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      11-17-2019, 12:54 PM   #1
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Carbon wrapping the area above the pipes

Im looking at having a local firm to wrap (with CF) the area above my exhaust and above the OEM diffuser. I started to do it myself (donít laugh) just to see what it looks like as i think the standard finish is a bit dull. I was looking at a whole new diffuser but i already really have the OEM CF lower diffuser. Will share the pictures when i have it done this week - its only $100 so can always remove if i dont like it
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      11-17-2019, 02:25 PM   #2
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That might look good but a couple points:

- You'd want the shop to recommend you a vinyl wrap that could withstand the heat + dirt from the exhausts
- Could they supply a vinyl that matches the OEM center diffuser - otherwise it may look odd having two types of carbon fiber finish on adjacent panels
- If you've got spare or sample vinyl, may as well give it a go yourself and run with it for a few weeks to see how you like/how it holds up. save the £££
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That might look good but a couple points:

- You'd want the shop to recommend you a vinyl wrap that could withstand the heat + dirt from the exhausts
- Could they supply a vinyl that matches the OEM center diffuser - otherwise it may look odd having two types of carbon fiber finish on adjacent panels
- If you've got spare or sample vinyl, may as well give it a go yourself and run with it for a few weeks to see how you like/how it holds up. save the £££
Thanks for the advice - some good points to consider
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That might look good but a couple points:

- You'd want the shop to recommend you a vinyl wrap that could withstand the heat + dirt from the exhausts
- Could they supply a vinyl that matches the OEM center diffuser - otherwise it may look odd having two types of carbon fiber finish on adjacent panels
- If you've got spare or sample vinyl, may as well give it a go yourself and run with it for a few weeks to see how you like/how it holds up. save the £££
Thanks for the advice - some good points to consider
Ive yet to find a 1x1 wrap, anyone?
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      11-19-2019, 01:58 PM   #5
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Well, I got the wrapping done by a local professional and really happy with the result. Time will tell but considering I couldnít find a decent OEM or other way to complement my existing OEM lower diffuser it matches well without looking too cheap.
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Well, I got the wrapping done by a local professional and really happy with the result. Time will tell but considering I couldn’t find a decent OEM or other way to complement my existing OEM lower diffuser it matches well without looking too cheap.
That is SLICK. That is the 2x2 pattern? Or the 1x1 - love it
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That is SLICK. That is the 2x2 pattern? Or the 1x1 - love it
Thanks - a worthy excercise I think for £80 - not sure if its 1x1 but they reckoned this was the nearer visible match and agree there isn’t much contrast to the diffuser which is right next to it. They were able to take the whole panel off to wrap it properly
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I think it'll burn off eventually -- or damage the paint with the residue + excessive heat + carbon buildup. I hope you coated the wrapped area, or at least put a PPF under the carbon wrap.
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I think it'll burn off eventually -- or damage the paint with the residue + excessive heat + carbon buildup. I hope you coated the wrapped area, or at least put a PPF under the carbon wrap.
thanks but the company that fitted the wrap didnít see it as an issue and the immediate area near the exhaust has the m-performance carbon fibre surround so no direct heat or at least its shielded. Also the paint work has a ceramic coating as does the rest of the car. Iíll keep it clean so think it should be ok. Will keep an eye on it though...
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Looks top mate - good job especially for 80 quid. Will be interested to see how it holds up - keep us posted.
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Looks top mate - good job especially for 80 quid. Will be interested to see how it holds up - keep us posted.
Cheers mate, will keep everyone posted
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Looks top mate - good job especially for 80 quid. Will be interested to see how it holds up - keep us posted.
pleased to report the wrap is holding up perfectly
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Great to hear, might go this approach myself if I can nab a good deal on an OEM diffuser!
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Great to hear, might go this approach myself if I can nab a good deal on an OEM diffuser!
Great, good luck, I think the OEM diffuser is the way to go. Itís a pity there isnít an OEM more molded part where I did the wrap. Iíve been tempted by the 3D indesign one but the wrap is an easy compromise.
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still holding up with the exhaust heat?
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still holding up with the exhaust heat?
yeah, no Iíll affects at all. Like new. I had the whole car ceramic coated anyway before hand. Very pleased
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