Wrapping a Fiero (Page 1/2)
ledtear MAY 23, 11:19 AM
So I have an 88 that is in serious need of a paint job. But I am wondering if wrapping it is an option. I've never done it before. Is it difficult? Is it something an amateur can take on?
Cliff Pennock MAY 23, 05:19 PM
I recently (like a year ago) wrapped a motorcycle and it was a lot harder than I expected but I think that's because the body parts that needed to be wrapped were small and quite curvy. Also, I kept readjusting the vinyl because I thought certain creases would otherwise never come out. By doing that, I actually overstretched the wrap a few times, causing it to discolor.

Then the second time I wrapped it (I redid it about 6 months later) it was much easier since I understood the vinyl is very forgiving and creases actually come out easily f you use moderate heat from a heat gun or blow dryer.

I honestly thing wrapping a Fiero isn't that hard since the body panels aren't all that curvy at all. Just watch a few videos on YouTube and you get a good idea what it takes to wrap a car. I'm actually thinking about wrapping my Fiero too. The only problem I see is that it won't last forever. I've read that 5 years is the max before it starts to get ugly. Also, it will not cover up any irregularities. If you have chipped paint, that will be visible once wrapped too.
theogre MAY 23, 06:31 PM
Wrapping needs good finish to attach to or will fail & likely soon, @ minimum will look like crap because most defects shows thru.

So bad clear coat etc must be fix before applying the wrap.

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IMSA GT MAY 23, 06:49 PM
See this thread for a video
87GT3800SC5SPD MAY 23, 09:43 PM
This link to CK Wraps has a lot of videos by a very skilled wrapper that gives some very informative instruction on specific situations as Cliff has mentioned. Heat is a must and he shows where to heat, where to stretch along with how and when. CK Wraps is careful and methodical while the previously posted video is fast and a bit sloppy in places.



As Ogre has said, the surface has to be prepared as well as if you were going to paint, if you want the wrap to stay and look good. If the clear coat is pealing, so will the wrap. If there are chips and gouges in the paint, they will show through the wrap, just like paint.

My choice to wrap is based on the space I have to work is not a place that would be welcome to have overspray all over everything. Also, the paint would have to be done all at once, where the wrap can be done in stages as time allows.

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Mike in Sydney MAY 24, 12:22 AM

Originally posted by Cliff Pennock:

...I've read that 5 years is the max before it starts to get ugly...

Wraps are good for:
1) Protecting a perfect paint finish from the elements. They can be stripped of and the paint finish still be good. Lots of exotic car owners in Sydney have their rides clear wrapped to protect the factory finish
2) Getting a new look, quickly. They are a lot faster than a new paint job.
3) Getting a different type of finish, e.g.: chrome, metallics, snakeskin, etc.
4) Saving money. Wraps are considerably less expensive than a 1st class paint job.

Wraps can last a long time if they are protected from the weather. The length of time will vary on the type of finish - metallics fade quickly if exposed to the sun as do some reds and greens. High pressure washing at the carwash is a no-no.
IMSA GT MAY 24, 12:50 AM
Quikgta had a nice wrap on his Fiero.

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tnkgnr MAY 30, 09:14 PM
I wrapped mine last winter. Wasn't too hard - just get a little extra wrap since there will almost certainly be mistakes made. But when you make a mistake, just discard that portion and try again. As was previously linked, I looked at a lot of videos by CK wraps before deciding to go this route. My paint was pretty bad too, which is why I chose to do this. As mentioned, minor imperfections do show through, so fill in those chips and sand things smooth before proceeding.

Mine certainly isn't a professional job, but it's way better than the paint job I had, and the color is pretty unique so turns even more heads than normal.

BingB MAY 30, 09:38 PM
How much would it cost?

Plain non-metallic color.
tnkgnr MAY 30, 11:50 PM
I bought a 50' x 5' roll of the satin red metallic and it was $215. Had well more than enough leftover even with some mistakes. But I didn't go with a name brand, which I think was about double the cost. Having someone do it for you of course would skyrocket that cost and would depend on their labor charge.