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Dont use carbon fibre vinyl wrap

Hi,

I was interested in the idea of carbon fibre vinyl trim/mods,
today I went to see the company who does my car logoís and stickers for my driving school, and we had a very long chat.

He advised me against this solution.
If you use 3M Di-NOC on smooth painted surface they have a life span (6 to 12 months) and not 5 years as is claimed by some companyís, as they eventually peel off.

Interior use even worse life span, as they donít hold well on plastic trims, especially plastics that are grainy.
They are prone to coming away after a very very short time.

He advised the best solution is:

1. Use 3M Scotchprint Series 1080 Carbon Fibre Wrap.
However the adhesive you have to use is permanent and can not be removed from the body work or trim if you decide to remove your wrap (a re spray or new trims would be required).

2. Or use real carbon fibre cloth by skinning or wrapping. This produces the best results by far and is permanent with no break away ever, however parts/trims would have to be removed from the car to complete this process correctly.
This is old school technology but is the real thing and takes along time to prepare, about 2 days as there are lots of stages to complete and it actually does what its suppose to do, ads strength to your parts/trims or body work.

In summary, a cost effective permanent solution would be to use 3M 1080 scotch print carbon fibre wrap.

A real carbon fibre product that ads value and strength, use carbon fibre fabric.
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Good to know. Having used the wrap the skinning stuff I find the wrap can peel quite easily as you say but nothing a heat gun and 5 mins won't fix so it's never bothered me as I can just set it right. I find its quite hard wearing though. I agree the skinning is far better.
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On external surfaces (the roof & tailgate spoiler on my Brera), the 3M stuff looks as good today as when it was applied 10 months ago with no sign of deterioration.

The inside didn't fare so well though and peeled from the complex surfaces on the first sunny day afterwards
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Have it on Punto's roof and bonnet..... Still looks like the day it was applied over a year ago!
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Just buy a sheet of this ABS Sheet and a vacuum former
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On external surfaces (the roof & tailgate spoiler on my Brera), the 3M stuff looks as good today as when it was applied 10 months ago with no sign of deterioration.

The inside didn't fare so well though and peeled from the complex surfaces on the first sunny day afterwards
Seems I spoke too soon The recent spell of scorching weather has caused the corners of the roof to peel & the tailgate spoiler to bubble

Guess it'll be peeled off this weekend
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the makers have got to love people like you.
like mustard, they make their money from the bits you don't use/eat
and you keep coming back for more
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(confession: once took a Fiat 500 1974 and trimmed it with bull bars, full rally floods, new battery, leopard skin seats, custom wheel trims and stainless exhaust pipes. It neither went faster nor ever pulled a young lady's attention my way. but it made me and my friends smile)
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Seems I spoke too soon The recent spell of scorching weather has caused the corners of the roof to peel & the tailgate spoiler to bubble

Guess it'll be peeled off this weekend
That didn't last long !
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I'm sorry -- if not entirely surprised -- to hear that, Simon
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I would argue that you shouldn't use it on taste grounds, and it seems like the Brera agrees Sorry Simon, couldn't resist......

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It may be a blessing in disguise as I am thinking of getting the headlining opened up
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