Matte Black Civic Type R Shows How Vinyl’s Done Right

The beauty of wrapping a car in vinyl is in its simplicity. It’s basically just a giant sticker, right? Only as with most things, there’s an easy way to do it, and the right way to do it. And the guys at Premium Auto Styling do things the right way.

Just take a look at this Honda Civic Type R. The owner wasn’t happy with the quality of the factory paint job and how it was wearing, so he brought it into Premium to have it wrapped.

The customer opted for a matte black finish, intriguingly removing the red pinstriping that’s one of the Type R’s distinguishing features. And though the car left the factory in gloss black, even the parts that were left that way were wrapped to match in order to protect the paint underneath.

The process took a painstaking two weeks to complete, extended by another week when the powder-coating shop commissioned to paint the wheels in matte bronze was backlogged. But the results look like they were worth the time and energy, at least as far as the customer is concerned. And he should know, considering that he runs an auto body shop.

Best of all (for us), the endeavor was meticulously documented on video and turned into this 20-minute clip, so check it out and see how a wrap is done right.


  • João Ricardo

    I’m no expert but I think the car is grey not black.

    • baofe

      The original paint was definitely black.
      Those guys did a great job on the wrap!

    • Human Being

      He says satin grey in the video at 14:49.

      • baofe

        I don’t think he was talking about the wrap but the original factory color. You have to be completely blind not to notice the wrap color.

        • Human Being

          I reiterate He says in the video

          We went with a satin grey

          The original is gloss black, he also says this several times in the video.

          • baofe

            I’m talking about João Ricardo comment. Not the dude in the video. If you believe the original color is gloss black then you are reiterating what my original comment stated. Everything else about the grey wrap is irrelevant.

  • Blade t

    Interesting to see how it’s done, they did good work….

  • S3XY

    I recently started wrapping my car. I change the color of the chrome strip along the windows. Smaller than wrapping an entire car but takes about an hour for both sides and I put a strip along the rear diffuser as well for contrast. Wrapping isn’t hard at all but takes time, and it’s actually fun. 3M is outstanding vinyl.

  • Infinite1

    Looks good

  • SteersUright

    At about $3k for a pro wrap for a full car, it just isn’t worth it to me unless you have a $100k+ car.

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