Our project car gets the vinyl wrap
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Published on Wed, Sep 12, 2012
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
Words and pictures by Roy Nakano The LA Car Gallery features the work of Lyle Beckwith, the creative force behind Vinyl Styles of San Carlos, California. Vinyl wrapping (wrapping a car with vinyl) is becoming almost as popular as vinyl rapping (the turntable LP scratching variety). LA Car had an opportunity to have Vinyl Styles wrap the interior of its MINI project car—and to try vinyl wrapping ourselves. The subject of the wrap is the dashboard of the R56 second generation (third generation if you count the original from the 1960s) MINI Cooper S. For a small car, the MINI is fitted with relatively high quality hardware inside and out. A glaring exception, however, is the dashboard, which has an inordinately high usage of silver-colored plastic pieces begging for a nicer finish. A number of MINI owners have had their dash panels wrapped by Vinyl Styles. LA Car joined the crowd.
From time-to-time, Vinyl Styles goes to various cities to wrap customer cars in flocks. We took the usual route for small scale wrapping, and sent the pieces to Vinyl Styles in San Carlos. This requires removing the pieces—a feat that’s a bit more complicated than one would think. Thanks to the world of YouTube, however, a few owners have provided step-by-step instructions on how to complete this process. The cost of having Vinyl Styles do the work will come out to about $200, including labor and materials for the two dash panels and two door pulls. We can vouch for the workmanship, which is top notch. For comparison sake, Vinyl Styles let us try our hand at vinyl wrapping the center dash pieces (see photo). After we completed our work, we can say with confidence that Vinyl Styles does a better job (the photos don’t show the wrinkles we left, even after using a hair dryer to soften the vinyl).