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Wrapping help

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by sp4rk, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. sp4rk

    sp4rk Banned

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    Ever since I first ordered my S and resigned to the fact that I couldn't buy or bribe my way into getting a Signature Red colored car, I decided to get my black delivered car wrapped.

    Finally, last week I had her wrapped.

    Went to a local wrap shop and, based on the color samples provided by Avery, I had the film ordered. A $650 roll of film later, this past week, they started to wrap it. As I observed.

    The job was done by GZ designs in Roselle, IL. The husband and wife team - I cannot speak highly enough about them.

    Not sure I can say the same about Avery?

    The tiny sample I was shown of their burgundy and cherry red metallic looked great. Visited the Oak Brook store and compared them to the Sig Red and "new" red. Burgundy looked very close to Sig and Cherry looked very close to the "new" red.

    I chose Cherry Red Metallic.

    They wrapped the hood under flourescent light and when done I photographed it ... my brain and eyes were giving it a good LOOK. But I was not liking what I saw. The color looked "mauvey" or pinkish. Purple?
    They continued with the right front fender and the physical job was perfect. The film? Horrible!

    I had them stop and moved the care into sunlight to see if that made a difference ... have since shown the result to a dozen of my friends and at the Tesla Illinois Owners club. At lunch today. I was getting comments that I had wrecked my car and it was primer paint.
    It's basically dull. Lacks the same shine that the black has. Yet if you put the tiny samples up to the hood, they look the same!

    Now ... Avery will "let" me buy a roll of Burgundy to see if it's better for a non refundable $650. They'll apparently not send a free sample of say, 2' x3'? No. I am not willing to pay $650 per color try out.

    So then I thought ... could it be waxed to bring out a shine? Could it be that vinyl simply doesn't "shine" like paint?

    The car's hood looks hideous. But it can be easily removed!

    Then, today I saw a couple of cars in the parking lot that had had Paint armor applied. You know, half the hood only. And paint armor IS wrapping. I analysed it and saw clearly that the difference between the shine on the armor and the original finish were the same. So, it cannot be a characteristic of vinyl wrapping?

    What, then, does one do?

    Bite the bullet ($650) for a new color? And hope it's the right color and it "shines"? Does wrap need waxing? Would 3m be better?

    It's very hard to show this problem in a photo but I attach what I can to show the aberration.

    Any advice most welcome!
     

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  2. highedu

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    Try 3M instead of Avery, their Vinyls typically have higher sheen and quality. Meguiars vinyl wraps are also very good.

    Dont know what to tell you about the $650...you may be out
     
  3. 7racer

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    My wrap guys have used both but like the 3M as it's easier to remove. I can ask him what he thinks about which one gives you more shine. I know I saw a sample when I had my car wrapped that was almost metallic in appearance.

    Anyways, the best thing about wrap is that is reversible. If you already spent the money, just have them finish the wrap and live with it for a couple months. If you get tired of it, just have them re-wrap it. It freaks your neighbors out as they keep thinking you got a new car!

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    BTW, I like the way it looks in your photos so far. I would just go with it!
     
  4. sp4rk

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    I've added a couple more pics. Last week I ordered a bar stool for my kitchen. It happens to be red. A deep cherry red (or that's what I call it) ... and it's the color I'd love to have on my car.
    So I have put it on the hood. And put Avery samples next to it.
    I find photographs very hard to depict this but I can see the difference between the chair red and the hood "purple"?
    The large sample (2"x1") is Avery Burgundy. The small samples are from the Avery catalog. Almost impossible to make out the colors from this but the Cherry Red (top color on small samples) looks like the stool chair to me when viewed on the page (against white), but the hood looks nothing like it unless you put them up against each other.
    Very odd.
     

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    Thanks for effort ... their web site navigation is awful! And their colors are not in the red spectrum. So no. :(
     

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