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Old 05-04-2018, 08:46 AM   #1
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1LE hood wrap - change from matte black to satin?

Is it possible?

Most detailing advice I read says to not use wax on matte finish vinyl because it will make it splotchy. Is there any finish/sealant/protectant that can add a bit of gloss? I would like it to sort of match the satin black of the mirrors, spoiler, and splitter if possible.

Not really worried if it's irreversible. As long as it doesn't look splotchy.
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Old 05-04-2018, 09:21 AM   #2
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Your best bet it to have it re-wrapped. Others here have done it and it looks great. Do a search to find the pictures...
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Old 05-04-2018, 11:21 AM   #3
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Yeah, I would just go ahead and bite the bullet and get it re-wrapped instead of trying to treat or change the original wrap to a different texture/sheen.
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Old 05-04-2018, 12:33 PM   #4
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My 1LE is in for ceramic coating right now, including the hood wrap. The shop says it will be more of a satin finish after it's done. I get the car back Monday, and I'll report back on how it turns out.

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Old 05-04-2018, 02:15 PM   #5
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Do not waste your money getting another wrap. Everyone is so concerned about water spots or getting wax on the factory wrap. It is made out to be a larger problem than what it really is.

I waxed my factory wrap and I and very happy with the finished results. Enough so that I will continue doing it. Here is what I did. I used Chemical Guys Deep Reflections XP. I applied it using a Torq orbital polisher with a white Hex pad. I applied it like I would on any other body panel. Then I removed it with a micro fiber towel. It is completely uniform in color and shine. It did give it a little more shine and is closer in appearance to the other parts on the car.

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Old 05-04-2018, 02:31 PM   #6
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Yeah, you need to just take better care of the wrap. Getting it re-wrapped is going to look great for a couple days, maybe two weeks, until you wash it a few times and it starts to get that not so uniform finish to it again and you'll wonder what's going on.

A good wax or sealant will help keep the consistent, uniform look.
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Old 05-04-2018, 03:58 PM   #7
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So far I've washed the car twice, and in between a bird crapped on the wrapped hood. All I did was the normal wash with Maguires car wash, and dry with an absorber towel.
Hood looks like new.

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Old 05-04-2018, 06:35 PM   #8
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Is it possible?

Most detailing advice I read says to not use wax on matte finish vinyl because it will make it splotchy. Is there any finish/sealant/protectant that can add a bit of gloss? I would like it to sort of match the satin black of the mirrors, spoiler, and splitter if possible.

Not really worried if it's irreversible. As long as it doesn't look splotchy.
I use this: https://www.autogeek.net/matte-finis...rotectant.html

It does a great job keeping a nice, uniform matte finish and offers some protection too. But it doesn’t add gloss.
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Old 05-04-2018, 09:33 PM   #9
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Old 05-05-2018, 01:06 AM   #10
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I got the 3M satin finish clear armor, looks good.
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Old 05-18-2018, 06:05 PM   #11
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My hood wrap has water stains from sitting outside at the dealer before I bought it. How could I get those spots out?

So far normal washing and matte paint detail spray has done nothing.
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Old 05-20-2018, 08:29 AM   #12
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I use this: https://www.autogeek.net/matte-finis...rotectant.html

It does a great job keeping a nice, uniform matte finish and offers some protection too. But it doesn’t add gloss.

I also use this exclusively. Outlasts Adams product
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Old 05-20-2018, 09:18 AM   #13
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My hood wrap has water stains from sitting outside at the dealer before I bought it. How could I get those spots out?

So far normal washing and matte paint detail spray has done nothing.
Read what I posted above. It worked real good. The finish is even, no wax or water spots. Matches better wth the other black parts on the car.
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Old 05-20-2018, 12:53 PM   #14
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I use this: https://www.autogeek.net/matte-finis...rotectant.html

It does a great job keeping a nice, uniform matte finish and offers some protection too. But it doesn’t add gloss.

OP here.

Yep, I bought a bottle of that same stuff, McKee's 37 Matte Finish Cleaner and Protectant. I like the job it does. It's probably the best matte finish quick spray cleaner/protectant available.

But, I'm really looking for a satin finish that would match the mirrors, rear spoiler, and front splitter. I'm thinking now the only way to do it is with a satin wrap (if there is one) or removing the wrap and having the hood painted satin black. Has anyone done either of those options or have comments, suggestions, or preferences?
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