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Old 10-12-2012, 12:36 AM
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Here is a teaser shot of my Strom...

Just completed a 3m Matte Metalic Blue vinyl wrap of the stock diamon Black paint on the 5 factory pieces.

This was way more work than I expected, and the results are far from perfectc, however I am happy with the overall results and it's REALLY inexpensive compared to new paint, with the added bonus that this IS paint protection.

I may do a Zebra stripe or Neon Green in a year.. no worries..it's just Tape!




I'll get some better pics this weekend. I also added highly reflective Caribean Blue Rim tape... Gotta do what ya gotta do to try for an advantage in DC traffic.

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I ordered the vinyl and some installation material from MetroRestyling.com.

I used the nice Felt squeegee, and my thumb. I also bought a propane torche with Piezeio lighter (instant ON) to allow me to work the vinyl. Truth be told, I did burn a hole in the vinyl on one side, and over taxed the vinyl on the other by heating it up too many times.

I bought 2 Ft of the Matte Metalic Blue and barely had enough for the bike. I'd would have liked to have more material to practice some more, so I recommend buying more if you can. At least to replace your first efforts. This stuff is forgiving, but also challenging, I have not figured it out, the compound curves on the bike are really tough to deal with. Wrapping a Car is childs play relative to this.

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Old 10-12-2012, 05:25 AM
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What is your seat?
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looks very good to me
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I got the sample pack from 3M and there is some awesome colors. BUT, I passed on trying since it seems too difficult. The material just doesn't seem flexible enough. But if you practiced ALOT you could get pretty good at it.

Nice effort though.
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Looks like a hand guard on the seat and Parquet flooring in the garage, is that vinyl too?
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Very nice! I thought about giving that a shot on mine. Or just Plasti Dipping it.
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Seat is from Corbin, see the 2012 Seat thread for details.

I was able to repair my installation errors by cutting out the bad spot and putting a patch over it. Gotta get fairly close to see the repair. I don't mind - this is no beauty queen.

The flooring? yeah - not mine. I have a room rented in DC during the workweek. Nice I get to use the garage.

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Old 10-13-2012, 08:59 AM
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Wow - very interesting - would dig seeing this in person, if you get outside of DC toward Gainesville for any riding let me know!

I've covered many R/C aircraft with Monokote film covering and worked with compound curves and heat guns so you really have me thinking. I also see 3M has wood-grain vinyl wrap... how cool would it be to use some birdseye maple to make a Woodie-Wee.

http://www.metrorestyling.com/category-s/3686.htm
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Why not just paint them?
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Why not just paint them?
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