Here's a step-by-step guide on how to wrap wing mirrors:
- Gather the necessary materials: You'll need a vinyl wrap of your choice, a squeegee or plastic card, a heat gun or hairdryer, a knife or precision blade, rubbing alcohol, and a clean cloth.
- Clean the mirrors: Start by cleaning the wing mirrors thoroughly with soap and water. Rinse them off and wipe them dry with a clean cloth. Use rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt, grease, or wax residue. This step ensures proper adhesion of the vinyl wrap.
- Measure and cut the vinyl wrap: Measure the dimensions of each wing mirror and add a few extra inches on each side to allow for proper coverage. Use a knife or precision blade to cut the vinyl wrap to the appropriate size and shape. It's a good idea to cut a template out of paper first to ensure accurate measurements.
- Apply the vinyl wrap: Begin by peeling off a small portion of the vinyl wrap's backing and align it with the edge of one wing mirror. Carefully press it onto the mirror, making sure to avoid air bubbles. Gradually peel off the backing as you continue to apply the vinyl wrap, using a squeegee or plastic card to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles as you go. Repeat the process for the other wing mirror.
- Stretch and heat the vinyl wrap: Similar to side view mirrors, you may need to stretch the vinyl wrap slightly to conform to the wing mirrors' curves. Use a heat gun or hairdryer on a low setting to warm the vinyl wrap, making it more pliable and easier to stretch. Be cautious not to overheat the vinyl or the mirror's surface.
- Trim the excess vinyl: Once both wing mirrors are covered, use a knife or precision blade to trim the excess vinyl wrap around the edges of the mirrors. Take your time and make precise cuts to achieve a clean and professional-looking finish.
- Finishing touches: After trimming, go over the wrapped wing mirrors with the heat gun or hairdryer again, applying gentle heat to the edges. This will help the vinyl wrap adhere more securely and eliminate any remaining wrinkles or imperfections.