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Seafarer61
06-27-2013, 10:06 PM
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Wanted to tricolor things up a bit with the Abarth so conjured up a green/white/red roll call for the hood but it didn't work well with the white carbon fiber 3M 1080 so off it went to be replaced with black.

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I figured, why not the hood as well but in this particular case, the wrapping guru (Peter) at Tint World in West Palm Beach suggested we keep the matte black scorpion in place and actually wrap over it.
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The outline of the Scorpion can now be seen through the wrap. Kind of understated, which if you think about it, might be the only thing about this ride that is so. :p Hard to detail from a cell phone. Looks great up close...not so much from this crappy pic but you get the idea.

Rocking the Road Race banner since we also installed the carbon fiber rear diffuser.
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I decided to keep the mesh non colored so it would compliment the exhaust tips. Just waiting on the Megan kit to come out and we'll be replacing the OEM system.
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The diffuser was more difficult to install than I had imagined. One of the right-side tabs arrived bent at an angle that made it impossible to line up with the opening on the bumper like all the others. We had to pull down on the bumper itself to get it to slide through and for awhile, we didn't think we were going to be able to do it without breaking the tab. All the other tabs were aligned perfectly. Like most carbon fiber products priced this competitively, little things like this shouldn't come as any surprise and can usually be dealt with. It wasn't anything that couldn't be attended to with enough elbow grease and the end result looks exactly the way I had hoped.
http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i288/SubMariner61/94fd6907-5b0d-47d3-9244-6a0e0e55f6a4_zps0ef0ca69.jpg
I wasn't about to pay $1,500 for a diffuser so a little elbow grease was worth the scratch.
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Bought two mirror cover shells and my guys wrapped them in 1080, which is much thinner and easier to work with than the previous Di-Noc, which really was an industrial wrap and not designed for auto contours. They came out great. I was going to toss red scorpions on the mirrors but decided the car has enough lobsters on it so I'll place a tricolor pinstripe along the seam of it and call it a day.

As for the hood...I didn't want solid color decals and as stated earlier, decided to tricolor things up a bit. Love the result. I know some folks feel "fake carbon fiber" is uncool but wrapping the hood is a wise thing with cars this small as rock chips can really tear things up quickly...especially with Fiat being a skimpy on the thickness of the paint.
http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i288/SubMariner61/3de6897b-f04a-4730-9678-356077747892_zps2701a137.jpg
I take I95 to get to work each night where Kenworths and Peterbilts abound. Wrapping a hood makes sense. You can do it in clear if you want to keep things stock.

As for this roll call, all the manufacturers have parts either on the car or inside of it 'cept the Megan but that will come soon enough.
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As for the left side, I wanted something a bit more personal so I had a tricolor logo done in what I hope, if my Italian hasn't failed me, translates to "the road deserves three pedals." Kind of works with my avatar and frankly, that's how I feel.
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Got the side pillars wrapped as well. It seemed to round out things I suppose.
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I think the only thing left visually to consider is either getting the doors replaced with Bianco or wrapped in CF as well. I haven't decided. I'm thinking bianco since it won't busy up the Abarth logo alongside it. We'll see. I kind of like the chrome fore and aft...it pays homage to the original.
http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i288/SubMariner61/d3ce495f-f7ac-45fd-8c29-b5e3503cf832_zpsf71c8035.jpg

Anyways...thought with this many changes today, it warranted a quick thread. Thanks fellas!

Abarth Five O
06-27-2013, 10:19 PM
Nice job! The mfg. decals looks good in Italian tricolor on the hood, and the CF wrap on the pillar looks great!

Tweak
06-28-2013, 12:11 AM
Loving the looks, I have Italian flags like that on the way to me and the location you have chosen is the location I have in mind, hope you aren't bothered by the imitation and accept it only as flattery. :)

redred
06-28-2013, 12:31 AM
Wow that looks great!!! Nice change to the look and I like it a lot!! Well done!!

charliesheen
06-28-2013, 01:01 AM
oh nice! had the same idea for the mirrors, might end up doing it.

deathshead
06-28-2013, 08:34 AM
its got a shopping list! :drunk:

2Cool
06-28-2013, 11:09 AM
I am trying to resist the urge to go blacked out and carbon fiber, but you all are making it difficult...

lagallinavecchia
06-28-2013, 12:34 PM
its got a shopping list! :drunk:

excellent.

Fiat500USA
06-28-2013, 12:45 PM
Very cool! I think it looks great!

shagghie
06-28-2013, 01:41 PM
I had the pillars wrapped in CF too, along with the triangle and rhomboid section of the front side windows.... of those three sections, the only ones that didn't blow off at 100mph was the small triangles near the hood. The side pillars blew off at 65mph, and the rhomboid next to the small triangle blew off north of 90 somewhere. Long way to ask: what adhesive did you use to keep yours from doing the same? GREAT job on this car...and I love the personal touch on the left side of the hood.

Seafarer61
06-29-2013, 12:07 AM
its got a shopping list! :drunk:

That cracked me up....thanks ds...

Shaggie, the pillars were wrapped in scotchguard 3M 1080. Not sure what they use for adhesive on the application side but so far, it's on there good. I cleaned the pillars with rubbing alcohol to remove any waxy residue that might have remained from previous detailing jobs where they sprayed over the black trim. Before I did that, I noticed they were both pretty slick to the touch. Once the sheets were on, I used a microfiber cloth and just rubbed over the pillar for a good minute or two to promote adhesion. However, I'll have to keep my eyes out for 'em now that you've mentioned yours not adhering. If one of them comes off, the other will be removed and I'll have my tint guys redo the job. I'm sure they have the means to promote better adhesion with the cleaning solutions available to them. I haven't checked but if the pillar piece is actually removable, it would make sense to wrap around it. That would resolve any wind issues.

shagghie
06-29-2013, 12:44 AM
Right on, thanks. 3M makes an adhesive pre-spray product specficially designed for this, or so I've heard from several wrap guys. Though, I don't recall the exact product name, and you have to be careful to get the right one, as they make a ton of adhesives, and the word 'vinyl' is in a lot of them, though they are not the right products (some made for upholstery, some for headliners, some for yada yada... etc. Only ONE is the RIGHT one.....still looking to track it down) Now you make me want to do my roof too... thanks for that. :-)


That cracked me up....thanks ds...

Shaggie, the pillars were wrapped in scotchguard 3M 1080. Not sure what they use for adhesive on the application side but so far, it's on there good. I cleaned the pillars with rubbing alcohol to remove any waxy residue that might have remained from previous detailing jobs where they sprayed over the black trim. Before I did that, I noticed they were both pretty slick to the touch. Once the sheets were on, I used a microfiber cloth and just rubbed over the pillar for a good minute or two to promote adhesion. However, I'll have to keep my eyes out for 'em now that you've mentioned yours not adhering. If one of them comes off, the other will be removed and I'll have my tint guys redo the job. I'm sure they have the means to promote better adhesion with the cleaning solutions available to them. I haven't checked but if the pillar piece is actually removable, it would make sense to wrap around it. That would resolve any wind issues.

Seafarer61
06-29-2013, 06:43 AM
Shaggie, I'd go with 3M™ Rubber & Vinyl 80 Spray Adhesive if I was to use it with vinyl wrap but since the pillar is plastic, I'd actually go to any local wrapping shop and ask their manager what they recommend. My guess? 3M's Hi-Tack 76

barryc
06-30-2013, 10:19 PM
Love the CF look!

Barry

NGEN
07-06-2013, 12:44 PM
Man this car is sharp! I really like what you have done.