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Old 03-12-2015, 02:03 AM
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Wrapping 300sd good idea?

I really like my 300sd but I'm not rich by any means. I've been looking at vinyl wraps as an option to give my sd a new look with out a lot of money invested. What do you guys think
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Old 03-12-2015, 04:08 AM
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A lot of vinyl wraps look tacky and cheap to me, and a 300SD deserves better than that. Save your money and get a paint job.
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Old 03-12-2015, 04:21 AM
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You can probably get a decent paint job for the cost of a wrap if you shop around and do some of the prep work yourself (ie: removing trim)
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Old 03-12-2015, 04:34 AM
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You may be able to be paid by companies that advertise on your wrapped car. I offered one of my firms that option on my brand new MB in 1999. The cheap skates wouldn't meet my terms of dollars though.
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:04 AM
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I've considered it as a fast way of getting my 300D back on the road but from reading about on the subject it seems as though the plastic doesn't last much longer than three years. To my mind this makes it a rather expensive option.
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:17 AM
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I've seen the aftermath of a wrap job after a couple years - one of the cars Vstech acquired.

What a mess.

I would first look into trying to recover the existing paint job. With the right technique I've seen some amazing transformations.
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Old 03-12-2015, 09:39 AM
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If you have plenty of time but less money, you can paint your car yourself for $100 or so.

Remove trim etc, sand the car, wash with dawn dish detergent.

Buy suitable oil-based paint, thin to about the consistency of milk, maybe a little thicker.

Roll it on with a cheapo foam roller, let it dry, wet sand and wash. Repeat until you've got about 8 - 10 coats.

Polish, wax, done.

This method may take weeks, or even longer if you do one panel at a time, but no special skill or tools are required, no paint booth, just lots of time and patience.
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Old 03-12-2015, 10:28 AM
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I'd plasti-dip it if you're short on dough and it already looks junky. Set your expectations to match the car

I hit the roof of my truck with plasti dip, the only prep I did was washing with simple green and taping it off. Has lasted just fine for 8 months so far.
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Old 03-12-2015, 01:38 PM
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I've seen the aftermath of a wrap job after a couple years - one of the cars Vstech acquired.

What a mess.

I would first look into trying to recover the existing paint job. With the right technique I've seen some amazing transformations.
that wasn't a wrapped car, that was a car with ... shelf paper sections applied... a wrap is a MUCH larger process that the idiot that "wrapped" that car!!!
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The problem is not the paint but the rock chips. Huge and deep. I can prep myself. But I heard that good paint cost more than $600. 3m 1080 vinyl is $200 for 200 square feet. I've seen some good looking wraps of 300d's. I ordered 6 square feet and I'll try it and let you guys know how it goes. If I like it I'll do th hood later in the summer
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Old 03-12-2015, 09:31 PM
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You may be able to be paid by companies that advertise on your wrapped car. I offered one of my firms that option on my brand new MB in 1999. The cheap skates wouldn't meet my terms of dollars though.
Maybe I dodged a bullet if it's hard on the paint or surface? I guess a new Mercedes-Benz wouldn't have been a very good test case, at any rate.
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Old 03-12-2015, 10:56 PM
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I'd only wrap my car if the wrap had fish scales
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:03 PM
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The problem is not the paint but the rock chips. Huge and deep. I can prep myself. But I heard that good paint cost more than $600. 3m 1080 vinyl is $200 for 200 square feet. I've seen some good looking wraps of 300d's. I ordered 6 square feet and I'll try it and let you guys know how it goes. If I like it I'll do th hood later in the summer

An older merc shouldn't be too bad since the body lines are pretty straightforward. the raw materials are relatively inexpensive but you need to really take your time to do it well. This means removing trim, doing a very through clean, etc.


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Old 03-13-2015, 12:38 AM
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I'd only wrap my car if the wrap had fish scales
For a thousand dollars a month??
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:13 AM
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I meant just in general. If I could get a nice fish skin print.

Now that I've looked at a few cars with this done, it doesn't look bad. Thing is, if I have to take all the trim off anyway, why not just sand it down with a power sander and take it in and get it sprayed for $500.
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