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Raptor

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Chrome vinyl wrap on smaller potmetal parts ?
« on: May 05, 2014, 02:09:27 PM »
Hi,

Since I'm on a budget for my restoration, I can't afford to buy everything new. I've found some cheap 70-73 headlight bezels, but of course they're dull and pitted.

They make chrome vinyl wrap that looks good, not like true chrome of course but I'm sure it could do the trick. http://www.ebay.com/itm/12-x60-1ft-x5ft-SILVER-CHROME-Vinyl-Wrap-Sticker-Decal-Air-Bubble-Free-/200949420075

Has anybody tried that on small chrome parts like headlamp bezels, door handles, B pillar vertical trim,... ?

Thanks !
François Martinez (from France)
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oldskoolubr

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Re: Chrome vinyl wrap on smaller potmetal parts ?
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2014, 02:33:05 PM »
Good idea, is it heat transfer or self adhesive?  Would like to heat shrink it around part if it was me!

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Re: Chrome vinyl wrap on smaller potmetal parts ?
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2014, 02:36:36 PM »
From what I've seen, some can be shaped with heat. Not sure about the one I've posted, it's only an example.
François Martinez (from France)
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Re: Chrome vinyl wrap on smaller potmetal parts ?
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2014, 12:10:34 AM »
Post some pics if you try this, I'd like to see the results.

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Re: Chrome vinyl wrap on smaller potmetal parts ?
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2014, 04:05:47 AM »
It's cheap enough that I might just try it.




Regards, Jack

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Raptor

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Re: Chrome vinyl wrap on smaller potmetal parts ?
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2014, 06:35:42 AM »
Haven't tried it yet (no working on the '74 until the '84 is done), but I've found a pretty good example :




Definitely gonna get a roll and do it. It does seem a little tricky to apply but hey, it's really cheap.
François Martinez (from France)
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- 1984 Firebird Trans Am HO - L69 - T5 - W62

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Re: Chrome vinyl wrap on smaller potmetal parts ?
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2014, 12:04:36 PM »
That looks amazing Raptor, hopefully in real time its as good as the pics!

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Re: Chrome vinyl wrap on smaller potmetal parts ?
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2014, 05:22:38 PM »
I've not used this specific brand but my guys use a similar product from Japan. What we've found is that the more flexible the product, the less chrome-like it is in appearance. That said, they do look pretty good.

Most of these products can be lightly heated to help stretch around corners.
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Re: Chrome vinyl wrap on smaller potmetal parts ?
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2014, 07:56:28 PM »
Reading the add again it looks like it may only last a year or so (says 2-3).




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Re: Chrome vinyl wrap on smaller potmetal parts ?
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2014, 04:40:36 AM »
Here's the homepage of the Alsa wrap : http://alsacorp.com/strechchrome/index.html
There is a 5 year warranty on the chrome wrap. $8 per square foot.
François Martinez (from France)
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- 1984 Firebird Trans Am HO - L69 - T5 - W62

Re: Chrome vinyl wrap on smaller potmetal parts ?
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2014, 04:40:36 AM »
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