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DYI Mirror finish gold vinyl wrap


Hello all, it's been a while since I've posted anything here on the forum, but I just want to let you all know I am still alive, and my C-3PO is still partly functioning. I am currently working on my own set of vacuum formed shorts (which are cast of my [sign in to see URL] area). I will try to improve this mold in the future and offer vacuum formed shorts for people who wants something bigger than what is offered right now by other makers.

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Anyways, because I don't have any access to a VM-facility at the moment, I thought I'd experiment with Gold Mirror finish vinyl wrap to get the correct finish of my own ABS-shorts. After buying different types of vinyl wrap off eBay, I finally settled down with 3M™ Scotchcal™ Special effects Graphic Film 7755SE-431 Mirror Gold ([sign in to see URL] m x 45.7 m).

This vinyl is almost a perfect match to the gold chrome of my current suit, and my local vinyl shop sells these per meter (so no need to buy a whole roll!).

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The great thing with this vinyl is that it is stretchable to a certain degree under heat (using a heat gun), this is extremely convenient when trying to cover difficult curvy areas. Unfortunately, it seems to be impossible to achieve a good finish (without wrinkles) when trying to use a whole vinyl sheet to cover the shorts. The curvatures and stretch is simply too much for the wrap to handle. However, by trying to cut the wrap such that it separates into several logical patterns which follows the natural curvature of whatever you are to cover is a good idea.

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If you are to plan well on where the overlaps are going to be, it will be hard to notice! And if you plan to add weathering on top of everything as well, this will help to hide the overlaps.

I personally believe that this method represents a very good option for builders out there who want to "chrome" any parts (either small and large), or for doing any small (emergency) repairs on the spot during an event. Because you have to cut the wrap into patterns when applying it to the parts, also means that very little wrap goes to waste. Which is a definitive plus economically speaking.

Here are some pictures for inspiration! Please remember that the overlap is quite big, if you trim it down carefully and precise enough, you can totally eliminate this overlap, which makes the seam nearly invisible!

*The lower legs are not vinyl wrapped, but only included as a color reference.
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Re: DYI Mirror finish gold vinyl wrap


Great Idea.
Thanks for sharing.
What temperature setting on the heat gun?
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Looks great idea for repairs thanks for sharing, when will the shorts be ready for selling =)
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have you tried putting the wrap on a flat sheet of ABS before vac forming ,or do you think the plastic and wrap will get to hot and blister .

As you have the buck and spare plastic /wrap its worth the experiment ?
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What is your opinion on using it for other parts? To include detailed items like arms and whatnot. I imagine you would have to cut each detail out and individually wrap them no?
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