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Old 05-17-2014, 12:26 PM   #1
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Wrap or paint?

Anyone used the 3m wrap to change color of their f8?

Thinking of getting some off fleabay to change it up.


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Old 05-17-2014, 12:44 PM   #2
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I was thinking of using that spray on coating. plasti-dip. It is removeable.
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:18 PM   #3
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Plasti dip doesn't wear well from what I understand. My trackbike had a wrap & it worked awesome.
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:55 PM   #4
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Plastidip doesn't provide the protection vinyl does. I like wrap because I can haul ass the brush, strap things wherever I want (you should see the vinyl under my tank bag, if that were my paint, I'd be pissed).

I know, I know.... People will call you a sissy for worrying about scratches on your "adventure bike", but I like to ride my bike hard, and take it down anywhere it will fit. If things happen to it while riding, so be it, but it is the nicest bike I've ever owned, and I would like to take care of it, so I wrapped the painted bits.

It's OE color is Alpine White



Wrapped it in flat black. Will probably change it up next summer when I get bored with the black, but for now, the black looks killer to me.









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Old 05-17-2014, 02:01 PM   #5
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That looks the business, I'd be knocking on your door to do mine if you lived closer
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Old 05-17-2014, 02:08 PM   #6
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I did my Yamaha with avrey vinyl wrap. Wears well but for some scratches form stuff that would have scratched the paint too....

3m is supposed to be pretty much top quality too. Thinking of using their met. Cherry Red on my gs actually

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Old 05-17-2014, 02:19 PM   #7
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FWIW I used 3M on the F8, and Oracal on the wife's Jeep. The Oracal is a tad bit easier to lay.

Also, high impact areas, don't be afraid to add another small over layer. There are a couple spots on mine that have torn through the vinyl from various boots or mishaps. I'm sure the paint just took a minor scratch if anything, but I'll know more once I peel it all off. Next time I wrap it I'll add a small piece to those areas.
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Old 05-18-2014, 02:43 PM   #8
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Very nice job from the pics JR :)

Looks good in all black

The small rifts/scratches from boots etc. is my experience as well. Good idea to put on extra layers in some high wear spots.

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Old 05-18-2014, 05:52 PM   #9
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Very nice job from the pics JR :)

Looks good in all black

The small rifts/scratches from boots etc. is my experience as well. Good idea to put on extra layers in some high wear spots.

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Thanks. I've been working with various adhesive materials for a long time.

The F8 is a piece of cake compared to bigger projects.









If anyone undertakes it and needs help, there are some pretty well done YouTube videos. When I redo mine, I'll try to make a video.
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Old 05-20-2014, 03:07 AM   #10
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JR, quick question....

What do you think about wrapping the outer fork legs?

I'v been wanting to make mine gloss black/black met. or Carbon for a while and not sure if Wrap will do or if I should make a thin real CF cover around them?

What do you think?

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Old 05-20-2014, 04:22 AM   #11
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JR, quick question....

What do you think about wrapping the outer fork legs?

I'v been wanting to make mine gloss black/black met. or Carbon for a while and not sure if Wrap will do or if I should make a thin real CF cover around them?

What do you think?

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Don't see why it wouldn't work.
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:27 AM   #12
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You'd have an exposed seam, unlike body panels.

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Old 05-20-2014, 07:23 AM   #13
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Yes, but you could seem it on the backside and it wouldn't be noticeable
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:58 AM   #14
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Yeah that's pretty much my thought as well...

Nice thing is you can always revert to stock with Wrap, and it's a lot cheaper than actually encasing in Carbon or powder coat etc...

The seem, if done correctly, is more or less invisible. Especially doing it either in the back or inside.

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Old 05-20-2014, 08:00 AM   #15
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Actually I have been looking a bit at these like CF sleeves? That's what I was thinking of copying with CF if not going the Wrap route...



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