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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-06-2016, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so I picked up this beautiful 2006 Jackpot Ness Edition with 4,300 miles, chromed to the teeth as you can see in the before photos. Beautiful indeed but not entirely my style. The thought never crossed my mind to ruin this paint and the fact that its a special edition re-enforced my hesitation to do any permanent changes. So this left me with basically 2 options, plasti dip, or vinyl. I was set to do plasti dip until i stumbled across the fact that if gas touches it is ruined, that fact made the decision to not plasti dip it, a fairly easy one. So now im left with vinyl as my only option, me being the researcher i am, i watched tons of youtube videos on applying vinyl. I choose 3M in matte black and basically went to town. I will say that it was no where near as easy as the videos made it look, a lot of cursing, a lot of beers, and a little more cursing sums up it up. A lot of trial and error and wasted vinyl but once i got the hang of how this stuff works it was easier with each part.

So i first tried wrapping the tank in 1 piece and that was a huge no go after wasting hours getting to the point where i realized that it just wasnt going to happen. Ripped it all off in a calm rage..haha..so after finding a product called "knifeless Tape" meant specifically for cutting vinyl wrap and making seams (see image below) I was confident i might be able to pull it off in 3 sections.


So after ordering more vinyl i decided to tackle the front fender first and then reinstalled it, I was really impressed with the outcome...



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For the record, having used MASSIVE amounts of Plasti-dip, if you don't rub the dip when cleaning off the gas, it will be fine.

That being said, plasti-dip on a tank is going to face LOTS of rubbing from your thighs/knees and will rub loose over time.

Nice Job on the vinyl wrap though, keep the pics coming.

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So next up was the rear fender, I decided it was probably best to do it in 3 pieces and it absolutely was. So i watched a youtube video on making buttseams using the knifeless tape. I made the seam and lets just say that it was a little bit more noticeable then i would have liked. So i came to a fork in the road, i either wasted all my time again, or I need to figure out how to hide the seam. Thats when the lightbulb went off, PINSTRIPING!!!, jumped in the car and went to my local auto parts store and picked up some...applied it and was happy with the outcome, covered the seam perfectly


Next was the tank, I must admit that i was dreading it but there was no turning back now. I applied the same concepts as I did the rear fender and made sure the lines on the pinstriping flowed.

Tank in progress


Tank done


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So I put the tank and rear fender back on and decided that i didnt have enough abuse from the vinyl so i started messing with side covers


Now here it is, the product of countless hours of being knee deep in vinyl, I love how it turned out. What makes it better is that i can say i did it myself. Now I know some people wont like it as much as they did the original, but to each is own.



In summary, it can be done as a diy project. A lot of the colors and textures available in vinyl cannot be duplicated by paint. Who knows maybe in a few years I will try a new color or a brushed aluminum finish. Remember this is all done without ever harming the original paint, if anything it will protect in for whenever you trade up or decide to sell (neither options are likely in my case, I love my Jackpot!!)
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Hahahaha, good to know Spawn, you slipped a post in my write up between me posting the rest..haha

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The bike looks awesome sickvic!
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The bike looks awesome sickvic!
Thanks doobliss, not sure how much more I will attempt to wrap. I thought about doing the headlight in matte black and maybe some other parts. Still cant decide if I want to leave a balance of chrome to black or if I want to continue the black out.

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I'm a fan of black and chrome because of the contrast. The denim-ish black and chrome is even better because it's rare, especially on Vic bikes. As far as the headlight goes, you almost have to try it wrapped and see if you like it or not.

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I say Plasti-dip the headlight. It doesn't get touched a lot, and if you are spraying gas on it, you should probably not be riding until your BAC comes down

I dipped the top cover on mine.
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I say Plasti-dip the headlight. It doesn't get touched a lot, and if you are spraying gas on it, you should probably not be riding until your BAC comes down

I dipped the top cover on mine.
Definitely will plasti dip the light and save myself the vinyl wrap headache

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