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I've been looking for ways to modify my Sportage to make it stand out and I fell across these on eBay..


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KIA-All-new-Sportage-2011-Wheel-carbon-Mask-sticker-/300480454622?_trksid=p3286.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D3%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D2954335113192359463



Has anybody got some of these or similar? Has anybody had bad experiences with these sort of things?



Do they peel off easily?



To me they really make the alloy wheels look cool! (cooler!)



Looking for some advice before i jump in and buy
 

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I reckon they would be a nightmare to get on evenly. You'd have bits sticking to you left right and centre and could only do a decent job by taking the weheel off. Even then I reckon they'll skew and strech.
 

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i'm going to have my windows tinted tomorrow and i will see if they can do this, or in a different style, will let you know
 

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I've took the plunge and gone for a set. Delivery in 30 days!!!!!!!


Not that fussed though as my car doesn't arrive till late October. I'll upload pictures when i've done it.



Apparently they're like sign writing stickers. Will peel off with a stanley knife. I just hope to god I don't balls it up.
 

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Geoff9309 said:
Hi Matt, interesting idea, thanks for the info. If you decide to go ahead you might manage it cheaper by buying the flexible carbon matting from www.carbonmods.co.uk at £30 for a 'sticky backed' A3 size sheet.

I doubt it would be cheaper as I think that you would probably need one £30 sheet per wheel. I wouldn't fancy the task of cutting out forty identically shaped pieces of sticky backed plastic either!
 

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Funky said:
Dr Grim said:
i'm going to have my windows tinted tomorrow and i will see if they can do this, or in a different style, will let you know

The windows are tinted?

That's what I thought. However, the rear 'privacy glass' is only slightly darker than the rest of the windows. It's probably not a bad thing though as seeing through the darker tints is tricky in the dark. Not good for parking.
 

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Dr Grim let us know how much the tinting was please if you don't mind? Also what windows are you having done and to what shade/degree of tint you go for. I've always thought the rears could be darker in fact I believe the later models are slightly darker than the FEs.
 

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I like the tinting. I also looked at a kuga, I hate how the rears are really dark against the fronts. Obviously for legal reasons the fronts can't be to dark, but it doesn't look right IMO.
 

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Rite first thing I asked my "tinting guy" if the wheel stickers were a good idea and he said to stay away from them as they normally come off within two weeks due to the wheels getting hot and cold, asked if he could supply and fit same sort of thing and he said he could but same outcome again would peel off in two weeks and he doesn't want to rip me off. The tints I had done were all the rear windows limo tint (5%) should of cost £200 but as my brother in law knows the guy I paid £150 and was done within 2 hours, looks lovely on my artic White kx3
 

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Any chance of a picture Dr Grim? I have been quoted £180 for limo tint. What is it like for reversing or seeing out of compare with standard. My main reason for getting it done is the sun in the kids eyes. The standard tint is next to useless.
 

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I haven't had it done but I have a friend who has had it done. He finds reversing at night absolutely terrible. Like driving a van. Maybe if you have the reverse camera this wouldn't be an issue.

Looks good though.
 

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Dr Grim said:
Rite first thing I asked my "tinting guy" if the wheel stickers were a good idea and he said to stay away from them as they normally come off within two weeks due to the wheels getting hot and cold, asked if he could supply and fit same sort of thing and he said he could but same outcome again would peel off in two weeks and he doesn't want to rip me off.

Oh great !!!




That's money well spent then. I could super glue the buggers on!
 

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Hi HGF69 From Cockneysparrow

Had tinted windows on my Picasso, the front driver side & the front passengers side must let
70% light through. Police stop me got their test kit out check mine and they only let 30% of light
they made me remove it right there on the road side or the car could not be driven it made a
right mess, the car was an exdemoand already had them done. I would only have the back
doors & tailgate done






17crdi ECO Black
 

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Degrease and make sure you alloys are PERFECT. Put the stickers on and have them clear coat, high temp lacquered. Most spray shops will do it for you for a nominal fee. Most alloys are lacquered anyway so trapping a sticker inside the clear coat won't have any bad effect other than if they, the stickers, sun fade. Either that of got to a steel working shop and enquire about powder coating. Most will only do a couple of colours in solid. BUT a few specialist do metallic and opaque colours. Just an idea Edited by: RichieD76
 

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I've got the stickers already so the Clear Lacquer sounds like a good option.


You say spray shops do that?



P.S. I've not got the car yet. It's been put back a few weeks. Apparently they're having issues with Sat Nav models
 
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