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Exterior Color Shift using a Tinted Film or Wrap?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by customs, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. customs

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    Two questions for the forum...

    Having difficulty deciding on color -- love the depth and shine of the multi-coat red, but it's a little too flamboyant for my personality. Second option is Gray, which is really classy, but a bit too understated for a car that's this nice. (Signature Red would have been perfect for me, oh well!)

    Since I would XPEL the car anyway, I started thinking about a vinyl wrap to combine my two favorite colors -- please let me know, is this Tacky or Worth Considering?

    Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 9.36.42 PM.png

    Then I thought -- what if XPEL film came with a 15 to 30% tint -- could I just apply it over Red and tone the whole thing down a bit?

    Anybody opinions on whether this second idea is possible and/or worth considering?

    Thanks!

    Ed
     
  2. Canuck

    Canuck Well-Known Member

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    It looks strange to me.
     
  3. ModelX

    ModelX Active Member

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    I think it is fun and different.
     
  4. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    While you're at it, can you do a multi red to pearl white rendering, where the white reaches 100% at approximately the (horizontal) midpoint of the rear wheel?
     
  5. customs

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    Hi brianman, here's two 3/4 renderings, one red-on-gray and one red-on-white... things change radically depending on how the gradient is applied. These were the two that looked cleanest to my eye...

    Ts.jpg

    Ed
     
  6. benemac

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    I like the red on gray more. Didn't know they could do this. Interesting.
     
  7. Gizmotoy

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    IMO, all the renderings so far make the car look dirty. The non-red portions are where dust and dirt accumulate. Maybe you should try inverting the colors? (Red on bottom/back, grey on top/front)

    In any case, I've never seen a film that did this. Does such a thing actually exist?
     
  8. brianman

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    @customs
    I meant front to back (like your original rendering) just with the rear color "finishing" earlier. That said, these are neat too. Thanks for sharing!

    @Gizmotoy
    I don't think the red top white bottom makes the car look dirty. In fact, the silver trim near the battery pan vanishes nicely in the 2nd picture of post #5.
     
  9. Gizmotoy

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    I suppose it probably depends where you're from. My previous red cars have always looked exactly like that red/white picture when dirty in the winter (coated in salt). (See: Dirty Model S thread - Pics: Dirty Model S - Page 3)
     
  10. customs

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    Here go, both of them are definitely an unusual look!

    Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 10.44.45 PM.png

    Ed
     
  11. customs

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    From the research I've done on Vinyl Wrap, you can print anything on it, including gradations of transparency. So I was thinking you could clear XPEL the hood, then use a vinyl wrap that's printed "clear" at the front of the car, transitioning to solid gray at the rear/bottom of the car.

    My second thought was to use a "tinted XPEL" (if such a thing exists) over an entire red car to tone it down a bit from "fire engine red".

    My latest thought is whether classy red pinstripes on a gray exterior would add a little sparkle; I did a quick rendering of this idea below, but the curved line doesn't look quite right to me... open to ideas!

    Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 11.19.01 PM.png

    Ed

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    Here go, it's interesting to say the least!

    Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 10.44.45 PM.png

    Ed
     

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