Imagine if you could draw or paint new graphics on your car in a matter of hours? It sounds like a stretch, but thanks to high quality materials like Scotchprint from 3M and companies like Graphiti of Mississauga, ON, completely changing the look of your vehicle in only a few hours is easy. Any design, color and textures that include carbon fiber and brushed aluminum are at your disposal for coming up with a new design for your ride.

Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

Step 1

A classic Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR, ready for a facelift.


Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

 

Step 2

Focusing on one side of the car, the gold-coloured brushed aluminum-finish vinyl is draped over the side of the car.

 


Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

 

Step 3

The vinyl is stretched tight over the door area.

 


Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

 

Step 4

The rear fender and roof pillars were next. A heat gun and years of experience let the vinyl conform perfectly.

 


Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

 

Step 5

Here we can see the trimming is done around the door handle and fuel filler cap.

 


Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

 

Step 6

Voila – the passenger side is done. Using a single piece ensure the grain of the vinyl flows smoothly front to back.

 


Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

 

Step 7

The driver’s side was next, followed by the hood – which will be done in two pieces.


Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

 

Step 8

Every feature needs to be addressed – here is the hood vent with just some basic trim work completed.

 


Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

 

Step 9

The heat gun and application tool are put to work around the hood vent.

 


Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

 

Step 10

Hood vent done, passenger side under way.

 


Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

 

Step 11

Left side almost done – another vent gets some attention.

 


Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

 

Step 12

The rear of the car, wrapped. Several components were removed to ensure a seamless and tidy look around the edges.

 


Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

 

Step 13

The driver’s side-air-vent wrapped in carbon-fiber finish vinyl.

 


Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

 

Step 14

Another back carbon-looking stripe down the hood hides the seam and accentuates the F1 styling cues of the SLR.

 


Graphiti.ca: Vehicle Wrap Installation

 

Step 15

In a matter of hours, this SLR has been dramatically changed and looks awesome!

More Articles

The Science of Stopping: Wilwood stops 1,000 hp FD RX-7

Many would think a car’s braking system is one of its simplest and easiest components to understand. Bigger is better right? You may be surprised to learn how much engineering and thought actually goes into designing a brake system for…
Read More

CGS Performance Supercharged 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback

Written by Randi Bentia / Photography by Jordan Lenssen In celebration of the 50th Birthday of the Ford Mustang, Ford displayed a few dozen Mustangs in the Central Hall of the 2014 SEMA Show. CGS Performance, out of Chino California,…
Read More

Scionce Project: Audio Install

Written by Dave MacKinnon | Photos by 20Hz Audio Sound and Security The PASMAG Scion tC audio build is done, but before we show you what we did to the rest of the car, we’re going to tease you with…
Read More

Subprise! Custom Vintage Subwoofer Enclosure

Written by Micky Slinger | Photos by Terence Gamble Traditionally, the main idea behind custom subwoofer enclosures has been about showing off. But a new trend has flipped that idea on its head. Now you have to find them! Hiding…
Read More

2013 DMCC Champion: Francis Tasse

The 2013 DMCC season was one of the craziest seasons to date and with 8 rounds it was also the longest season DMCC has ever had. The championship came down to the very last round at Sanair where Francis Tasse…
Read More