A black hood question

Discussion in 'SRT Hellcat General Discussions' started by intercooler, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. intercooler

    intercooler Gold Member

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    graycat Automobile Aficionado Extraordinaire Staff Member

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    intercooler....I know that you've been around here much much longer than I have but I have got to ask. Have
    you considered "wrapping" the hood? It's normally less expensive than paint and easier to fix if it get damaged.

    I haven't saw anyone painting their hood but it's not a bad idea. My soon to be replaced sublime Cat has the
    satin hood. I agree with you that they look great, Dodge just didn't do a very good job on painting mine. If I were
    going to have a black hood again, and I may on the replacement Cat, I'd have it wrapped. I think that the wrap
    leaves the option open to go back to the original color, protects the original paint and it's pretty easy to take care
    of compared to the soft (cheap) factory satin black paint.
     
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    FreightTrain Comfortably Numb

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    if you garage your cat a wrap isnt really any more maint.. for one it does not get waxed.. just a quick shot of Chemical guys Matte care.. i went below satin and wrapped with flat black... everything shows including finger prints but it looks killer.
     
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    Putting a wrap on the hood is like putting hubcaps on a $70,000 car. You have the right idea painting it. It's a premium car, not some Honda from Fast n Furious.

    There's no real extra care required honestly, just don't use a paste wax is really it. I have the satin black hood on my Sublime, and had the same look custom painted on my old 2010 SRT8 Challenger, the paint was called "Hot Rod Flatz" which is a bit more matte than our current satin. As long as you don't paste-wax it, you're fine.

    Enjoy.
     
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    I had my hellcat hood wrapped in 3m satin black and it looks great. Very easy to clean to just about everything wipes off. Including dust. Don't have to worry about scratches or swirls, and I've never had anyone point out that it's a wrap and not paint.
     
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    dancap3286 SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    i actually like the look of the wrap better than the paint. looks a little more stealthy to me but thats just my opinion.
     
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    I like the look of the wrap to. It's much more consistent than paint (zero orange peel, swirl marks from buffing
    etc.) But, to each his or her own. I'd wrap it or leave it alone but some others, as posted in this thread, prefer
    paint.

    Personal preference is a great thing when you can exercise it!
     
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    I wrapped my hood on my M6. Was frustrated due to bubbling around the hood scoop and heat extractors. When i got my A8 i had it painted. Painting it top and bottom was cheaper then wrapping it. 525 for the wrap and i paid 425 for paint. I never used any special care for either one. Touch less car wash...good to go. Like the above posts...don't use waxes on it. Id go painted. No bubbles, no rips, worry free.
     
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    I thought folks were having issues with the stock flat black hoods due to the paint chipping off and exposing the body color underneath?
    I don't know much about paint or wraps, but I'd say leave it body color, just my opinion it looks better. the flat hood would be cool if it was an aftermarket fiberglass or better yet a flat colored carbon fiber. That's what I always expect hoods colored differently than the body to be, aftermarket fiberglass, usually they're a cowl hood or other scoop as well.
    That Carbon fiber hood sure is sweet.. just sayin.
    Does the flat colored hood reduce glare over the nose when looking out?
     
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    What I like about the wrap is that it is protecting my factory paint, and if I ever get tired of it, I can go back to stock in ten minutes. It took me two hours and $50 worth of material. I have painted many cars over the years, and I wouldn't paint matte black on the hood of this car. Matte black paint just does not hold up well to the elements and my car is out in the elements, every day.
     
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    Not really, maybe just a little. When viewed from such a low angle through the windshield, the matte surface almost looks glossy.
     
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    I feel it reduces glare a lot. Bright sunny day with a fresh wash sun in your face i noticed a lot of glare. I love my black hood. Huge difference in my eyes.
     
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    Intercooler,

    Question:
    How long does a wrap last compared to a decent paint job for the hood? While, being exposed to the outside elements...
    Mine new cat has the black painted hood, but I have seen a couple wrapped hoods.. Both look fine..
    Are u keeping the car long term or eventually trading?
     
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    Paint all the way!! Great car!! I loved my skat pack.. Had to give it up for my first hellcat..
     

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