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Paint or Wrap GRP
August 16, 2015
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Chris
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Thinking on change colour to GRP don't know to Paint or Wrap.
All GRP removed ready .pros and cons is the paint going to chip as easy as wrap ????.

How many have done paint or wrap

August 16, 2015
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Depends what type of paint you use, I used cellulose, it looks great and doesn't need a dedicated fresh air feed when painting but it is rather delicate. 2 pack paint is much much harder but also has the slightly annoying issue of being tremendously poisonous, so if you paint with it you will need some form of fresh air supply to your mask. Both paints require a lot of prep and finishing to get a decent finish.

Wrap is much simpler, but I can't comment on how easy it is as I haven't done it

August 16, 2015
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If i go down the painting then will be 2 pack paint .How has yours been Ali with stone chips . Have 3m wrap here in few colours .As i have removed all GRP over last 2 days want to see what others have done and what they think Wink .

August 16, 2015
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Will you be painting it yourself? 2 pack should be fine with stone chips. I haven't had mine on the road, it goes in to gbs next week for IVA, ask me again in 6 months! But the paint is delicate, theres a couple of places where its chipped from knocks etc. It's also worth noting that if you don't paint it yourself, and you don't have someone with a paint shop then painting it is so much more expensive than wrap

August 17, 2015
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I wrapped my scuttle and bonnet as the ally finish was getting hard to keep up. For a first attempt, it went ok on my own however for larger panels a friend with a hair drier and credit card (or similar card) works well to get a decent finish. I did find the wrap was fairly easy to keep clean essentially wiping with a damp cloth. From a distance it looks great, but as you get closer (as people do with these cars) it is easier to see an untidy job.

Painting requires a lot more prep and time. It's harder to get right and if you make a mistake, you either start all over again or try salvage the little area you're not happy with. Time wise wrapping is the way forward, bonnet and scuttle probably done on my own in about 2 hours. These were easy shapes though...the nosecone would be my only worry when wrapping.

Overall my wrap has held up well and dealt with the heat and elements fantastically. A decent compressor fed paint job with Automotive paints etc will probably hold up well too, including paint chips. You can always take off the wrap and re-do it easier though. I'll be going to a few local paint shops to get a quote for a full spray and also for them to provide paint mixes to do myself. So if money and time are key factors, go for a wrap, its easier. Personally I'll be looking to paint my Zero as the colours I want don't come in a wrap (although I've not looked at wrap options too deeply tbh) but I am happy to take the time and risk messing up a paint job to then get a professional to sort it out instead lol.

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August 17, 2015
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If it is just the GRP you want to change colour, there is an alternative to paint or wrap, it was demonstrated at one of the shows.



I have a customer who I have been helping wire a V8 Exmo as a show car for his hydro-graphics company, have no idea of costs or what is involved, and being away at the moment, cant gain access to my emails to contact him, but if anyone is interested I will have a word when I get back.

August 17, 2015
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Update

find you can get the film and the various activators etc

just need to convince the wife to use the bath Smile

October 6, 2016
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I don't know if people are still interested in this topic, but I have recently wrapped the offside of one of our Zero's. This was the whole right side, both arches (stripes only) and nose cone stripes.

If you need any tips advice, I am happy to pass on my experiences with this.

If I was you, wrap is easier in so many ways - that is the route I would take.

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