Decorative film for a car ... by the WALL CLOCK. Part 2

Hello everyone and good mood!
As promised, I am doing a continuation of the review on the installation and "tuning" of the wall clock, started here: redlightgreen.org/blog/aliexpress/49067.html
Let me remind you that everything was pleasant in the watch, except for the color of the hands and the decorative cover of the mechanism - they didn’t really combine with the color of the numbers. Accordingly, "crazy hands" requiredefforts and if you are interested in what came of it and how you can cross a hedgehog with a hedgehog, such, it seems, completely different things like a clock and a film for car wrapping - please, under cat.
Let me remind you that the clock after installing it on the wall looked like this:

The time between the first review on the topic and thisa little over two months have passed. During this time, the clock did not break, the numbers from the wall did not fall, except that a couple of them came off a little from the base (which was instantly decided by a piece of double-sided tape):


In the comments on the previous topic, some Muscovitesposted spoilers on the theme of "painting arrows", but ... did not guess. For a true “mudguard ... pa”, painting is corny and not interesting ... and frankly, it never occurred to me. I wanted something like that. And I turned my eyes to the search for a film that could be used to paste over the "disturbing" parts (arrows and cover). No sooner said than done, the film was found in a section far from the subject of watches - in the automobile.
Here are the different color options:

Honestly, I didn’t really imagine that I was withI’ll do this film, although I have had some experience working with similar material - a long time ago, I wrapped vinyl under a tree, purchased in a hardware store, for home theater speakers, because their color was completely out of harmony with the furniture (the result is still pleasing). But there was a fundamental difference, there were no curved and round surfaces.
As always, there were many colors of goods,but with mother-of-pearl buttons, the required one for my purposes was dark brown or close to it, of course, it was not, and not one of the sellers found. After reflection, the “radical black” color was chosen.

Lot ordered. He traveled very ... VERY long –65 (!) Days. I already managed to open the dispute with the seller, but 2 days before the term of intervention by Aliexpress, the film still got to me.
She came in an ordinary bag, tightly folded into a small roll. The film is self-adhesive, with "embossing" for carbon, is intended for "tuning" various parts of the interior and exterior of cars.
More or less like this:

Honestly, the size of the resulting film puzzled and upset.

It is clear that the sizes sold were indicated, but when I saw it live ... Dimensions 125cm by 10 (!) Cm:

And I reminded myself of a friend from the animated film “Greedy Rich” about seven hats:


In general, sadness, but once the goods arrived - you have to come.
And here are the objects of "TuningXa" - arrows and cover:

As I already wrote, I did not have an understanding of how I would glue a curved cover to get an acceptable result. Thoughts about complex calculations like:

About the cutting of the film like a paper wheel:

Or even a globe:

Naturally, all this turned out to be fantastic: I would not be able to make an acceptable cut, and "the game was not worth the candle."
Therefore, a congenial thought came: pull the film on the part, heating it with a hairdryer. I was not familiar with this “technology” and, accordingly, there was absolutely no confidence in the success of its application (I somehow saw from the corner of my eye how the film was glued during tinting; a hairdryer was used there). But somehow it should be evenly glued to curved surfaces when decorating a car? In general, I did not have to deal with this kind of garbage before.
In addition, the main ambush crawled out here - the widthlid - 12 cm, which exceeds the width of the film - 10 cm. In addition, the total area of ​​the film accessible to me was very small, and therefore, the right to error tended to zero.
I decided to cover the lid with two separate pieces of film with a joint strictly in the middle of the lid:

Since the film is self-adhesive, previously degreased the surface, and glued the film to the top:


Well, then went the process of pulling it onthe rest of the cover. As it turned out, the decision was right. As a high-tech tool, a simple hair dryer was chosen, the heating set to medium.

The technology is simple, but you need to actcarefully. We put the hair dryer on the table so that under the stream of warm air you can freely substitute the part and the film. By moving or pushing them away from the hair dryer, we adjust the heating of the film. Gradually from the edge we stretch the film to eliminate all folds and bubbles and wrap it over the side. Here you need to be careful, overheating the film makes it flowing and very soft: in one place, on the edge, the film even torn, I had to make a little more tightness there to “wrap” the resulting hole over this edge (transition between the outer and inner sides of the lid) . In addition, if you stretch the “carbon fiber” pattern “float” a lot.

The great advantage of the film is that whenWhen it is heated, it changes its properties, from soft to hard (in terms of stiffness, an analogy comes to mind with a film, which is sealed on top with jars of baby food or mayonnaise). This is good because the film will keep after cooling the shape that it was given during heating and will not peel off.
As a result, I pulled myself like this:


During pasting, microbubbles of air may form:

There is nothing terrible in this, they can be gently pierced with a thin needle, it will not be noticeable:

The second part is all the same.

The only subtlety, you need to try to get the joint in the joint without overlap. The difficulty here is that making it a soft heated film along the entire length of the joint is not at all quite easy.


Passed a needle through the bubbles:

Both parts are glued. The joint is not perfect, but acceptable (I recall that I did it for the first time). The clock hangs high enough and the junction is not visible at any angle:


From the back of the lid - horror-horror :), but not visible:

Trimmed a little:

Proceeded to the arrows. Degreased.

Next, cut the desired piece in length into 2 parts and began pasting.

I pasted the film on the front side (trying to avoid bubbles).

Next, slowly heating the protruding partfilm, gently pulled it to wrap all the curved surfaces of the arrows, not forgetting to be careful on sharp edges (small breakthroughs at the corners could not be avoided).

Here, too, has its own peculiarity, if the releasemake the film over the edge very large, then overlaps may form, and the film will not stick to the metal, but to the film from the opposite side, and this is not comme il faut.
Made the first arrow:


And the second one:


Well, the final result of pasting:

Secured the mechanism:


And hung it on the wall.
Result:




I really liked the work with the film, I discovered the “new horizon”
All that remains of the roll:

I liked the result, although I can’t say that I color100% satisfied. Arrows have become more “readable” on a light wall. The advantage is that the process can be repeated without any problems removing the installed film and sticking a new one - of a different color. Of the minuses - a very small roll and, in my opinion, a high price - it turns out more than $ 10 per sq.m.
That's all.
All good!