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Todd_Cooperider 04-30-2018 06:59 PM

Ditched the matte black hood wrap on my 1LE!
 
...and much happier!

I just wasn't feeling the OEM matte black vinyl wrap on the hood of the ZL1 1LE, as it didn't match all of the other blacks on the car. I think they should have gone with a satin vinyl wrap that matched the rockers.

We ripped it off, disassembled the hood, then polished out the carbon fiber because they (all) have a lot of sanding marks, swirls, haze, etc. Then I coated the carbon fiber, and wrapped the hood (and the rest of the car) in STEK paint protection film for the ultimate in clarity.

All of the details will come out in the future videos (performance mod video to be released within the next 24-48 hours), but you can clearly see that I added Forgeline wheels, Michelin 4S tires, tinted windows, etc.

Everybody who has seen this car before and after prefers the look without the matte black hood.

https://i.imgur.com/vH0TpBe.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/YQI9ZP5.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/7T7FCxI.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/i5mnB25.jpg?1

And for the obligatory artsy shot...

https://i.imgur.com/PzGVAKI.jpg?1

trakdayz 04-30-2018 07:06 PM

well done!

Bow Tie Fanatic 04-30-2018 07:14 PM

I like it. That looks great!

waterman 04-30-2018 08:01 PM

I have been considering this as well. I like it.

Do the Forgelines match OEM offsets? Or did you have to use spacers?

Looking forward to your new videos.

nighttowl 04-30-2018 08:10 PM

The flat black didnt last too long on my car.
I just had it swapped out with a satin wrap a couple weeks ago.
I agree - definately looks better with the satin.

curtisd 04-30-2018 08:19 PM

Looks awesome! :thumbsup:Got a glimpse of it this morning when I dropped off my 1LE.

Gabhart 05-01-2018 05:41 AM

Now what Todd? I was looking forward to you guys showing us the right way to maintain the matte hood! Car looks great btw...

Todd_Cooperider 05-01-2018 05:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by trakdayz (Post 10168358)
well done!

Thank you!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bow Tie Fanatic (Post 10168371)
I like it. That looks great!

Thanks!

Quote:

Originally Posted by waterman (Post 10168443)
I have been considering this as well. I like it.

Do the Forgelines match OEM offsets? Or did you have to use spacers?

Looking forward to your new videos.

Thanks! The wheels are OEM-spec in terms of size and offset.

Quote:

Originally Posted by nighttowl (Post 10168458)
The flat black didnt last too long on my car.
I just had it swapped out with a satin wrap a couple weeks ago.
I agree - definately looks better with the satin.

I may run satin at some point...figured I would go with the stripped-down look for a while!

Quote:

Originally Posted by curtisd (Post 10168472)
Looks awesome! :thumbsup:Got a glimpse of it this morning when I dropped off my 1LE.

Thanks, and sorry I missed you when you stopped by! Hopefully I'll get a chance to chat with you when you pick it up.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gabhart (Post 10168767)
Now what Todd? I was looking forward to you guys showing us the right way to maintain the matte hood! Car looks great btw...

This IS the best way to maintain it! :)

S.T.A.R. 05-01-2018 06:32 AM

We added Suntek over the top of the matte hood, it gave it a deeper black satin look...much better.
Just a heads up.

Todd_Cooperider 05-01-2018 07:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by S.T.A.R. (Post 10168800)
We added Suntek over the top of the matte hood, it gave it a deeper black satin look...much better.
Just a heads up.

Yes, we've done that to some 1LE hoods too, and it does look better. It still doesn't match the rest of the black trim on the car though.

zfuzz 05-01-2018 08:05 AM

Great looking ride!

What was your process for polishing the carbon fiber? Can it be treated just like standard clear coat?

Than manual say not to "wax" it so that has me concerned that it needs to be treated differently and like you said it needs some polishing.

Todd_Cooperider 05-01-2018 08:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zfuzz (Post 10168869)
Great looking ride!

What was your process for polishing the carbon fiber? Can it be treated just like standard clear coat?

Than manual say not to "wax" it so that has me concerned that it needs to be treated differently and like you said it needs some polishing.

Thank you.

Yes, you treat it just like paint because it's clearcoated. Like I said, every single carbon fiber insert looks "less than good". I have yet to see any carbon fiber from any manufacturer that can't be improved upon...OEM or aftermarket.

I did a multi-stage polishing process that really brought out the clarity and detail in the carbon fiber. As you can see from the before / after photos below, clarity was improved significantly. Now you can clearly see all of the individual strands.

"Before" condition: sanding marks, buffer trails, haziness.

https://i.imgur.com/c9McTwT.jpg

"After" condition.

https://i.imgur.com/V8IfeTr.jpg

Clarity!

https://i.imgur.com/IckGv6v.jpg

Reflectivity and depth (Before applying any coating)

https://i.imgur.com/ujREICt.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/0gQP76S.jpg

Koldunic 05-01-2018 09:21 AM

The Red 1LE is much more beautiful without that matte wrap!!!

Thinking of doing the same with my future Black 1LE.

Can'tHave2MuchHP 05-01-2018 09:29 AM

Here's their performance upgrade video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-KaODPI_oc


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