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Old 01-02-2006, 01:40 AM   #1
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3M Tape on interior trim

So, I was looking at the thread about 3M tape being used on the exterior trim and thought why not on the interior? Has anyone done this? I am sick of the wood trim and want something more modern. Is the vinyl pretty thick or is it paper thin? Would it hold up to a little wear and tear?

I might buy the #120 Satin Aluminum and give it a try. Would save me around 350 bucks. Website: http://www.beacongraphics.com/3m-7125-15.html

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Old 01-02-2006, 02:27 AM   #2
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i know that vinyl is used on the outside trim but im not sure about the inside. most either replace the trim completely or paint it
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Old 01-02-2006, 11:29 AM   #3
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I know what most people do, but IMO a home done spray paint job does not look the best. I'm thinking the vinyl would not have the depth that I would like. If I did it though, I could use the tape to wrap the front and rear reflectors and save another 100 dollars...
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Old 01-02-2006, 01:44 PM   #4
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Do a search for "scotchcal" and you will find plenty of threads with pictures. I have done my interior trim with it and it looks great.
I am planning on getting the silver to do my exterior trim as well.
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Old 01-02-2006, 02:03 PM   #5
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I just recently bought about $50 worth of silver metallic film and put it on my trim. It wasn't that hard, and it looks just like a pro paintjob.








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Old 01-02-2006, 03:10 PM   #6
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Wow, Kilronan that looks awesome. Can you give me the exact model number you chose? Also do you think it is a close match to the exterior paint, enough to use it on the reflectors without being noticeable?
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Old 01-02-2006, 03:29 PM   #7
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Wow, Kilronan that looks awesome. Can you give me the exact model number you chose? Also do you think it is a close match to the exterior paint, enough to use it on the reflectors without being noticeable?
That does look pretty clean

And yeah, where did you get the "metalic" tape?

I wonder if they have Black metalic
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Old 01-02-2006, 09:37 PM   #10
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Well, I just ordered the #120 Satin Aluminum.

vaio76109, Did you ever find a way to seperate the wood from the armrests?
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I never got around to it . Thats not to say its not doable. It's one of those jobs I say I'll do...but realistically probably never will.
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I just recently bought about $50 worth of silver metallic film and put it on my trim. It wasn't that hard, and it looks just like a pro paintjob.








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Did you wrap your armrests Kilronan?
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Wow, Kilronan that looks awesome. Can you give me the exact model number you chose? Also do you think it is a close match to the exterior paint, enough to use it on the reflectors without being noticeable?
Thanks! The tape I used is from AveryGraphics. The picture below shows the back side of the sheet. I'm not sure to which an extent it will match the exterior paint of a silver metallic car. But it should be close.




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And yeah, where did you get the "metalic" tape?
I got it from a local company in Norway which makes signs and decorates cars. Any such company should have something similar.

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Thanks! I agree, it looks so much better than I even expected. Probably the cheapest mod I've ever done to the car. But it makes such an impact on the appearance of the interior.

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No, I didn't.
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Well, I guess I will be alone on wrapping the armrests. If I find an easy way, I will post up how I did it.
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I just recently bought about $50 worth of silver metallic film and put it on my trim. It wasn't that hard, and it looks just like a pro paintjob.

Wow is Right!!! That looks mint!
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Wow is Right!!! That looks mint!
It sure does. What did you use to clean the old trim for the new stuff to adhere best?
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It sure does. What did you use to clean the old trim for the new stuff to adhere best?
I just used water, but it's important to use a cloth which doesn't fluff. If dust particles get caught between the trim and the tape, it will show through.
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I just ordered the 7725-120 3m from vinydirect.com to take car of that ugly wood trim in my 530!
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I just ordered the 7725-120 3m from vinydirect.com to take car of that ugly wood trim in my 530!
Awesome, show us how it turns out when you get it!
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