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Old 04-14-2008, 12:32 PM   #21
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How easy is it to return to stock if you screw up / decide you dont like it? Is the adhesive easy to clean up? Has anyone used the Carbon Fiber yet?
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Old 04-28-2008, 03:17 PM   #22
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nice post, good find on the vinyl that matches better than 3M and a cheaper online price than I have seen. I am planning on doing this to my trim in the next month or so.
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Old 05-03-2008, 11:35 PM   #23
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I just did this on my car and it looks fantastic. It really takes a lot of patience I must say. And I for me it took me a couple tries with the first piece (rear corner) but after I got the hang of it, the side moldings took like 5 minutes each. The hardest part is getting around the corners without wrinkles. Pulling the trim off was simple, and I only broke 2 clips. I also did the trunk handle and front license plate holder. Took a little creativity, but I think it looks sharp. I am going to do the interior trim as well. I was feeling quite ambitious and tried the shifter knob, but thats almost impossible.
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:40 AM   #24
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^^^ Pics... also pic of the liscense plate holder, I ordered my vinyl on Monday so it will be a project in the next few weeks. I am going to do my license plate holders also...
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Old 05-26-2008, 10:04 AM   #25
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Found a shop here that sells Avery products and going to cover my mouldings, too. My car is Titanium Silver, but they didn't have Silver Shimmer in stock so I bought Silver Metallic, that didn't match at all. Too dark compared to the body. I digress, my actual question is about applying the vinyl. I took the short front moulding and after prying it off and breaking two of the three clips I finally started covering it and it was a *****. I kept the vinyl dry, just put it on and got some creases. I was wondering, would making the vinyl wet or even heating it up make it more flexible and possible to stretch over round edges?
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Old 05-27-2008, 03:03 PM   #26
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The tape stretches very well on its own. You really dont need to heat it up. Just have patience and work very slowly, doing maybe an inch at a time.

Btw here is my licence plate holder. Its actually from my grill project. If you look at the right grill I used the tape on those as well.
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Old 05-27-2008, 03:53 PM   #27
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Looks like the paint is peeling off the trim on the right. Maybe it's just the angle of the picture.

Anyways, the stores here don't stock Silver Shimmer and can only order it by the roll, which costs about $1000. Can't find 3M's Satin Aluminium either, the distributor said it's been discontinued. My car's Titanium Silver as I said, is there any other series/tone that will match?
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Old 05-28-2008, 05:11 AM   #28
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Its actually the whole trim piece that doesn't quite fit right. I just ordered a roll online from harbor sales and had them ship it. It was only like $40 total, and I still have like half a roll.
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:07 AM   #29
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What size did you get, 15" X 30' or 30" X 30'?
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Old 06-19-2008, 07:42 PM   #30
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are you applying the whole sheet at once or slowly peeling it off while stretching it to hold off the wrinkles and bubbles? I have tried my rear corner piece twice to no avail, it just looks awful and bubbles show up even after I have gotten it smooth. I may just paint them again to touch up the faded edges.
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Old 06-19-2008, 07:48 PM   #31
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I kinda like the black trim molding...adds a "sporty" feel.
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:12 AM   #32
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are you applying the whole sheet at once or slowly peeling it off while stretching it to hold off the wrinkles and bubbles? I have tried my rear corner piece twice to no avail, it just looks awful and bubbles show up even after I have gotten it smooth. I may just paint them again to touch up the faded edges.
Trace an outline 20% bigger then the trim, then cut it out. Make sure it's clean, then peel one side to adhere to say the corner. Make sure there aren't any bubbles/creases on that edge. Then you just pull the entire sheet and gently let it go over the trim. Go over it and make sure there aren't any imperfections.

Found it was way easier to sheet it then try to smooth every single section.
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Old 06-20-2008, 12:24 PM   #33
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ugh, I tried a few more times last night and almost got it to work on one of the rear corners but the tape turns grey where you stretch it too much to get the bubbles out and it just looked like crap.

I will try again on the side moldings, which I think will be easier as they are skinny.

I just repainted the suckers with black duplicolor and then bombed them with duplicolor lacquer glosscote. It should hold up for another two years as it did the first time I painted it, oh well.

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Trace an outline 20% bigger then the trim, then cut it out. Make sure it's clean, then peel one side to adhere to say the corner. Make sure there aren't any bubbles/creases on that edge. Then you just pull the entire sheet and gently let it go over the trim. Go over it and make sure there aren't any imperfections.

Found it was way easier to sheet it then try to smooth every single section.
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:58 PM   #34
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Hey has anyone ever found a match for Steel Blue?
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Old 07-26-2008, 04:46 PM   #35
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Those interested in the Ti-Ag film from Avery I have some left over. Will sell it by the foot that way you do not have to buy a whole 15 foot roll.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:53 AM   #36
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Does anyone have any Silver avery tape leftover?
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:17 PM   #37
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this looks like a good idea. Think i can tape off the trim near the bottom on my rear coupe bumper along with the reflectors?
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Old 09-02-2008, 05:09 PM   #38
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I need to look into this.
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Old 09-02-2008, 08:56 PM   #39
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any possibilities of any other colors?
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Old 09-24-2008, 07:00 PM   #40
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how much of this would i need to do the entire outside trim and the inside trim?
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