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Carbon Fiber Grille

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Larry D1000, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. Dec 17, 2010 at 10:53 AM
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    Larry D1000

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    Just a little experiment I wanted to try out since I can't find a black grill anywhere. I'll probably redo it tomorrow, I think I can get it a little better

    3D Flexible Carbon Fiber Vinyl (not sure if I can post the link where I bought it)
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    I bought a little extra 'cuz I knew it would take a couple tries.
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    The hard part
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    A little heat and the stuff stretches to get the wrinkles out. Sounds easy but it was a pain.
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  2. Dec 17, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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    cactuscorn

    cactuscorn Another FNG

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    i think thats pretty damn cool! a long term update and some clean macro shots of the multi angled areas would be nice. now about that link...
     
  3. Dec 17, 2010 at 11:09 AM
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    =JSG=

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    Can we see some closeups:D
     
  4. Dec 17, 2010 at 11:12 AM
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    Damn dude, that's badass!
     
  5. Dec 17, 2010 at 11:13 AM
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    Larry D1000

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    Here's a closer shot. You can see the seem where I had to do it in 2 sections. I have just enough left over to try it one more time using only one piece so that there is no seem, but I'm scared if I mess that up then I am back to square one. So I'm debating just living with the seem lines.

    www.topvinylfilms.com

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  6. Dec 17, 2010 at 11:16 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    Well done!
     
  7. Dec 17, 2010 at 11:20 AM
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    KPT

    KPT sees what you did there.

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    Looks great
     
  8. Dec 17, 2010 at 11:23 AM
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    KodiakToyTRD

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    Thats a sexy looking truck, and beautiful job on the grille.
     
  9. Dec 17, 2010 at 11:23 AM
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    Ahshiet

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    2thumps up for something new and it totally matched your truck!
     
  10. Dec 17, 2010 at 11:28 AM
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    cactuscorn

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    OEM bedmat, D rings in front keep it from gettin ripped off. Wet Okole seat covers
    i see what ya mean. bad spot for a seam. may want to try again with a spray bottle of a water/soap mix and a hard rubber squeegy like puttin on xpel tape - good instructions on their site too. id give ya a link but yer bogartin yers, so.... i think ya have a winner idea there that might be tastefully continued on other areas of the truck.
     
  11. Dec 17, 2010 at 11:35 AM
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    I wonder how the lower valence would look on my truck wrapped in this stuff instead of the flat black i did
     
  12. Dec 17, 2010 at 11:37 AM
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    Yeah, that seam is a bummer, but otherwise I like it a lot. Some matching carbon fiber eyelids might look cool too.
     
  13. Dec 17, 2010 at 11:41 AM
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  14. Dec 17, 2010 at 8:26 PM
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    georgeandkanoa

    georgeandkanoa the point is simply this

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    looks really good,nice work but I'd give'er another try to get the seems out,you can do it and you'll like it much better.
     
  15. Dec 17, 2010 at 8:30 PM
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    113tac

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    i would definitely do this to my truck, if you get the seams out it would be even better, did you get the flexible carbon fiber sheet?
     
  16. Dec 17, 2010 at 8:39 PM
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    i like this a lot!
     
  17. Dec 18, 2010 at 9:04 AM
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    Larry D1000

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    Yea, I got the flexible carbon fiber sheet... http://www.topvinylfilms.com/products/3D_Flexible_Black_Carbon_Fiber-1710-4.html

    They sell it by the linear foot in either 51" wide or 25" wide. I bought 3' of the 51" and that's enough for two tries at it. I think what made it hard was trying to do it by myself. It might be easier with another set of hands helping. Before I attempt doing it myself again, there's a wrap shop in town I need to check with to see if maybe they can do it for me.
     
  18. Dec 18, 2010 at 9:08 AM
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    oh alright cool, but yeah check them out, because that is definitely a different idea you had
     
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    Nice Job, very unique.
    Musta been a PITA
    Think the Fender Flares could be done to match?
    No good if you're off road a lot though, I would think.
     
  20. Dec 18, 2010 at 10:48 AM
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    Nice man! And your truck is badass! I bet if you clear coat it afterwards it would look like a carbon fiber hood.
     
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