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Vinyl or paint

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rberumen2, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Oct 29, 2009 at 5:23 PM
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    rberumen2

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    Does anyone have any advice for me. I'm debating about either painting the bumper valence or using vinyl? What is better?
     
  2. Oct 29, 2009 at 5:25 PM
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    Do you want it to be removable?? Repairable??

    Do you wheel your truck....just street??
     
  3. Oct 29, 2009 at 5:26 PM
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    I'm gonna vinyl my grill and bumper...I used vinyl for my fenders and front bumper. If I get tired of it...it comes right off. I also have a hook up so it didn't cost me much.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Oct 29, 2009 at 5:43 PM
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    Is the vinyl still removable? I heard it's not easy to take off as it is. And I go offroading everyonce in a blue moon. Mostly street tho
     
  5. Oct 29, 2009 at 5:45 PM
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    It's more easily removable than paint...and I'd go that route if I were going to do this.
     
  6. Oct 29, 2009 at 5:46 PM
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    IndigoTaco

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    I've read some threads about the vinyl being a BITCH to put onto the valence. Chris4x4 just painted someone's valence on here, in the pics it looked great...maybe someone can find that thread for you
     
  7. Oct 29, 2009 at 6:02 PM
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    My friend does vinyl for race cars...It is not that bad to take off and much easier than paint. I will likely keep it on unless they come off somehow on the trails
     
  8. Oct 29, 2009 at 8:29 PM
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    I did the lower valence vinyl "mod" a little while ago. I love the look, but yeah it is a pain in the A** to get it perfect. The top and front flat parts are the easiest, and you can get it really smooth if you take your time. The lower/underside is where the trouble really lies. There are quite a few hills and valleys under there, so the vinyl has a tendency to not want to go in without a few ripples, but to be honest it won't make a difference. Since the vinyl is black you won't see any of the defects unless you specifically look at the underside of the bumber. If you have the factory skid plate as well, it will cover it right up.

    I got my vinyl at a local art store. The sold it by the yard. Only cost me about $8 (CAD) for 3 yards (roughtly 9 Feet). I got extra just in case. The roll was about 14 inches wide which was more than enough to cover the whole centre lower valence.

    If you don't like it, its easy to take it off. Do it, you won't regret it.
     
  9. Oct 29, 2009 at 8:33 PM
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    A heat gun makes the fitting much easier.
     
  10. Oct 29, 2009 at 9:54 PM
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    I painted mine, but to each his own.
     
  11. Oct 29, 2009 at 9:56 PM
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    The Heat gun work cause it lets you mold the vinyl. The grade of vinyl I used is easier to mold cause it has air pockets...here is what she looks like today.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Oct 29, 2009 at 10:01 PM
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    AlexForbesR6

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    how easy was it to cut and mold it for something odd like those fender flares? i wanna try it on my fender flares to see if i like it for when i get my bushwackers :D

    plus if i like it i wont colour match my all pro front bumper when i get that
     
  13. Oct 29, 2009 at 10:04 PM
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    My friend did it so he molded it first and then cut it...I am sure if you take your time it will come out nice.
     
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