How much vinyl to wrap a Caterham?

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Ed White
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Interested in this too....

garybee
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I'll post some details, pictures and tips when I get home.  Thanks for the reminder to update the thread, I like to make sure that information is there for others in the future but had forgotten on this occasion.

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cheers Gary Thumb Up

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Hi Gary,

I ordered 9m x 1.52m of vinyl - this proved to be more than enough. I covered an S3, but did not cover the nose or the wings, however, I would have had enough to cover those also!

Do let me know if you have any other questions though.
Regards, Rob

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Ok,

I bought 5m x 1.52m of white vinyl and 1.52 x 850mm of green.  I decided not to wrap the rear wings or bonnet.  I tried a small section of louvres and decided it just wasn't going to happen.  I used just over half of the white and about half of the green.  I also used one rattlecan of aluminium primer and 5 cans of white (bonnet, nose cone and rear wings).  Total cost was about £180.  I paid about £40 of that for the side stickers.

Wrapped it to match my Fireblade track bike Biggrin

 

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Thanks Rob -  how did you get on with the louvres?

Nice pair, Gary :-D

I was wondering whether to paint the bonnet instead, but then I don't really have anywhere I can get dust-free enough. I could maybe see if a professional wrapper could do the bonnet and do the rest myself. I'm going to leave the wings and nosecone black.

Any suggestions on suppliers? or just eBay/Amazon? Think I'm going to give it a go, has to be better than polishing!!

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Hi Gary,

The louvres are tricky. I wasn't too worried as it's on a race car. The finish I have managed is acceptable, but not perfect, My top tip here is to practice several times with a off cut of vinyl and wrap one set of louvres. This way you will get to learn how to work the vinyl to avoid creases and where to cut. The finish of my last set of louvres is so much better than my first attempts! I have heard that you can use a sandwish box and a vacuum under the lourves, heat the vinyl then suck the vinyl down from underneath - I have never tried this though!

I really found this YouTube video hit the spot for me (excuse the title!) Click for video

Good luck! Cheers, Rob 

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Paul, when I do this kind of painting I wait for a still(ish) day of reasonable temperature and just do it outside.  You will get the occasional speck of something in the finish but most can be improved once fully cured with emery paper and polish.

I used this guy https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/carbonsupplyuk on ebay but I'm guessing any would be fine.

 

Rob - That is a genius idea for the louvres.  I'm going to get my smashed up bonnet out of the garage loft at the weekend and give it a go. I had a couple of attempts  but was getting nowhere.  Either the vinyl I used wasn't as good or I didn't try hard enough.

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The only parts I’ve wrapped on my 7 was the wings, front and rear. My advice on that would be not to!! The double curves make it very difficult, so in the end I gave up and get them painted along with the rest of the car. Professional wrappers may have techniques and tricks to do it, but for DIY it’s a struggle.