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spanner monkey
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Vinyl Wrap

Post by spanner monkey on Thu 02 Feb 2017, 2:52 pm

Love it or hate it ?. 

I'm all for originality, but I have a tiny dink to remove from my tank, I can't remember from whence it came, pull or fill, haven't decided, and three of the side panels ( radiator and side covers ) both sides to repair/replace. Quite like the idea of a vinyl wrap to jazz it up a bit and have seen some done on YouTube by motovloggers which look quite good, quite durable , so bought some off eBay in a matt green. Going to do it when the weather warms up a bit, and I have longer evenings to play with it all. Am I going to get ostracised on here
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ANDYC
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Post by ANDYC on Thu 02 Feb 2017, 3:28 pm

I hope not because I plan to wrap my track bike. More durable and much less prepping than painting. As well as being much cheaper.
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Post by spanner monkey on Thu 02 Feb 2017, 4:56 pm

I'd like to see the pics of that.  I'll upload a YouTube vid when mines done anyway... Cost and ease was my thoughts too.
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Llewelyn1965
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Re: Vinyl Wrap

Post by Llewelyn1965 on Thu 02 Feb 2017, 11:33 pm

spanner monkey wrote:Love it or hate it ?. 

I'm all for originality, but I have a tiny dink to remove from my tank, I can't remember from whence it came, pull or fill, haven't decided, and three of the side panels ( radiator and side covers ) both sides to repair/replace. Quite like the idea of a vinyl wrap to jazz it up a bit and have seen some done on YouTube by motovloggers which look quite good, quite durable , so bought some off eBay in a matt green. Going to do it when the weather warms up a bit, and I have longer evenings to play with it all. Am I going to get ostracised on here

It would be a sad day on the forum if you did get ostracised!! We are a bike family. Some people will like things  that are done and others will not, but we all love the cb500, so we should all tolerate individual tastes/choices. Let us know how the wrapping goes with some pics!!!
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Post by eternally_troubled on Tue 07 Feb 2017, 10:06 am

Vinyl wrap is great - especially if you want the option to go back Smile

It isn't possible for it to last as long as a 'proper' paint job but it should last 2 years at least - probably longer if you don't use the bike every day/keep it outside.

I'm pretty sure that there is a knack to applying it - part of me thinks that the process is likely to work when it is a little warmer outside so at this time of year some kind of heating might be a plan.

On here we think that anyone riding a CB500 (however modified) is great, so what you do to it is up to you, as long as you post some pictures for us to see Smile

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Beresford
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Post by Beresford on Tue 07 Feb 2017, 1:20 pm

There are lots of videos on youtube showing wrapping technique. I particularly liked the ones by a Canadian professional who shows how, and explains all the materials and tools as well.
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Post by Grarea on Tue 07 Feb 2017, 7:39 pm

Don't fancy it myself but am pretty interested to see how it goes.
I second the doing it in the summer as well.
I reckon it will be more pliable to apply.

How does it come? Is it shaped or just comes as a roll?
I can imagine the tank being difficult.
It will need a patient day and some cups of tea i reckon.
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Beresford
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Re: Vinyl Wrap

Post by Beresford on Tue 07 Feb 2017, 9:06 pm

Grarea wrote:
I second the doing it in the summer as well.
I reckon it will be more pliable to apply.
How does it come? Is it shaped or just comes as a roll
Installers use hot air guns to ease into shape. It comes on a roll, it's not standard adhesive vinyl but is made for the wrapping trade. The adhesive only sticks when positive pressure is applied to allow for manipulating into shape.
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Re: Vinyl Wrap

Post by spanner monkey on Tue 07 Feb 2017, 10:11 pm

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eternally_troubled wrote:Vinyl wrap is great - especially if you want the option to go back Smile

It isn't possible for it to last as long as a 'proper' paint job but it should last 2 years at least - probably longer if you don't use the bike every day/keep it outside.

I'm pretty sure that there is a knack to applying it - part of me thinks that the process is likely to work when it is a little warmer outside so at this time of year some kind of heating might be a plan.

On here we think that anyone riding a CB500 (however modified) is great, so what you do to it is up to you, as long as you post some pictures for us to see Smile


Well I will be sure to make a video doing it anyway. One of my subscription channels -  andymancam - did it On his Kawasaki versys and I thought it was an amazing presentation, and made it look, although I suspect it wasn't - simple. My 3 bikes are all garaged fortunately, and the hairdryer method will be the weapon of choice. Only issue is I have a small, 10 pence sized dent to pull in the tank no cracks to the paint so will try and pull rather than fill first. I do prefer originality though, but I think this is one of those acceptable sensitive mods...

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