In many ways this upgrade was a bit of a milestone; it was the first time I'd dismantled sections of my MX-5. Previously I'd wrapped the wing mirrors or the boot lid spoiler but neither had required me to disassemble bit of the car. Not liking the shifter's chrome surround it was a natural place to begin. Having purchased the carbon effect wrap at the same time I bought the red wrap I was keen to see how great it looked.
The shifter's boot is attached to the chrome surround, which required me to remove both parts in order to begin the job. The following images show how I disassembled the individual parts to separate the chrome surround I needed to wrap.
The carbon fibre effect wrap was thicker than the red wrap I used on the wing mirrors due to its texture; which made the process a little more tricky than I'd anticipated. I sealed the edges on the underside with a little contact adhesive to help bond the wrap to the plastic surface; despite having cleaned it thoroughly the adhesive on the wrap wasn't forming a strong enough bond for my liking.
To add a finishing touch, I decided to wrap the stem of the shifter with the same wrap. Below is a before and after image showing the end result.
Once the wrap was heated to close the air release channels, I reassembled the parts and refitted them. I hope you agree the end result looks amazing; it also matches the small patches of carbon firbe on the door trims.Back to Upgrades