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Old 03-22-2010, 04:49 PM   #1
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ok maybe dumb question but do you cut your holes before or after putting on wrap? Anyone use windex so you can adjust vinyl a little better?
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have your body completly cut out before putting on the wrap. The only thing i use putting them on is a little heat
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ok thanks. then do you use a blade to trim the vinyl around the holes?
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i cut the whole body out first to include the wheel wells, engine hole, tank fill hole, etc. not body mount holes. Then, i paint the inside of the body a solid color if the wrap will have gaps. Then I wrap without windex (Fastlanes are so sticky, a little windex will not let you slide it anywhere...) Heat gun it a bit for permanent adherance.

Then, I ream the body mount holes and do any small finish/trim/dremel work that might be necessary.
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I paint the inside of the body first. Then I wipe the outside of the body down with alchohol. Then I apply the wrap. I use a hair dryer to get it in the hard corners and curves with no problems. They stick really well too.
I use the Fastlane-Graphix wraps.
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i cut the whole body out first to include the wheel wells, engine hole, tank fill hole, etc. not body mount holes. Then, i paint the inside of the body a solid color if the wrap will have gaps. Then I wrap without windex (Fastlanes are so sticky, a little windex will not let you slide it anywhere...) Heat gun it a bit for permanent adherance.

Then, I ream the body mount holes and do any small finish/trim/dremel work that might be necessary.
+1 - just take your time.......... I did use windex for the big parts, then heat gun........
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it sounds like a big pain in the a$$ to me
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ok maybe dumb question but do you cut your holes before or after putting on wrap? Anyone use windex so you can adjust vinyl a little better?
DO NOT USE WINDEX, windex breaks down the glue. If anything use a mild soap mixed with some water.
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I would use 97% water and 3% johnsons baby shampoo instead of windex.
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I just put some wraps on before cutting out or painting the body. There were a couple things I liked about this method.

1. There is more of the body to hold on to when it's not precut.

2. Without paint on the inside you can look through the body to make sure that all of your edges have a good seal.

I didn't use Windex or anything. The Fastlane wraps are pliable enough that you can make the wrap flex/bend the way you need and you can peel them back a little without leaving glue on the body. (Some wraps are so thick that you just can't make them work in tight corners)

Of course, it might just be a personal preference issue.
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chad at fastlane says to use warm water and a little soap in a bowl then dip ur wrap piece by piece in the bowl to slide it into place then use a hair dryer not a heat gun
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