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When washing the car I noticed some peeling on one of the two roof mouldings. It seemed like a very thin vinyl wrap. A chip/dent on the moulding has caused an tear and me jet washing it made it lot worse :(

The blue colour which finishes on the rear quater panel half way up the side of the rear window was also a wrap. The roof and the under the tailgate seemed to be like paint but its hard to tell.

Is the car one colour from factory (pearl white in my case) and the electric blue on roof / door mirrors and some moulding all Viynl wrapped?

I have to get it fixed as it looks bad, and i'm pretty sure the warranty won't cover it.

So the options are:

1) If just wrapped and no paint, then get a heat gun remove it and the cyan blue is not a great look on Pearl white. See if I like the car as just pearl white

2) Get it wrapped like this

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I think this the video you’re referring to

I can’t tell if the roof is painted or wrapped

Next thing I guess to contact Admiral and from reading up I think they just put a exclusion so any future repairs exclude wrap plus add a customary admin charge
 

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On the Smurf cars the roof was wrapped from what I remember. You can just see it when you look close. Dug out the photos of mine.

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If it's peeling I'd assume it can be stuck down again fairly easily by a wrap specialist.
 

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Yes they did.
It's still as good as new 4 years in. (wing mirrors too)
I'm convinced the smurfs are not wrapped in the factory but over painted in white.
There is a definite edge between the blue and white, which I suggest is simply from a tape line?
Yes they are overpainted.
 

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Thanks everybody. I will get it roof and wing mirror overlayed
I wish my reverse smurf roof was the same colour as smurf blue. I like the Smurf blue where as my roof is more cyan than blue
 

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When I bought my car, I had a choice of the smurf, or one like yours. I think I should have got the white, and had the roof also done in white - better than black for the summer heat. Too late now for me.
 

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When I bought my car, I had a choice of the smurf, or one like yours. I think I should have got the white, and had the roof also done in white - better than black for the summer heat. Too late now for me.
I got the smurf but am getting tired of the white - looking to black wrap roof / mirrors and plastikote wheel inserts (once I can work out how to get the frikkin' wheels off without having to pay local Kia stealer £100!! ).
Given the current UK weather (assuming you're in the UK) - how're you finding the black now ? - seriously a show stopper ?
 

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I got the smurf but am getting tired of the white - looking to black wrap roof / mirrors and plastikote wheel inserts (once I can work out how to get the frikkin' wheels off without having to pay local Kia stealer £100!! ).
Given the current UK weather (assuming you're in the UK) - how're you finding the black now ? - seriously a show stopper ?
What's the problem getting the wheels off?
 

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What's the problem getting the wheels off?
Everything coming from Kia is "No!!, thou shalt not remove wheels for fear of creating v.expensive paperweight!!" - let us do it and charge you £100/hr labour (wtaf?!!?)
I tried our local kwikfit tyre 'specialist' - always a risk as they tend to screw things up as a USP, and even they said no, nearest kwikfit with correct equipment is an hour away - I love driving it but that coupled with risk factor. (kwikfit saying no - that's alarm bells ringing right there ).

So, looking at using standard kia soul jack.... cheap enough but not designed for weight of EV, which is a couple of hundred kilos heavier than the ICE version. I know it's not a lot but really don't want to turn it into the most expensive paperweight ever by getting that wrong.

..... or am I just overthinking it ( if I do turn it into expensive paperweight I'd be back into £500 ICE as can't afford this twice)
 

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Everything coming from Kia is "No!!, thou shalt not remove wheels for fear of creating v.expensive paperweight!!" - let us do it and charge you £100/hr labour (wtaf?!!?)
I tried our local kwikfit tyre 'specialist' - always a risk as they tend to screw things up as a USP, and even they said no, nearest kwikfit with correct equipment is an hour away - I love driving it but that coupled with risk factor. (kwikfit saying no - that's alarm bells ringing right there ).

So, looking at using standard kia soul jack.... cheap enough but not designed for weight of EV, which is a couple of hundred kilos heavier than the ICE version. I know it's not a lot but really don't want to turn it into the most expensive paperweight ever by getting that wrong.

..... or am I just overthinking it ( if I do turn it into expensive paperweight I'd be back into £500 ICE as can't afford this twice)
You are totally over thinking it. It's a car, made of steel with sills. Use a decent jack properly ( not a rubbish cheap scissor jack).
 

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Do you have to empty everything out of an ICE Kia Soul before jacking it up? If not, then the standard jack is capable of lifting it fully loaded which is about the same gross weight.
You are over thinking it.
To be fair all manufacturers are scared that you or the idiot at Kwik fit will jack it up on the battery or the underbody covers and punch through them onto the battery, hence the advice of don't and the idiot proof frame to ensure that the loads are correctly distributed.
 

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I have bought a KIA jack, because it has a circular cut-out in the middle of the slot which matches to the "spike" in the jacking position (the positions are recesses in the sills which I assume are suitably strengthened). It was no problem to remove a wheel using standard tools, plus the socket adapter for the locking bolt.
 

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I have bought a KIA jack, because it has a circular cut-out in the middle of the slot which matches to the "spike" in the jacking position (the positions are recesses in the sills which I assume are suitably strengthened). It was no problem to remove a wheel using standard tools, plus the socket adapter for the locking bolt.
The Kia jack is only designed for emergency use.

FGS, get a proper jack and stop over thinking it.
 

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okeydoke, cheers - picking quality 3t trolley jack up from Halfrauds tomorrow and rubber puck ordered from ebay to adapt to the jacking point. If I f*ck it up I'll be back 😂😂.
Next question then - spare wheels / donuts etc. I've already been stung by getting a flat 2 weeks after purchase and having to use the onboard puncture repair kit on a virtually new tyre - tyre scrapped, costly new one fitted at Kia and replacement repair glue purchased (2 cans, using "take the brolly with you" philosophy ).
What does folks recommend for spare now that jacking won't be a problem ? pleasecheers.
sorry for going so seriously off topic but as I've got your attention.....Promise I'll shut up after this.
 
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