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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Mar 16th, 2020, 12:29 am Thread Starter
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Vinyl Wrapping My K1200S...

So I always wanted to learn how to vinyl wrap and yesterday I finally mustered up courage to try it...

It's pretty tedious. Like head slamming frustrating if you don't have the right tools or patients. If you plan on doing this I suggest buying the starter tool kit and a heat gun.

Vinyl was cheap to buy on Amazon. I bought a small roll (20"x60") for $15. I went to Harbor Freight and bought their in house brand heat gun for $29.99 (12 heating settings which comes in very helpful!). Aside from that, I did not buy the starter tool kit that was on Amazon... I should have though!

Anyways, it took me damn near 6 hours to get the little bit I got done. I didn't have enough vinyl to wrap everything I wanted, so I ordered one more roll. I'll post before and after pics.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Mar 16th, 2020, 7:48 am
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Interesting idea on your silver/yellow, it’s one of a kind, for sure!

You’re right about the wrapping process being tedious. I know a company that does custom wraps and watching them work—it’s an art.

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Interesting idea on your silver/yellow, itís one of a kind, for sure!

Youíre right about the wrapping process being tedious. I know a company that does custom wraps and watching them workóitís an art.
it is, but then there is also vinyl film and vinyl film, cheap stuff is often really hard to work with and the expensive like 3M are actually really forgiving and easy. so for a newbie it is best to spend some extra $ on the vinyl film..

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I dig it! Good job!
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Fugly. Shame on you.
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No offense taken. Everyone has the right to their own opinions.
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Iím an old fud, but I like it. Itís different, but donít get too carried away with it.

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I agree with the fugly guy. I hate to say this, but I don't understand the aesthetic improvement you've made, and I'm an artist. Maybe with a different pattern I might feel different. If you like that pattern, then I say do the whole bike in it. Typically, it's the fairings that are done with the belly pan a solid color. I understand your wanting to be expressive but there are unofficial "rules". Like in music, when soloing, the player basically sticks to the pentatonic scale because, and from centuries of composing, and trial and error, that pattern has proven to be most pleasing to the ears of western culture. Most recently, and I'm talking the late '50s, there was the "Free Jazz" movement, where everybody in the band just played whatever they felt like playing at the time, and they did so all at once. All it really amounted to was noise. With motorcycles, I venture to say that the factory designers (artists in their own right) have their own set of "rules" that they've developed over time, one of which is colorful fairings and solid color accents, such as belly pans, tail section inserts, racing stripes, etc. What you're doing here, I think, is creating visual noise, and if that was your goal then so be it. But I wouldn't pay to go look at it any more than I'd pay to hear "Free Jazz".

The objective of art is to evoke emotion in the listener or viewer. Those emotions could run from happiness to sorrow, from love to hate, from panic or chaos to serenity. What are you striving for?

I applaud your desire to take on this effort.

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I have to agree with Honolulu. WHY???
That bike is beautiful AS IS.

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