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Old 10-11-2012, 11:29 PM   #1
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Default '11 WRX Hatch Matte Grey full vinyl wrap

Hey guys
Just wanted to share my wrap with you guys!

**updated pics on page 2**

I went with 3M scotchprint dark matte grey. I bought 55'x5' worth. Costs about $460 on ebay. I went with this vinyl cause of the air release channels. If you ever worked with regular vinyl and then this one..you'll def want the scotchprint stuff or something similar. It's amazing.

But anyways, I'm super stoked with how it came out. It's not perfect but I think it came out superb for my first vehicle wrap. Had a few of my friends helping as well.
Took us altogether over 12+ hours. They had absolutely no experience with vinyl unlike me.
So i did all the cutting, trimming, and touching up. They helped me apply it.

Also I must note, that the mirror caps were wrapped but ended up lifting around the edges so I ripped them off. I think the film was too stressed without the use of extra adhesive. So I need to redo those. And the spoiler...I had no clue in how to tackle it. I didn't even bother trying. I was maybe thinking of plastidipping it black to make it simple. same with the hood scoop and the vent on the front bumper. I also couldn't get the vinyl to wrap all the way inside the scoop. Looks bad up close.

Anyways, have any questions? Just ask. But i'll try to get some night shots as well cause it looks a bit different at night than it does during the day.

If you didn't feel like reading the looooong story, then here's what you came for!













(I did edit the pictures in lightroom, sorry if they seem too bright in colors)
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:34 PM   #2
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looks amazing, might do this to my sedan.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:46 PM   #3
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Looks good! I've been wanting to play with scotchprint for some time now.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:56 PM   #4
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thanks!! and you should!! it was a ton of fun. just a lot of time and labor. well worth it tho
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:17 AM   #5
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Look real good bro this is what i need to do as winter project
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:43 AM   #6
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That looks awesome. Noob question, can you peal it off if you wanted? And not harm the paint? Or doesn't it work like that.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:45 AM   #7
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Yup, I can peel it off whenever I want without harming the paint and without glue residue.
Can't reuse it though. Once it's off it's off.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:52 AM   #8
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Yup, I can peel it off whenever I want without harming the paint and without glue residue.
Can't reuse it though. Once it's off it's off.
Hmm that's pretty cool. Is there a reason you choose vinyl over the plasti dip spray kit?
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:59 AM   #9
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vinyl much more durable under harsher conditions. and even though it ended up being more expensive, plastidip will probably never turn out like this. (don't mean to bash or anything..lol)
also with plastidip, if you don't have a lot of experience painting. it's hard to give it an even coat all around the car.
if you're good at it then go for it. if not, this too, like painting, involves a different kind of skill set.

but when it comes down to it, I just wanted something a little more 'permanent' and durable.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:05 AM   #10
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vinyl much more durable under harsher conditions. and even though it ended up being more expensive, plastidip will probably never turn out like this. (don't mean to bash or anything..lol)
also with plastidip, if you don't have a lot of experience painting. it's hard to give it an even coat all around the car.
if you're good at it then go for it. if not, this too, like painting, involves a different kind of skill set.

but when it comes down to it, I just wanted something a little more 'permanent' and durable.
Its actually about the same price all said and done. I've never used plasti dip and was concerned about the durability. I think I may have to go the vinyl route. Just seems like a better idea. Thanks and good work! Looks great!
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:24 AM   #11
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looks great! awesome wrap!
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:24 AM   #12
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Looks awesome man
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:33 AM   #13
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Very nice! I've also been debating between going plastidip or vinyl
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:29 AM   #14
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Man that color look so good!
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:33 AM   #15
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I wanted to do that same color after I ordered a sample piece from metrorestyling.com. Looks amazing bro.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:38 AM   #16
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Question: Did you use the spray adhesive for the rest of the car or what? Just curios cause I've heard to get a very clean look especially around edges and doors. While tucking away and folding, the best thing is to use the adhesive. I want to do my car but not sure if the spray adhesive would mess up the paint after being on the car for, lets say a few years.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:16 PM   #17
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Question: Did you use the spray adhesive for the rest of the car or what? Just curios cause I've heard to get a very clean look especially around edges and doors. While tucking away and folding, the best thing is to use the adhesive. I want to do my car but not sure if the spray adhesive would mess up the paint after being on the car for, lets say a few years.

Are you going to use the 3M 94 Promoter? I'm pretty sure it's perfectly fine and safe for paint. But removing it is a pain. Have to get alcohol and rub vigorously at it or something like that
I actually did not use any spray adhesive tho. Not even once. I just made sure where I was tucking the extra vinyl was clean. As long as you tuck it pretty well and do touch up's the next day or so with a heatgun, you should be golden.
The much more curvy parts you should probably use some of the promoter. Such as the mirror caps, front bumper (curvy sections), and other parts.

Just make sure you start with an easy panel and work your way to the harder ones. That's what I did, and as I went along, I got better and better. You start to find the right point of how much to heat and stretch without distorting the vinyl.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:02 PM   #18
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Awesome! So good lookin
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:26 PM   #19
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Looks damn good!! But it need more low!!
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:07 PM   #20
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hahaha yeah..I was thinking about lowering it, but the only thing stopping me is the lifetime alignments from Firestone. If I do lower it later on in the future, I'd probably go cheap and go springs, then maybe in the future go for coil overs. But as of right now, I'm too poor..
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:48 PM   #21
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Ha Money is tight.. I know how you feel!! Anyways forget the springs and struts, if you don't plan on tracking the car I would recommend getting Raceland coils. They are like $500 shipped to your door and they come with a three yr warranty. Also people talk crap on them all time but don't knock em til you try em!! They will get you low and they are meant for daily drivers!! I have not had one problem with them since they have been on my car for over a year!!
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:48 PM   #22
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Kinda looks stealth like in color now.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:58 PM   #23
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Looks good! Nice color.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:34 PM   #24
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Right when you think the WRX couldn't look any better. Very nice!
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:11 AM   #25
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I honestly said "Wow." out loud when I saw the pictures. That looks awesome!
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