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    Lovenpain's Projects #12: Vinyl Wrap : Exterior pieces and panels

    This project is still progress and in conjunction with my previous Project 11. I hate repeating but if you had heard me say this before, please take in consideration for those who don't follow my work! Lol

    Big question that's might be thought or asked.... why vinyl? What is wrapping? Will it fade? What happened when I get rock chips.. Etc, etc....

    Vinyl is my bread and butter and one of few if not only one that has a passion for it. IMHO, it gives you a CHOICE. You can pay a little and get a lot more. If you don't like it, peel it off. At the same time it helps protect your car's paint. Or at least it can. Clear bras- it's clear 3mil or thicker vinyl. Smoke/tint Lens kits- it's transparent Vinyl. updated process of making t shirts now is vinyl related process. And body wrap, it's and always will be some form of vinyl.. Now I got that clear let's see my work!

    I wrapped my gas door on my car. The paint was faded a little and has normal 22 yr old wear. The vinyl I am using will be slightly darker with a little more metallic flakes in it. You can only tell though at certain angles. So if you are looking at my pics, certain ones will look like there's nothing done. I wish you could see it in person! It really looks good IMHO.


    You'll see at this angle it's darker like I mentioned. Eventually every exterior part will be wrapped, so be patient with me throughout my process. I only have one set of hands and alone doing this. Lol


    Ok here is the Nose panel. These are shots before I started to wrap it with vinyl. You'll see normal wear, scratches etc.




    Here is a shot IN PROGRESS. Shows I haven't gotten to the point in trimming it. But clear it is wrapped.


    OK here is the panel done. Lol I know, I know, some might say.."dude I don't see it!" Well that's sort of good in my book! Lol it's much cleaner and no scratches. Looks almost brand new.



    Here is the nose piece back on the car. This is an able like I mentioned earlier. You can tell what is paint and what is vinyl. Well the nose panel is and the eyelids are as well.
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    1981 Nissan S130 280zx Turbo
    1986 Nissan 300zx Z31 Turbo
    2007 Nissan Altima S (wife's car..lol)
    2003 Nissan 350z Performance Edition (Wrecked)
    1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (Wrecked)
    Owned A lot more vehicles,
    but above are list of all the Nissans I have or had owned.
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    At this angle, I manage to capture what I also mentioned earlier. You can clearly see the bright and fresh new metallics sparkling and that its a slightly darker color.



    Now I have got your eyes a little adjusted to the difference. You will now see it in these next few pictures:

    Low exposure shot:



    The benefit and to answer some of the upcoming questions. If the surface is smooth and not having any deep scratches it'll come out looking like a fresh new coat of paint! ALSO, the coolest thing about the vinyl process is that vinyl will take shape and form of any type of material. Such as a dash that is not exactly smooth but has this grain type of surface. If you looked closely at my interior shots. Some of that is present.

    Anyways, lol I have so much more to do. Will post pics and The process as I get them done. For those who don't care for the idea of VINYL. Sorry, your missing out! Lol for those that appreciate my work. Thank you for following me!
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    1981 Nissan S130 280zx Turbo
    1986 Nissan 300zx Z31 Turbo
    2007 Nissan Altima S (wife's car..lol)
    2003 Nissan 350z Performance Edition (Wrecked)
    1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (Wrecked)
    Owned A lot more vehicles,
    but above are list of all the Nissans I have or had owned.
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    Vinyl wrap upper portion of front bumper

    Today 5/24/12

    I started to work on the upper portion of the front bumper.
    Here are some before shots:


    As you'll see in the next few shots that there's some clear coat flamed of and little paint fading going on under both head lights.





    In this shot I show up close how most cars aged or similar have the paint on the bumper, which is polyurethane, and the fender, which is sheet metal, obviously don't match. This drives me crazy! Once I able to wrap the fender, that will resolve this issue.

    1990 Nissan フェアレディ Z32 (300zx) VG30DETT JDM
    1981 Nissan S130 280zx Turbo
    1986 Nissan 300zx Z31 Turbo
    2007 Nissan Altima S (wife's car..lol)
    2003 Nissan 350z Performance Edition (Wrecked)
    1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (Wrecked)
    Owned A lot more vehicles,
    but above are list of all the Nissans I have or had owned.
    My cardomain page
    My 350z car domain page.
    www.facebook.com/lovenpain

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    These shots show the IN Progress stage. Also, to let you see that it's actually being wrapped.






    After Using the squeegee for 30 minutes, I manage to get all the major bubbles, creases, and kinks out. Now just have to wait a while for it to dry before I trim it.


    Finally done! It's trimmed and I have gone over it just making sure no bubbles will appear. You can really see the metallic flakes in some shots. It definately compliments my previous work on the nose panel and eye lids.



    1990 Nissan フェアレディ Z32 (300zx) VG30DETT JDM
    1981 Nissan S130 280zx Turbo
    1986 Nissan 300zx Z31 Turbo
    2007 Nissan Altima S (wife's car..lol)
    2003 Nissan 350z Performance Edition (Wrecked)
    1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (Wrecked)
    Owned A lot more vehicles,
    but above are list of all the Nissans I have or had owned.
    My cardomain page
    My 350z car domain page.
    www.facebook.com/lovenpain

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    Here are some after shots of under the head lights. Looks Sooo much better IMHO!





    1990 Nissan フェアレディ Z32 (300zx) VG30DETT JDM
    1981 Nissan S130 280zx Turbo
    1986 Nissan 300zx Z31 Turbo
    2007 Nissan Altima S (wife's car..lol)
    2003 Nissan 350z Performance Edition (Wrecked)
    1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (Wrecked)
    Owned A lot more vehicles,
    but above are list of all the Nissans I have or had owned.
    My cardomain page
    My 350z car domain page.
    www.facebook.com/lovenpain

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    This looks great so far! Where do you stop? Are you doing the hood, fenders, doors...

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    I am doing pretty much all exterior parts! The paint is not that bad, but in some areas is IMHO. I'll emphasize and show those areas as I go along. I could technically do it all in one day. But, I figure I take my time and give each section my full undivide attention. That way when I do finally get done, I won't have to go back over and trim, adjust, or pop bubbles.
    Here is something I just did a few minutes ago.

    I removed my front JDM licesnse plate bracket. Serving it's really useless on US version plates. But I had no idea the paint is just straight bad.




    Yup just overall bad! Good thing it's not peeling and the surface is still smooth. After trying o clean it up with detailed. No hope to resurrect it. Thank god I plan to wrap this section of the front bumper tomorrow! But in the mean time.,,here is my temporary fix! Lmfao
    It's not perfect, but it works!


    Before:


    After:


    Sometimes I amaze myself at the same time crack myself up! Vinyl, vinyl, vinyl! Lol
    1990 Nissan フェアレディ Z32 (300zx) VG30DETT JDM
    1981 Nissan S130 280zx Turbo
    1986 Nissan 300zx Z31 Turbo
    2007 Nissan Altima S (wife's car..lol)
    2003 Nissan 350z Performance Edition (Wrecked)
    1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (Wrecked)
    Owned A lot more vehicles,
    but above are list of all the Nissans I have or had owned.
    My cardomain page
    My 350z car domain page.
    www.facebook.com/lovenpain

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    How durable is the vinyl? If it's semi-permanent, it beats a new paint job!

    Haven't I seen people installing vinyl with a heat gun or hair drier? I thought it shrank to fit when you applied heat (?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_TX View Post
    How durable is the vinyl? If it's semi-permanent, it beats a new paint job!

    Haven't I seen people installing vinyl with a heat gun or hair drier? I thought it shrank to fit when you applied heat (?)
    Durability is awesome. This particular grade has a minuim 7 to 10 year outdoor life. The coolest thing is if it gets damaged as in scratched, debris, or just messed up from months or years of driving. You can remove it and rplece just that section. And no harm to your paint! I tend to use heat gun when necessary. But my primary goal for this particular project is not to use one! I'll be one of the first installers to not use a heat gun, but using the full potential of the sun and my hands. Of course some parts have to be wet applications, but no heat guns! This is a test of skill for me. My own set goal and worthy of bragging rights when done!
    1990 Nissan フェアレディ Z32 (300zx) VG30DETT JDM
    1981 Nissan S130 280zx Turbo
    1986 Nissan 300zx Z31 Turbo
    2007 Nissan Altima S (wife's car..lol)
    2003 Nissan 350z Performance Edition (Wrecked)
    1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (Wrecked)
    Owned A lot more vehicles,
    but above are list of all the Nissans I have or had owned.
    My cardomain page
    My 350z car domain page.
    www.facebook.com/lovenpain

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    How much would I expect to pay retail for enough of this vinyl to cover this car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indemand View Post
    How much would I expect to pay retail for enough of this vinyl to cover this car?
    Well my friend, it all depends on the color you choose. But let's say your car is silver, and you want the entire car black ( FYI: which the cheapest colors are black and white) I can cover the entire car for roughly around $600. Which also your making your car pretty much debris proof cause the same material I use is at 3 mil thick. The same as I were to install a clear bra kit. Which IMHO suck. Those pre made kits always cover a little surface areas. Why not wrapp the whole from section of the car. With vinyl, you have a choice! It's permanent till you want it off.or better yet if you decide you want to even change color. That's just my 2 cents. I am here to show people and friends the wonders in vinyl.
    1990 Nissan フェアレディ Z32 (300zx) VG30DETT JDM
    1981 Nissan S130 280zx Turbo
    1986 Nissan 300zx Z31 Turbo
    2007 Nissan Altima S (wife's car..lol)
    2003 Nissan 350z Performance Edition (Wrecked)
    1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (Wrecked)
    Owned A lot more vehicles,
    but above are list of all the Nissans I have or had owned.
    My cardomain page
    My 350z car domain page.
    www.facebook.com/lovenpain

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    Suppose then I wanted a clear that allowed my existing color to show through. Maybe I should have said optically clear.

    How much for that? Many of us have newer cars without fade yet.

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    You've taken on quite a project Dave and it's looking good so far. Do you wax and otherwise take care of vinyl like you would paint or does it not need anything other than soap and water wash? Will it water spot like paint?
    I was sent to the hospital for observation. I didn't observe anything so I left.


    Les

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    5/25/12- Passenger Side Mirror (Your Driver Side)

    So This piece was a challenge. To wrap a mirror thoroughly. Which includes some compound curves, sharp lips, and stretching. Ending results were great, but not looking forward doing the other mirror! Lol

    Here is why it REALLY needs to be wrapped. When I got the car, I assume the previous driver must had came too close to something for it to scrap up the mirror. I did use some touch up paint to cover up the yellow factory primer that was showing.


    Also this mirror is exterior shell was in two pieces. It wasn't hard to disassemble. But I knew as soon as I bet the pieces off, they'll need to be washed from grease and debris. You also can see this rare piece is the JDM folding type mirror. The are is pretty much like a robotic arm. Thought it was cool!




    Soooo dirty!


    Here is the back cover lightly wet sanded using 4000 grit it think sand paper. When wrapping, it's best to have the smoothest surface area possible. It really doesn't matter about being glossy or dull. Just as long it's smooth.



    So now after the long hour of wrapping, had to set it in the sun to let the vinyl cure. I used soap and water to align the vinyl. So before trimming, I want to make sure most of it sets so nothing pulls back after I trim it down. It looks awesome IMHO!


    This piece was fun! I'll need to do a time laps video on the driver side to show how I do it. It amazes me sometimes how I can tolerate wrapping piece like this! Lol
    1990 Nissan フェアレディ Z32 (300zx) VG30DETT JDM
    1981 Nissan S130 280zx Turbo
    1986 Nissan 300zx Z31 Turbo
    2007 Nissan Altima S (wife's car..lol)
    2003 Nissan 350z Performance Edition (Wrecked)
    1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (Wrecked)
    Owned A lot more vehicles,
    but above are list of all the Nissans I have or had owned.
    My cardomain page
    My 350z car domain page.
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    About to trim this piece. But doesn't it look like it had been painted?




    Ok here are the before and after shots.





    Washed, cleaned, and wet sanded the scratches.

    1990 Nissan フェアレディ Z32 (300zx) VG30DETT JDM
    1981 Nissan S130 280zx Turbo
    1986 Nissan 300zx Z31 Turbo
    2007 Nissan Altima S (wife's car..lol)
    2003 Nissan 350z Performance Edition (Wrecked)
    1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (Wrecked)
    Owned A lot more vehicles,
    but above are list of all the Nissans I have or had owned.
    My cardomain page
    My 350z car domain page.
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    Took this pick to show you the difference from both mirrors. The right(driver) not done, but the left(passenger) finished. IMHO, it looks like a night and day difference!
    1990 Nissan フェアレディ Z32 (300zx) VG30DETT JDM
    1981 Nissan S130 280zx Turbo
    1986 Nissan 300zx Z31 Turbo
    2007 Nissan Altima S (wife's car..lol)
    2003 Nissan 350z Performance Edition (Wrecked)
    1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (Wrecked)
    Owned A lot more vehicles,
    but above are list of all the Nissans I have or had owned.
    My cardomain page
    My 350z car domain page.
    www.facebook.com/lovenpain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zcar View Post
    You've taken on quite a project Dave and it's looking good so far. Do you wax and otherwise take care of vinyl like you would paint or does it not need anything other than soap and water wash? Will it water spot like paint?
    Thank you for the compliment. And glad you asked about the upkeep care on having wrapped pieces.
    The upkeep is actually easier than having painted parts. Since its plastic, it takes a lot to actually really hurt it. The thickness of the material will be a cushion for anything that hits it. And rather chip it, it will mostly repellent objects. But just like paint, it'll need to be cleaned and washed. You can do all the normal car care you usually do. You can even pressure wash it, but recommend not over 150lbs pressure. And beside to set your pressure washers gun to spread not stream!
    The don'ts are using a buffer to wax it!! It's plastic surface now. Will heal with light scratches and what not. As long something dent dig into it hard and deep. The best overall cleaning product I have been using since it came out and recommend any customer of mine to buy is Mequiars PLastiX. It repairs plastic related surfaces. I have used it on helmets, glasses, plexiglas, and vinyl. I recommend rather using a standard poilsh or wax is to use this stuff! It's so sash to use. And it's used in every Mequiars headlight repair kit. Don't waste your money and ever buy that kit, but buy the actual bottle! I go through 4 bottles almost every two months! It'll promoted the longevity of the vinyl's life also protects it from UV rays from the sun. Think of it as sun tan lotion for your car and a polisher all in one!! Lol
    I Was one of the first few to test this stuff out. They gave it to people that they sponsored first to get their feedback. Wonderful stuff!



    Ps. Also to add, you can use regular car wash soap. I like using mequairs or mother's. Anything that has a wax built into it. Use a sponge rather a brush. Or any micro fiber type brushes. Like the ones that have this type of head. It prevents you scratching it up!
    Last edited by Lovenpain; 05-26-2012 at 11:13 AM.
    1990 Nissan フェアレディ Z32 (300zx) VG30DETT JDM
    1981 Nissan S130 280zx Turbo
    1986 Nissan 300zx Z31 Turbo
    2007 Nissan Altima S (wife's car..lol)
    2003 Nissan 350z Performance Edition (Wrecked)
    1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (Wrecked)
    Owned A lot more vehicles,
    but above are list of all the Nissans I have or had owned.
    My cardomain page
    My 350z car domain page.
    www.facebook.com/lovenpain

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    You've done an awesome job. That is awesome hearing you would charge $600. I was qouted from three diffrent car wrapping shops from $2500-$2700, with a three year warranty. I could paint it for that much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by infinitedrift View Post
    You've done an awesome job. That is awesome hearing you would charge $600. I was qouted from three diffrent car wrapping shops from $2500-$2700, with a three year warranty. I could paint it for that much.
    Wow! Was a digital printed vinyl or just one color? That's crazy! Lol
    1990 Nissan フェアレディ Z32 (300zx) VG30DETT JDM
    1981 Nissan S130 280zx Turbo
    1986 Nissan 300zx Z31 Turbo
    2007 Nissan Altima S (wife's car..lol)
    2003 Nissan 350z Performance Edition (Wrecked)
    1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (Wrecked)
    Owned A lot more vehicles,
    but above are list of all the Nissans I have or had owned.
    My cardomain page
    My 350z car domain page.
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    The Passenger Door. Bottom and Top

    I started at the bottom of the door.
    This shot was right before I wrapped the lower part of the door.


    Here is shots of the vinyl being staged.




    This is after the vinyl wrap was applied and trimmed.





    The upper, large, section of the Passenger door. Now it took me a while to work on this. The door had two med deep scratches that needed to be sanded. I knew once I start, I'll have no choice but to start wrapping.
    In this pic you can see the faded paint that is located under the mirror.


    Here is a clearer shot.
    1990 Nissan フェアレディ Z32 (300zx) VG30DETT JDM
    1981 Nissan S130 280zx Turbo
    1986 Nissan 300zx Z31 Turbo
    2007 Nissan Altima S (wife's car..lol)
    2003 Nissan 350z Performance Edition (Wrecked)
    1994 Nissan Maxima GXE (Wrecked)
    Owned A lot more vehicles,
    but above are list of all the Nissans I have or had owned.
    My cardomain page
    My 350z car domain page.
    www.facebook.com/lovenpain

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