DIY Color change using 3M Car wrapping Viny;

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  1. KucharskiPaul

    KucharskiPaul n00b

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    After two years of riding my blue 2006 DL650 I decided to change its color into white mat. I've found great alternative for painting: 3M Carwrap Vinyl. After few hour I've found shop in Poland selling this stuff. I bought piece 2m x 1,5m and started my work.

    First I had to deliver vinyl to my friends garage. It wasn't easy but Vee can also be used as truck :thumbup:

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    Here are some photos before wrapping:

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    Tools that I needed:

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    Step 1.
    Remove all fairings, remove all stickers and clean fairing surface.

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    Step 2.
    Cut vinyl about 10cm more than fairing. Heat it with heating gun and wrap.

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    Step 3.
    Stick new stickers. I decided to buy stickers with my individual project: 2011 DL650 White with aditional logo "Adventure"

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    Step 4.
    Assembly all fairings.

    Efects:

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    Orange turn signals weren't looking good on white Vee so I replaced them with white.

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    Everything took about 14 hours. I hope you like it.
    Paul
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  2. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    Amazing!
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  3. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    Looks awesome!

    Can the wrap be removed without damaging the original paint?
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  4. kopeli

    kopeli moto-traveler

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    Congratulations Paul..great job:super

    How much did the V-Strom Adventure Stickers cost?
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  5. KucharskiPaul

    KucharskiPaul n00b

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    Vinyl can be removed in 15min without any damage for paint. So next year when white will be boring for me I can change it in deep black mat, or Military green or just have blue Vee again.

    Set of stickers costed about 160PLN -> 40euro -> $55
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  6. rgoers

    rgoers Been here awhile

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    Very nice job! Looks fantastic!!!

    I used the clear film to protect the usual wear-areas on my frame and engine covers. Never thought about the colored stuff to change the color of the bike. Great idea you had there...
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  7. Wolfgang55

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    Good job Paul

    You know that wrap is also a good scuff protector when testing the mounted knobbies. :clap
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  8. Bollocks

    Bollocks Farts with an Accentâ„¢

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    Wow, thats very nice.
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  9. TorontoDude

    TorontoDude Been here awhile

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    would you happen to have the proper 3m part number you used?
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  10. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    Did you mist the surface with water before putting the wrap on and then squegie water out?
    I am amazed you streched the wrap around the tank like that.
    I have a fairing that could use taht treatment.
    How do you think it would stick over fairly deep but smoothed out scratches?
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  11. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Very impressive. :clap Wasn't expecting those results when I first read the title. :lol3

    What is the part on the trunk lid.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  12. showkey

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    +2 on ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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  13. Usually2Up

    Usually2Up Adventurer

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    +3 ^^^^^^^ very cool! :clap
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  14. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    here's an idea, can you get the material printed a solid color to match the bikes color?
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  15. TorontoDude

    TorontoDude Been here awhile

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    you might be able to get it printed, but it's a specialized skill that only some shops will have.

    You can go to the 3M site, they have a large array of colors and finishes available.
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  16. tgeliot

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    I would like to know what will happen the first time I drop the bike and give it what would have been yet another little scratch. Will the vinyl get cut and start peeling?
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  17. KucharskiPaul

    KucharskiPaul n00b

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    No. I wasn't using any water. Vinyl has micro-pores and is very easy to wrap and remove air bubbles. Wrapping tank was quiet easy - 6 hands & heat gun :evil
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  18. malokam

    malokam Been here awhile

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    How thick is this stuff? I might wanna do my DR650 in the future.
    How resistant do you think this stuff is to scratches and cuts?
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  19. steve_k

    steve_k Long timer

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    Cool, I like it!
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  20. usafstud

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    How about wrapping cracked fairings? Will it look bad and obvious?
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