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I got this info off another forum & thought it was interesting, so decided I'd share. For those of you wondering how they got the satin black GenCoupe to look that way, it's called foiling.

It's a protective 3M type covering that can be gotten in any color that lasts about 3-4 years & is designed to protect the paint from chips etc. It's similar to vinyl decals, but is used to cover the entire car & can be purchased with logos or designs already implemented.





here is 3M website for those interested...
Products for cars trucks and buses from 3M in the US

I wanna give credit to Gencoupe.com for these pics



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im confuzled?! is the car white or black lol casue the flat black and matching rims lookin all murdered out looks pretty bananas!
 

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So whats the cost to do this? I wonder when it starts coming off?
From what I under stand it costs aroud $1300-$2000 & lasts about 3 years before it starts fading. Have not heard of any problems with it coming off though. May get chipped up a little over time in the front like your paint would. Although, that's part of its purpose - to protect paint from chips etc...

But keep in mind, that you can have designs or logos made into it & to have a paint job of that caliber would cost at least $5 grand.

The BMW is black getting foiled to white, but the GenCoupe was foiled flat black.

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Auto Wraps

Now I know everyone has seen a Scion with "Big Al's Poodle Wash" all big on the side of it, with bubbles all over the rest of the car lol But I think that using a car wrap to 'skin' your car with the graphics you want instead of repainting it would be a economical way to make a unique car. I dont think I've seen any show cars or non-business cars using these but I think I would. What do ya think?
 

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Yeah, here's a good example.

That shows mostly advertising on cars but I dont see why it cant be modified to show some sick graphics on a show car. And in the area, a company called Fast Signs can do it, but Im not sure of their quality.
 

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so this is like those 7series BMWs in the movie Taxi with Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon!
 

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My experience working with vinyl....

I had my 2003 Accord Coupe wrapped from gloss black stock paint to flat white 3M vinyl. For me, when it first went on, it looked nice the way the sun hit it. My experience with 3M vinyl (probably applies to most vinyl since 3M is top of the line)...

- if your doing highway driving, your going to chip the vinyl, and when you chip the vinyl deep enough, you see the original paint underneath
- if your going to do it yourself, heat gun is a must as well as two friends (you don't have to like them, but its better if you do...)
- if your car body has a lot of deep undercuts, such is the case with a lot of body kits, the vinyl won't stretch that far, and if you stretch it far enough it'll tear (sucks when you've spent hrs working on a bumper and the $200 piece of vinyl tears)
- gloss colors fade quickly, especially in the sun, and it's depressing watching it happen....(matte might be a much better option since there's no "clear" coat on top to fade...)

If i could go back and save the $3000, i definitely would've went with a paint job and used the vinyl for any accents (like the roof, door handles, trunk.....small sections that you can easily replace if they chip or fade, and will be relatively cheap....)
 
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