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Default R56 Beltline Blackout - 17th October 2013, 11:38 AM

Just after a bit of advice, I fitted mine the other day and it looks great, however I cant get the strip under the windscreen to go on without creases due to the curve in the beltline. Any tips, tried heat, but as soon as it cooled the vinly contracted and didnt look right.

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Default 17th October 2013, 11:43 AM

Paint it as lasts so much better & looks better than vinyl


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Default R56 Beltline Blackout - 17th October 2013, 12:31 PM

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Just after a bit of advice, I fitted mine the other day and it looks great, however I cant get the strip under the windscreen to go on without creases due to the curve in the beltline. Any tips, tried heat, but as soon as it cooled the vinly contracted and didnt look right.

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This bit is tricky, I used a cast vinyl so it wouldn't retract when cooled. Also using matt black is easier to seems to mold easier to the contours.


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Default 17th October 2013, 06:12 PM

Daft question, what is the belt line blackout?


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Default R56 Beltline Blackout - 17th October 2013, 06:15 PM

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Daft question, what is the belt line blackout?
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Default 17th October 2013, 08:56 PM

On our previous MCS I did the belt line twice. Once in gloss black and the other in Matt black. I left the bit in front of the windscreen till last & used a hair dryer each time to help mould the vinyl round the trim.

TBH I never had a problem with the vinyl shrinking back on either occasion

The only thing I can think of is that you may be heating the vinyl too much. Just a thought ...


  
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Default 17th October 2013, 09:03 PM

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The chrome strip below the windows.
Cheers Greig - I'd love to do this on mine. I'll start hunting around for some tips.


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Default 17th October 2013, 10:06 PM

I did mine a year ago on a hot sunny day and no heat at all used gloss kit from States MINI Cooper Accessories : MINI Cooper Parts : OutMotoring: has a top strip you remove after, just done husbands Countryman with no trouble and that has a lot more curvature
  
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Default 18th October 2013, 03:10 AM

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I did mine a year ago on a hot sunny day and no heat at all used gloss kit from States MINI Cooper Accessories : MINI Cooper Parts : OutMotoring: has a top strip you remove after, just done husbands Countryman with no trouble and that has a lot more curvature
Agree, it took me about 1 hour to do my old SD using this tape. The previous Hexxis vinyl (much thicker) took about 4 hours to do as that did need a heat gun.

In neither case have I seen any shrink back.

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Default 20th October 2013, 09:53 AM

Cheers for the tip - gone for this stuff from Outmotoring, 2 rolls just in case I make an error.


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