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ANYONE DONE A VINYL WRAP?
#1
I am currently in the preparation stages of a bare metal paint job and I was considering
a Gun Metal Matt paint finish.

Talking with experts here in Australia  I received a lot of negative feedback - Corners go
shiny with a car cover, bird crap unless removed quickly can leave stains, obviously any
panel damage = complete repaint - side or total.

A vinyl wrap can achieve the same result and is considerably cheaper, lasts about 5 years
but if garaged and covered and driven occasionally - 10 years.

Has anyone done this to their pride and joy?

As with anything, there will no doubt will be some issues  and I would appreciate any advice
if you have been through the process.

Cheers,

Melfunctions
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#2
I've had the recessed area of the standard hood wrapped in semi gloss black a few years ago and it holds up beautifully.
But vinyl wrap will also show any imperfections beneath it so you need a really good paint job first especially as you can't sand out the imperfections.

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(02-26-2018, 04:10 AM)luxstang Wrote: I've had the recessed area of the standard hood wrapped in semi gloss black a few years ago and it holds up beautifully.
But vinyl wrap will also show any imperfections beneath it so you need a really good paint job first especially as you can't sand out the imperfections.

Thanks Mike,

It will be prepped for a premium paint job already, I need to find out if it the vinyl will apply OK
to the prepped area.

In looking at the project, it would probably suit a future owner to have the option of'
a colour change - I am not a spring chicken and I will never sell my E46 M3 so my plan
is to complete the project and have fun driving the beast.

Appreciate your comments,

Mel
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#4
E46 M3 is almost a classic itself! Smile

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#5
I would make sure that a vinyl wrap will give a prepped car enough protection. What I mean is: if it's only prepped there is no finished paint job under the wrap.
I'd think that a prep job is not up to the task of withstanding the elements which I think is the job of the paint that goes over so that all the layers build up to a sealed surface.
Just my opinion which is based on nothing but my idea how paint jobs probably work. Smile
If this is the case then it bears the question: Can a wrap reproduce the seal the prep stage needs?
I'd like to know that too by the way. Smile

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#6
While I was living in China you saw lots of cars with wraps. They were usually high end new cars, Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, etc. One guy would change his every few months. He liked the chrome look, lol.
I believe that is all they use on the race cars anymore is a wrap. Easier, faster and going to get crashed they know, lol.
I have been thinking about using some of the flat black wrap on the aging Decor Group black out on my 73 vert. It is original paint and did not want to paint the car.
You could always do a fender or door and see if you like it first.
David


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#7
Sounds like a good option but would be interested in the cost compared to paint
You could also consider painting it in removable plastic paint
Here's a demo video from a local refinisher - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PCgTBj-kNw
He also has many excellent videos on anything to do with automotive refinishing
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(02-26-2018, 06:11 PM)OzCoupe72 Wrote: Sounds like a good option but would be interested in the cost compared to paint
You could also consider painting it in removable plastic paint
Here's a demo video from a local refinisher - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PCgTBj-kNw
He also has many excellent videos on anything to do with automotive refinishing

Mick,

Thanks for the link - pretty amazing stuff! It appears to be far cheaper than a wrap with
other benefits as well.
Luxestang's comments are very valid - there is no real protection after being prepped for paint.
I did note that in the demo, he sprayed a section that was just sanded and there was no difference
in the finished product.
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(02-26-2018, 09:25 AM)Carolina_Mountain_Mustangs Wrote: While I was living in China you saw lots of cars with wraps. They were usually high end new cars, Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, etc. One guy would change his every few months. He liked the chrome look, lol.
I believe that is all they use on the race cars anymore is a wrap. Easier, faster and going to get crashed they know, lol.
I have been thinking about using some of the flat black wrap on the aging Decor Group black out on my 73 vert. It is original paint and did not want to paint the car.
You could always do a fender or door and see if you like it first.
David
 David,

Check the link that Mick (OzCoupe) sent me - you can have your car sprayed with a removable plastic paint
and keep your original paint perfect.
On one shot they had a BMW M3 in a really way out colour and a shot showing it being removed when
the car was up for sale.
Mel
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#10
(02-26-2018, 08:03 AM)luxstang Wrote:    
E46 M3 is almost a classic itself! Smile

EVERYONE SHOULD DRIVE AN E46 M3 SOMETIME IN THEIR LIFE!!

ONE OF THE WORLD'S BEST PRODUCTION CARS

REGARDS,

MEL from MELBOURNE
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