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Old 01-06-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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vinyl wrapping motorcycle

I bought a triumph tt600 for next to nothing because it needed a lot of cosmetic work. Decided to try wrapping instead of painting this time around.

Had off work today due to the cold. -23F this morning. brrrrrr. What better time to wrap my tank.

Prepped and ready to wrap:



Decided to wrap it in 3 sections to save myself some headache. Knifeless tape came in handy making clean seams.

First side in progress



and done



Both done, time for the top






The top was a pain. Too much curve to cover. Got it done though and I think it turned out great







I would post a picture of it on the bike, but its currently scattered in parts all over the garage.

I'm very happy with how it turned out. Hopefully it is durable enough to last a while.
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:59 PM   #2
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That's nuts!

You did a great job on a rather complex tank. Did you have some experience with the product?

Good job.

I hear you with the weather, about the same + or - here in Minneapolis, last night, all day, and much of tomorrow.

A gal from my apartment set a tray of water outside, an old fashioned ice cube tray thing.

She had ice for an evening beverage in short order tonight.

Keep is tuned in on the wrap stuff. I would like to see or learn more.
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:17 PM   #3
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Holy schneikes! That's one great job.

I had my truck partially wrapped in the clear film (so I could tell you how NOT to do it). But your tank looks outstanding and that's not a simple surface to wrap!
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Old 01-06-2014, 07:29 PM   #4
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Agreed... well done. I have a wrapped van and you could teach the installer a thing or two.
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Old 01-06-2014, 07:48 PM   #5
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Thanks, I appreciate the compliments. I have no prior experience with wrapping. I bought a 10' by 5' piece of 3m 1080 and did some practice on a few small parts (and wasted a lot of vinyl). I then wrapped the bikes tail:



It was a huge learning experience. I discovered that trying to wrap complex objects with a single piece is possible, but not if you want to keep your sanity. So I experimented with seams. I found that a well executed seam looks very presentable.

I also learned that knifeless tape is a must have when working with vinyl.

After doing the tail the tank seemed like a breeze.

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Old 01-06-2014, 07:51 PM   #6
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Nice work, inspiring!
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:13 PM   #7
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I have tried the 3M, what a PITA in the crevices. How did you clean up the seam?

Knifeless tape?? I better look it up.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:02 PM   #8
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Great job.

The wrap is cool, but the knifeless tape is uber cool !!

Learnt a couple of things in this thread.
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:54 PM   #9
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Very nice!
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:25 PM   #10
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kniflesstape

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmNTF-WM4CI
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:24 AM   #11
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What is knife less tape?
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:47 AM   #12
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Wow. That is a game changer. So you put the tape down first in the edges? It just pulls up and cuts? I didn't see the application part in the video.
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:51 AM   #13
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Well done... never heard of knifeless tape till now. Watched a couple vids, learn something new every day.
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:54 AM   #14
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This job is a pretty easy one, but it does show how things work. He did throw away about 30% of the material too!



Amazon has a complete kit too!

http://www.amazon.com/Application-Vi...knifeless+tape
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:15 AM   #15
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I have been looking at doing this for a while now. Definitely glad I found this regarding the knifeless tape.

Where did you buy the wrap from and what kind is it?
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