Photo 2/32 | TRUP 170300 WRAP 001 | When we brought our ’01 Excursion to 1daywraps.com in Marietta, California, our Excursion was in the final leg of its transformation. The idea was to give it a two-tone treatment with black on top, white on bottom, and a pop of red down the middle. The headlights, taillights, lights, front and rear bumpers, as well as the door handles were removed for an easier installation.
Photo 3/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 002 | The Excursion had been already washed, as asked, but they gave it another wipe down to get the surface absolutely particle-free. The wrap will adhere perfectly to clean paint, dirty paint not so much. 1daywraps.com started at Zero Dark Thirty in the morning, as you can see from that whole lot of dark outside.
Photo 4/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 003 | One of the installers, Bryce, cut a sheet of vinyl at the shop-length cutting table. Our Excursion roof required the application of an entire roll-width of wrap. The Man Cave design is seen here with owner Brian Wear’s skateboard collection on the wall.
Photo 5/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 004 | Jobs this large require a team effort with Bryce and George laying down the full sheet over the roof. It’s laid down as carefully as possible, and then the smoothing process started. The vinyl is slightly forgiving, so if a (small) mistake was made, it could be peeled off and re-laid down. Our installers made no such mistakes, however.
Photo 6/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 005 | To get the wrap to lay into the crevices and over the various humps that make up our Excursion’s exterior, a quick hit of flame from a butane torch is used to stretch the vinyl just a little. This method is essential for corners to give the wrap a strong anchor.
Photo 7/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 006 | Here, George fitted the wrap around the complexities of the barn doors in the rear, and cut the excess with a razor. That area had already gone through a series of heating, smoothing, and stretching to reach this point.
Photo 8/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 007 | The hood was next to be covered and went down similar to the roof. A large, single sheet covered from side to side and its protective backing was carefully peeled off.
Photo 9/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 008 | After the initial placement of the wrap, the torch came out. What looks like large ripples in the vinyl actually is, and they are necessary so they can stretch the slack and then smooth over the step on either side of the hood.
Photo 10/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 009 | George smoothed the edges of the wrap around the edges of the hood with a razor and cut away the excess, which would have otherwise covered the area where the emblem goes on the fender just ahead of the driver’s door. The exposed areas will be covered, too, but it’s better to do them separately.
Photo 11/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 010 | By stretching the wrap over the edge of the hood, Bryce ensures the adhesive has a firm hold and won’t peel up over time. The edge of the hood just behind the grille will always be exposed to wind and must be laid down good and strong. Then, the excess was cut off.
Photo 12/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 011 | The wrap game is all about details, and here, Jose gave a little insurance for the wrap to stick around the taillight buckets. A little 3M Primer 94 cleaned all the particles out of the channel and ensured a firm grip.
Photo 13/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 012 | To get the two-tone to match up perfectly, they laid a line of cut tape arrow straight down the middle of the Excursion just above the door handles. In a later step, this cut tape will work its magic and give a seamless transition from one color to the next.
Photo 14/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 013 | This vantage point puts the enormity of the cut table into perspective. At just over 18 feet, it allowed the guys to roll out large amounts of material and make sure there was little to no waste. This sheet would cover one whole side of our SUV, and the cuts will be made from there. This ensured consistency over the cut tape.
Photo 15/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 014 | Using magnets, the wrap is adjusted and stuck to the doors and fenders on the passenger’s side. Our two-tone is starting to take shape, with bright white covering up the faded factory paint to be mated up with black later.
Photo 16/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 015 | With a vehicle this large, it seemed the smoothing went on for days, but every bubble and ripple was chased down and smoothed.
Photo 17/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 016 | Sometimes, they used a plastic paddle to smooth the wrap into place, sometimes it was better to get a little “hands on,” and George used his finger to seat the vinyl into place around the fender.
Photo 18/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 017 | The taillight bucket had been cleaned earlier, so the wrap was heated again, pushed into place, and the excess was cut off. And when the taillight is installed, it’ll look flawless. You can see the cut tape through the white wrap, and although, the excess will be cut away, the ripples will be smoothed out to ensure the black layer goes down smoothly. That can be seen in a later step.
Photo 19/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 018 | All the door handles and cut out for the keyless entry pad were trimmed away, the vinyl was heated, and pushed into the crevices.
Photo 20/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 019 | With the white layer down and smoothed, they started the black layer. With the windows open, the black layer was worked around the doorframe. As can be seen, the black overlaps the white. This will be cut away with the cut tape, which will match the two perfectly.
Photo 21/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 020 | The black layer was smoothed over the top half of the SUV and around the edge of the rear hatch, which was the most complex area. Attention to detail was key at this juncture as there is no going back. You can’t lift and reapply the black layer as it might damage the white layer.
Photo 22/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 021 | The top few inches of the front fender were coated in black, as well, as the two-tone theme continued. The black layer was worked over the edges of the fender leading into the engine bay to protect against lifting. Unlike the leading edge of the hood, heat would be the culprit for lifting here, not wind, and they applied an extra inch to prevent that.
Photo 23/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 022 | With the cut tape process started here, the two layers are cut at the same time. The black layer was peeled off, and because it overlapped the white, the excess white had to be carefully removed from under the black. After that, there was no separation between the two colors, just a seamless transition. The curled green line is the remnants of the cut tape.
Photo 24/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 023 | The black and white layers were done and totally smoothed out, and the pop of color was about to happen. Brian came out of his office to help out and laid down some masking tape to allow a 1/2-inch wide pinstripe to be applied. It was cut from vinyl wrap again and laid down the same way as the previous colors.
Photo 25/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 024 | Long strips of red were cut and laid down over the meeting line of the black and white. With the completion of the pinstripe, our Excursion wrap was done, and ready to head back to Devious Customs in Riverside.
Photo 26/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 025 | Back at Devious, Jeff Davy and his crew wasted no time completing the Excursion. The bumper had been sent out to be coated in spray-in bedliner material and was installed on the doctored frame horns. The bumper itself came with big installation brackets that fit over the frame horns.
Photo 27/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 026 | Now that the bumper is locked into place, the dressing could begin. Two 30-inch lightbars ordered from Tough Country filled up the slots in the bumper. These T.C. branded lightbars were plenty bright and can turn night into day with the flick of a switch.
Photo 28/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 027 | These 4-inch light pods came from Tough Country, too, and fit perfectly in the holes in bumper. It’s like the holes were cut to fit these exact lightpods. In fact, they were.
Photo 29/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 028 | All those LEDs need some electricity to power them, otherwise, they are just expensive placeholders. We routed them along with the headlight wires.
Photo 30/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 029 | When our bumper lights were wired in, we re-installed the door handles and the keyless entry pad, as well.
Photo 31/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion 030 | The final touches were to install the headlights and our recently upgraded grille, which is what Devious bodyman Tim is doing here. Since their positions had already been determined when originally installed, all he had to do was bolt then back up and shut the hood.
Photo 32/32 | 1 Day Wraps 2001 Excursion | Here is our ’01 Excursion in its final form. The lift and tires gave it the right height, the ’15 Super Duty front-end swap gave it some attitude, the wrap transformed the dull factory paint, and the bumper is just plain mean. Our Ford will now dominate the highways and streets of SoCal.