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david in germany
02-12-2011, 09:01 AM
If you guys just want to change the looks of parts of your car, give this stuff a try, it is great to work with and VERY forgiving!!

Did some parts of the Mini, BMW wanted around $500 for the carbon fiber dash for my car.. LOL
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/7/8/img_0359_1_218996.png
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/7/8/img_0361_1_845718.png
http://184.72.239.143/mu/54ad73c9-681b-c201.jpg
http://184.72.239.143/mu/54ad69f3-4899-6cbc.jpg

david in germany
02-12-2011, 09:03 AM
btw.. gallery is giving me problems...

ChrisD
02-12-2011, 02:25 PM
wow, that actually looks pretty good!

Grot
02-12-2011, 02:33 PM
that does look good

Nitro_Alltrac
02-12-2011, 02:49 PM
+1 to what Grot said. I may have to check into that. It took forever to find a shifter plate for my car that still had the shift boot tabs in place. The top of the plate, not so pretty. This could be an option. Thanks DiG!

temperacerguy
02-12-2011, 03:07 PM
I have used the DiNoc stuff before... If you want fake carbon fiber, this stuff is the best. I've also seen people who have problems in hot climates where it shrinks/peals off

However it's really not hard or expensive to overlay real carbon fiber yourself. To do something like a dash and shifter plate, it's only like $20 in materials (You have to invest like $100 for everything, but you'll have LOTS left over to do other parts)

david in germany
02-12-2011, 03:32 PM
My goal was to do this and still be able to put it back to stock(if I ever wanted to) I agree real carbon fiber is truly Sex but the time it takes...
I did each dash piece in less than 5 Min not including removal and reinstall. Can't beat that with real CF can you. ;)
My wife said it was a wast of money until I mentioned the $300+ purse I just bought her.. She likes it now LOL

temperacerguy
02-12-2011, 06:41 PM
LOL your wife and my wife should get together.... Maybe next time we're in Italy :-)

It's funny, she calls my Evo "Stupid" She doesn't even mention the celica, and if I even mention touching the 360 to put a stereo in, she looks at me like I considered fixing the syline on the Mona Lisa

klapa
02-12-2011, 08:34 PM
So how did you do that anyway?

Like - you just paint the stuff on your existing parts - or what?

I'm a klutz on interior stuff so forgive my ignorance.

Facime
02-12-2011, 08:50 PM
Klapa, its a vinyl sheet, kinda like window tint or wallpaper only it conforms better to curves and stuff.

fdfx3
02-12-2011, 10:30 PM
I tried it, as a matter of fact i even wrapped the whole interior on my Corolla, the stuff is great realy easy to use and as David in germany said: very forgiving, just use a hair dryer and you can wrap almost everything, but be aware of other manufactures i bought the carbon vinyl from 2 diffrent manufactures one that was 3m an the other one didn't even had a name a think, the 3M Di-Noc Carbon fiber vinyl was brilliant but the other one was just CRAP it was hard to stick it on to things was a lot harder to shape and after a week it just peeled off it looks almost exactly the same but belive me it is not, buy the vinyl from 3m and you should be safe.

klapa
02-13-2011, 12:15 AM
Klapa, its a vinyl sheet, kinda like window tint or wallpaper only it conforms better to curves and stuff.

Facime,

Thanks - so it is a sheet you would wrap on some funky molded interior plastic part and then you run a heat gun over it and it shrinks up to conform to the part contours and does not wrinkle or anything like that?

Sounds like it was made for a klutz like me cuz I always had rotten luck with vinyl repair kits.

Facime
02-13-2011, 02:52 AM
you use the hair dryer as you are applying it to make it more plyable and to help stretch it around curves. It doesnt quite work like shrink wrap or the clear vinyl you use for sealing windows, but its close.

klapa
02-13-2011, 03:04 AM
OK - I think I get it - you heat it as you form it - so best to practice a few times before mucking around with the precious one-off pieces.

If you crap it up - can you get it off and start over?

P.S. Hair dryers are OUT - I work in electronics where we have heat guns with variable heat and blower settings - this is the way to fly.

fdfx3
02-13-2011, 01:15 PM
Go to youtube an search for Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrap or carbon wrapping mirror, there you should be able to find some videos where you can se how it's applied.
If you want to se something truly amazing try search for: DIY: Wrapping Rims in Matte Black Vinyl .
There is no problem using a heat gun, but you have to be carefull not to heat to much, I prefer a hairdryer since i dont got a variable heatgun.

schnee
02-18-2011, 10:47 PM
To do a car wrap you need at least 2 very experienced guys, the stuff isn't cheap and the chances of a f/up are high.
http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr292/_MrMagoo/Cars/FerrariMattef40_05.jpg

Di-Noc looks good and works well for interior stuff, I hear the Avery and Oracal equivalents are easier to apply and last longer in the sun.

Heat is used to soften and form the vynil on curved surfaces, once it's on you then need to heat it almost to melting in order for it to loose it's memory and not lift,
a hairdryer just doesn't have the grunt

Vinyl does not usually adhere well to plastics without adhesion promoters, plastics sweat oil over time

http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr292/_MrMagoo/Cars/ferrariF4031.jpg
Looks cool but life expectancy on a garaged car is only a few years

Car_Barn_Bandit
02-22-2011, 04:18 PM
Colors!

http://www.carbonfiberfilm.com/blog/3m-carbon-fiber-di-noc-now-available-in-7-different-colors/

fdfx3
02-24-2011, 02:09 PM
I know it is a little of topic but what do you guys think about this wrap? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fjaWtduAV0

I think it's difficult to hide from lets say the cops in that car at night.

4thgenceli
02-24-2011, 03:56 PM
I know it is a little of topic but what do you guys think about this wrap? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fjaWtduAV0

I think it's difficult to hide from lets say the cops in that car at night.

If you notice though it fades as it stays in the dark longer.

Regardless, that is freaking awesome.

Zabimaru
02-24-2011, 03:59 PM
Glow in the dark is hilarious.

For practical applications of the wraps, I have a busted dash bit from stereo theft, will the di-noc harden and possibly secure the crack or is that wishful thinking?

I've passed a site that will sell custom cut to match the factory interior, is that practical or is it best just to cut it yourself?

boo_guy
02-24-2011, 04:15 PM
That glow in the dark stuff is neat, but so NOT worth driving around in that odd green colored car.

fdfx3
02-24-2011, 07:32 PM
Glow in the dark is hilarious.

For practical applications of the wraps, I have a busted dash bit from stereo theft, will the di-noc harden and possibly secure the crack or is that wishful thinking?

I've passed a site that will sell custom cut to match the factory interior, is that practical or is it best just to cut it yourself?

I never bought anything precut but I belive that custom cut leaves no room for error, if you have a whole sheet you just cut out a piece bigger than what you need that way you can just apply it and do some cutting and fine adjustments after, if you have the wrap precut than it will only fit as long as you are able to align the whole piece 100% accurate wich is really dificult since the whole backside is sticky.

The wrap does not harden and act like some kind of glue or filler, its more like a tape.
If you got a crack maybe it is wort trying to use som plastic filler or something similar and sand it down and repaint the the dash or wrap it with some kind of vinyl.
but I dont think applying wrap/vinyl over a crack without fixing the crack is a good sulution as the vinyl forms or wraps around the surface.
I do not have any experience with fixing dash's but try posting a thread, there is probably somone on this forum that can help you.

If you never worked with carbon vinyl/wrap i sugest you just by a litle piece and try wraping something smaller like interior piece in yout car or something inside you house just to get some experience with the material, that is what I did bought a piece from ebay to eperiment with, but make sure you buy 3M vinyl, I bought vinyl from other manufactors and they turned out to be not so great.
you can also see some good videos on youtube how to apply vinyl. just search for carbon wrap or vinyl etc.

fdfx3
02-24-2011, 07:37 PM
Check this out, makes you car look expensive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoTDfYJlJqk&feature=related

maybe it is posible to do this to your rims if the have a flat surface. not that I would.:smile1: