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Honda Civic Si - Wrapper's Delight

How Do You Do That Thing You Do? Everybody Wanna Wrap But They Ain't Paid Dues

Andy Hope
Sep 1, 2007
Photographer: Staff

Do-It-Yourself Vehicle Wrap, It's Not As Hard As You Think.Vehicle wraps are something that hasn't quite come around yet. Occasionally you'll see an Escalade with some new rapper's grill plastered across the side. A few high dollar race teams use them, but even in pro-racing they are pretty uncommon. Most people don't even consider wrapping their cars due to unfamiliarity with the process, overwhelming costs and lets face it, they're not for everyone. Most street cars with low budget wraps would make those mail order flaming dragon stickers look clean by comparison, but wrapping the car yourself is something that people with race cars might want to consider.

Race cars need to standout. If you are stuck with a teal Civic, no matter how many stickers you put on it, you will always be that amateur racer with the teal Civic. The same pretty much goes with any other factory paint job. No sponsor really wants to be on some car that looks like every other car at the track. But getting a custom paint job is expensive and maintaining it can be impossible.

2015 Honda Civic
$18,290 Base Model (MSRP) 28/36 MPG Fuel Economy

Traditionally, wraps have cost even more. Typically by the time the car has been 3D modeled, the artwork is created, the material is printed and the wrap is installed, you're looking at $3,500 or more. But with a little creativity and a lot of elbow grease, you can have a car that looks like it just rolled out of a $250,000 transporter, for around $1,000.

For this project, we took a relatively plain looking silver Civic Si and gave it a complete makeover. We cut a few corners and ended up with a body that really turned heads for less than a grand.

By Andy Hope
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