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I have decided to make a dedicated thread for this so in the future if any one decides to do this to their car it will be in one place. To start off this is my first time working with vinyl, because of that my vinyl work will not be perfect and I am fine with that. As I am working I estimate I will need about 50 feet of vinyl (I also asked Devolvr and he said 50 feet is a good amount).

I will update this thread as I progress.

You will need
  1. Denatured alcohol - used to wipe down the surface of the car to remove wax and grease
  2. Microfiber towels - to prevent scratches to the original paint
  3. New razor blades - to cut the vinyl to size, new ones will ensure they are sharp and wont create jagged edges on the vinyl
  4. Vinyl of your choice - I used 3M Scothprint 1080 Matte Blue Metallic http://www.ebay.com/itm/3M-Matte-Blue-Metallic-Scotchprint-1080-Vinyl-Car-Wrap-25ft-x-5ft-300in-x-60in-/110921558317?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item19d370a92d#ht_3713wt_1043
  5. Time - This is not a one day project
  6. Patience - Vinyl wrapping is a bitch to do especially if you have never done it before
  7. Friends (optional) - More hands the easier it will be, but not required.
  8. Heat gun - This is for tough angles that the vinyl needs to be stretched around. I use a hair dryer and it works just fine.

I first started with the trim pieces. These were as easy as laying the vinyl onto the piece and trimming and tucking the vinyl around the edge. The bumper trim pieces are long and skinny and if you peel all of the vinyl of the backing at once it will be hard to work with. I suggest peeling a little bit at a time.
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I then moved on to the driver side fender. I don't have pictures of this because I didn't plan on posting a thread about it, but I will post my process.

  1. Cut the vinyl to size
  2. Take the bumper off (this will make sense later)
  3. Undo the 4 or so bolts holding the headlight in place
  4. Slide the headlight out a little bit
  5. Wipe down the fender and surrounding areas with denatured alcohol
  6. After the 2 seconds it takes to dry, remove a little bit of backing from the vinyl and place it on the front of the fender (headlight side)
  7. Smooth it out with your hand as you are holding the rest of the vinyl
  8. If bubble arise, peel back the vinyl and lay it down again
  9. Continue laying down the vinyl until you get close of the door. there is a small trim piece that you need to pop out
  10. Once you have laid all of the vinyl down you need to trim the excess (leave about and inch or so)
  11. With the inch you left, tuck the vinyl into a non visible place, with the headlight out you can tuck it into the curved area
Here is the tucking I was talking about.

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This is a useful video.

I moved onto the hood after the fender and tried to do it myself. I used the same process as the fender. For the most part it turned out pretty, except for around the windshield washer squirters.

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Here is where I messed up:mad:. Depending on how much vinyl I have left after the rest of the car is done I may redo the hood.
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Roof rails:

These are very simple, all you have to do is pry them up and wrap them like any other piece of trim.

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Driver side door(all doors are basically the same process)

1. I started this by preparing the door so there were no contaminants such as dirt, wax, and grease.
2. I removed all the trim from the door, and unscrewed the side mirror and let it hang down
3. I then laid a large piece of vinyl over the door and then started tacking it down. (This wasn't going to well so an hour into wrapping the door I thought of a better way of doing it.)
4. I cut the vinyl into 2 parts, the top half of the door above the trim piece, and the bottom half below the trim piece. This made the vinyl much more manageable.
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5. I continued wrapping until I only had the area around the mirror to go, I cut a small slit for the wires to fit through then finished wrapping the trimming the extra pieces of vinyl.
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6. From the infinitely wise DevolvR
TurboLags, the window gaskets actually pull out easily, lower the window all the way down and oull out the felt rubber gasket part, that way you can tuck it right behind. If you cut right on the seam, there's a large chance it will lift from there.
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If you have any tips or tricks please tell me so I can make this turn out perfect.

I had a lot of trouble with the front bumper, so that will be pushed back to the end, anyways here is an updated photo of my progress. The trunk is also done

9-9-2012

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9-10-2012

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9-11-12

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9-14-12

I didn't snap a picture but I finished the passenger side doors and rear quarter panel.

9-15-12

Finished the front bumper, and I need a bit more material to finished the rear bumper.

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Finished car

This is a little premature but I will post these pictures anyways.

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Door dings are invisible now

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So just to clarify, it looks like you are doing this on a "dry" surface. Is the 3M stuff always done dry or can you apply distilled water to allow you to reposition it without having to peel it back up?

When I did my B pillars in semi gloss black vinyl I learned to go a bit at a time to avoid the vinyl sticking to itself or other parts of the car since they are long thin strips like you mentioned. But I still had a crease or two and needed to peel it up a bit and flatten it out - but it stretches a bit when you peel it up and then it's easier to get even more creases. I eventually sprayed the pillar and did the whole piece in one fell swoop and it came out perfect.

And thanks for making this thread!
 

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Awesome choice in colour! I had wrapped my R (black) in Matte white:




You should have removed the window washer sprayers before wrapping, its much easier, they just pop out.

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So just to clarify, it looks like you are doing this on a "dry" surface. Is the 3M stuff always done dry or can you apply distilled water to allow you to reposition it without having to peel it back up?

When I did my B pillars in semi gloss black vinyl I learned to go a bit at a time to avoid the vinyl sticking to itself or other parts of the car since they are long thin strips like you mentioned. But I still had a crease or two and needed to peel it up a bit and flatten it out - but it stretches a bit when you peel it up and then it's easier to get even more creases. I eventually sprayed the pillar and did the whole piece in one fell swoop and it came out perfect.

And thanks for making this thread!
Yes I am doing this on a dry surface, I read somewhere on the 3M website that you should not apply it wet. I will get a small piece and try applying it wet for you tomorrow. It would be much like tint and a lot easier to work with if it does indeed work.

You should have removed the window washer sprayers before wrapping, its much easier, they just pop out.
I really wish I knew this earlier! I will see if I can do a patch job without having to scrap that huge piece of vinyl.
 

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It probably depends on how long you keep the vinyl on. Some residue is expected, but how much, I do not know.
 

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I tried applying the vinyl wet and it worked just fine, it is definitely easier to work with. However I am not going to do this on the rest of the car, I want the bond to be as strong as possible and I don't want water trapped under the vinyl.

edit: I also did the roof rails today which was very easy to do. Tomorrow is the front bumper, I will update the thread when it is finished.
 

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I'd like to explore doing the plastic trim on my S60, as well as unpainted plastic on the bumper covers. Would the area around the exhaust be affected by the heat? Does anybody have a diagram of how the trim and bumpers come off?
 

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For large areas and compound curves, you need to heat the material and relax it first, then stretch it initially around the bend. That way the material around the bend can reshrink back down to size via heat gun. I'm more talking about the front and rear bumpers. Work slowly to smooth wrinkles and bubbles out, never stretch the material if you don't need to, and the material does a decent job allowing air to be removed out.


Oh and a quick tip, any parts like trim, moldings, lights and side mirror, remove them, it'll make wrapping a lot easier. I did that for mine and there are no wrinkle flaws like that I see up above. Of course I've worked with this stuff before so I know what I'm doing.

Do NOT APPLY THE MATERIAL WET!!!
 

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Thanks for the tips. I have been removing the trim pieces, it is the big areas that I had trouble with mainly the areas on the hood around the sprayers. I will give the front bumper another try tomorrow.
 

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Like what Lowenhart mentioned, the hood sprayers are removable, makes installing a lot easier.
 

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Is a patch job possible? I really do not want to redo the whole hood for a couple of small mistakes
 

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Is a patch job possible? I really do not want to redo the whole hood for a couple of small mistakes
Try lifting the material up again and heat to "shrink" back the material so the wrinkles disappear. although you may need to redo the hood again. I would leave it to last, as your most difficult areas aren't done yet. The hood I would consider as "relatively easy".
 

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TurboLags, the window gaskets actually pull out easily, lower the window all the way down and oull out the felt rubber gasket part, that way you can tuck it right behind. If you cut right on the seam, there's a large chance it will lift from there.
 
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