HOW TO: Vinyl your Bugaboo Chassis – Learn how to do it Now!

 How to get a Black Bugaboo Chassis for £4.99

Have you always wanted a Black Bugaboo Frog, Gecko and Cameleon Chassis, but cant afford the “The Real Deal” Price Tag??? Then look no further. Here I will show you how to make your existing Bugaboo Cameleon silver chassis Black with NO MESS and with a little time and effort for £4.99!. This method is also quick and easy to remove if needed, it adds protection to your existing chassis and no one can tell the difference!.

If you wish to remove it. Simply pull and peel it off, clean the chassis with soapy water to remove any left over sticky residue.

Things that you will need are:

How to get a Black Bugaboo Chassis for £4.99 Step 1 Clean your chassis

STEP 1:

First things first, you need to make sure that your chassis is free from any Mud, Grime, oil etc… Its a MUST that its squeaky clean so that the Vinyl can stick to the Chassis.

Mix up some warm soapy water and grab your clean cloth. Give your chassis a good clean from top to bottom, then go back over with a clean damp cloth to remove any soapy residue as this will also hinder the Vinyl from sticking.

Dry off your chassis making sure you get in all the nooks and crannies, water and Vinyl don’t like to mix so take your time to make sure its dry.

How to get a Black Bugaboo Chassis for £4.99 Measure and Cut your Vinyl

Step 2:

Using your Tailors Measuring Tape, Measure around your Chassis… I suggest adding a couple of Millimetre’s to your width as this will overlap slightly at the seams and therefore giving you a nice seamless seam.

You may find it easier to write your measurements down on a piece of paper and then transfer these over to the back of the Vinyl. The back of the vinyl is paper backed and therefore you can draw any shape and cut it out using scissors.

How to get a Black Bugaboo Chassis for £4.99 Peel back the Vinyl Half Way and Apply it

STEP 3:

Applying the Vinyl to the chassis is easy if you peel back the vinyl slightly away from the paper, by doing this, the rest of the vinyl will be protected as you apply it.

Therefore it doesn’t stick to everything or lose any of its Stickiness.

How to get a Black Bugaboo Chassis for £4.99 Apply the Vinyl Underneath so the Seam is hidden

STEP 4:

In this step, take your time!!! using a soft cloth rub the vinyl onto the chassis bit by bit by working from the centre to the edges… By doing this your eliminating the air bubbles, if you do get any gently peel back the vinyl and then re-apply.

If you do get any air bubbles that you cant get rid of, just pierce the bubble with your craft knife and rub it over with your cloth.

How to get a Black Bugaboo Chassis for £4.99 Here is how the Vinyled Seam Looks when on

STEP 5:

By starting your vinyl on the underneath of your chassis, or on the inside arms… You then create a seam that cant be easily seen… In this photo it shows the seam, which is hardly visible and because its underneath, no one will ever tell the difference!

How to get a Black Bugaboo Chassis for £4.99 Here is the Chassis Half Way Vinyled

STEP 6:

So halfway through Vinylling your chassis it should start to look something like the above picture. I love getting to this point as there isn’t much left to do and you can really start to see the effect it has on the overall look of your chassis.

EDIT: Ive been asked quite a few times on how I got the rivets to show through without making a mess…… The way I done the rivet’s were, I smoothed it out with my cloth and fingers… then with my thumb nail, I went round and round the rivet and what you will notice is that the vinyl will cut very precisely!!!… you can use a craft knife but just using your fingernail you can get a good cut. Hope this helps x

How to get a Black Bugaboo Chassis for £4.99 Fully Complete and Vinyled

Done:

Well-done and Congratulations on now owning your all New Bugaboo Cameleon Chassis for £4.99

You can vinyl literally anything! you don’t just have to vinyl a Bugaboo, you could try a iCandy Apple, Pear, Cherry etc, Quinny Buzz, Zapp, Mamas & Papas Sola, Urbo, maybes even a Stokke? The list is endless!

Below is a Bugaboo Frog Chassis and Cameleon 1st Generation Chassis that ive also vinyled…

Don’t they Look Great?

How to get a Black Bugaboo Chassis for £4.99 Vinyled Frog and Cameleon 1st Generation

Readers Vinyl’ed Bugaboo’s:

 Bugaboo Donkey Vinyled All Black

Jo has Vinyl’ed Her Bugaboo Donkey using this Tutorial!… Doesn’t it look Great?!

Bugaboo Bee Vinyl'd in Marvel Super Heroes with Matching Hood!!!

Sarah Vinyl’ed her Bugaboo Bee in Marvel Comic Design!!! Teamed up with a Matching Hood, How cool does that look?

54 thoughts on “HOW TO: Vinyl your Bugaboo Chassis – Learn how to do it Now!

  1. Nikki

    Hello,
    Just to clarify, you wrapped it first then cut around the rivets? What about the pieces that attach the break wire? How did you get around those?

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  2. Leanne

    I think if you take your time doing it and making sure no air bubbles. It looks very professional!. Alot of my friends have decided to do this, some of those have spray painted the chassis, but over time have noticed that the paint chips or bubbles up and therefore needs redoing again. one friend paid £80.00 for it to get professionally spray painted and its chipped to hell!. I find this is the best, cost effective way to have a All Black Bugaboo Chassis. The beauty about the vinyl is, if it gets scuffed or chipped, simply peel it off and replace with a new bit.

    Yes i wrapped the chassis, and then but using the craft knife i carefully went around the rivets, the only reason i exposed the rivets is because the original All Black chassis, has the rivets shown in silver. So i wanted to replicate the chassis the best i could.
    As for the going around the clips that hold in the break cable which cant be removed, i did carefully have to take my time and by using the craft knife i had to cut the vinyl to fit.
    If you make a mistake, just get another piece of vinyl 🙂

    I hope this helps x

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  3. treena

    What happens when you wanna sell the buggy or just have it back to silver in a few years? Is there residue left? Also what about the rain does it peel off when it gets wet xx

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    1. Leanne

      You can sell the Bugaboo with the Vinyl on, I haven’t seen the value of a Bugaboo sale decrease just because its Vinyl’d. You can take the vinyl off, its abit electrician Tape and so just rips off. You may find there is some sticky residue left on the chassis, but a quick wiped over with Nail varnish remover will get it off. The vinyl is quite tough! ive been in some rain downpours and its never budged 🙂

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  4. jessica

    So question, did you vinyl the inside where the handle bar can be moved up and down. Does that effect the sliding at all? I have a donkey I want to do this too and im a bit nervous. Im not really sure if the vinyl will be to thick or if its thin enough to be able to still go from mono to duo

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    1. Leanne

      yeh I did vinyl the inside, and it works fine.. but I rarely moved my handle position so I cant comment on how long the vinyl would last if it was moved all the time. The vinyl is cheap and very quick to apply, so even if the vinyl only lasted a couple of months, simply just cut another section and stick it on 🙂

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    1. Leanne

      Yeh I put vinyl there… The handlebar can still be extended/adjusted. I usually kept mine in the same position, so I cant comment on how long the vinyl would last if it was moved/adjustable all the time. But the vinyl is cheap and easy enough to replace any vinyl should it wear/rip or a change of colour 🙂 x

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  5. Abs

    You mention how cheap it is to replace the vinyl, but have you ever had to? Willing to share some picks of how it has worn over time?

    Thanks for a great post!

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    1. Leanne

      The only time i’ve had to replace any of the vinyl was when I cut it slightly too short, I didn’t realise until I stuck it on the frame… So I peeled it off and replaced it with another piece. lol Unfortunately I don’t no longer have this Bugaboo, but I do have a Mamas & Papas Sola, that I will show how to vinyl, how to do round the rivets and also show how its worn over time. 🙂 x

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      1. Abena Bailey

        I mean when it gets bumped and knocked taking in and out of car, does the vinyl end up with ‘rucks’ in it much like the plastic on the wheels? Thanks for all of this.

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        1. Leanne

          it would eventually, but then any pram would get scuffs and bumps whether its vinyl or not. But because its vinyl you can just take off any that’s been damaged and replace with a new strip and then its good as new again… Which you cant do to a pram without vinyl, you would have to just live with scuffs and scratches :).

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    1. sandra lawrence

      years later I am reading this and wondering if you ever did it. I am looking into doing myself since the kits they sell are way too expensive

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    1. Leanne

      Yeh, but it might be slightly more difficult to do the curved bits underneath, you may need to use a hairdryer to manipulate it round 🙂

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  6. Clara Bonnick

    Love it, I’ve got a cosatto yo! Blackjack and I’m tempted to do it black as I’ve just sold my black framed zezu and I miss it!! Love the black look

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    1. Leanne

      I used matt black in my tutorial 🙂 as it close to that of the original black bugaboo frame. but you can use gloss or different colours! x

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  7. Danniielle

    How much would it cost to Vinyl my bugaboo Frog Silver or black and where could i get it from & how much would i need ? Anyone done this before….?

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    1. Leanne

      if you scroll up just above the comments, there should be a picture and a link of some vinyl where you can purchase some for yourself at £4.99 :)… Hope this helps x

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    1. Leanne

      Bee’s are a lot harder to do and I wouldn’t recommend it, as it would just rip off when you try to fold it, as it folds in on itself… Where as the Cameleon, frog and gecko doesn’t.. so Lasts a long time 🙂

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      1. sarah

        Hhhmmm mite just never fold it! Lol! Also ur tip about the black shoe polish on the plastics – vaseline (used the same way) works really well with less mess!

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        1. Leanne

          lol… Yeh I like Vaseline also, but I find it wear off quicker than the shoe polish… but its still a good product to use 🙂

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  8. Chessy

    I’ve just bought the vinyl from eBay to do my Gecko… Wish me luck! Thanks for the amazing tutorial!!! 🙂 xx

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  9. Jo

    Hi. First time on your blog – it’s amazing 🙂 really want to do my donkey and still be able to change from mono to duo – would you recommend doing it or do you think it would be too hard and wear off? Many thanks again for such a lovely blog 🙂

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    1. Leanne

      Thank you :)… The donkey would be fab vinylled, but on the parts that move in and out to make it mono-duo the vinyl may rip. The vinyl is just like cellotape really , simply pull it off and and stick another piece on 🙂 I Hope this helps x

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  10. Jo

    Hello again! Right so I vinyled my donkey – gathered if it all went wrong there’s finger nails to pick it off and soapy water to clean it back up! BUT…. It looks AMAZING :)) soooo pleased I did it. Haven’t used it much on the mono-duo front yet but it’s so easy won’t be hard (or expensive!) to replace to look great again! Thanks Leanne for your great blog and now my donkey looks the best in my village – lol 🙂

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  11. sarah

    Vinyl’d my bee 🙂 can’t fold it down but hey ho – what us women go through for fashion! Loooool! Its bloody amazing if I do say so myself! X

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    1. Leanne

      Yay welldone hunnie, I couldn’t fold my Bee either without it scraping the vinyl off :/… fancy sharing a picture? x

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  12. Kara

    I vinyled my icandy apple last night. The straight parts of the frame look really good but I really struggled with the bottom bit where it curves and had to the vinyl in sections and it looks tacky and bumpy compared to the rest any advise on how to rectify this? Thanks x

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  13. Liane

    Hi just vinyled my cam 2 and wondered if you vinyled the extending handle bar ?? Won’t it get stuck if I do it x

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    1. Leanne

      Yeh i did mine.. I found it would still extend/close with it on, but i found that it ripped the vinyl very easily. I found a height that i was comfortable with and so i put vinyl on again and just left my handlebar where it was 🙂 Hope this helps x

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