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Did the grill surround this morning

damo.h Jul 24, 2011

  1. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    ok so this morning i was ubber bored... so decided id wrap the front grill surround.

    Im sure its been done to death but this is the easiest way, So here you go....

    Im using KPMF (Premium Apply) cast Vinyl in Satin matte.

    Start off by giving it a soapy wash, then i used a surface prep/de-greaser (look what was left after a wash)
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    Cut a piece of vinyl to size
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    Peel back half of the backing paper and cut off( remember to peel the backing from the vinyl not vinyl from the backing)
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    Then place the surround onto the vinyl in a rocking motion
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    Remove other side of backing paper
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    Flip it over, then using a heat gun/hair dryer aply a couple of seconds of heat( youl'l know when to stop as the vinyl will go tight like a drum skin) using cotton glove/soft cloth smooth over the grill surround starting on the face edge in working all the way around and out to the edges
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    Cut off excess leaving just enough to tug on and heat then smooth into corners
    from this
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    to this
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    Smooth over applying a good amount of light pressure using squeegy/Bank card with some masking tape on edges
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    Final trim on back edge and its gone from this
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    to this
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    Simples ;)

    Whilst i was on with it Bob nipped his mk1 gti in for a bonnet wrap

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    Bit of a clean and a measure up
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    Whack on the vinyl
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    Bit of heat and a squeegy
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    Cut in and Bob's a happy chappy
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    :lmfao:
     
    JamieT_a3, S3_Jacko, JonBoi25 and 6 others like this.
  2. s3_stig

    s3_stig Member

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    Nice work looks really good got to get mine done
     
  3. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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  4. dplovin

    dplovin Member

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    Gonna do mine this week looks nice m8, do u rekon it's possible to do the plastic side skirts and the rear bumper insert aswell in vinyl wrap and would I have to remove them or just do it while there on the car?

    Fantastic star wars role play by the way
     
  5. markoos

    markoos New Member

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    you like your 3m products lol
     
  6. a3tdi2001

    a3tdi2001 Member

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    Looks great. Anyone know where you can you get the vinyl for a good price?
     
  7. S4 Muzza

    S4 Muzza oww! my giant blue head!

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  8. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    cheers guys got this stuff sent to me the other day so just trying it out really. Will be changed again in a couple of weeks when I do the motor.
    For a couple Quids worth of vinyl it's a must dude

    Cheers :lmfao:

    Yep that'll be no prob's, just take your time with the heat when getting it into deep curves, love a good diorama ;)

    eBay prob your best bet if your after cheap viny. Just make sure it's a cast vinyl fella.
     
  9. markoos

    markoos New Member

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    I wrap vans ect for a living, if anyone wants vinyl or something fitted.
     
  10. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    Me to fella, well more private cars than vans but do print media when required, i could of said i can supply & fit but i ain't touting for business just sharing the knowledge love ;)
     
  11. bhavin1986

    bhavin1986 BBP

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    Love the mk1 bonnet wrap write up! Hero! :lmfao:
     
  12. markoos

    markoos New Member

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    not touting for business mate. people seem to be getting in to carbon ect, I was offering to help anyone with it.
     
  13. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    Lol i know, We'r pro 3m so It's mainly what we fit.

    Good on ya dude where you based??
     
  14. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    Brilliant!
     
  15. stacey bear

    stacey bear ST8C3Y

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    You've done a grand job there mate. Looks great. Can't help but notice how much of a good job your little friends have done with the golf bonnet too. They've also done a grand job lol.
     
  16. Paullie

    Paullie Banana Menace! VCDS Map User

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    Love the wrap and the whole write up matey, ..made me giggle. :icon_thumright:
     
  17. kev1000

    kev1000 Member

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    :laugh::laugh: I enjoyed that! Good job. Well done
     
  18. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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  19. Dibdub1

    Dibdub1 Suck.Squeeze.Bang.Blow

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    What is a cast vinyl? Grill looks really good fella and golf role play was awesome haha!
     
  20. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    There are two main types of vinyl callendered and cast, callendered vinyl is made in a different way normally from block material and it's properties have greater memory, like a sticker for example if you apply it to a curved surface over time it will pop and try to go flat again.
    A cast vinyl has the ability to go around curved areas and stay put once you'v applied it.
     
  21. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    Damo I need you to wrap mine please mate. Mine lasted 2 days before it started to come away on the inside corners :(
     
  22. Rob_k

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    Fantastic write up, the star wars role play made me laugh!
     
  23. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    Boba Fet is pimping :arco::blackrs4:
     
  24. MURRAYS444

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    like the grill surround love the stormtrooper garage :applaus:
     
  25. dannyh

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  26. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    will sort it dude no worries, Any plug sockets at AITP lol
     
  27. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    Can't go wrong with di-noc dude :thumbsup:
     
  28. dannyh

    dannyh Nogaro S3

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    brilliant thanks,
    so not to self di-noc and cast and be molded to anything
    callendered cant
     
  29. S3Lol

    S3Lol Member

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    small job that makes a huge difference. Must do on a black S3
     
  30. Buzzer

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    Can you send your star wars friends in the post to me, I'll pay them a decent wage to do my grill!
     
  31. Ritch7

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    haha good thread man!
     
  32. DaveA3

    DaveA3 Audi A-Trizzle!

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    LMAO legend. The bonnet wrap was quality.

    Love the grill too will last alot longer than paint!
     
  33. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    They'r on route dude, don't worry they have a little green friend with them and he knows Yr location.

    Ps I pay them in Haribo :lmfao: I'm loosing it
     
  34. Jay A3

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    Love it damo...That cracked me up mate!
    Nice work on the grill btw! Find me at AITP you can do mine if you like. I'll have loads of vinyl wrap left over!
     
  35. danpayneuk

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    that looks real good. would of even thought i putting vinyl on it.

    Shame im selling mine other wise I would have done that.
     
  36. markoos

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    Good on ya dude where you based??[/QUOTE]

    Based in glasgow buddy, take your based north west england.
     
  37. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    Cheers man, a cheap must do IMO
    Bummer bout the car, Hope you get what you want for it dude.
     
  38. Sandra

    Sandra Administrator Staff Member Administrator TeamMisano TFSI Owners Group Audi S3 quattro s tronic Platinum Supporter

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    Damo, what a fantastic thread. I love what you did with the grill. Your step by step guide was really good and understandable, you make it sound so easy. I loved the stormtrooper bit as well, added a bit of fun to it all. Fantastic.
     
  39. Sanj

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    Looks sweet Damo!
     
  40. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    Based in glasgow buddy, take your based north west england.[/QUOTE]

    Yes mate NW, How's it taking off up there?? Most of our work is for 3rd parties but recently started to push our own name out there.

    Cheers Sandra, it's a cheap & easy mod which makes a massive difference to the front end. Glad you liked the lil wrappers ;)
     

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