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Old 07-01-2012, 02:04 PM   #1
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Used "carbon fiber" vinyl on my window switch plastics

Im trying to keep all my mods functional, and this one IS.My girl constantly has a bracelet on that can easily scratch up this piece as well as my watch, and i hate this plastic its the cheapest looking part of the interior. So i used some 3m carbon fiber look vinyl that i had laying around on them. First time working with this stuff and a heat gun, takes time to get it right but not too hard. Its easy to remove too, i redid both sides twice after mistakes, no residue. It has a nice 3d effect in the sun too. I have the premium interior so i wont do much besides these pieces, i love the rest of the interior.



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If anyone is wondering how to remove them, you literally just pull up on the side facing the front of the car. Take the switches out to make it easier too before applying the vinyl. They have clips underneath them. The passenger side was very hard to remove i thought i was going to break the clips but i got them out without damaging anything. With a heatgun you can stretch it and form it around contours.
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Nice. That piece is on my list of things to cover with that 3m vinyl. Did the pattern warp with the heat gun?
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looks like you had fun with that Stig!
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You just use the heat gun lightly to get a good adhesion. I used it more on the top corner and the bend where the switch sits...those were the only hard parts. The pattern doesnt warp too easily and if it does it wont be noticeable since it would be on carners and bends.

gtz i sure did lol i ended up buying a red brake caliper paint kit...duplicolour the brush on one. It will be a while before i can get to doing it though.

The only other piece id like to wrap in the vinyl is around the door handle/lock switch. Not sure how easy it is to remove
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Looks great, Stig!

I was debating on doing my calipers red as well. I like the idea of the brush instead of the spray as I'm worried about the overspray and don't have much patients to mask everything. I'm sure you'll let us know how the process goes for you!
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Looks good man!
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Looks really good, much better than the stock ones do!
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I did the same but i ended up removing it . I also wrapped the housing around the headlight switch .
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I did the same but i ended up removing it . I also wrapped the housing around the headlight switch .
Why did you decide to remove it, and how was the take off? And the headlight switch housing covered sounds like it would look really good!
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Re: Used "carbon fiber" vinyl on my window switch plastics

I did the same thing but also removed it. Just wasn't sold on that being the only CF in the car. I did replace it with a solid glossy black (had some left over after I wrapped the roof with it). Great job on the wrap though Stig.
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I did the same thing but also removed it. Just wasn't sold on that being the only CF in the car. I did replace it with a solid glossy black (had some left over after I wrapped the roof with it). Great job on the wrap though Stig.
Agreed, i dont really want to do my whole car in this pattern. I want to find a vinyl that will match the brushed aluminum panels in my premium, but for now these are more for protection than style. The plastic is seriously cheap on this piece!
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Nice little touch man. I like!
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I removed it because some of the creases had bubbles and crease. I couldn't get the perfect fit i don't have to o much experience with vinyl and i got fustrated.
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I removed it because some of the creases had bubbles and crease. I couldn't get the perfect fit i don't have to o much experience with vinyl and i got fustrated.
Try using a heat gun (not just a blow dryer) and a credit card. I have this squeegee thing that came wigh a window frosting kit i got for my house front door, worked really well.

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Re: Used "carbon fiber" vinyl on my window switch plastics

Very nice.
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Looks great bro! Good job!
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How do you get inside the switch area ? Where it. Curves down
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How do you get inside the switch area ? Where it. Curves down
Obviously remove the switch itself, then you really got to hit it with the heat gun, and stretch out the vinyl alot, this takes the longest of the whole thing. In the end I added a tiny piece overtop of the curve on the inside to give it more of a flat look since the first layer would not conform to the bends in every angle, the piece wont be noticeable since the switch and its shadow will cover it anyways.
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Agreed it doesnt do curves well. But when you cut and fold it, the seams hide themselves well, it makes a crazy optical illusion.
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