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Old 06-19-2014, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default Thinking about wrapping my subie

Hey all, I have seen a lot of people wrapping their subies lately and I was thinking about doing it myself.

I REALLY want to doing in battleship grey and give it the look of an airplane almost. Not necessarily the rivets, but I want it to have that raw man-made look to it. I think it would give it some uniqueness.

What do you guys think? If done properly, is it reliable? And how long does it usually stay good? And where can I get it?
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:18 PM   #2
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Dont do it.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:20 PM   #3
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Why not?
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:20 PM   #4
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What do u mean by wrapping it. Lol

No im serious though. You mean painting it & giving it that flat color ..?
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:24 PM   #5
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Well I don't really know much about paint but apparently they vinyl wrap the car. Sorry, I should have been more specific.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:32 PM   #6
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I know exactly what you are talkin about. I just dont think it is s good idea.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:33 PM   #7
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Wraps dont really last good for more than a year or so and unless you KNOW A VERY GOOD SHOP I would not **** with it.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:35 PM   #8
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If your gonna do it make sure you research the shop first. Im on the mobile app now so don't know where you are but if your in the north east there's a good shop in mass thats a vendor on here.
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:40 PM   #9
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Okay thanks man. Anyone else have some input?

Yeah I don't want to invest in something that's just going to come off less than a year later.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:44 AM   #10
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Come off in less than a year??? someone is stealing your money. a decent wrap should last 3 years at least on horizontal surfaces. That is three years without storing in a garage. Vinyl can be waxed, protects from rock chips, and looks great. EASIER TO CLEAN THAN PAINT.

Hilarious about the misconceptions surrounding paint wrap film.

Wrapped my car 9 months ago, and I will wrap every car I own[IMG][/IMG].
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:55 AM   #11
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If done properly a good Vinyl wrap can last 3-4 years no problem. I have spoken with a few reputable shops about having my car wrapped. Pricing around here is around $2k for a good full wrap.

The main concern I have with it is rock chips. Here in CO the roads are terrible and rocks are everywhere. You can expect the front of your car to look fairly beat up, even with a clear bra. It's just the price you pay to live here. With that said, I was hoping that a full wrap would offer good protection while also allowing me to change the color but I've learned that even good vinyl wrap won't be nearly as strong as clear bra and will still chip about as easily as the factory paint would.

Because of this, I just couldn't justify dropping $1600 - $2000 on a full vinyl wrap knowing it will just end up looking like **** within a year anyway.
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:10 PM   #12
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I hear ya on the rock chips. Have you looked into the cost of just wrapping the hood? I've got the clear bra installed, but I've had mine less than two months and already have rock chips on the hood.

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Old 06-25-2014, 01:30 PM   #13
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I tend to get chips on the hood all the way up to where it meets the windshield and my fenders have received chips as high up as where it meets the A pillar. So just doing portions of the hood/fenders would have just been a waste.

If I could start fresh from day 1 I would pay the money to get the entire hood, front fenders, front bumper and A pillars wrapped. With these roads, it is the only way to really prevent rock chips. And even then, I've still managed to receive chips from cars driving next to me and somehow magically spitting up rocks that shoot horizontally at the side of my car. At this point I can't help but laugh and shake my head when it happens. There just is no preventing rock chips here.

I've just learned to love the use of Dr. Colorchip. It really does work wonders. Look it up if you haven't heard of it.
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:54 PM   #14
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I wrapped my miata for giggles, $400 and solid vinyl experience. It's not perfect, nor do I care. If you're a perfectionist then pay someone to do it.

At the end of the day you'll do what you want.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:30 PM   #15
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plasti-dip it instead?
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:51 PM   #16
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plasti-dip it instead?
Plastidip looks like garbage, marginally better than spray paint.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:58 PM   #17
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I'm the process of wrapping my wagon. Almost finished.

How it turns out is dependant on how much effort you're willing to put in as well as obviously time and experience.

I've never done this before and it's looking good. I've taken off a lot of panels to do them properly, and the more you disassemble, the better the job will be/last. It's a big job, but you can shortcut it, but the end result won't be as nice.

It's a cheap, easy, non permanent alternative to paint. I would recommend it to anybody. I would not pay a professional to do it unless you are either a perfectionist, loaded, or have a very expensive car.

Doing it yourself requires time, but will save you $$$ and give you a lot of experience.

Most important tips are:

PREP - Clean, disassemble, clean, and clean.
PATIENCE - If you rush you'll **** up.
HANDS - More hands the better, and you'll keep your sanity.
MATERIAL - don't cheap out, as it will make your life more miserable, and the end result more miserable. I used 3m which is top of the line. There are cheaper alternatives I hear are also great. Avery, Oracal, etc.

Anybody who says wrapping is **** has got it all wrong. Do it, but do it yourself if you can.

Let me know if you want any more advice. I'm not a pro by the way.

and yes, Plasti-Dip in my opinion looks and feels like garbage.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:40 AM   #18
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Plasti dip is cool on rims. Btw I helped my buddy vinyl wrap part of his 240sx and I'm soooo glad I helped him because the experience showed me how big of a b***h it is to work with vinyl. My opinion would be to just keep your car as is. There's a reason why some shops charge over 2 grand for a good wrap
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:54 AM   #19
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Hey bro. You want to wrap your car? GO FOR IT! I wrapped my car in 3M satin black and while there is a learning curve to it, it isn't impossible to learn. To all these morons and idiots saying that it won't last a year, get bent as you've never worked with it or you used an inferior quality material. Get some actual experience wrapping and then talk.

OP, go read 3M's website. Their material will last anywhere from 5-7 years depending on where you keep it i.e. Garage or outside. The is stuff will not ruin or harm your paint and it as long as it is applied properly (which isn't hard) it looks flawless. It is UV resistant AND as an added bonus it hides rock chip really well. Big dents and things will show through but scratches and reasonably sized paint chips will virtually disappear.

OP, pm me and I'll give you my cell and we can talk more about it. Vinyl is something you CAN do yourself and I can send you pictures of my car. It's time consuming and can be a bit of a pain at times but the satisfaction you get from having a nicely wrapped panel is worth it man.

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Old 07-02-2014, 12:27 PM   #20
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I say do it! If you want to learn, have time and dont mind it being 100% then do it your self... if you dont have the time or patience then pay a shop to do it.

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Plastidip looks like garbage, marginally better than spray paint.
Sorry to thread jack...
but really?

All of the fallowing cars are plasti dip... I'm sorry to sat that none of them are "garbage".







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Old 07-03-2014, 04:14 PM   #21
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Dip is like any other paint. Spray with a can, looks like a can. Spray with a paint sprayer, it's gonna look good!
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:26 AM   #22
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plasti dip looks like **** if you dont know what your doing or use the cans to do whole car... for the price plasti dip is the way to go only thing ill do on my cars here on out...cheaper then paint can be changes whenever for cheap and done right looks amazing and lasts
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:13 AM   #23
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plasti dip looks like **** if you dont know what your doing or use the cans to do whole car... for the price plasti dip is the way to go only thing ill do on my cars here on out...cheaper then paint can be changes whenever for cheap and done right looks amazing and lasts
You're mistake.

Plastidip looks like trash. It's a quick way to turn your car into a pile if ****.
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:59 AM   #24
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I would have never thought plasti dip was so controversial. In my opinion, it's a fun way to change your cars looks that doesn't cost an arm and a leg or time.

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Old 07-05-2014, 01:17 PM   #25
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I've seen some very good and some very bad examples of plastidip.
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