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Matt 09-22-2009 03:20 PM

How-To: Vinyl Wrap Pillars
 
How-To: Vinyl wrap your pillars

This is a how-to on wrapping your pillars in vinyl. This is by no means the best or only way to do this, just simply the way I did it. I tried using the “wet” method to apply the vinyl but found it to be far more work (and harder to work with) than using the dry method (ironic, I know).

Supplies needed:

At least 4 hours of your time
At least 20”x50” of vinyl (I used matte black -- a perfect match IMO)
A few terry towels
Thin microfiber towel
Hobby knife or blade with handle
Scissors
Ruler
Mail opener (optional)
Two credit cards
A bowl of water mixed with dish soap (degreaser)


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Before pictures

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Starting with the forward pillar – pull the window trim away from the pillar.

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Using your terry towels and solution – thoroughly clean the pillar and areas around it where excess vinyl will lay.

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Time to begin wrapping – Now, be sure you have correctly measured your strip of vinyl. Most strips will be 7-8 inches wide if you are using a rectangular shape, but I found it easier to measure/cut the vinyl diagonally and waste less vinyl.

Front Pillar – Now that you have your piece cut, peel back the backing at the top (factory edge) and place it at the top of the pillar. Be sure you have at least an inch of overlay on each side.

From the top, begin working the vinyl down slowly and being certain you are not leaving any bubbles. If you see a bubble, just simply pull the vinyl back up and remove the bubble, and resume laying from top to bottom.

Using you envelope opener, wedge it behind the window strip molding leaving you an 1/8” opening.

Now use your thin microfiber towel, wrap it around one of your credit cards and work the bottom part of the vinyl down in the opening you have created with the envelope opener. You may have to trim some of the vinyl off the bottom – I tried to get -1/2” of vinyl below the top of the molding.

Next, trim the vinyl that’s overlaying down to -1” and then simply wrap it and firmly press it down.

Go back over the vinyl with your hand and be sure it is smooth. Done. Move to the next pillar.

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Here is a pic showing the trim covering the excess vinyl from the face.

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For the middle two pillars – pull back the window trim as you did before. You can completely remove the window strip molding. Remove the forward trim, pull the plug out and then pull the trim away. Also remove the little triangle piece, just pulls out from the doors (clips).

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Using your terry towels and solution – thoroughly clean the pillar and areas around it where excess vinyl will lay.

Time to begin wrapping – Use the same steps as before.

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For the rear pillar – This is a tough pillar to wrap and is mostly a very slow/tedious process. You can’t remove the window trim or the window strip molding. You can remove the trim that borders the door/interior. When it become necessary, you can use the envelope opener to get behind the strip molding.

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You’ll want to use the same process as the first pillar – completely lay the front face of the pillar, leaving the overlay to do next. Be sure not to completely lay the vinyl below the strip molding yet.

Once you have the front face of the pillar layed, you’ll want to trim the excess vinyl that is on the side of the window (and rubber trim) to ”.

Now, this is where it gets to be a bit of a bear. Get both credit cards and you microfiber handy, as before, wrap one card with the microfiber towel.

Using your naked credit card lift the top portion of the window trim to allow access for you wrapped credit card.

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SLOWLY, work the vinyl underneath the rear window trim with the microfiber wrapped card. It’s kind of a move down motion, but at the same time push in (the vinyl underneath the window trim).

When you get to the bottom, use the microfiber wrapped card and work the corner underneath the window trim and window molding at the same time.

After shots

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Some of the processes were to hard to try and get a picture of, so you'll have to use your imagination or ask me here to further clarify anything.

That's it! As I said before, if you guys have any questions or need any further clarification post your question here.

B.P.O.D 09-22-2009 03:24 PM

Re: How-To: Vinyl Wrap Pillars
 
great write up matt!!! awesome work! truck looks much better!!!! nate you see this????

robpp 09-22-2009 03:26 PM

Re: How-To: Vinyl Wrap Pillars
 
Beans for you Matt. Great writeup.

Megatron 09-22-2009 03:29 PM

Re: How-To: Vinyl Wrap Pillars
 
Wow looks good, I would totally have done this IF I had a silver WK.

+rep cuz because of how much that costco card helped ya haha

DAVY27 09-22-2009 03:30 PM

Re: How-To: Vinyl Wrap Pillars
 
great writeup! looks good!

Scottina06 09-22-2009 03:33 PM

Re: How-To: Vinyl Wrap Pillars
 
where did you get the vinyl Matty? I need some 60" wide......

Matt 09-22-2009 03:35 PM

Re: How-To: Vinyl Wrap Pillars
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by B.P.O.D (Post 65485)
great write up matt!!! awesome work! truck looks much better!!!! nate you see this????

Thanks Irf! This mod has been on my to-do list since the first week I got it. I have no idea why it took me so long to do, but I am very happy I did. I think it looks really great on lighter colored vehicles.

Ahh, it just started pouring here!! Had to pull my Jeep in the garage, lol.

Matt 09-22-2009 03:38 PM

Re: How-To: Vinyl Wrap Pillars
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by robpp (Post 65486)
Beans for you Matt. Great writeup.

Thanks Rob! When you do yours, feel free to add any advice, tips, or different processes to this thread.

Quote:

Originally Posted by EZY (Post 65488)
Wow looks good, I would totally have done this IF I had a silver WK.

+rep cuz because of how much that costco card helped ya haha

haha, Costco FTW!

Quote:

Originally Posted by DAVY27 (Post 65489)
great writeup! looks good!

Thanks!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scottina06 (Post 65491)
where did you get the vinyl Matty? I need some 60" wide......

I Google searched and found some random shop about 10 min from me that only does vinyl (commercial and consumer). All the rolls they had were 24" wide and any length you want. The matte black they had is a perfect match, in my opinion, to the black trim on our WK's. This was my only concern with purchasing online.

White WK Swagga 09-22-2009 03:47 PM

Re: How-To: Vinyl Wrap Pillars
 
WHAAAAAAAAAT!!!!!! Irf you already know!!! LOL. Looks AWESOME Matt!!! Props to you!!! Kudos!!!

Matt 09-22-2009 03:48 PM

Re: How-To: Vinyl Wrap Pillars
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by White WK Swagga (Post 65507)
WHAAAAAAAAAT!!!!!! Irf you already know!!! LOL. Looks AWESOME Matt!!! Props to you!!! Kudos!!!

haha, thanks Nate!!

robpp 09-22-2009 03:55 PM

Re: How-To: Vinyl Wrap Pillars
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Scottina06 (Post 65491)
where did you get the vinyl Matty? I need some 60" wide......

my guy says if they seam it right, you cannot see it. 48 width is standard. he says even those dudes wrap your whole car seam it.

said something about cutting both pieces at the same time for perfect match.

Megatron 09-22-2009 04:02 PM

Re: How-To: Vinyl Wrap Pillars
 
Yo matty I see that black G35.. niiice... I'm hoping for one of those or the 37 once the jeep is paid off


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