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post #1 of 15 Old Feb 1st, 2009, 6:40 pm Thread Starter
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Freshened Up LT

The black paint on the dash of my 2001 LT was getting tired and was loosing any sort of appealing look fast. When I would clean it, the paint would actually get gummy and come off in the rag when I wiped it dry. Also didn't like the way the tip over covers looked. They had a blotchy look to them. I was going to have all of the black parts repainted till I stopped past our local trike conversion shop. They had just set up a display of "Wing Bling", a Florida company that does graphic paint for Gold Wings, or anything else for that matter. They had a carbon fiber that I liked, so I started doing some checking around on the internet. I found a vinyl wrap that looked like carbon fiber, so I thought I would give it a try. I ended up wrapping all black parts with the exception of the rear saddle bag protecters. It did not prove to be very difficult, as long as I didn't get in any kind of hurry. When heated with a heat gun the vinyl becomes very pliable and goes around some complex curves easily. It resulted in a subtle change in color and looks from original, but looks 100% better than my paint was looking.
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Great job! See my PM requesting info.

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Man that looks great !!! You wanta do mine for me PLEASE!!!

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great Job, who is the supplier? how much did you end up ordering to do your bike?
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Very cool! How did it do around the edges?

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I got the material from Rvinyl.com. It was the Carbon Fiber Flex Series Wrap in black. I ended up ordering 2 of the 18" x 120" rolls @ $50 each. Ended up using all but 3'. If I end up doing the saddle bag protectors I'll end up using it all. I started off doing flat parts first to get a feel for the material. When heated, curves were not that difficult if time was taken. You model aircraft guys shouldn't have any problem with this one.
I took all of the pieces apart, such as the mirrors, so that the edges could be wrapped to the back side so as to prevent loose ends. I was able to do this on all edges, so there shouldn't be a problem with loose ends. I then heated the entire part to ensure a good bond for the pressure sensitive adhesive on the product. If I had a small bubble, a pin hole took care of it.

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I have a feeling you have made that look far better than I would ever manage.
Do you think it will be scratch resistant?

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Very nice! One question though: why not do the cupholder?

Is this stuff UV rated? I'm just wondering how it will hold-up after hours in direct sunlight.

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I have a feeling you have made that look far better than I would ever manage.
Do you think it will be scratch resistant?
I don't think that it will scratch easily, though there is the possibility of scratching and gouging. If that happens I'll replace that piece.

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Very nice! One question though: why not do the cupholder?

Is this stuff UV rated? I'm just wondering how it will hold-up after hours in direct sunlight.

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The manufacturer says no fading in direct sunlight for 3-5 years. So in my case, it should be a lot longer than that as I park in a garage at home and at work. I probably will do the cup holder also. I just finished the rest of the bike and was in too big of a hurry to show it to everyone!

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Is this a dry installation, or did you use water/alcohol to apply like the Tank Slapper film?


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Great job! Looks really good.

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Is this a dry installation, or did you use water/alcohol to apply like the Tank Slapper film?
I did a dry installation. Any instructions sent with the vinyl were vague at best, though they did mention spraying a mixture of water and soap on the surface and squeeging the mixture out. I didn't try it though because of all of the curved surfaces needing to be heated. I always thought that the water mixture was to allow for easier positioning of the material, though I am not sure of that.

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Very slick. I thought about saying 'groovy', but then I'd be telling my age.
Do you have any idea of about how many man hours it took you to do this?
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Very slick. I thought about saying 'groovy', but then I'd be telling my age.
Do you have any idea of about how many man hours it took you to do this?
Inquiring minds want to know....
I didn't keep track of time at all. A lot of time was spent disassembling the radio. Couldn't get the buttons out, so I had to make a template of them so I could cut the holes in the vinyl before putting the vinyl over the buttons. Didn't want to risk cutting through them. Probably spent 10-12 hours applying the vinyl plus any disassembly time.
I will say that I am one of those guys that build radio control aircraft, so working with this material wasn't a complete stranger to me. It was somewhat like the covering material used in that hobby.
By the way, I said "groovy" a lot in my teenage days.

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