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Old 08-01-2017, 12:43 AM   #1
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Stopped by my buddies shop today to look at his Xterra, he asked me to help him get it running.Started talking about vehicle wraps, they (My friend and his dad) do signs and wraps, they are also my neighbor's.

My friend showed me a sample and gave me a piece that is a close match to my truck color (or the color my truck is supposed to be !), I cut a small strip off the sample and applied it on my hood next to the fender, Fenders I have are off a Pathfinder and are the color the truck is supposed to be.

The vinyl is close but not exact but I think it would look decent. Thinking of just doing the hood and cowl for now, at least the whole front would look good.

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Man, that's pretty dang close
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little more metallic than the stock paint but close
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that has got to be cheaper than a paint job.
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Old 08-01-2017, 01:16 PM   #5
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that has got to be cheaper than a paint job.
I have purchased enough to wrap my truck(not complete yet) and material cost from Vvivid vinyl was about $325.
Since the previous owner did such a hackjob on spraying the truck with rattle can flat black(he said that him and a couple buddies painted it one night, in a field, at a bonfire, while drunk), I had to do something. I have a couple small dents that I want to get straightened out before I wrap it. I will be addressing those soon so that I can get the wrap done while the weather is nice enough to do it. My original red is the non metallic color, so I chose a red that was very close. I will post up some before and after photos once I get it all finished.
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The thing with wrap that people don't realize is that most of the cost is labor. Thing to do when considering wrapping vs painting is whether you want to do it yourself or not.
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The thing with wrap that people don't realize is that most of the cost is labor. Thing to do when considering wrapping vs painting is whether you want to do it yourself or not.
You are exactly correct, but the cost of a paintjob is mostly labor also. Plus it is much easier to get a wrap done well than it is to do a DIY paintjob with good results. Especially considering that most folks don't have access to the proper tools and facilities for a paintjob.

I took this into consideration before I purchased the materials. I could have likely purchased the paint and supplies for around the same money, but I don't have the proper facilities for a good result. This seems like a better option for me personally.
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the hardest part of the wrap itself is getting all the bubbles out, not melting the wrap with a heat gun and making the precision cuts like around the body curves and windows, etc.
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You are exactly correct, but the cost of a paintjob is mostly labor also. Plus it is much easier to get a wrap done well than it is to do a DIY paintjob with good results. Especially considering that most folks don't have access to the proper tools and facilities for a paintjob.

I took this into consideration before I purchased the materials. I could have likely purchased the paint and supplies for around the same money, but I don't have the proper facilities for a good result. This seems like a better option for me personally.
You are correct on that. Wrapping would be the way to go for you, just make sure you get good quality wrap and not the cheap stuff. Doing it right once beats having to do it twice.
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the hardest part of the wrap itself is getting all the bubbles out, not melting the wrap with a heat gun and making the precision cuts like around the body curves and windows, etc.
I heard there is a type of vinyl that has air channels to let the air out?

Cast vinyl?
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