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I know most of you wouldn’t think about doing this, but I like to try things. I managed my vinyl striping myself. And for $35 in VVIVID matte black metallic vinyl, why not try it? If it doesn’t work, or doesn’t last, I’ll get the wheels powder coated and will only be out $35 and a few hours time. In the meantime, I was able to spend an afternoon messing with my car in my garage. My wife even came out to help a bit. So while it isn’t perfect, it’s a win in my book.

I worked one wheel at a time. Cleaned them well. Dried them. Wiped with isopropyl alcohol. Then I lay the vinyl on and applied it to the high points. On these wheels that’s the raised part about half way between the middle and the edge. I then smoothed the vinyl down toward the edge, heating to stretch it town and make sure it wasn’t wrinkled around the lip. Then, with a little more heating I was able to smooth the vinyl over the rest of the raised areas and the center cap. Finally, I just used a nice sharp scalpel to trim out the windows and around the bead with the tire. Some post heating will hopefully keep the adhesive set. I’ll see how long it lasts. If I get a month, I’ll be setting up some powder coating. If it lasts a year, maybe I’ll do it again in a different color. As it is, the black Matt metallic contrasts beautifully with the gloss black powder coating on the non-machined parts of the wheel. It’s hard to see in the photos but it looks really good in person.

So here are my before and after photos. The wheels themselves, on the car, and the car as a whole.

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Looking forward to seeing what that looks like in the sunlight
 
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Looking forward to seeing what that looks like in the sunlight
I’ll get it out of the garage tomorrow and get a photo. It was getting dark when I finished this evening.
 

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Looks great, love the after purchase modders out there. Ford built and designed it, and you made it your own! 👍
 

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I know most of you wouldn’t think about doing this, but I like to try things. I managed my vinyl striping myself. And for $35 in VVIVID matte black metallic vinyl, why not try it? If it doesn’t work, or doesn’t last, I’ll get the wheels powder coated and will only be out $35 and a few hours time. In the meantime, I was able to spend an afternoon messing with my car in my garage. My wife even came out to help a bit. So while it isn’t perfect, it’s a win in my book.

I worked one wheel at a time. Cleaned them well. Dried them. Wiped with isopropyl alcohol. Then I lay the vinyl on and applied it to the high points. On these wheels that’s the raised part about half way between the middle and the edge. I then smoothed the vinyl down toward the edge, heating to stretch it town and make sure it wasn’t wrinkled around the lip. Then, with a little more heating I was able to smooth the vinyl over the rest of the raised areas and the center cap. Finally, I just used a nice sharp scalpel to trim out the windows and around the bead with the tire. Some post heating will hopefully keep the adhesive set. I’ll see how long it lasts. If I get a month, I’ll be setting up some powder coating. If it lasts a year, maybe I’ll do it again in a different color. As it is, the black Matt metallic contrasts beautifully with the gloss black powder coating on the non-machined parts of the wheel. It’s hard to see in the photos but it looks really good in person.

So here are my before and after photos. The wheels themselves, on the car, and the car as a whole.

50140FF1-FB57-4032-99E7-B4938F02A4AC.jpeg
EABC029B-4A93-4660-90CF-BAF857467C94.jpeg
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Sigh...another set of nice bright wheels gone over to the dark side.
 

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turned out great, i'd say!
 

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Looks fantastic....

You just convinced me to powder coat my wheels for next winter. And, confirmed I made the right color choice on the new summer wheels and tires on order....
 

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Interesting approach - I didn't realize you can do that. Great thinking (out of the box? :) . Do you have pictures of the middle stage of your wrapping? Like what it looked like before you used scalpel? And what lines did you use scalpel at? Right on the border between the flat surface and the glossy black areas?

Optional question. I know you painted your calipers - looks great. Could you please elaborate on why did you unmounted the calipers to paint? Wy you didn't painted them in a mounted position? Would not be easier just to cover all the non-painted areas and paint the calipers after that? You mentioned something about that bit I do not think you went into details. Thanks!

Looks good. I also have Shadow Black coming at the end of May. Like your stripes but have hard time to convince my wife to do that (though it's not her cat she still has a voice - on all subjects actually. :) She thinks it will look cheap - like a paper stripes.
 
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Interesting approach - I didn't realize you can do that. Great thinking (out of the box? :) . Do you have pictures of the middle stage of your wrapping? Like what it looked like before you used scalpel? And what lines did you use scalpel at? Right on the border between the flat surface and the glossy black areas?

Optional question. I know you painted your calipers - looks great. Could you please elaborate on why did you unmounted the calipers to paint? Wy you didn't painted them in a mounted position? Would not be easier just to cover all the non-painted areas and paint the calipers after that? You mentioned something about that bit I do not think you went into details. Thanks!

Looks good. I also have Shadow Black coming at the end of May. Like your stripes but have hard time to convince my wife to do that (though it's not her cat she still has a voice - on all subjects actually. :) She thinks it will look cheap - like a paper stripes.
I didn’t take any photos part way through. A failing on my part. I got involved and kept going. I just ran the scalpel along the lines, following the edges between the part I wanted covered and the part I didn’t. It took a bit to get used to, but in the end, it was just laying the scalpel along the metal and letting it cut the edge.
When painting the calipers, the only real answer to why I dismounted them, was to get the rotor and backing plate out of my way. And because I’m horrible at masking. I know myself to know that I would have painted half my rotor.
 
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I know most of you wouldn’t think about doing this, but I like to try things. I managed my vinyl striping myself. And for $35 in VVIVID matte black metallic vinyl, why not try it? If it doesn’t work, or doesn’t last, I’ll get the wheels powder coated and will only be out $35 and a few hours time. In the meantime, I was able to spend an afternoon messing with my car in my garage. My wife even came out to help a bit. So while it isn’t perfect, it’s a win in my book.

I worked one wheel at a time. Cleaned them well. Dried them. Wiped with isopropyl alcohol. Then I lay the vinyl on and applied it to the high points. On these wheels that’s the raised part about half way between the middle and the edge. I then smoothed the vinyl down toward the edge, heating to stretch it town and make sure it wasn’t wrinkled around the lip. Then, with a little more heating I was able to smooth the vinyl over the rest of the raised areas and the center cap. Finally, I just used a nice sharp scalpel to trim out the windows and around the bead with the tire. Some post heating will hopefully keep the adhesive set. I’ll see how long it lasts. If I get a month, I’ll be setting up some powder coating. If it lasts a year, maybe I’ll do it again in a different color. As it is, the black Matt metallic contrasts beautifully with the gloss black powder coating on the non-machined parts of the wheel. It’s hard to see in the photos but it looks really good in person.

So here are my before and after photos. The wheels themselves, on the car, and the car as a whole.

50140FF1-FB57-4032-99E7-B4938F02A4AC.jpeg
EABC029B-4A93-4660-90CF-BAF857467C94.jpeg
413E6804-901B-4B4D-AC64-E67D900DC7C5.jpeg
377F43F5-14B6-4DA0-B61A-9775B815ECF1.jpeg
CB40C378-3C3F-4768-A828-E5399CD0EE0D.jpeg
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Let me know when you start a YouTube channel. What's next?!?
 
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Let me know when you start a YouTube channel. What's next?!?
I get all my wrap education from CKWraps YouTube channel.

I have neither the patience or skill it takes to do something like that. Great job, looks good!
I don’t have any skill either. But one can learn anything with YouTube, some general handiness, and the willingness to totally mess up and start over. I messed up the first wheel I wrapped. Took it off and started over. By the 4th wheel (3rd if you don’t count that I did the first twice) I was doing pretty well. Then the last wheel I got cocky and it turned out the worst of all of them.
 

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I admire your DIY spirit! Seriously, all your mods so far have looked great.
 
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