2021 CX-30 AWD Premium Soul Reaper Red
Heck yeah! Thank you for all the info and I can't wait to see what you end up with after all the work! It's gonna be sick!I was in love with these photos and set out to get my brand-new CX-30 Turbo Premium (Soul Crystal Red) similarly blacked out.
Avery Dennison SW900 (gloss black, obviously) is one of the easiest and most forgiving vinyl wraps to work with. The chrome door trim should be easy to do, especially if you use knifeless tape. Doing that soon.
Today, I wrapped the roof rails and they look amazing. WAY cooler-looking than the factory polished aluminum. The cross-section of the rails is fairly complex though. I had to use various vinyl application tools and a heat gun to get a smooth finish with no air bubbles in the recessed channels. A single 12” x 60” roll cut into two 6” strips does both rails.
The chrome grill trim pieces might be tricky to wrap but I’m going to remove the whole front bumper to do that plus apply paint protection film (the whole front half of the car) along with tinting the headlights all at the same time
Just this February, Vvivid came out with their new “VViViD+ Ultimate Headlight Taillight Tint Vinyl Wrap (Light Smoke)" which appears to be a stellar product ($30 for the basic kit). Very stretchable and forgiving plus super high-gloss. I’ll use that on the front emblem also.
Vvivid’s older Tec R gloss carbon fiber wrap was previously part of their XPO line and it had a clear layer applied over regular faux carbon fiber. All such vinyls are prone to delaminating and will look like crap in less than a year. Fortunately, new for 2022, Vvivid reformulated their Tec R gloss carbon fiber with a solidly fused clearcoat which solves the delaminating problem. The new version is part of their Vvivid+ Plus line now and costs more but it’s worth it ($40 shipped for a 24” x 60” roll). I’m doing the rear spoiler and the two surrounding trim pieces in this vinyl because the black plastic there looks exactly like what it is - cheap black plastic.
The rear emblem and badges I’ll spray in Hyperdip (smoother and glossier than Plastidip but more expensive).
Additionally, I’m doing my brake calipers in bright yellow. I don’t understand why people try to paint brakes on the car - it’s just four bolts! With the caliper carriers free and the caliper bodies semi-detached, it’s much easier to do a thorough spray job. Being kind of a perfectionist, I’m taking the time to Dremel the rough sand-castings smooth (and to fill in the numbers and “MADE IN MEXICO” on each caliper with high-temp JB Weld). That takes many hours though so I’m chipping away at it a couple of hours at a time.
I’ve only had my car for three days so this all will take a minute to get done.