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PostPosted: July 18, 2020, 10:30 pm 
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I figured I might as well learn to wrap today.


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PostPosted: July 18, 2020, 11:10 pm 
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Does that wrap look as good in person as it does in the photo? :cheers:

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PostPosted: July 19, 2020, 1:48 am 
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Good going Gavin! Looks great. Now the nose cone and rear fenders. They will be a bit more challenging. Anxious to see how you deal with them. Mine turned out 20/20. Twenty MPH or 20 feet aWAY.

What film are you using? Like the color. I used Vvivid.

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PostPosted: July 19, 2020, 8:28 am 
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Thanks guys, yes it does look that good IMHO.

I am using Vvivid's "Smurf Blue" which they also call "Porsche GT3 Blue". The only issue I am having is that it isn't sticking where I had to heat and stretch it on the top corner. I am not sure how to get it to stick. I tried heating it and it doesn't seem to help.

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PostPosted: July 19, 2020, 10:34 am 
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The only issue I am having is that it isn't sticking where I had to heat and stretch it on the top corner. I am not sure how to get it to stick. I tried heating it and it doesn't seem to help.


3M makes a liquid edge sealer and an edge sealing taper. We used to use the liquid stuff at work on pesky truck decals.


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PostPosted: July 19, 2020, 9:04 pm 
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Thank you, i will look into using it. I am pretty happy with the result with the wrap (except the edges that I mentioned). It is much better and cheaper than I would have accomplished trying to paint it myself.


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PostPosted: July 19, 2020, 9:10 pm 
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That looks pretty sweet Gavin!

Mind if I ask what it cost?

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PostPosted: July 19, 2020, 9:26 pm 
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Thank you Josh.

I bought 2 rolls of Vvivid Smurf Blue 15'x5' @$115usd each on Amazon ($230). I was able to do both sides with 1 roll cut length wise to 30" wide x 15' long. I had a good bit left over that I am hoping will cover the front fenders. I used part of the second roll to do the rear but I have most of that roll left and will use it to wrap the bonnet, nose, and cowl. I also bought a $10 wrap kit with squeegees and some RapidTak spray ~$25 to wet things down.

The carbon used on the dash was also Vvivid and was $79usd for a 7'x5' roll :shock:

All in, I guess I spent around $350. My 13 year old daughter helped me the whole time and kept repeating how great it is to spend time with me and do "stuff". That alone makes it worth every penny.

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Very nice :cheers:

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I like that blue! Car is looking good.


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As I have been reassembling the car I have realized that there are few elements that I need to account for, like brake hoses. originally, I had welded some tabs on the chassis to support the hose/line union. Without a body, this worked great. But the body is so far from these tabs that it would not allow the full articulation of the front wheels with steering so I had to come up with plan B. I created some mounting br@*cktz to move the location of the hose on the chassis toward the rear LCA mount. I used 14ga scrap on a 1" flat bar with a deep dish socket cut for the hex of the hose end. At first, I mounted them outboard toward the body but my hoses were too long (first time for everything), and the tire rubbed on the hose at full steering and full bump. So, I swapped sides with the brackets to move the hose end in 1" and that was the ticket. I have ~0.75" of clearance with the tire.
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