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Good Vinyl Idea.. Terrible outcome!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by slimcubby, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Nov 17, 2008 at 9:22 PM
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    slimcubby

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    I decided to do the black vinyl on my lower bumper since I got my hands on some vinyl for free. I figured it would look good since I have seen other trucks with it and loved it. However! I could not for the life of me make the stuff lay smooth and not bubble or wrinkle. I have a couple more sheets to try it again but I am not sure if I want to go through the hour long hastle for an outcome that makes me want to rip my bumper off :mad:. If anybody has suggestions please let me know.

    Looks good from far....
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    But FAR from good!
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  2. Nov 17, 2008 at 9:25 PM
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    deadbolt do w3rk!

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    this happened to me too. and i ended up ripping it off and never looking back lol
     
  3. Nov 17, 2008 at 9:28 PM
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    Did you spray anything on the bumper first? Mix up a teaspoon of dish soap with water and put it in a spray bottle and spray away. The wetter the better. As long as there's moisture under the sticker, it should slide rather easily. Use a plastic putty knife or a piece of cardboard to smooth the bubbles out from under the vinyl. Be patient and work from one side to the other, it should come out perfect when it dries. Windex will work too, just be generous with it. Good Luck!!!
     
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    HEAT!! when we do the derby cars you really need some heat like a heat gun or steal your GF's or wife's expensive hair drier! She won't miss it.
     
  5. Nov 17, 2008 at 9:31 PM
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    You have to have about 5-6" extra around each edge..Vinyl is easily workable when warm..Warm it up with a Hair Dryer, You can literally stretch the vinyl around curves/corners and it'll look good...
     
  6. Nov 17, 2008 at 9:48 PM
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    Ok sounds good I will try another run at it during a hot day and use a hair dryer. I am pretty frustrated but would like to get it on there right and make it look good.
     
  7. Nov 17, 2008 at 9:51 PM
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    I just used a spray bottle with water only. I sprayed the hell out of the bumper and the vinyl (sticky side). I guess I should try it with some soap to make it a little more slippery.
     
  8. Nov 17, 2008 at 9:55 PM
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    Also, you might want to get some tips from sockmonkey.
    Hope it works out for you the next time you try!
     
  9. Nov 17, 2008 at 10:00 PM
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    Good idea i'll send him a PM hope he can help.
     
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    I plan on doing this when it gets warmer out again. Since I am in Alaska I have to wait til around next June or so. Hopefully it works out for you. I love the look of it.
     
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    I did that when I put my graphic's on my dirt bike and I broke her hair dryer. :eek:
     
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    NEVER USE WINDEX!!!!!!

    it is a chemical that gives off a gas and will prob cause more bubbles, over time, than prevent.

    the secret is time and temperature.
    take your time and do it in a warm temp.

    you must have something in the water to act as a lubricant (1 drop of dish soap in a small squirt bottle, maybe 2 in a large)

    start in the middle or largest surface that you can get to stick and work out from there.

    i put mine on in a 50deg garage over a year ago. (not ideal, but had hair dryer to help)

    and the flat is def harder to work with than the gloss (does not stretch as well....but looks better)

    this is why i warn everyone that you must do all the work to get this right (and provide 2 sheets).....it's a bitch and takes time.
    adding stripes and decals are a breeze compared
     
  13. Nov 18, 2008 at 8:04 PM
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    Had the same problem with the vinyl stickers on my headlights. Then did the same thing you guys are telling slimchubby. Use a spray bottle with soap and water...worked like a charm the second time. Good luck. Just be careful when your trimming. All that work needs to pay off in the end. LOL. Good luck.
     
  14. Nov 18, 2008 at 9:25 PM
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    I am going to attempt to redo it next Monday. I will just leave the butchered mess on there for now.. at least it looks nice from far far distances! haha. Thanks for the helo sock! I will def use the soap in the water to help move the vinyl around etc.
     
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