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Removing Vinyl Wrap

Discussion in 'Model S' started by 987S4, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. 987S4

    987S4 Member

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    I'm contemplating getting my Model S vinyl wrapped instead of putting on paint protection. The costs are similar, but the idea of protecting the car while being able to easily change colors is intriguing.

    Costs seem to run about $2k - $3k for 3M Vinyl wrap which isn't too bad, but I'm concerned about adhesives and damage to the original paint job if I wanted to remove the wrap in the future and go with the original paint job.

    Anybody have any experiences with it? Installers are telling me that recent improvements have made removing the wrap easy with no residue or damage, but obviously they have a vested interest.
     
  2. dehydratedH2O

    dehydratedH2O Member

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    Wraps these days will likely require very little extra work after removal. A basic detail/wax to get rid of any leftover adhesive and refresh the paint is probably all that would be needed, even after years of being installed.
     
  3. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Make sure you find a very reputable installer. There is a special skill to doing it right. If it's wrong, it looks awful. Not sure where you are located. But that price sounds low for the Bay Area.
     
  4. Alysashley79

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    That price sounds extremely low. I paid almost $8k for my full wrap. I will say that I had it installed and a month later the whole thing was removed and redone. I saw the car before during and after and they did a great job with removal. You couldn't even tell anything had ever been there. My installer said that what you have to be careful of is the installers that use a knife as they go to custom wrap vs a kit. If the installer isn't careful it can cut into the paint and that's somethings you won't see while the wrap is there but can after removal.
     
  5. Garlan Garner

    Garlan Garner Active Member

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    Anyone know of any professional wrappers in Chicago?

    Again its "wrappers" not rappers.
     
  6. DuplexDianne

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    Have you considered Autoflex peelable paint??? That's what I'm obsessed with right now. That's why my X sits in the garage...waiting for a decision to be made! Seems wasteful to do ppf/coating then decide to change the color soon after. May as well do the color change now and liven it up a bit!! Going to Plastidip my rims and do a chrome delete...why not??? Can peel it off anytime!!

    The best part is...it's all DIY!

     
  7. StickerCity

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    If you like the color of your vehicle you can also consier XPEL STEALTH FINISH CLEAR BRA PAINT PROTECTION. Not only does this film protect your for years to come but it also turns your won factory paint job into a satin finish, making it look like you wrapped it.

    Once the film is removed, your paint job will still have a flawless look because the film took all the hits!


    Here is a sample picture.

    This Model X used to have a glossy paint job, but once XPEL STEALTH finish clear bra paint protection film went over it, it gave it a satin finish/ Frozen finish look!
     

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  8. No2DinosaurFuel

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    I think the op is comtemplating diy. 2-3K diy is about the right price. Just make sure you know how to do it properly.
     
  9. PtG62901

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    The Xpel shop in St Louis says they remove and replace damaged pieces all the time. The whole set is warenteed for 10 years and can be removed cleanly. No clue about the product you are talking about, but the Internet wisdom is to get the best, most experienced installer possible.
     
  10. DuplexDianne

    DuplexDianne Member

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    Yes. DIY. Makes it more interesting and fun. And if I mess up, no harm done!
     
  11. Btr_ftw

    Btr_ftw Court Jester

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    Thank heavens for this clarification
     
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