How to vinyl wrap a race car at home

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Update by Tom Suddard to the Nissan 350Z project car
Nov 28, 2023 | Nissan, vinyl, 350z, Nissan 350Z, Lamin-x, Vinyl Wrap

Fast, cheap and beautiful: three things that never seem to go together when it comes to paint jobs.

Well, until the 21st century rolled around.

As our LS1-swapped 350Z faced its return to the track, we found ourselves in the same position as every other racer: We wanted our car to look good, we wanted to spend very little money, and …

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QuikMcshifterson New Reader
11/28/23 11:12 a.m.

I've played with the vinyl wrapping a little and it's not as easy as it looks (not exactly super hard either,  just takes a little time and patience). 

Great job on the GRM Z car though, it looks awesome.

aircooled MegaDork
11/28/23 1:47 p.m.

Hmmm.  So, if you want a decent wrap, it's going to take a good amount of prep, some disassembly, a decent amount of time, and a good amount of money?

Sounds like a paint job.

Obviously, easier to remove(?) Less mess. Far easier to do complex designs. But much less durability(?) and doesn't really look as good (generally not very shiny).

I would be a lot more appealing if it was a lot cheaper.  Though, I could see, if you have a higher end car (to justify the costs, especially if you have someone else do it), and want try out different designs / colors etc.  It could be an attractive option.  Kind of like leasing your paint job.

For a first time attempt, especially the base color, that looks very good!  Considering it's a track car, as good as you might ever want it. 

j_tso Dork
11/28/23 2:09 p.m.

In reply to aircooled :

Less mess is a huge point for the DIY column. No over spray or need for a makeshift spray booth, not to mention risk to respiratory health.

BumpHeadRacing GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
11/28/23 3:17 p.m.

As I sit here with a multi-colored Spec944 in my garage... This is very relevant information

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/29/23 9:57 a.m.

In reply to aircooled :

As you noted, yeah, this was very much a learning experience. 

For us, a big thing was having a professionally looking project car. It needs to look good on track and in photos. Tom certainly delivered. 

Erniejohnson New Reader
11/30/23 4:57 p.m.


Erniejohnson New Reader
11/30/23 4:57 p.m.


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