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Old 06-09-2016, 01:56 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Who bought white perforated window vinyl and then someone asked which was more difficult, Plasti-Dipping a side mirror, or applying vinyl?
...and then had someone ask...? It was a gotcha question. I've seen full body wraps (which run about $3000) that cover everything except the mirrors. Covering a hood is straightforward. Wrapping the lower corners would be where they earn the money. The mirrors is where they give up.

Look at anything by dipyourcar.com on Youtube. Plastidip amounts to a vinyl wrap once you get to 5-8 coats.

'Frugal' would be to bare-metal the hood and polish it with steel wool every six months.



This one, for instance had been let go for 1 1/2 years. The car behind it has easily $4K in paint that requires constant maintenance. The owner saved enough that he could buy nice wheels and a Jeepers Creeper.


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Old 06-09-2016, 06:40 PM   #42 (permalink)
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... 'Frugal' would be to bare-metal the hood and polish it with steel wool every six months. ...
And you could clearcoat the bare metal, couldn't you?

The rat rod look:

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Clear coat or a polished metal sealant like Shine Seal or the two-part marine products.

https://www.google.com/search?q=polished+metal+sealant

Orange rust is good, because it is bonded to the surface. Brown rust is bad because it is spalling.

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