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What a weekend...

I worked for 11 hours yesterday and 9 hours today removing the vinyl from the Jeep. I am in so much pain, I can barely walk.....


Anyway, so why did I remove the vinyl? Well it wasn't an easy decision to make but after doing a good inspection I felt that vinyl just wasn't going to be able to meet my standards and I can't lower them.

There were a few parts that could have been replaced, but it still wouldn't look as good as I want. I thought to myself, ah if it looks good from 2 feet away thats good but I'm just to anal I guess.

Here are some shots of the bad bits...

Just noticed this the other day - guess its heat related...


Inner edges looked rough as hell...


Some parts ripping...


Wheel arch example...


As you can probably see there are problems, some of which could be repaired but not all so I took the plunge.

The vinyl came of really easy, was a bit time consuming and very hard going on the hands - I've got two massive blisters on my thumbs from the vinyl sticking to them and pulling it off again. What I'm really happy with it how little glue is left behind, sure there are small parts but not full panels or anything crazy.

This is how it sits now:







Paint is still super wet and deep looking, I'm delighted with it. Thankfully they've been careful cutting the vinyl and so there are no nicks to speak of which is superb.

There are also very few swirls so that's a bonus too. It must have some Vintage on too as it is beading pretty well so I'm going to go for a top-u[ sealant (Z-CS) to keep it protected this year. Next Spring I'll do a full paintwork detail and apply a few coats of Zymol Royale I have in the fridge for a outrageous shine!

Oh, I removed the roof rails and I'm gonna see if I can live with them off. The channels look really weird though...



If I can't live with them off I will be putting them back on although they'll be sent to a bodyshop to be color coded first for a cleaner look.

That rounds off my weekend then, still got little bits of glue to remove and apply a coat of Z-CS but that's no big deal...


Thanks for reading, if you made it all the way!
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sorry to see that Marty. I guess the vinyl just doesnt stand up to a full wrap like that.
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Old 05-09-2010, 02:20 PM
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Marty that looks like a lot of work ... sorry to hear didn't hold up
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Yeah, there are just so many parts that are probably impossible to vinyl properly. The shop done the best job possible but it just didn't hold up near the edges...

It is a shame, but I'm happy with the paint. So much so I wonder why I covered it up in the first place.

I have no doubt it would last at least 3 years (5yrs stated) on flat/large surfaces but the edges really get hit hard with the weather.
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Old 05-09-2010, 02:28 PM
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Sorry to hear about the vinyl man but you know you still have a badass rig.
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I see what you meant Marty. Sucks man, but you made the right decision. I guess some of the wrapped cars out there are garaged all the time and never driven in the rain/ snow etc. I don't imagine the winter we had helped either.

Real shame though, you certainly stood out, not many vinyl wrapped cars in bonnie Scotland.

At least you can get back to using those awesome detailing products you were telling me about (I will get round to ordering some, eventually lol).
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whew....thats a lot of work! Sorry it didnt work out. What kind of vinyl did they use? Obvious to me is its not laminated.....laminated will last longer and stand up to the elements better.
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Sorry to see it go. That look was so bad-ass, I'm sure it gave some people ideas here for paint!
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sorry to hear it Martyp. is there any kind of warrantly vinyl company or the shop can do for you?
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whew....thats a lot of work! Sorry it didnt work out. What kind of vinyl did they use? Obvious to me is its not laminated.....laminated will last longer and stand up to the elements better.
It was Avery vinyl; glossy metalic grey base vinyl with a matte laminate applied to it. Don't think it would have lasted a few weeks without any laminate!

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I see what you meant Marty. Sucks man, but you made the right decision. I guess some of the wrapped cars out there are garaged all the time and never driven in the rain/ snow etc. I don't imagine the winter we had helped either.
The Winter we had this year was the worst in decades so I can see that not helping. Thing is though, even without that the edges just weren't up to my standards so I'd be annoyed with it anyway, the fact it was coming apart just gave me the motivation to go for it...

Wait till you see my paint in real life bro, then you'll be into detailing!! Especially with the workshop to work in.

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Sorry to see it go. That look was so bad-ass, I'm sure it gave some people ideas here for paint!
If it was painted it would look awesome, but if you got tired of a matte finish its a respray job. Now I've taken it off I'm glad I did go for vinyl.

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sorry to hear it Martyp. is there any kind of warrantly vinyl company or the shop can do for you?
Yeah, the shop would have replaced the affected areas as it was under warranty but only to the same standard as before which IMO wasn't good enough...
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that really sucks marty!!! but your jeep still looks AMAZING!!!! i was at a shop picking up a few supplies and he was using swisxvax divine!!!! i actually got to smell and touch it lololol
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Thanks Irf. Yeah, I need to say I love it even more now looking all shiny and deep!

Ooh, Swissvax divine is some good stuff man. Hope you applied the stuff on your fingers to the Jeep!

I can't wait to try the Royale out, cost me 400 notes for 4oz which I bought just before the vinyl was put on, I sold the 4oz of Vintage for just over half that so it wasn't that hard on the pocket.

70% white Brazilian carnauba wax compared to the 61% in Vintage and 60% in Divine, should look amazing - full details here. Going to wait until I do the full paintwork detail next Spring as at that price I can't justify wasting any just to see what it looks like, saying that I did try some out on the back of the iPhone when I got it...

The guy I bought it off applied it to his wife's silver land cruiser and it looked awesome. Can't find the link in my bookmarks though to show ya though... He got a good deal on the upgrade from Zymol and if he got enough people buying 4oz tubs I'm sure it more than covered it!
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