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:
- Bugaboo Frog, Gecko or Cameleon Chassis
- Clean Cloth and Warm Soapy Water
- 610mm x 1000mm Vinyl of your choice
- Tailors Tape Measure (so it can wrap around the chassis parts)
- Long Metal Ruler
- Sharp Blade Knife/Craft Knife
- Craft Knife Mat/ Chopping Board
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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?
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Jo has Vinyl’ed Her Bugaboo Donkey using this Tutorial!… Doesn’t it look Great?!
Sarah Vinyl’ed her Bugaboo Bee in Marvel Comic Design!!! Teamed up with a Matching Hood, How cool does that look?