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Don't want the colour? No problem...
All you need are:
1. Knog Blinder
2. Pair of Scissors
3. Hair Dryer
4. Utility Knife
5. Carbon Fibre vinyl (Available at eBay or any car detailing shop). You can buy them in roll, or in any pre-cut sizes.
6. Tyre Lever
to transform your odd coloured knog into:
1. Cut the vinyl in a desired size. If you want to cover the whole blinder, make sure that the cut vinyl is about 30-50% larger than the area you want to cover. This will allow you to have some room to work on.
2. Make sure that the blinder is free from any dirt and oil to ensure vinyl will stick longer.
3. Peel the vinyl and use the hair dyer to expand it. Stretching the vinyl as much as you can will ensure that you can cover the sides and curves neatly. Stretched vinyl will allow you stick it on curved surfaces like the corners and uneven surfaces. Google this, you will find lots of YouTube videos on how to apply vinyl sticker effectively.
4. Apply the stretched vinyl to the surface of the Knog Blinder that you want to cover.
5. If the application produces lots of unwanted folds and imperfections, you can always reset the stretched vinyl by removing it from the Knog Blinder and using the hair dyer again to reset its shape.
6. Use the tyre lever to help the vinyl stick around the deeper section where the 4 LEDs are mounted. The hook section of the tyre lever is particularly helpful. You can use any other thing to perform this, it just so happen that the tyre lever is so handy for me.
7. Finally, use utility knife to cut the excess vinyl and to reveal the LED's.
8. Re-install the Knog Blinder into your bicycle and ride as much as you want.
Last edited by rheicel on Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:23 am, edited 1 time in total.
18 words! Surely if u could be bothered putting up your initial post u could take an extra 3 minutes and put some descriptive text along with it? Or are interested viewers supposed to plead for the details?
So any chance of a description of the tape u have used there? Where u can get it? Cost? Tips to put it on? Etc etc?
Would seem easier just to mask the LEDs up and spray the cover black?
That is a vinyl sticker with carbon fibre finish. You can get it from eBay or any car detailing store online.
Sorry Doc, the tape is a carbon fibre vinyl used mostly on cars and motorcycle detailing. I have edited the OP and hopefully that will help you.
If you watch how to apply carbon fibre vinyl on YouTube, you will find that it is easier than painting.
Last edited by rheicel on Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Cheers thanks for the details... The lights look good, except for the dodgy colors so it's a good alternative... Ta
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