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1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:53 am
by Saraharl
So I am trying my hand at vinyl wrapping, got some 3M vinyl off eBay for cheap. Would have been better if I had started on an easier piece instead of the tank :oops: but I, and the customer think it looks pretty good. Once I have the body wrapped I will be putting on the red flames, also vinyl. It's hard to see in the pics, but the vinyl has sparkle built in :D

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:39 am
by tjennemann
I feel your pain. I wrapped my sons safety first chopper. One thing I learned is a heat gun is your friend

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Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:22 am
by Saraharl
So apparently Texas heat in the summer = heat gun. Ya know how it's is recommended to let it sit in the sun for a while after wrapping to help it shape? They do not mean in Texas in the summer...

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:55 pm
by Saraharl
So it's all done. I think it came out pretty well but I learned some lessons for my next one.... It's all vinyl including the flames and I added working head and tail lights.

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:50 pm
by akadocbt
Looks great. Flames add a very nice look to it. Vinyl is a whole other animal compared to painting, lol. What may take 5 minutes to paint can take 1 hour to vinyl, but when it's on it's done.

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:39 pm
by BonnerBB
Looks great Sarah! Glad you are making good use of my loot! Keep the threads coming my way!

Should have posted a before picture though... :)

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:36 pm
by landon
Great job, Sarah! Hard to believe that's your first vinyl job, it really came out looking good! 8-)
I have a feeling my first attempt at vinyl is going to look like poo... :lol:
Gotta love those orange Harleys! (it WAS an orange one, wasn't it :?: )

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:20 am
by Saraharl
As requested, the "before" shot...

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:24 am
by Saraharl
akadocbt wrote:Looks great. Flames add a very nice look to it. Vinyl is a whole other animal compared to painting, lol. What may take 5 minutes to paint can take 1 hour to vinyl, but when it's on it's done.


That's why I did vinyl, no cure time. I am also thinking it may hold up a bit better than paint since its made for cars. It came out cheaper in the end than paint too, bout $20 worth of vinyl with a perfect shiny finish with metallic flake... We will see how my next one comes out, gonna do the trike in $5 carbon fiber, if that one comes out good I may switch to vinyl almost completely, it sure sped up the turn around time

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:37 pm
by Battman2036
Nice job. I think we need to post a listing of sources for vinyl. The wrap material from my vendor is costly and I'm nervous about the china stuff.

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:19 pm
by Saraharl
I bought mine from a eBay store in San Antonio and had my vinyl the next day. I did buy a roll of black carbon fiber from China that I am going to try out, for $5 including shipping I figure its worth a shot..

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:06 pm
by Battman2036
If you remember the san antonio ebay folks please post the name. I've been trying to find a decent piece 2 x 6 of the carbon on ebay for the $5 but I think they're outbidding me on their own auction.

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:08 pm
by Saraharl
Here are the eBay vinyl shops I have ordered from, I have only used the vinyl from the 1st one...

Autovinylsolutions (San Antonio) : I ordered the 3m gloss black metallic 12x60 for $14

Ezauto-wrap (usa) : I ordered some 3m carbon fiber for another project 12x60 for $8.88

Hiteche (china) : I ordered some carbon fiber 18x60 for $5, plan to use this later this week

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:56 am
by Battman2036
awesome thanks. I'll check them out.

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Wed Jul 13, 2016 3:42 am
by crownaeron
This is impressive post about vinyl wrap.

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:59 pm
by edac
Nice job, looks great!

Re: 1st attempt at vinyl wrap

PostPosted:Tue May 16, 2017 3:57 am
by Havert22
Elated to know about these vinyl wraps. Recently, hired one of amazing designers to get trade show displays for my trade show which was at a local event venue. They provided great displays and were quite attractive.