Step 3: Step 3: Applying the Vinyl

Once you've cut all the pieces you need, start by removing the backing paper of the piece you want to work with, and lay it adhesive side up on a workbench or table.  Then take the trim piece and carefully lay it down on top of the trim to get the initial alignment.  The adhesive is pretty forgiving, and can be pulled off and reapplied rather easily if you mess up.

Once you've got the initial alignment done, you can start working it around the rest of the flat surfaces until you get to the corners.  Anytime you need to wrap around a corner or irregularity, you'll need to break out the heat gun.  The vinyl responds very well to heat, so be careful and don't get it to hot because it will melt if you do.

To wrap around contours, heat the vinyl a little until it is soft, then work it around with a plastic card, making sure to clear any air bubbles that you get and avoid any wrinkles.  Once you have reached the edge of the trim, you can trim the vinyl down to size, leaving about a quarter inch to wrap around the back side.

It helps at this point to notch the corners of the vinyl where the trim has a sharp external corner, and put a few slits in it anywhere the trim has a round internal corner, as pictured.

Make sure to use the heat gun when you fold the vinyl over to the backside, and it should hold extremely well once it cools.
<p>i live near los gatos too! willing to do this for me if i pay? can't get is looking as perfect as you have. thanks!</p>
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<p>Nice work, ive used this method many times to not only revamp my interiour but also some engine bay covers and trim, fuse box cover, slam pannel, abs cover etc...</p>
<p>Great tutorial! Measuring first and leaving extra around the sides is key. I would recommend a felt squeegee for larger projects. Trim wrapping is one of the most cost effective car mods you can do. You can do most, if not all, of a car's interior for under $50 </p>
Its actually insanely hard to vinyl wrap a car and very expensive too. I found out about this supplier called vvivid vinyls who sell vinyls that are as easy to work with as 3M at half the price and similar quality. They also post step by step instructions, tips and videos on their website vvividvinyl.com <br>
Very nice instructable. that looks pretty cool. ...... I can dig faking the carbon-fiber on the interior, especially if one has the cracking sun faded plastic; but why would you fake a carbon-fiber hood? I'd never realized some were fakes. I helped a buddy put a real one on his car many years ago, it was pretty light compared to the stock steel one. <br />
In my case (I'll be doing the car roof) it's for cost and convenience. <br>I don't like the prospect of masking the whole car to paint the roof. Also, the colour is hard to find. Someone could mix a batch for me, but it's a pearl metallic so will also require clearcoat. Even if I could get aerosol cans for the job, it will take longer and cost more! <br>So I'll be rolling on an etch primer, sanding that smooth then applying the vinyl with 3M primer 94 along the edges. Sure it won't last as long but it beats painting!
Great write up. I just did this a few weeks ago to my car. Using the 3M material as well. Having a few trouble spots on my arm rests where the switches go. The 100 + degree heat in the midwest is pull it off. Otherwise, everywhere else looks great. <br>
The one thing, I would recommend about this adhesive is to clear coat it! <br> <br>This stuff will walk right back off the part over time and or develop blisters if any micro sized bubbles exist under it. Applying clear coat will really make the part fixed permanently. Clear coat comes in high gloss, and satin so you can get the desired finish you want.
very very nice indeed. If i ever get a car, and if i could fing the 3M carbonfiber thingy i would totally do this.
Neat work. i might try this to smarten up the next beaten up vehicle I end up being forced to drive.

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