great job...especially considering you didn't have any experience in this area at all.
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      04-19-2010, 01:12 AM   #9
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Very clean job man. Now get a deal on a bulk supply of materials, and change colors every few months!
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Great job but you should of blended it with the color. Matte hood, roof and trunk would of looked sick!
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what happens when you carwash!?!?
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Thats so bada$$! Where'd you get all the stuff for it?
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Dayyyymmmmm! Looks good!
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what happens when you carwash!?!?
The car gets clean?

back to topic:
Our vinyl company stickers stay on the car just fine, I wxpect his to do the same....
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The car gets clean?

back to topic:
Our vinyl company stickers stay on the car just fine, I wxpect his to do the same....
=) ty
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Looks really good man. Are you gonna put the side blinkers back on?
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dude I don't care how it looks. Im clapping my hands for you. That is CRAZY.

As a car guy here too, I understand it takes huge amount of determination to do something like that. Props.

p.s: Im a fan of flat-black. good choice.
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Good Job !!! Where can I buy the vinyl ? Can you post a more detailed DIY, with all the things you learned (tips) while wrapping your car.
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I am sooooooo not patient enough to do something like this. Great job!
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GREAT job! This takes more patience than I have these days! I gave up trying to tint my DAMN! windows let alone wrapping the whole car!
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looks hott man great job!
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That. Is. F*ckin. RIDICULOUS!...

In a good way of course...

Props to you my man, now start advertising and make some $$$$$$
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