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post #1 of 7 Old 05-19-2018, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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3M wrap longevity

I bought my 07 DL650 earlier this week, and one reason I loved this bike at first glance was the blacked out customization (it's stock blue underneath the 3M 3D carbon fiber wrap). This bike has been wrapped for years and the 3M product looks new still. How long does this stuff hold up with proper storage and care, realistically?
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That's a good look, is the tank done in one piece of wrap? and do you know the exact type of wrap? There's DiNoc ( really tough), 1080 series ( 5 year lifespan advertised) plus a bunch more.
Sorry I didn't answer any questions, I just wanted info so I could wrap my tank and shrouds.
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I think I heard that 3M guarantees the clear paint protector film for seven years (one product is five and I think the vinyl wraps are five) but it lasts longer than that normally. I put that on my tanks instead of something that might cover the paint color. They use those 3M films/wraps on multi-million dollar cars regularly - especially the front but they also do the entire car. If it gets a cut or something down the road just replace it.

It's easy to put on once you know how. I have never had it peel or come off on many bikes. Since I cut the patterns I have removed and replaced it often and it is a piece of cake. The most important thing is for the paint surface to be perfectly clean using an approved mild solvent. You use water with dish soap in it to apply and plastic squeegees to force the water out.

Can you see the edge of the oval clear piece? 3M makes excellent films/wraps. No one knows it is on there.

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been 4 years and my wrapped fairings still holding up
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The tank looks to be a two piece wrap, as there is a really nicely applied bead that runs along the fold of the tank around the top. All other parts are single sheet applications. The wrap was done really well by my estimation, and the install was at least 5 years ago. I'm impressed by the product as well as the work the installer did. It looks like the Batcycle, lol. I call her Black Betty though.
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We had the front of my wife's Camry wrapped with clear 3m when we bought it about 7 years ago. The clear was starting to yellow slightly on the hood and the adhesive was starting to creep from the edges leaving dirty lines. By now I figured it did it's job so I decided to remove it. 2 Hours just to remove the piece from the hood!

Yes, it's on really good after all that time. The film came off somewhat easy but the adhesive was another story. It was getting kind of hard and chalky. I had to let the adhesive remover soak then use a plastic scraper to gently scrape the adhesive off in layers. It was a sticky mess. My guess is it was dry because of the time. Her car does sit in the sun during work days.

The moral to my story is if it's on a long time, it will probably continue looking good but removal may be an issue. Some of the first 3m films would dry and crack. They would have to sanded off. I watched enough Youtube videos on it that I was somewhat scared. From what I understand, the cracking issue isn't a problem with the films made in the last 10 years.

I wouldn't leave the stuff on forever. Personally, I'd remove it after 8 years or so and maybe have a new wrap installed if I really liked it.
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