Go Back   MBWorld.org Forums > Mercedes-Benz AMG Vehicles > C63 AMG (W204)
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?


C63 AMG (W204) Discuss the C63 AMG

Sponsored by : Kleemann USA
Click Here

Welcome to MBWorld.org!
Welcome to MBWorld,

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!


Reply
 
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 04-22-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
Super Member
 
drawde's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northern NJ
Posts: 973
Drives: 2009 C63
Wrapped Car Maintenance / Upkeep

If i get my car wrapped what needs to be done differently (more often, less often, etc) as far as car washes, details, etc..

Also, how does it stand up to rock chips and nicks? Would it be cheaper to repair vinyl or repair a regular painted bumper?

And for preexisting chips or nicks, would they have to be repaired prior anyway? or will they be hidden under the vinyl? I'm assuming they need to be repaired first or it won't be 100% flat?
To remove this ad, register today or login if you already are registered!

__________________
Tapatalk on MBWorld << TAPATALK USERS PLEASE SHOW SUPPORT !

2009 Steel Grey C63 - Grey/Black AMG Leather

[x] 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector
[x] Evosport Painted Side Markers
[x] Eurocharged ECU Tune
[x] BMC Air Filters
[x] 20% Window Tint
[x] 2012 LED Tail Lights


Last edited by drawde; 04-22-2012 at 05:12 PM.
drawde is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2012, 06:16 PM   #2
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 8
Drives: Mercedes C63 AMG
Check out plasti dip did my hood and mirrors and it looks great and it fills in all the pits. You can basically do your whole car like it. Check it out on YouTube to see what's it all about the cool thing is that it come off like vinyl.
bouavone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2012, 10:54 PM   #3
Member
 
blackc230benzo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 223
Drives: 2010 C63, 2003 C230 coupe
I would clay bar your car and fix any major stone chips prior to installation. Once it's on, wash the car as usual. Since I did matte black, I use a california car duster and will use plexus to bring out a more satin look every couple weeks.

In terms of durability, the wrap has decreased and prevented stonechip damage all together depending on the size of the debris.
I was actually just in an accident and the vinyl actually saved the paint from driver side doors.
blackc230benzo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 01:28 AM   #4
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 6,680
Drives: C63
You should treat it just like any other matte paint/wrap.
Don't wax it and just wash it with soap and water.
__________________




_AMG_ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 01:57 AM   #5
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,050
Drives: my wife bananas! :D
never wrapped any of my cars but am getting more interested in it. Was wondering how it holds up after a few years (is there a shelf life to it) and how does it fare in terms of longevity with snow and salt?
Fung63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 02:09 AM   #6
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Montana/Alberta
Posts: 1,405
Drives: C63 BS, CLS550 4M
Don't want to retype, here's a post I made last year regarding every kind of wrap (I've tried 'em all)

Matte Silver CLK63 Black FS

Here's my C63 Black Series with the XPEL Stealth product (matte clear film):

Click the image to open in full size.

Stay tuned, I'm posting up the timelapse of the job tomorrow.
rage2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 03:08 AM   #7
Super Member
 
drawde's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northern NJ
Posts: 973
Drives: 2009 C63
@rage2 thanks for sharing.

i understand the vinyl should protect the paint underneath but what about the vinyl itself? is it a magnet for rock chips? i'm assuming you can't repair the wrap, you'd have to rewrap whatever panel it is unless i'm missing something?

the clear matte is interesting.. might work best for me too since i'd like to keep around the same color i have now.
__________________
Tapatalk on MBWorld << TAPATALK USERS PLEASE SHOW SUPPORT !

2009 Steel Grey C63 - Grey/Black AMG Leather

[x] 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector
[x] Evosport Painted Side Markers
[x] Eurocharged ECU Tune
[x] BMC Air Filters
[x] 20% Window Tint
[x] 2012 LED Tail Lights

drawde is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 03:47 AM   #8
Super Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 832
Drives: (a)'12 C63 P/P, LSD, 19" m/spoke,comfort pack. (b)Astra SRI.
Question

Quote:
Originally Posted by drawde View Post
@rage2 thanks for sharing.

i understand the vinyl should protect the paint underneath but what about the vinyl itself? is it a magnet for rock chips? i'm assuming you can't repair the wrap, you'd have to rewrap whatever panel it is unless i'm missing something?

the clear matte is interesting.. might work best for me too since i'd like to keep around the same color i have now.
Your "reservations" are correct, & I have raised my similar "reservations" on this forum before.....but no-ones' interested!!?
So:
1. Petrol stains on wrap..adjacent to filler cap.....how will you get rid of them?
2. Scuffs/scrapes...how will you repair them?
3.Stone Chips...a wrap will NOT resist stone chips....So, how will you repair them?
As I've said, in the UK Ford introduced a 3M "wrapped" edition of the RS Focus...result MASSIVE issues.....many owners removed the wrap.
But hey....simply my opinion guys...see how ya go.
Cheers, Pickles.
Pickles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 12:53 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
bekurt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 42
Drives: E55
That matte clear wrap is a great idea. Although, that would require a front bumper repaint in my case. I also thought 3M was supposed to be the best stuff out, but reading rage's review it doesn't seem to be the case. Hrm, I wonder how that Xpel stuff holds up.
bekurt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 01:07 PM   #10
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Montana/Alberta
Posts: 1,405
Drives: C63 BS, CLS550 4M
3M's clear bra film is awesome, but they don't make wide enough rolls for some hoods, which requires 2 pieces and a seam. They seem to be kinda slow rolling out new products compared to the other guys (Premier, XPEL etc).

3M doesn't have any matte clear paint protection films.

I had XPEL Stealth for about a year on my CLK63 BS before I sold the car, and it looked perfect. Drove a lot of the dusty highways of Alberta and Montana, not a scratch on the car.

I've also used the regular glossy XPEL paint protection film on my HPF M3 after a full car repaint. That was 3 or 4 years ago, saw the car recently with the new owner, and it still looks brand spanking new.
rage2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 01:30 PM   #11
Junior Member
 
bekurt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 42
Drives: E55
Quote:
Originally Posted by rage2 View Post
3M's clear bra film is awesome, but they don't make wide enough rolls for some hoods, which requires 2 pieces and a seam. They seem to be kinda slow rolling out new products compared to the other guys (Premier, XPEL etc).

3M doesn't have any matte clear paint protection films.

I had XPEL Stealth for about a year on my CLK63 BS before I sold the car, and it looked perfect. Drove a lot of the dusty highways of Alberta and Montana, not a scratch on the car.

I've also used the regular glossy XPEL paint protection film on my HPF M3 after a full car repaint. That was 3 or 4 years ago, saw the car recently with the new owner, and it still looks brand spanking new.
That's really good to hear. Did you take any special measures to clean/detail the wrap or just regular washes?
bekurt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 02:02 PM   #12
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Montana/Alberta
Posts: 1,405
Drives: C63 BS, CLS550 4M
Quote:
Originally Posted by bekurt View Post
That's really good to hear. Did you take any special measures to clean/detail the wrap or just regular washes?
I have a short routine for my washes.

1. Pressure wash
2. Wash mitt (only if the car is really dirty)
3. Soft bath towel dry.

Takes me 10-15 mins to wash and dry the entire car. If anything, the most time consuming process is drying the windows without streaks.

Back in the day before wrapping, I would have to pre rinse the car to get rid of any dust/dirt, use very fine towels for drying which doesn't really absorb water, spray areas with water spots and redry, and routinely claybar and polish the cars to get rid of swirls. 2 hour process all for the sake of scratch and swirl avoidance. Of course, YMMV, I've only owned black cars, which makes it such a PITA.

The amount of time I save washing a wrapped car, I pretty much wash every 2 days now on the way home.
rage2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2012, 12:35 PM   #13
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 42
Drives: Toyota Land Cruiser
drbeasleys drbeasleys
Protect Vinyl Matte Wraps

Quote:
Originally Posted by drawde View Post

i understand the vinyl should protect the paint underneath but what about the vinyl itself?
You can protect the wrap itself using a sealant. While yes, the vinyl will be protecting the paint, it's important to remember that vinyl and plastic wraps aren't immune to UV damage, scratches, or even bird droppings. As for the sealant, don't use a typical wax or polysealant. Matte (wraps and factory jobs) have microscopic imperfections that diffuse light rather than specularly reflect it (as a glossy car would) - giving you the "flat" look (read more).

For protecting that "flat" look, we have more details here on how to go about doing so: Protecting Matte Wraps
Dr. Beasley's is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2012, 04:55 PM   #14
Super Member
 
_timothy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 852
Drives: c63
i DD my c63 and have it wrapped in 3m 1080 glossy black wrap. i can tell it has faded slightly from being in the fl sun all day every weekday at my work's parking lot

i'm having it removed soon. next time around i am just going to get a full clear bra on the fender, quarters, hood, lights etc
_timothy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2012, 04:55 PM
 
 
 
Reply

Tags
app, bmw, car, cars, maintenance, maintenanceupkeep, matte, redditcom, s1000rr, spots, upkeep, wash, water, whats, wrapped



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:14 PM.


Copyright 2001-2012 InternetBrands, Inc. / MBWorld.org. All Rights Reserved.
Everyone's Personal Details