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Vinyl wrapping - $#%&!!!!!

7786 Views 22 Replies 16 Participants Last post by  graveyardsoul
So I've been looking for a solution to my seatcowl getting scuffed up from bags that I wear, and after all types of paints, clearcoats and even plasti-dip(yes it does just peel off), I decided to vinyl wrap it. I check out the how-to and instructional video's and man it looks so easy, and finished product looks great! So I go ahead and order some 3M Dinoc Carbon Fiber print vinyl wrap... just enough for 2 takes, in case I screw something up. After all it's my 1st experience with it.

Not for nothin... this SH!T is HARD! And I'm pretty competent and handy with all types of tools and crafts.... Mild curves, no prob. This curvy bubble of a cowl - *insert expletive here*!

All in all, I got it wrapped, but there's flaws, and I want to give it another go. I think my biggest problem was that I didnt have the cowl secured down, so it made it much more difficult to handle. There's no seams or bubbles, but you can tell where I had to stretch and re-stretch to get everything smooth... just doesn't have that solid look and feel to it for me.

Onto the pics...

It started out looking great! some minor wavyness starting to show due to the lifting and repositioning... it was downhill from here....

From my ride this am:

If anyone has good experience with it or tips, tricks, or even cheat-codes, please lend a brotha some advice!

Thanks! :D
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use a hairdryer to warm the vinyl!!!!!!!!
step up from that, i used a heat gun. curves would be impossible to get smooth without it.
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Thanks guys! :)

You MOTHER****ER!! Lol I have the same "Soul" Kanji Decal on my bike cept mine is a black decal on my red cbr. Argh I just can't win at being original. oh well. In my opinion the wrap looks great man, don't beat yourself up. with time comes experience and skill. you'll get better at it.
LOL! Hey is basically like a letter in the alphabet... more like great minds think alike! :cool:

i was trying to find more kanji in this calligraphy style, but havent found the exact brush stroke yet.

theres a small one on the other side too.

this older pic has the seat cowl plasti-dip sprayed:
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second on the heat gun,when working vinyl,heat is your friend.Practice on some scrap pieces,just be careful,too much heat is bad too,a pattern like you have,carbon fiber,over heating/stretching will really show.
Yep. 1st time around I overheated to the point where it felt like Saran wrap...

I just saw a video of 2 guys who heated the entire piece of vinyl fairly evenly then stretched the material in 1 shot over a body piece. Rest of it was just smoothing it out. Might have to try that next time around.

wrapped my cousin's heat shield. came out great!
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^ thanks! and yep. Small white one and a big grey one on the other side.
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