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Looks great! I'm sure each piece will go on easier than the last. (Easy for me to say, eh?)
I'm watching your thread with great interest since I've been considering the same thing. Do you wet the stuff or heat it before installing it to make it more pliable?
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Did the hardest piece today, seems I'm good for 1 a day. The big compound curve was a real bitch. I'll quit posting now and save up for a new thread with all the details.
Looks great! I can imagine the difficulty in just creating a template correctly with the compound curves....

I have $100 here that will go to the first person to do a full exterior chrome vinyl wrap!
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Looks great, V! Not sure if you've mentioned this in another thread, but what floor mats are those?
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Looks great, V! Not sure if you've mentioned this in another thread, but what floor mats are those?
Those are WeatherTech. I also just ordered some Husky ones so I'll do a full pic compare in a new thread in a couple of days when they come in.
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Looks great! I'm sure each piece will go on easier than the last. (Easy for me to say, eh?)
I'm watching your thread with great interest since I've been considering the same thing. Do you wet the stuff or heat it before installing it to make it more pliable?
Both actually but wetting doesn't make it pliable, the heating does. Cut an over sized piece that will leave a couple inches overlap. Clean the trim piece, they sell spray bottles of cleaning and application fluid, basically alcohol and soap solutions. Then spray the application fluid, this helps to reduce air bubbles and wrinkles. Gently lay the vinyl on the piece and start applying pressure left to right, it will stick a little bit at this point. Use a hair dryer at medium setting and heat it up one section at a time for a few seconds. The vinyl will melt if you use high setting for more than a couple of seconds. Quickly smooth it out over the edges/curves with your fingers and squeegee, for tight corners and edges I heat it up and pull/stretch it. Do this over and over one section at a time until it's prefect. Once fitted, trim off all the excess and heat and smooth the whole surface again with hard pressure.

It's a difficult process for these compound curves but doable if you have patience and semi-skilled hands. I build and fly R/C planes so I thought it would be easy for me, it wasn't, at least for these curved pieces.
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Re: Molded dash/trim kits? anyone know a source?

You've done a great job; looks great. Now when are you going to open up you're own shop to do this. This is how it all starts, and once you know all of the little secrets of applying it you'll be doing on the side for people for money.

Don' laugh, you never know. But great job anyway.
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You've done a great job; looks great. Now when are you going to open up you're own shop to do this. This is how it all starts, and once you know all of the little secrets of applying it you'll be doing on the side for people for money.
Don' laugh, you never know. But great job anyway.
Ha, pretty sure it's just a one and done deal hobby. Then again, that's what I said about building web sites in the 90's which turned into my career until I built one for myself that got popular. Thus my screen name I've always used, short for VersionTracker, if any Mac heads remember that site.
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Thus my screen name I've always used, short for VersionTracker, if any Mac heads remember that site.
Wow! That was you? Are you now affiliated with CNET? Was really useful for our Mac developers.
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