How to Black Out the Trim of Any Truck or SUV with Vinyl Wrap
Daley Visual uses 3M film to cover up the shiny parts of our Volvo XC90 project
The finish on our trucks and SUVs has changed significantly in the last 20 years or so. Back in the day, you had your truck and you could either afford a shiny new paint job or you couldn't. Or you kept your truck in primer while you did all the body mods. The options were kind of limited. Nowadays, you've got paint that looks like primer, primer that looks like paint, patina, paint to preserve patina, matte, flat, and satin paint, and all of the above but in water base. Finally, there is the subject of our story: vinyl wraps. Vinyl has changed the world of truck building, especially on late model builds. At a place like SEMA, there's no way you would have all the trucks with so many extreme finishes without the introduction of vinyl wrapping into the custom truck world. Over the last several years, we've covered quite a few vinyl wrap installations, including a few on our own projects, but the focus is always covering up the paint. This time we're going to try something different.
When we were deciding what to do with the last vehicle of our crossover buildup series, a 2017 Volvo XC90, one of the things that bothered us about it was the exterior trim. While the dark gray metallic paint looked great, something about it didn't look right. Eventually, it donned on us that there was just about every kind of modern trim finish on this SUV. Besides the gray, other exterior finishes included polished stainless, silver paint, plastic and metal chrome, gloss black and textured black. We definitely needed to do something about it. Pulling all the exterior of an almost-new SUV for expensive paint work seemed excessive. The answer was out in Corona, California, at Daley Visual.
When we gave Josh Daley a call, he said, "We just finished an XC90; I know exactly what to do." We soon had the Volvo in the shop and worked out the details. We decided to wrap just about everything shiny with 3M satin black vinyl. We did leave the silver on the front and rear valance to tie into the silver on the 22-inch R-Design wheels. And like Josh said, if we changed our minds we could go back and do the valances and the wheels, too! A few hours later, we had a completely different looking SUV; it really was a transformation. This Volvo just has more of a high-end, custom performance look thanks to the deleted chrome and stainless. And the only disassembly was the front grille. This was a win-win deal for us, and the same school of thought can be applied to any truck or SUV. Follow along below, and if you want to make some simple but effective changes to the trim of your truck, give Daley Visual a call.