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Any places to Vinyl wrap a car in Bay area CA

Just wondering if anyone knows of any shops in the bay area where they do vinyl car wraps? I have looked but cant find any close. Thinking about getting the car wrapped flat black if the price is low enough.

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premier mobile group (clear bra) could probably do it, although their prices seem to keep going up and some ppl have recently had some iffy experiences with them

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Jay, the owner is an incredibly talented graphic designer as well, and does many of the team cars in Formula D.

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Graphtech is great, but a bit pricey.
No first hand experience, but I've heard a couple good things about Lyles Vinyl Styles - Custom Vehicle Vinyl Specialty One Stop Shop
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Just wondering if anyone knows of any shops in the bay area where they do vinyl car wraps? I have looked but cant find any close. Thinking about getting the car wrapped flat black if the price is low enough.

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Call any of the high end graphic and signage places. Avoid the Fastsign franchises, etc. You can also call your local public transit (bus) service bays because they often wrap city buses. They should be able to tell you who does theirs. If you do it, post pictures. make sure it's done in "low-tack" vinyl. I saw that most über-luxury cars in Monte-Carlo are painted dark matt gray. If you wanna be trendy, then you're on track I guess!

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Thanks guys. I gave a call you graphtech and i also sent a email to vinyl styles. Well see what happens.

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If you're willing to make a weekend trip down to LA,

Car stickers and decals, racing stripe graphic sticker decal for you car or truck

Damn good prices, and really quality work. They have done a ton of exotics in matte black wrap.
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I have a friend with a shop just north of San Francisco if you are interested. He has done work for the Racer's Group and prices are very reasonable. I can provide you with some pictures if you are interested or can give you his contact info.

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how much does wrapping a car cost?
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anywhere from around 2500 to 5000. The pluses are that it peals off with no residue or indication it was on. It is good for "7" years. I have heard it goes 5 without any show of wear if its 3m vinyl. Although its not cheap a good paint job is about 10k so its a good alternative.

Another thing is even though i like flat black most buyers will want original paint so this is a huge plus if you dont plan on having the car the rest of your life.

If anyone is curious graphtech was cheapest by far.

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Spend some time talking with the vinyl shop

Always good to check out the wrap shop and talk to the person that will be doing the work. Have the installer walk around your car and let them explain their process.

Typically anything that can be removed (lights, taillights, grille pieces) will be removed by the shop. This allows the vinyl to be worked into areas behind these pieces.
There will be trim cutting of the vinyl on your vehicle. This is not a problem for an experienced installer.

A few things to look for on a good wrap:

- Edges of the vinyl not lifting-off the body.
- Accuracy of vinyl cuts (as around wheel wells)
- Vinyl not popping up from deeply recessed areas (if the vinyl is not properly installed, this could show up the next day or weeks later).

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Graphtech is great, but a bit pricey.
No first hand experience, but I've heard a couple good things about Lyles Vinyl Styles - Custom Vehicle Vinyl Specialty One Stop Shop
Plus 1 on Lyle! He's amazing. I just had him do my rear valance in matte black and my gas cap in carbon fiber. I've got a few more projects coming up for him too. He's a really cool guy and has a nice shop in San Carlos, right next to Caltrain.

In SoCal I definitely recommend StickerCity as well. Andy did all the tints on my car there. Top shop operation he's got going on with some great employees.

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Plus 1 on Lyle! He's amazing. I just had him do my rear valance in matte black and my gas cap in carbon fiber. I've got a few more projects coming up for him too. He's a really cool guy and has a nice shop in San Carlos, right next to Caltrain.

In SoCal I definitely recommend StickerCity as well. Andy did all the tints on my car there. Top shop operation he's got going on with some great employees.

What's the carbon fiber look like? Any pics? Wonder if it would look cool around the roll bar cover? I'm planning to put my old CF forced fed spoiler on and maybe add a cf hard top. Or stripes even.

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What's the carbon fiber look like? Any pics? Wonder if it would look cool around the roll bar cover? I'm planning to put my old CF forced fed spoiler on and maybe add a cf hard top. Or stripes even.
That's what I'm planning to do next. The roof and roll over bar, along with my window frame Eventually the sills too. Still debating about the trunk lid as I'm not sure how the wrap will do with the heat. Plus those plastic pieces are kind of flimsy so it may be hard to remove if I ever want to.

If you tell Lyle that Sorinne (I) sent you, he'll probably hook you up. He's really interested in doing more Lotus right now.

Here's a link to the work he's done so far. I'm really happy with the quality of work he does. He takes great pride in his work and doesn't rush anything.

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Plus 1 on Lyle! He's amazing. I just had him do my rear valance in matte black and my gas cap in carbon fiber. I've got a few more projects coming up for him too. He's a really cool guy and has a nice shop in San Carlos, right next to Caltrain.

In SoCal I definitely recommend StickerCity as well. Andy did all the tints on my car there. Top shop operation he's got going on with some great employees.
I have met lyle before but i forgot his name for a bit. I have since talked to him. He is a super nice guy, i do like him. However he wants twice as much as graphtech. And i mean literally double the money, and were talking thousands.

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A7594217: I've seen your car on the forums here and appreciated your very particular style and taste. If I were you, I'd take a trip up to talk to Jay at Graphtech. I think your vision will match up very well with his.

When I first came to him to do vinyl's on our Formula D car, I brought about 15 different sketch designs. He looked at all of them and refused to do any of them. He said he didn't want his shop being represented with those designs.

He came up with a design WAY better than anything I could have, and it still looks fresh 5 years later. He's an incredible graphic artist (not just a vinyl guy). Any more, I just throw a few vague ideas at him, and he works it into amazing vinyls.

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let me know what you decide on and your result, I'm seriously considering the same thing (matte black or matte gray wrap)

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I have met lyle before but i forgot his name for a bit. I have since talked to him. He is a super nice guy, i do like him. However he wants twice as much as graphtech. And i mean literally double the money, and were talking thousands.
Thousands? What kind of work are we talking about here? All the work he's done or doing is only in the hundreds. Maybe 1k for everything combined. Maybe less. Guess I'll find out when I'm done having him do stuff.

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Its a wise choice to get her wrap in vinyl...i got mine done for 2 months now and still gettin rave reviews. I paid about $1250 for it ......Wait! dont get all jealous now, just think that i bought my exige S for $160,000 (300% import tax) ...so i rather pay $60K for the lotus and $5000 for the wrapping any day...
If u wanna see how the car is wrapped in Dry carbon fiber here's a sample with this Audi TT
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Thousands? What kind of work are we talking about here? All the work he's done or doing is only in the hundreds. Maybe 1k for everything combined. Maybe less. Guess I'll find out when I'm done having him do stuff.
Ok well ill just say it. 5k from lyle and 2500 from graphtech. I asked lyle if a paid cash what kind of discount i could get and he said 500 so 4500 if you pay cash. And as for something like the black oval its real easy. Go out and look at the elise and look at all the curves on the whole car and thats why it costs so much. If you look at the car you realize that there is alot of stuff to wrap like mirrors and mirror stalks etc.

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