Wrap or paint?

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  1. Gangplank

    Gangplank Advenchaintourer

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    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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  2. Kiwi Tinkerer

    Kiwi Tinkerer Ross

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    I was thinking of using that spray on coating. plasti-dip. It is removeable.
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  3. Gangplank

    Gangplank Advenchaintourer

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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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  4. JRose

    JRose Been here awhile

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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

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    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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  5. KTMBLAG

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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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  6. YrianX

    YrianX Viking Adventurer

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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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  7. JRose

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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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  8. YrianX

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    Very nice job from the pics JR :)

    Looks good in all black :D

    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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  9. JRose

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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.

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    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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  10. YrianX

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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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  11. JRose

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    Don't see why it wouldn't work.
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  12. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    You'd have an exposed seam, unlike body panels.

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  13. JRose

    JRose Been here awhile

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    Yes, but you could seem it on the backside and it wouldn't be noticeable
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  14. YrianX

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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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  15. YrianX

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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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  16. JRose

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    That looks good. Don't sweat the seam, every wrapped vehicle you see is seamed.
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  17. Gangplank

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    You could anodize the fork tubes.

    Wrap is cheaper.

    Carbon fiber is so 2010. :lol3
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  18. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    I just had a quote on re-anodizing a pair of F800GS fork tubes. $200 "per batch." Another inmate had his done for $100.

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    This is the F800GS Adventure of the BMW dealer in Antwerp, Belgium. It's been wrapped in a matt blue color, it is originally a red one.

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  20. JRose

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    I dig the blue
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