I fellow forum member came across an idea to put vinyl wrap on my botched chrome desperados. If anyone can remember how they didnt take the green die. He emailed me with this and send me a couple of sample pieces along with 2 shades of blue. He also gave me pointers on how to install them onto the wheel. It ended up being an easy but time consuming task. I've been working on them in the evenings one here and there. I think they came out really nice I have yet to throw some rubber on them. This isnt something for everyone, not sure which ride I will put them on, but they will be done for something. LOL
This is what you will need:
vinyl wrap ( I used cabbage design ), LG Vizuon is the brand used
alcohol ( rubbing kind ) LOL
exacto ( hobby knife ) or buck knife ( duh im from Texas )
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Close up of the cabbage wrap:
Set of wheels, I used chrome desperados:
You will need to clean the wheels with alcohol to get any oils or dirt/ crud off.
I cut 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" piece and stretched it over the wheels moving it into all the corners and crevices. You will move and stretch it later with a hair dryer. This will make it look better.
Stretched the vinyl wrap on the wheels:
I cut the spokes in a " Y " to cover the sides of the spokes and bottom inside of the rim. Well good enough. This stuff is kinda thick, if it was a 1/16 thinner it would be way more plyable.
Cut the spokes for the wheels:
Use a hair dryer to heat up the vinyl wrap to suck it onto the wheel and so that the glue will adhere to it. I stretched and moved a couple of times between heatings. About 5 minutes each time, for a total of 8-10 total minutes
Trim all the outside leftover parts so that you will still have your bead area to mount the tire to the wheel.
2 shots of the finished product:
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Later tonight I will mount my set of Trenchers to them and see what the actual result will be. Hopefully good.
For the last 2 wheels that I completed I cut and stretched them instead of having all the rinkles the first 2 had. Live and learn. They ended up coming out cleaner. I'm not so worried about them being perfect the design hides a lot of it plus they won't last long anyways. haha
Thanks for looking and reading. This may not be for the faint of heart. Just something i wanted to try.
I call this " PROJECT CABBAGE WHEELS "