How to Vinyl Wrap Interior Trim | DETAILED GUIDE |


what’s going on I went ahead and wrapped
the interior trim of my WRX with a brushed steel textured vinyl and I
wanted to share my installation this is gonna show you what you can expect and
how to make your own installation go smoother let’s get to it
here you can see everything we’re gonna need to get this job done these are all
the trim pieces that I’m going to be wrapping and I’m gonna be wrapping them
with this brushed steel vinyl this brush steel vinyl has brushstrokes running
vertically on the vinyl itself and that’s important because if you’re
wrapping a long piece like this and you want the brushstrokes to run
horizontally on the piece then this is not going to reach because it’s not long
enough so you have to either get a piece of vinyl wide enough to cover the
longest piece that you want to wrap or you have to get a piece of vinyl that
has the brushstrokes running in the direction that you want it in this
case it would be horizontally that’s not going to be a problem if you’re using a
solid color now my vinyl came in a kit and it came with a little tube of primer
I’ll explain that in a little bit it also came with a squeegee with a
felt-tip and this is so that you don’t damage the vinyl as you’re installing it
you’re also gonna need some alcohol and a rag to wipe the pieces before you
start your installation and x-acto knife to cut the trim on the back of the
pieces, a heat gun you can do it with a blow dryer but heat gun is much more
effective for the job and it has a lot of other uses so it’s good to have
laying around and to make the job easier if you have some painters tape laying
around and a piece of cardboard so you don’t damage the surface you’re working
on first thing I’m gonna do is cut a piece of vinyl to size I’m gonna
anchor it with a piece of painters tape you don’t have to do this it just helps
then you can position the piece where it’s gonna go you’re gonna want about a
1-inch border around the particular piece that you’re cutting keep in mind
that if you have textured vinyl to cut the piece according to which direction
you want the texture to go so in my case I want it to go this way so I’m gonna
place it just like this with a 1-inch border around now it’d be nice if the
vinyl had a grid in the back to kind of show you the line so you can align
properly all it has are these little markers so that’s basically what you
have to go by you don’t have to worry about that obviously if you have a solid
color but if you have textured then you do have to worry about that
so preparation is going to be the most important part of this entire job so
when you remove your pieces of trim from your car if you have any sort of residue
on them any waxy residue make sure you clean the piece with like soapy warm
water that way you can remove all the wax and strip it and make the surface s
pure as possible and to get it completely ready we’re gonna give it a
good cleaning with alcohol and this is gonna get all the contaminants out and
it’s gonna get the surface ready to accept the adhesive on the back of the
vinyl so you’re just gonna wipe it down don’t forget to do the edges on the
inside of the piece because that’s where the vinyl is gonna wrap around with the
vinyl position where it’s gonna go you can start getting the high areas you
don’t have to do it very hard right now because you might have to do this right
here that I’m doing all right before I get much further I want to show you
something this step right here is not mandatory this primer is gonna help the
adhesive on the back of the vinyl really really grip onto the piece this is not
meant to go on the entire surface of the piece that you’re covering this is only
meant to go on the very edges where the vinyl is gonna wrap around basically
is gonna make your installation last longer you can buy these separate if you
want or like I said these can come in the kit you don’t need them but they do
help if you do get them there’s a black dot right there there’s a capsule inside
with a primer so you have to crush that black dot to release the primer onto the
applicator right there also another thing to keep in mind if you take off
the vinyl in the future the primer can leave a residue behind okay you crushed
that piece this smells very strong okay so this inside edge is gonna be the
hardest part of this piece so I like to start with the hardest part I’m doing is
taking the applicator and going around the perimeter of that inside edge
by the way this applicator is a one-time use is not going to last more than a day
because it’ll dry out so just keep that in mind too we’ll let that dry there’s a lot of
tension in this middle part right here and that’s because of this gap in here
there’s a bridge going on from this side to this side you can see that right
there there’s a bridge right when you have situations where there’s a bridge
like that what you want to do is minimize the tension on the corners and
the way you do that is by starting down the middle and then working your way
outward if you started on this side you’re gonna cost too much tension on
this side and vice versa so we’re just gonna heat the piece in
the middle it’s important to apply a lot of pressure on this that way you can
prevent air bubbles so you can see what I’m talking about now you have all of
that tension in these two edges right here when it comes to vinyl heat is your
friend but you don’t want to over stretch the vinyl so make sure you only
use the heat when you absolutely need it and if you’re working like I am with
your fingers make sure that your nails don’t scratch up the vinyl you can scratch it so I’m being very careful here and we’re basically gonna do the same
thing going around the piece so I’m gonna heat it in the middle and kind of work
my way that way and back this way so I’m gonna turn the piece over here in a
second but before I do I want to make absolutely certain that there’s no
trapped bubbles of air anywhere so I’m gonna give it a good look especially in
the corners where there was a lot of tension so I’m really paying a lot of
attention to this corner here and that corner there and these corners and I
don’t see any air anywhere so what I’m gonna do now is I’m just
gonna cut out a hole down the middle to relieve some of that tension in here so
I can finish wrapping the corners these corners are nice and rounded so I
shouldn’t have a problem stretching the vinyl over them without having to cut
deep slits in it when you cut to relieve the tension make sure you leave yourself
about an inch working surface because remember you’re gonna have to wrap the
vinyl around it’s better to be conservative with
these slits rather than overdo it and find out later so if you want to cut
more after you start heating then you could do that but if you cut too much
and you bring it to the corner then you can’t fix it I’ll start with this
surface here because I have a good way to hold it on this side you want to pull
a little bit and stretch just a slightly stretch not too much you don’t want to
overdo it with the stretching if you get to the point where there’s too much
tension we’ll cut a slit again so I’m going to cut a little slit here because
there’s a little tension there so we’re gonna end up wrapping that around but we
just have to be patient and do it slowly from this point it’s basically rinse and
repeat keep applying heat so that the vinyl remains pliable if you try to
stretch it while it’s cold you can easily rip it the goal here is to wrap
the vinyl around the rim and then once we’re done we can trim the excess
this requires a bit of patience so take your time and you’ll be okay once you’re
satisfied you can go ahead and use the exacto knife to cut all that excess off make sure you use your fingernails to
kind of push the vinyl tightly around that edge there where we put the primer
a lot of people don’t show the backs when they’re doing these on videos and
it’s probably because it just never looks good but it doesn’t matter the
back is the back you’re never gonna see the back just make sure that you don’t
end up covering the clips because obviously you need to put the piece back
on the car so what matters is how it looks from the front and that looks
great so we’re gonna go ahead and do the outside of the outside corner is easier
than the inside corners now the corners are the hardest part to do we’re gonna
heat it up and then we’re gonna kind of spread the corner out neither side it
has too much material so we’re gonna basically spread the material evenly on
both sides so I’m just heat it up and I’m gonna grab it and at an angle pull
it over this heat is your friend it doesn’t look good you can pull it back
out and do it again see right there it doesn’t look bad at all already when you
hit it with heat it kind of wraps around the corner and that’s when it wraps and
it doesn’t you know come off that’s when you know you’re good so that’s you know
that’s that’s good right there especially with a primer that’s not going anywhere see there so that doesn’t look bad and
that doesn’t show anyways but it doesn’t look bad I’ll do the same thing on this
if you got too much material just cut it to make it easier to work with so all I’m doing is pushing the vinyl onto
that edge make sure we have a solid connection there and then we’ll cut the
excess off I hope this video at least motivates you
to take on your own wapping project I’ve done this a handful of times and every
time it comes out better with a little patience you can transform your car to suit your own tastes be sure to leave the video like if it was useful to you and
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