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Post by akfordman » 05 Dec 2016, 13:25

more pics
long thin part were the easiest and I believe will handle any heat as there's little stretch required.
20161205_130044.jpg these next two are where I need to do some work. I 'think' if I have the pieces cut more to size and take more time with placement and heating as I go, I can get a crinkle-free installation with the only piecing in the middle and where the top thin portion encounters the bottom on the far lower left. [attachment=1]20161205_130054.jpg
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Post by akfordman » 12 Dec 2016, 09:55

updated my technique to produce a crinkle-free bezel. I also constructed a very soft leather wrapped supple plastic stylus to keep from scratching/marring the vinyl surface as I gingerly encourage the vinyl over the large surfaces. I think I've finally got a GTE worthy process/result. I also now have a set of patterns to use for consistently producing a ready-to-apply vinyl chrome applique. :)

I'll update with the finished photos when I can get the entire dash bezel done, which may be when the garage gets warm enough for me to feel my fingers.
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Post by catlover » 12 Dec 2016, 10:29

Now that looks like you got something going on, I know it's harder than it looks, because I have tried something like that, my problem was, the chrome film was too thick, I would like to find a thinner film.
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Post by akfordman » 12 Dec 2016, 11:22

agreed. thinner might be better/easier in the inside corners/radius' but more treacherous in the large flag areas where you are constantly needing a slight stretch. I believe what I'm using is 4 mil. much thinner and you also lose the ability of the overlay to hide micro-imperfections.

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Post by 1969XR7Vert » 12 Dec 2016, 11:31

akfordman wrote:updated my technique to produce a crinkle-free bezel. I also constructed a very soft leather wrapped supple plastic stylus to keep from scratching/marring the vinyl surface as I gingerly encourage the vinyl over the large surfaces. I think I've finally got a GTE worthy process/result. I also now have a set of patterns to use for consistently producing a ready-to-apply vinyl chrome applique. :)

I'll update with the finished photos when I can get the entire dash bezel done, which may be when the garage gets warm enough for me to feel my fingers.

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That looks really good! Congrats and great job keeping at it!
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Post by Al Bundy » 12 Dec 2016, 20:13

That does look really good. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Post by meethawk » 13 Dec 2016, 09:06

where did you get the vinyl rap? looks good, the black trim on the bezel, what did you paint that with? picture of Stylus? thanks... i'm doing my dash now. have it all torn down. thanks to the WCCC video!! has anyone tried the chrome spray paint?

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Post by akfordman » 13 Dec 2016, 17:51

I got it online from a place call Cheetah Wraps <https://www.cheetahwrap.com/shop/avery/ ... wrap-vinyl> sort of a random pick, but they had good prices and allows you to pick sizes that better suited my need to experiment w/o taking out a loan.

The black is actually un-restored original color.

the stylus is just one of those $2 bondo spreaders you can get at O'Relily's or any automotive chain. I just cut it down with a pair of shears and got some really thin very soft leather from my wife's crafting stash. I dusted of my sewing skills from my youth and stitched it around the cut down plastic then inverted it to put the seams inward.
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Post by akfordman » 19 Dec 2016, 12:18

quick update. got the dash chrome vinyl overlay done. it's pretty good, but now will have to wait for warmer weather to see if it stands the test of time & temperature. Not too difficult to remove if later I decide to go thru the time & expense to re-chrome.
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now working on rehabbing the lenses with 10000 grit polish and removing paint/rust and repainting metal bezel pieces.
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Post by catlover » 20 Dec 2016, 09:49

Which product did you use, it's stated that Avery is 5.7 mills and 3M is 3.5 mills, but don't show chrome.
I am very interested in this process, thanks for showing.
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