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PortlandWRider




PostSubject: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:56 pm

I am tossing around in my head the idea of doing a matte green vinyl wrap on the WR. The only real problem I see would be wrapping underneath the fenders. I can just imagine rock chips nicking away the green vinyl and exposing the bright blue paint underneath. A friend of mine thought I should rhino-line the underneath of the fenders, but I'm skeptical.

Does anyone want to share their two cents about this topic? Has anyone out there done a vinyl wrap on their bike? Can anyone see a reason why this would be a bad idea? (Other than trail scuffs...)
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PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:21 am

Wouldn't it be easier to just paint the bike?

Any chips under the fender could just be touched up when needed.

Mine has held up better than expected.

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PortlandWRider




PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:34 am

I've thought about getting it painted, but there are many benefits to vinyl wrap. Apparently when you go to take the wrap off the paint underneath is preserved wonderfully. So if I were to ever sell the bike I would remove the matte vinyl and the bike's blue & white paint would look like new.

Plus wrapping a bike is quite a bit more affordable, so I'm told.

Finally, unlike paint the vinyl isn't permanent. If I one day wake up bored of the matte vinyl color I've chosen I can either remove it and restore the stock paint job or chose a different color or pattern to have the bike wrapped in.

Motokid, did you paint your bike yourself or get it done? If the latter, what did it set you back?
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PortlandWRider




PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:50 am

Of all the things one can do to personalize a bike, changing the stock color (that practically everyone else has) seems to be an obvious step.

I own the WR for its engineering, not it's appearance. I'm not a very flashy guy, so the bright, racing, dirt-bikey paint job and graphics aren't what I'd call ideal. So I'm thinking a quick cheap vinyl wrap will be step two in personalization. (Step one is an FMF Powercore 4 which arrives in the mail tomorrow.)
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PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:24 pm

motokid, what kind of paint did you use on your plastics ?
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sophijo




PostSubject: Plasti-dip   Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:33 pm

How about Plasti-Dip?
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PortlandWRider




PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:07 am

Good idea, but that would require a bit too much disassembly for my tastes at this time. A vinyl wrap could be done with minimal disassembly.
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PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:39 pm

It only takes 5 mins to remove all the plastics. Just saying.... Shog 
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PortlandWRider




PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:19 am

Touche, salesman!
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PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:06 am

Evol wrote:
motokid, what kind of paint did you use on your plastics ?

Krylon Fusion.  thumb 

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PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:07 am

PortlandWRider wrote:


Motokid, did you paint your bike yourself or get it done? If the latter, what did it set you back?

I did it. About 20 bucks.


http://wr250rforum.forumotion.com/t9056-ohhhh-the-possibilities?highlight=possibilities

My bike was originally: http://wr250rforum.forumotion.com/t757-painted-exhaust-guard?highlight=painted


Oh....even my seat is painted. Yep. That's right.  wink 

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BCRider




PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:12 pm

Paint it with Krylon plastic spray - they've got some excellent matte army green colors in their camo line. You will pay a lot for the wrap and it will get scuffed and scratched - probably worse than you like over time.. even a half season.
The money you save by painting yourself will pay for replacement plastics once time to sell.
It isn't hard to do a gorgeous job yourself that you can easily repair the scuffs on.
Cheers :)
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PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:47 am

I think vinyl would be hard to get on right, unless you know what you are doing. There are some complex curves and contours that can turn out bad unless you have a pro do it.

I used a combo of paint and vinyl to personalize mine:



http://wr250rforum.forumotion.com/t10427-new-graphics-on-my-x
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PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:25 pm

The day I bought mine I bought the black plastics, no stickers.
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PortlandWRider




PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:57 pm

Where does one buy the black plastics?
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PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:50 pm

From the dealer. Just ask for the plastics from a 2010 or 2009 WRX, hold the stickers...

Wasn't too expensive and made the bike look totally awesome. People are always commenting on it, wondering what it is, etc.

I also had the rims powder coated black. I like that look better than the silver rims. The only pain in the butt there was I had to have a shop "true" the spokes and wheel when it was done, which I guess is normal any time you put a wheel together.
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PortlandWRider




PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:17 pm

Very very very VERY good to know, buddy! Thank you! I can't believe I didn't think of that. Do you know, off the top of your head, about how much they cost all together?
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PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:44 pm

Not sure, I just kind of bought it all at once with hand guards, new tires, all sorts of stuff I got at a 20% discount because I was buying the bike...
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Lonexb




PostSubject: Re: Vinyl Wrap a WR?   Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:17 am

I wraped my husky. It wasn't hard at all. Bought the wrap of ebay for $140 shipped. Got a 4'x4' sheet of dark digital camo. Plenty to do all the plastics.

I had never done anything like this before. Pretty easy stuff to work with. Took about three hours.

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