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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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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. :thumbup:
 

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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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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. :thumbup:

http://www.metrorestyling.com/category-s/3686.htm
 
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A temperature controlled heat gun is a big help. Nice to see that someone's done this finally.

I've considered it, but I like the orange Wee and I havn't managed to scuff the panels yet ;)

As someone else said, you can get a very professional finish for a fraction of the cost of painting - though - getting enough film to make two attempts the first time is probably a good idea.

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You could do a rattle can job, but it wouldn't look too good on a new bike. Pro paint jobs are around $300 I'd think.

Rattle can job would be fine in 5 years for me though..:mrgreen:
 

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What could someone count on for the total cost?
 

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WOW ! ! ! !

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WOW!!!!

I am impressed. I wonder if 3m makes a Carbon Fiber vinyl wrap? :jawdrop:

Would that look COOL :thumbup: or not????
 

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WOW!!!!

I am impressed. I wonder if 3m makes a Carbon Fiber vinyl wrap? :jawdrop:

Would that look COOL :thumbup: or not????
They do, three colors:
3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 - Carbon Fiber

You can do an entire bike with it if you know what you're doing:
3M CARBON FIBER DINOC SUZUKI GSXR600 MOTORCYLE TRANSFORMATION - YouTube

Personally, I'm thinking the brushed metal look would be kind of cool:
3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 - Brushed Metal
 

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To the OP did you remove the panels? Or do it while on the bike?
Personally, I'd remove the panels and see if I could wrap a bit around the edges, at least on the straighter sections where it should be fairly easy to do so. Seems to me that would reduce the chances of an edge rubbing on something and peeling off.
 
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