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Thread: Wrapping a Seven instead of painting it?... any thoughts?

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    Default Wrapping a Seven instead of painting it?... any thoughts?

    I have started thinking of how I want my finished Birkin to look.... and was wondering if it is worth wrapping it instead of painting it... on the assumption that it will be cheaper.... and the aluminum would still be there in case I want that back at some
    stage?.....
    has anybody done this with a Seven?..... would it stand up to the heat around the Collector pipes exiting the
    engine compartment?
    any thoughts welcome
    Clark

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    Itís been done. Steve (forum name: Merlin) did it on his fairly new XS Birkin. It was a silver Martini livery. I would send a PM and see if you can get his input.

    If I see him tomorrow (heís a neighbor) then I will ask him to check in.
    Mike
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    Yes it has been done.

    I've done a few wrap jobs but never a seven yet. Overall seven will be pretty easy with exception of hood (slats are killer) and nose cone.

    Professionals are able to do nose cone in one piece. I don't think I'd be able to do it like that.
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    Not a wrap but I had my Caterham completely covered with clear bra. 11 years on the road and 28k miles and no sign of melting, not even around the hole where the 3" very hot down pipe from the turbo exited the body.
    Skip
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    Saw this on instagram
    2001 Caterham Superlight R

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    Hi Clark - I talked with Steve yesterday and saw his Birkin. No issues with the wrap near the exhaust. As exhaust passes through body from engine bay to outside, no issues. There is a strip of edging trim around the metal edges which protects things too. He said the wrap was done by Tom Carlin of Birkin America. So your friendly Birkin dealer has all the information you need.

    cheers
    mike
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    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
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    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A (suspension restoration)
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    1982 Ferrari 400i (radiator replacement)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
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    Thanks for that Mike
    Ill bring it up next time I chat to him.
    Clark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vovchandr View Post
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    Saw this on instagram
    That is impressive. I'm helping my son wrap his project car and know enough now to know it isn't easy... kind of nightmarish dealing with big pieces and complex curves. No idea how they got that nose cone in one piece.
    Greg

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    Photos of a wrapped Birkin









    Mike
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    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration finished - track set up time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A (suspension restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (suspension set up)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (radiator replacement)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (dyno time)
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    Nose Cone and cycle wings wrapped a a CF finish

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    Last edited by Brightonuk; 10-23-2020 at 11:04 AM.
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