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Wrap the Cobra?

I have had the Daytona on the road for about 60 days. I sprayed it with epoxy primer and plan on painting it this winter. I have come to the conclusion that I will primarily use it for autocross and maybe some track events. Sure, I will will drive it to dairy queen from time to time, but lets face it...its a street legal race car and not a daily driver.

I am considering a wrap (by a professional). Would love to hear the real world experience from someone who has wrapped their Cobra. I looked at a Mustang this weekend that was wrapped and it looked great. Mainly concerned about how well it will hold up over 5 years.

I am intrigued by color scheme options, don't have to remove/install the body for paint, and it can be done in 5 days.

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No first hand experience but if you get good quality wrap they should last for 5-7 years from what I've heard and read.
They can do pretty intricate design work these days, even preprinting wraps so it could be a really cool option.
The other one is Plasti-dip. If your not familiar its a rubberized coating that you spray on the car but can remove at any time if you wanted to change it later, or do an actual paint job. I did my wheels on my DD and its holding up really nice and was also easy to apply.

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My,opinion.Wraps are the best thing (for cars) to come along in a Looong time.
Yesterday at our local club get together found out this Corvette had a complete wrap.He got prices for a paint job that ranged from 7 to 10k.Instead he went w/a wrap for 2k .You would never know it wasn't paint.And he had the car back the next day
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Had the top wrapped 2-3 years ago and still like new.Shops wanted 1k plus to paint the top... .Wrap=$200.00 & got it back the same day.Color match is perfect
Also I just wrapped the rear fender stone guards ........Perfect !!!
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3m 1080 series its great stuff.
>> https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/graphics...p-film-series/
Also the guys I used will wrap your car at your house...a big plus !
Expected life span = 7 years https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/...1qGd1q111111--

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That video is awesome! If I can find someone in Denver that knows what they are doing, I going for it.
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That video is awesome! If I can find someone in Denver that knows what they are doing, I going for it.
If my little town has professionals who install it I'm sure Denver has many who do."Life span of 7 years" ? Most cars spend at least 1/3 of their life 'outside'. These Cobras don't.So I would expect the lifetime to be much longer than 7 years.Best of luck with it.I've seen a cobra that had a Brushed Alum.wrap that looked Beautiful !When you get her done post pix. of it .
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Rear fender stone guards.Before & after pix.First time I,myself,have worked w/this 'wrap material'. Figured I get rid of the stone chips in the factory guards.
Second pix. you can see the metallic w/in the wrap.chips are gone.
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How smooth would the body have to be for the wrap to look good?


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How smooth would the body have to be for the wrap to look good?
Not very. I may or may not know a guy, (FAA does not care for wrap on aircraft) that wrapped a helicopter. Panels are not show car quality and rivets everywhere. Looked beautiful.
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LOL, that looks very cool.
I am liking the idea of a full wrap, cost lower than paint, turnaround time is shorter, can change it later if I want a different color. Not seeing too many downsides.
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LOL, that looks very cool.
I am liking the idea of a full wrap, cost lower than paint, turnaround time is shorter, can change it later if I want a different color. Not seeing too many downsides.
It is awesome how far this has progressed. I looked at a wrap as an option 10 years ago when I finished my MK3.1 but the companies in the area (Houston) all said that they needed a paint base (they said it wouldn't hold on a high build primer). Epoxy primer is obviously a very different story but at that time it appeared that my options were: pay for a paint job and then pay for a wrap or, pay for a paint job.
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Paint is out,Wrap is in



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Like paint.....make sure you get someone that is great at wrapping.
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