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Hey guys... I had some private messages asking how I wrapped the front end with vinyl.

I thought of putting the answer into a post so others can get an idea as well.




The top bit is simply a rectangular shape.



I just measured it and cut a piece of vinyl. I used a bit of soap water to apply the vinyl. As soon as you pull the vinyl off it's carrier spray the soapwater on its back, on the sticky side. This prevents it from drawing dust particles and you can move it around a little while applying it to the bike. When you are happy with the way it sits you squeeze the water out with a soft cloth. Don't get inpatient when doing that... take your time. Once the soap water is gone the sticker will grip and over night it'll completely dry. You can use a heat-gun to speed up the process a little... and if it fails the first time, pull the vinyl off and try again... absolutely nothing wrong with trying several times. :)

Let it overlap where you are least likely to see the seam.




For the bottom part you probably have to make little strips for where the fork is thicker. I did remove the front fender to have a bit more space wrapping the strips around. If you can remove the front wheel it'll be perfect. See below how I have done it... not the cleanest work I've done but as soon as you step half a meter away from the bike you can't see the cuts.

With these bits I also used a heat-gun set to 150C. But it'll depend on which type of vinyl you get.





Questions? :eek:

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Where do you get this type of vinyl from?
General auto parts store or specialist signwriter supplies?
Are there better/worser products out there?
Is this the same sort of stuff they wrap cars in?
The way you did the small strip on your seat cowl, did you pre cut that or trimmed it once in place?
What are the winning Lotto numbers for next weekend? :confused:
 

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Where do you get this type of vinyl from?
General auto parts store or specialist signwriter supplies?
Are there better/worser products out there?
Is this the same sort of stuff they wrap cars in?
The way you did the small strip on your seat cowl, did you pre cut that or trimmed it once in place?
What are the winning Lotto numbers for next weekend? :confused:
Hehe, Capitan!

Where do you get this type of vinyl from?
- Sign-writer supply (I ordered here before http://www.ags.com.au/)

General auto parts store or specialist signwriter supplies?
- see above

Are there better/worser products out there?
- there are wet & dry application vinyls out there... and yes, there are low and high quality vinyls out there

Is this the same sort of stuff they wrap cars in?
- yes, although there are different types, see above answer

The way you did the small strip on your seat cowl, did you pre cut that or trimmed it once in place?
- simply pre-cut, roughly measured then cut, then wet-applied. I would never cut after it has been applied. I do believe 'pros' do that but I won't trust it.




What are the winning Lotto numbers for next weekend? :confused:
- 1, 8, 16, 25, 32, 45... i think



Some more serious information:

Vinyl for dry application

Oracal 970MRA(with air-channels) - I have not used this one before, but sounds similar to the HEX30000 below.

Hexis HX30000 - Used this for my GS when I wrapped it in military green





Vinyl for wet application

Oracal 970 - <<<< what I used on my 9T





Arlon 'Calon 2100/2200/2270 Series' - The vinyl used on my GS, photo below. It was more matt than the one above (used on the 9T now).

Wrapped is: Frame, front-end, head-guards, tank, side panels, nose, handle-bars and tail. When I sold the bike I had it for 5 years and the frame as well as the fork, which was still was the original vinyl, were still in very good nick!




There is an old thread in the ADV Rider Forum where I posted heaps of information too.


Com'on Capitan, you gotta be happy with this complex answer :D

Let me know if you need any more info :eek:


Ohh... and no, I'm no professional sign-writer or vinly pro. I work in IT and have normally nothing to do with this stuff. With a bit of patience anyone can do this.
 

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I have another question of this thread.
what about license plate holder?
If it is wunderlich.. could you tell me the product number or web link?

sorry for my english .. and bike is gorgeous. g'day!
 

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... and front fender bracket ;)

The head-covers are also wrapped? In this pic they reflect light like it is from a painted surface.
 

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Marc, I can't stop looking at that green GS.
I swear I friggin love that thing, it's really the best color on a GS I've ever seen.
You still have it?
 

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Marc, I can't stop looking at that green GS.
I swear I friggin love that thing, it's really the best color on a GS I've ever seen.
You still have it?
man, you check out that awesome 9T of mine... not the GS :eek:

Ok, even though the GS is off-topic, the vinyl wrapping isn't. That's why I have a couple of photos of the 'application' of vinyl and what a coincident... its the application of the green vinyl :D ....only for you Bonko

The GS changed color a couple of times through it's 5 years with me. And no, I sold it in January this year... in matt black. The green was just a phase I went through... I thought it didn't suit the bike too well.

Here are a couple of photos from when I ripped the matt black off and applied the green "dry-application" vinyl.




















...and the final version with all the stickers is in the next post.

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so cool Marc.

Does the vinyl react to the heat gun? shrink-fitting onto the surface??

Or was the heat gun used just to dry things up a bit?
 

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Thank you Marc, your directions were the inspiration and made blacking out my forks easy peasy even though I've never wrapped anything!
I used 3M 1080 Scotchprint Matte Black Vinyl Vehicle Wrap Film I bought on ebay and used the liquid solution that came with a Zagg Skin computer wrap kit .







Even though it wasn't needed for the forks, a friend who does lots of wraps turned me onto this product which should make things even easier for future wrapping projects, I'm might play with a few other bits once I get my bike back from the paint shop:



Thanks again for a comprehensive DIY, sticky worthy!
 

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so cool Marc.

Does the vinyl react to the heat gun? shrink-fitting onto the surface??

Or was the heat gun used just to dry things up a bit?
It simply makes the vinyl flexible... Vinyl should not change size when heated up!

When applying vinyl wet (soapy water) the heatgun does act as a dryer a little bit, but the main goal is to get it flexible and soft you can push it into corners like the BMW letters on the GS's side panels.

This HEX vinyl has the ability to go back to its original shape... ie surface smoothness. You can crumble it up like a piece of paper, warm it up and it straightens itself out without any creases left!
 
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