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Old 10-01-2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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Carbon Fiber Car Hood Trunk Vinyl Wrap

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From what I've heard you should really only use 3M or Orafol (I think there's one more well known vinyl maker...) to have it last longer, have less fade and leave less residue when you remove it. That being said...never tried an ebay vinyl..
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:05 PM   #3
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cool. any good local installer (private, business)? how much should i expect to pay for just the hood?
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Just DIY it. It's not that hard, you just need a hair dryer. Expect insane prices for wraps.
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cool. any good local installer (private, business)? how much should i expect to pay for just the hood?
MM Design. Give them a call.
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^I second them. Great service! Each wrap job comes with complimentary bubble patterning as well.










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Each MM design wrap comes with a free photo shoot as well, simply check out the cleverly disguised RevScene "Hall of Shame" thread!
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Generic ebay vinyl films tend to be stiffer to work with even when heat is applied in my experience. Definitely go with 3m films and use a heat gun or blow dryer to wrap around the contours.
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3M, oracle or Hexis, they all make some sort of CF pattern wrap, and they all look a little different.

Crucially though, they all have air channels that are built into the vinyl, this allows for much easier application without worrying as much about stretching and bubbles.
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i CF wrapped my trunk before. pretty easy but its best done by 2 people
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3M, oracle or Hexis, they all make some sort of CF pattern wrap, and they all look a little different.

Crucially though, they all have air channels that are built into the vinyl, this allows for much easier application without worrying as much about stretching and bubbles.
which one is more sticky? more durable?
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don't do it

sun is gonna fade the vinyl sooner or later
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Looks tacky, I wouldn't do it but that's just me.

It's your car, do what you want. Hope it saves weight!
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sun is gonna fade the vinyl sooner or later

would the 3M one last longer?
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canawrap had the lowest price when I was toying with the idea of wrapping my car -- if you want them to supply the vinyl and install it, it's an okay price for the amount of headache saved.

The youtube videos make wrapping look way too easy. I have failed so many times I just gave up .. probably wasted ~$100 in different quality vinyls

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3M would last longer and would be easier to apply.
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You just need some soapy water, small squeegee or something that will do the smoothing out part, 2 guys and some time and patience.
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would the 3M one last longer?
maybe 5 years give or take depending on how much and what kind of exposure your car has to the elements.
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You just need some soapy water, small squeegee or something that will do the smoothing out part, 2 guys and some time and patience.
don't forget a really good hair dryer or heat gun. also a quality stainless steel x-acto craft knife with a steady light hand so you don't carve up your paint underneath.
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how difficult is it to wrap a lip (before installation)?
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how would the carbon fiber be if it was covered with 3M Scotchguard clear bra. How would it hold up? would the vinyl still fade? i tried it on my phone, it looks good. Looks like real carbon fiber with a shine
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how difficult is it to wrap a lip (before installation)?
i watched a few youtube videos that make it look easy... but again like everyone has said already, it's the quality of the vinyl used that makes the difference, and how complicated the surfaces are on your lip. the easier it is to manipulate translates into good results.
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If you are wrapping a few trim pieces you can get away with a hair dryer. If you are wrapping large panels or your entire car, save yourself the headache and your mom/sister the pain, and go buy a real heat gun.

3M Vinyl will not last any longer than oracle or Hexis wrap. With wrap its all about exposure. The more you expose it to the elements the more prone its going to be to peeling off and fading.

(By peeling off I mean the corners are going to lift up a little, not like the wrap is going to shed as you drive down the highway)

There are ways of minimizing these risks and prolonging the life of the wrap, for example using primer around sharp edges, proper installation technique, etc.

No matter what though, wrapping is not a permanent solution, 3-5 years from now it will degrade and start to look warn, and if you leave it for longer than 5 years it will look like crap most likely.

This is under the assumption of a regular DD, not a show car. I am also assuming vancouver weather, not beating the hell out of the wrap in a toronto or alberta winter...
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Is there a good local supplier for the vinyl? Either it's 3M, oracle or hexis?
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