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Old 05-12-2013, 05:24 PM
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Wrapped my TJ in matte black (at home)

So, earlier in January my 12 y.o. comes about with an excited "dad! dad! in the new callofduty there are guys in nuketown with the coolest black Jeep why don't we get one"

Me thinking: call of duty? nuketown? whaaaaat?????

So he shows me a distressed matte black topless JK featured in the game.

And I discover "the" game... rather cool I must admit. Had to take on myself not to grab a pad a start shooting those ****** running all over the place.

Took a close look at the "factory" Call of Duty Wrangler at the local dealer and found it a bit corny..

Searched the net for matte black paint jobs and discovered vinyl technology. Decided to give it a try at home to surprise an "unsurprisable" pre-teen. Now that's a challenge for someone with no car body work experience...

To wrap it up: after about 50 hours of trial and errors, the TJ rolled out of the garage in it's new matte black livery with Black Ops II decals


And I got my little personal victory: a really impressed teenager

Showtime:

The before..... and... ....after


The Black Ops II TJ




All that for about $150 of generic matte black vinyl, a heat gun and an unaccountable number of beer cans..

Interested in details? feel free. Ready to share my experience
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Wish you posted bigger pics, I may be 38 but damn man... I don't pull out the magnifying glasses as of yet

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... humble apologies here they are

the before and after:





The factory version_






The "game" JK:




The "home" version:







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Thank you and AWESOME!
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I play BO2 a lot so I'm pretty biased when I say, THAT IS SO F'N SWEET!!!
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Nice job
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Btw, where did you get that BO2 emblem from? Or did you make it? Jeep looks great.
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Looks goooood! Now bedline them flares and you'll be set I know I know there's always something else to do but that's part of the fun..
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How much did you end up needing to do the exterior? Did you use 3M? Looks awesome! I really dig the matte look but a new paint job is way too expensive. Plasti dip is an option but would get ripped off on the trail. How does vinyl stand up to abuse? I realize its not paint and will get damaged but just wondering.
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The factory version_



I wouldn't mind the other jeep model...you know. the one on the right
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The factory version_



I wouldn't mind the other jeep model...you know. the one on the right

that's what i was thinking, lol.


but really nice job. plastidip those wheels & see if that gets an even closer look to the game.
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It looks really good but why are the doors a different shade?
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Looks good. Been considering doing the matte black thing to my black jeep. The clearcoat on the hood of my '98 is peeling in a big way. Will have to consider this option! Thanks for posting!



And yeah, I know about having he kid that plays BO2 as well. He recently hit the "Master Prestige" status! What a gamer geek!
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Thank you all for positive reviews. It really make me proud. Just answer a few:

@slayer74 from NC. For the Black Ops II sticker (and many other decals) Mr. Tony from thatstickerguy.com (thatstickerguy Car Window Stickers & Photography Prints) wil get you rolling in no time.

@SeVeReDiStOrTiOn frm CA, quite right, now they are ugly. That's the next "finishing" detail. Will probably try to Plastidip (or bedline them).

@ PaulisTJ : there is quite a loss in cutting. I ordered one 30m x 1.5m roll of generic/noname chinese vinyl. Cost was 150$ + shipping. We wasted quite some (also played with some vinyl ). There is still ca. 4m left. Surely a professional would use less than 20m. Vinyl is surprisingly resistant. It will scratch but definitely not peel by itself. It will protect the paint from all kind of lighter scratches and round stones but no match to sharper stones. But again you can most easily "patch" the vinyl and replace the panel if it gets ugly.

@jimmy_buckle... I'll try to get a picture for you only

@vinman from CA, the color is same everywhere. It's the same roll of vinyl. Perhaps the material is very slightly textured and reflects the light differently depending on angle of the sample. Oddly that's seen only with a camera. Perhaps something to do with light polarization?
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That looks spectacular! Do tell us how you did the vinyl on it, I am interested in that!!
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It took me ca. 50 hours to complete. Worked about 1-2h at a time after work. Having a couple of helping hands does really help.

Most time consuming is actually disassembling the many thingies screwed on the body of Wranglers. Some you may keep and simply cut around (door handles, windshield bumpers and tie-down on the hood etc). Others you must take off (rear stop lights, spare tire holder etc). The fender flares are a great pain in the ass. You can keep them on and cut along but it really makes the job much easier when off. Removing those many rusted bolts (many are hard to reach) takes an incredible time.

Front light bezels are a real mind challenge lol looks simple but you go and try... called the Moebius strip

Generally speaking the flatter the surface the easier the job. The hinges are nearly impossible to wrap. Don't waste time. Use plastidip.
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for "how to" vinyl wrapping, I simply watched the tons of tutorials in youtube. There is really a lot of stuff. Then you experiment. It's not that difficult. It takes patience though... lots of patience.

..and some extra vinyl to vent your frustration when the thing won't cooperate
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Thanks for the info. Your jeep looks great!
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It took me ca. 50 hours to complete. Worked about 1-2h at a time after work. Having a couple of helping hands does really help.

Most time consuming is actually disassembling the many thingies screwed on the body of Wranglers. Some you may keep and simply cut around (door handles, windshield bumpers and tie-down on the hood etc). Others you must take off (rear stop lights, spare tire holder etc). The fender flares are a great pain in the ass. You can keep them on and cut along but it really makes the job much easier when off. Removing those many rusted bolts (many are hard to reach) takes an incredible time.

Front light bezels are a real mind challenge lol looks simple but you go and try... called the Moebius strip

Generally speaking the flatter the surface the easier the job. The hinges are nearly impossible to wrap. Don't waste time. Use plastidip.
Updates? You shoulda bedlined the flares while you had em off in the garage. I did the same to mine, but when I put em back on I used about 1/3 less hardware. Theyre still on really tight and aint goin anywhere, but they'll be even faster to pull now.
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Looking at it now how is it? Would you recommend someone take this on? Im really in love with the look it gave to you I just want to know how well it holds up!

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