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Old 09-13-2016, 06:30 AM   #1
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Default Should I wrap my front lips with carbon fiber?

Hi all, I have a '16 WRX but I was wondering if it looks too ricer/poser to carbon fiber wrap my front lips.
I'm probably gonna end up doing it anyway but I'm new to the game and just wanted some opinions on it.

As it is now, the lips looks a little too plastic-y and the black looks too bland.
Wanted to spice it up with some 5D GLOSSY cf wrap from Vvivid, go or no go?
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:36 AM   #2
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I bought some Vvivid CF wrap (no idea if it'd the same as the 5D you mention), and I'm no expert wrapper, but it's difficult to work with. The thickest wrap I've seen, doesn't like curves and not the best adhesive.

It does look good IMHO for a wrap, but I bet it'll be a nightmare to wrap a full lip.
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:39 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply!!
Do you think it'll be difficult even with a heat gun and squeegee?
I have patience but never had experience with wrapping before.


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Side question, would my bolts be loose or anything later if I were to install my lips then uninstall it later to wrap it with CF if I change my mind?
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:49 AM   #4
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For a beginner, I don't think I'd start with it. Of all the vinyl I've put on and off my car, there's not one piece of the Vvivid that's there.

I've got a bunch of vinyl on my car: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showpost.php?p=44471663&postcount=10837
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:08 AM   #5
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If done nicely i think it will look really good. although it might be hard to do as a beginner...
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:07 AM   #6
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If you're a newbie at wrapping and want something good, get the 3M 1080 vinyl. It costs a bit more but the low tack means you can reposition it before you heat it to set it in place. I wrapped some parts on my truck with it and it's been there awhile with no peeling or cracking.
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:22 AM   #7
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If you're going to wrap anything, get a heat gun (cheap Wagner on Amazon for $23) and read up on proper pre-heating/squeeging, stretching and post-heating (many miss this critical step). Most people can wrap curves and what not just fine except they'll skip post heating and they wonder why it's lifting. If anything if your budget allows buy an IR thermometer to properly post-heat and make sure the vinyl wrap memory is gone so it'll stay in place.

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