It’s the coolest thing that happened to a paint job since Earl Scheib. In fact, it’s WAY cooler than that. 3M has developed wrapping tape that is being used by the German military to tape, rather than paint, their tanks in olive drab. Race car teams use it to create stunning computer designed paint jobs to advertise their sponsors, and buses use it for a similar purpose. Now, the technology is available for just about anyone who has a few hours and want to tape their car’s boring paint away.
The process of wrapping the vehicle in 3M wrapping tape is called “foiling” and take about 2 days to overlay, depending on the difficulty of the design. The tape is thick enough that it can protect the underlying paint from chips, scratches and nicks and comes in a variety of colors. And the adhesion is so strong it can last for up to 4 years without replacement. And by then, you’d just get tired of the color anyway and would want to change it again. Or, imagine pulling a practical joke on a friend while they’re on vacation as you change the color of their car before they get home!
Hat Tip – AutoBlog