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Old 04-22-2010, 02:52 AM   #1
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Question Vinyl vs. Paint - Side Moldings (Sedan)

I have finally decided to do something to the exterior moldings of my sedan after 4 years. It is starting to whiten, and the color is too far off from 668.

I can either paint them or wrap them with vinyl.

Painting might result better but it's way more expansive ($250+).

Vinyl is cheaper ($100), but the shop said it might start peeling off after a month or 2 because of the material.

The question I really want to ask here is. Do they really start peeling off after a season? Has anybody faced this issue?
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:18 AM   #2
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Will follow this thread since I have the same interest and concern. A month or two seems awfully short duration, but if it lasts less than two years I would rather paint it. Were you planning on getting the work done professionally and if so who would do the work?
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:28 AM   #3
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Ok, first I did my vinyl trim wrapping for $15, and I did every thing from the side moulding to the mud flaps and front plate holder, so don't expect it to be soo much. I have had it on their now for about 6 months and the only problems I have had were a few small rock chips and one nick from a door. Overall vinyl works well, but I want to paint them just because I have a few folds that are driving me nuts. Either way your estimates are WAY high.
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:32 AM   #4
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did mine a year ago....no problems so far

had a lady in a wheelchair scuff my rear trim and ripped the vinyl...fixed it it 15 min with the extra vinyl i had...

if it were painted, i would have been pissed....
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:39 AM   #5
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I got my vinyl from beacon graphics online and I had enough to do my car and my friends exterior and interior trim with some left over. Do it yourself, it's really easy, just be sure to do it on a warm day because the vinyl works best that way. I paid $45 and it was on the car for two years or so without any fading or chipping. awesome stuff I took it off recently just because I wanted to change up the look of the car a bit.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:14 PM   #6
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I have gotten vinyl from beacon graphics before. Good stuff
3M vinyl has high quality, but it is so soft and flexible it traps many bubbles while wrapping.

I got a piece of vinyl sample from the professional graphics shop that I planned on going to. The vinyl isn't 3M, and like he said, it peeled off easily.
I might have to buy it online from Beacon and do it by myself =/
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:16 PM   #7
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I got my vinyl from beacon graphics online and I had enough to do my car and my friends exterior and interior trim with some left over. Do it yourself, it's really easy, just be sure to do it on a warm day because the vinyl works best that way. I paid $45 and it was on the car for two years or so without any fading or chipping. awesome stuff I took it off recently just because I wanted to change up the look of the car a bit.
+1 Beacon....
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:21 PM   #8
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And for those who are following this thread.
Yes, CHEAP vinyl does peel off easily. similar to mask tape on your t-shirt or fabric.
I had a piece of sample on for 2 days.
It won't peel or come out if you don't touch it, once you have one corner scrapped off, the entire piece comes off.

Make sure you get 3M.
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:33 PM   #9
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thanks for the advice/experience. personally, i'd paint it unless you were going to wrap it in a specialty, like carbon fiber vinyl wrap. otherwise look at the long-term and choose to paint

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Old 04-27-2010, 05:44 PM   #10
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thanks for the advice/experience. personally, i'd paint it unless you were going to wrap it in a specialty, like carbon fiber vinyl wrap. otherwise look at the long-term and choose to paint
I did the paint on mine and wish I hadn't. Repainted the ****ing things 3 times over before finding out about the vinyl....
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:17 PM   #11
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:02 PM   #12
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Uhh, vinyl is $50 max and painting is $200 max
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I have vinyl and no complants and still have a few bucks in my pocket hahahaha
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Old 05-21-2010, 02:46 PM   #14
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I'm really having trouble with this. I got the vinyl a few months ago and have been trying to wrap it but I keep getting tiny wrinkles, particularly on curved surfaces. It's as though they start as bubbles but when I push them out they becomes small wrinkles. Is there a technique to this that I'm not aware of? What could I do differently?
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Old 05-21-2010, 02:52 PM   #15
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I'm really having trouble with this. I got the vinyl a few months ago and have been trying to wrap it but I keep getting tiny wrinkles, particularly on curved surfaces. It's as though they start as bubbles but when I push them out they becomes small wrinkles. Is there a technique to this that I'm not aware of? What could I do differently?
Tried with heat gun yet? You can stretch the vinyl quite a bit with heat gun.
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If vinyl ever peels up/off, it's either cheap vinyl or due to installation error.

Make sure the surfaces are clean and that you get a good bond. Pretty much similar to any type of project that involves adhesives.

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Old 01-20-2013, 07:17 AM   #17
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I am looking at the Beacon website for vinyl but am having trouble with the color...which color on the website matches my car's titanium silver (354)?
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:23 AM   #18
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http://www.beacongraphics.com/supplies/3m/3m-7125.html

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Old 01-20-2013, 09:49 AM   #19
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Quality wrap will stay on until you take it off. I wrapped the bottom of the fairing on my bike back in 2009. It rains more often than not here on the Oregon Coast and I ride it every day the temperature is over 40 degrees. My opinion is to stick with 3M, use a heat gun when applying the wrap, and be sure the surface has been properly cleaned.

Before..too much Champagne color...ugghh






After? Better....blends well with the frame I think



Here is how it looks outside


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Old 01-20-2013, 11:32 AM   #20
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I've been looking into this as well. Found this thread comparing the 3M and Avery tiag vinyl. Interesting info you might want to look at.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=518716
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