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Dave Robertson calls my vinyl work "tattoos". So this thread is in honor of him!

I decided to overlay the three lower grill bars with carbon fiber wrap vinyl. I think it gives the truck a new attitude. If people like it, I can cut more. Let me know what you think.

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I like it but being the top bar is wrapped completely I think the other bars would look better if the very top silver part did not show. Just my opinion and maybe it could not be done. That way all the bars in the grille would look more like a real carbon fiber grille.


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Good feedback Auggie. Thanks. But if I wrap the whole surface on each bar, they will get lost in the black grill behind it. I find doing lettering and signage is a lot like hunting... you always have to keep in mind what's behind your target.
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Good job wizzr, I like the idea. Agree with Augie, I think they need to wrap around all sides as well. No biggie if they get lost in the grille.

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I kinda like it the way you have it. Looks a lot like the stick on stainless. Good job on the tats.


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Good feedback Auggie. Thanks. But if I wrap the whole surface on each bar, they will get lost in the black grill behind it. I find doing lettering and signage is a lot like hunting... you always have to keep in mind what's behind your target.
Still like the whole blacked out grill look. That is why I don't care for the stainless look either because a very slim line of the body color still shows all along the stainless and and I don't like that look. My thinking is if the top bar is fully wrapped or stainless the others bars should match. No paint should be showing. Maybe just me. Maybe it is a YELLOW thing!


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With the grill inserts having the grill bars fully wrapped would look great, could see this on silver, red , yellow or blue R's but don't think it would look good on the darker colors.
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Appreciate the comments. To do a full wrap on the grill bars would best be done with the whole lower plastic panel removed and done on a work bench. Not sure I wanna go there at this point in time. I think I'll run with this look for a while as it's distinctive, different and gives the bars some needed definition.
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I like the first picture best. Having the silver outline on the three bars to separate the black faces from the black background, very classy.
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I like the first picture best. Having the silver outline on the three bars to separate the black faces from the black background, very classy.

I like that one, too..... Less IS More, eh...


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I kinda like it the way you have it. Looks a lot like the stick on stainless. Good job on the tats.
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I like that one, too..... Less IS More, eh...
Make that four. The Silver outline "Makes it".

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I have a black SSR and would like the three lower body-color grill bars to match the top satin bar.
Can you cut the three pieces in a color that is a close match to the satin bar?
If so, how much $?

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I have a silver R & while at a Dicktator tech day, he installed carbon fiber film exterior door handle decals which included the Chev. bowtie & SSR emblems. What I especially liked was the color pattern showing more gray with the black which really went well with the silver body paint. This got me thinking as to where else I might be able to wrap some good accents. I also am considering the front upper grill bar & leaving the lower bars silver. I'm also thinking of doing the rear body/bumper panel which surrounds the exhaust/license plate area. I welcome any comments.

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I have a black SSR and would like the three lower body-color grill bars to match the top satin bar.
Can you cut the three pieces in a color that is a close match to the satin bar?
If so, how much $?

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Hmmmm or Chrome for us that have Chrome trim?!?

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Gents, thanks for the questions.

The answers to all of them is yes... but.

The "but" revolves around cost.

High quality vinyl films are pricey and there is a minimum size piece I must order when I buy from my supplier. In order for me to do the little jobs like the things I do for the Fanatics here, I must have enough orders to justify the material purchase or have extra material from other jobs that I can use. I have an inventory of the reflective and high performance films that I use for most of the SSR work that I do. And I have some black carbon fiber wrap film that I use.
Also, when I do vinyl work on the exterior of a vehicle, I want to be sure the material will stand up to environmental issues that the vinyl may encounter. As an example, I would only use a high quality wrap film on areas like rock guards or the nose of a truck. Which is what I did to my truck.

All that said,
GoldBowTie, there is not an exact color match for the silver spear color. If I wanted to get close, I would use a brushed aluminum wrap film. That would great on a black truck. Here's the rub, and likely a deal breaker. I do not stock it. My cost for a yard of material, the minimum, is $72.00. I don't know but I'd guess that might be a little pricey. But you be the judge and let me know.

nj6969, The same hold true for you as GoldBowTie, except the cost for a yard of 3M chrome wrap film is $110. Ouch!

If there is more interest in these option then I'd be happy to make it happen at a reasonable price.

SJA, There's lots of ideas only limited by you imagination. I've carbon fiber wrapped my rock guards, the front spear, 3 lower grill bars, both front and rear bow ties, exterior door handles, the switch plate on the center console and done flamed rally stripes on the hood and bed cover. And yes, the black carbon is a great accent for just about any color vehicle. Even black trucks where it is ever so subtle. The back panel by the exhaust pipes would be interesting as well. Let me know if I can help with any of it.

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I can't make my mind up , one day I want the silver on the lower spears.. next .. black for all of them...
Like I say about wine... So many choices, so little time.

I'd like to see someone with a yellow truck put the carbon fiber on the lower grill bars. I think it would be very distinctive.
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Someone changed their rear panel and put 4 exhaust tips in the middle a few months ago. Then he carbon fiber wrapped the insert by the license plate. He said it was a nightmare as his R was yellow and he thought it would be easy but he said there are about 20 curves to deal with around everything and it was a nightmare to hide the yellow and get it to stick. When it was all said and done it looked awesome but he didn't know how it would hold up. At that time I inquired about the mirrors and was told way too many short and close curves to pull it off. He showed pictures of the exhaust and wrap but don't remember the name. I will look for it.


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Tip is installed. I will paint the pipes underneath black so they are less noticible. Due to the factory pipe position the left elbow looks lower, I would have needed to modify the hanger and pipe to correct this but, will be almost unnoticeable after its blacked out.
As I expected, the sound is about the same. A bit more throaty burble but volume is the same.
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Auggie, if vinyl wrapping was as easy as some make it look, everyone would be doing it. As for your mirrors, yes, compound curves are very challenging. But also the the carbon fiber texture of the film would look bad being stretched and shrunk going around the mirror housings. The rear panel can be done and look good if it's done properly.
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Gents, thanks for the questions.

The answers to all of them is yes... but.

The "but" revolves around cost.

High quality vinyl films are pricey and there is a minimum size piece I must order when I buy from my supplier. In order for me to do the little jobs like the things I do for the Fanatics here, I must have enough orders to justify the material purchase or have extra material from other jobs that I can use. I have an inventory of the reflective and high performance films that I use for most of the SSR work that I do. And I have some black carbon fiber wrap film that I use.
Also, when I do vinyl work on the exterior of a vehicle, I want to be sure the material will stand up to environmental issues that the vinyl may encounter. As an example, I would only use a high quality wrap film on areas like rock guards or the nose of a truck. Which is what I did to my truck.

All that said,
GoldBowTie, there is not an exact color match for the silver spear color. If I wanted to get close, I would use a brushed aluminum wrap film. That would great on a black truck. Here's the rub, and likely a deal breaker. I do not stock it. My cost for a yard of material, the minimum, is $72.00. I don't know but I'd guess that might be a little pricey. But you be the judge and let me know.

nj6969, The same hold true for you as GoldBowTie, except the cost for a yard of 3M chrome wrap film is $110. Ouch!

If there is more interest in these option then I'd be happy to make it happen at a reasonable price.

SJA, There's lots of ideas only limited by you imagination. I've carbon fiber wrapped my rock guards, the front spear, 3 lower grill bars, both front and rear bow ties, exterior door handles, the switch plate on the center console and done flamed rally stripes on the hood and bed cover. And yes, the black carbon is a great accent for just about any color vehicle. Even black trucks where it is ever so subtle. The back panel by the exhaust pipes would be interesting as well. Let me know if I can help with any of it.

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Additional input: For what it's worth, I recently got 2 estimates. Both WRAPX & Fast Sign quoted $ 150. to wrap the front grill top spear & $ 140. to wrap the rear panel. They won't do the mirrors due to the curves.

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@wizzr , did you say you make the wrap for the front and back gold bow ties ?
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@wizzr , did you say you make the wrap for the front and back gold bow ties ?
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Well, I didn't say "I make the wrap". I said I did the wrap, using a sheet of carbon fiber wrap film.
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I was curious about the grille bars matching the spears on my Aqua Blur. For $8 after coupon matte silver vinyl covering sufficient for four bars comes from hobby lobby. The truck has three bars. I'm not that good, so, it doesn't look bad from 30ft away. Most of my stuff is like that anyway. I'm not curious anymore.
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Well, I didn't say "I make the wrap". I said I did the wrap, using a sheet of carbon fiber wrap film.

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3M says life expectancy is 7 years for matte, satin and gloss vinyl. 5 years for carbon fiber. It's about the toughest stuff out there short of painting. If you vehicle is garaged and well maintained, I'd bet these numbers could be easily exceeded.
But one of the benefits of the wrap vinyl is that it can be removed and redone if desired with no harm to the surface underneath. In fact some people who own really high dollar cars will have them wrapped to protect the paint! Kinda silly I think but they do it.

If someone want to send me their bow ties, I will wrap them in carbon fiber for $25 a piece plus shipping.
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