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Hey guys,

I'm considering wrapping my roof in gloss black, found a good deal on vinyl so thought it might be worth a shot. Has anyone had any experience doing vinyl wrap themselves, specifically on a roof?

It doesn't look as difficult as wrapping a full car since the wrap is relatively flat. I found this video on YouTube that makes it look easy:

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Also, do you think it would be too much black on my car to get the roof done in gloss black, right now my front lip is partially gloss black, have carbon rear diffuser, and black spoiler. I'm worried it may look overdone or overkill...Thoughts?

Here is a pic from Cars and Coffee last week as reference...

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roof is the easiest, have fun it should take you less then 2 hours if you are carefull, if you want the lazy way use plastidip,, you can over spray and peel it off after
 

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If you can get another person to help keep it stretched tight I would as I saw Chris doing mine and it is not as easy as it looks.
 

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Thanks fellas, I guess I know what I'm doing next weekend! Too bad there aren't any fellow board members around here, I'd offer up a case of beer and BBQ in exchange for the help! Haha
 

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Roof is a bit tricky,the closer you get to the corners.

If you want to do it right,you remove the sunroof gasket and the roof lists.

Also clean the area under the windshield gasket and rear window gasket as you push the vinyl underneath and cut it then.
 

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Lol, think of what else I could buy for the beast for the price of an int'l ticket!

Only if you pay for my ticket there so I can attend take a spin in your e61 at Doningtom Park Circuit! :)

try air line tickets and i'll come;)
 

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Vantaa, thank you for the tip on gaskets. Any special technique with regard to the sat antenna?

Roof is a bit tricky,the closer you get to the corners.

If you want to do it right,you remove the sunroof gasket and the roof lists.

Also clean the area under the windshield gasket and rear window gasket as you push the vinyl underneath and cut it then.
 

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Vantaa, thank you for the tip on gaskets. Any special technique with regard to the sat antenna?
You have two possibilities:

-remove it,which is a pain as the glue is very strong and the possibility of scratching your paint

-tuck the wrap a bit underneath it,which is also not easy.


Use a piece of your vinyl and practice cutting out the antenna and how to tuck the wrap underneath it.
 

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You have two possibilities:

-remove it,which is a pain as the glue is very strong and the possibility of scratching your paint

-tuck the wrap a bit underneath it,which is also not easy.


Use a piece of your vinyl and practice cutting out the antenna and how to tuck the wrap underneath it.

I'll give that a shot, appreciate it. BTW, will be reaching out soon to you guys as the Evolve-R tune is my next mod planned! Can't wait!
 

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remember to count to 10 when you get frustrated...:haha: I tried to wrap my car and it was a PITA.... it looks ok in pics but the details were just plain awful LOL....Lesson learned....I'm gonna have UmChris do it when I save a few more penny's...(looking at the matte white is making me wanna get this done very soon)



 

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The matte white does look so good! Too bad Chris doesnt live in AZ, if I was in SoCal I'd definitely be taking my car to him.

Meanwhile, I'll have to keep the a bottle of good scotch nearby for those F this moments. Hmmm, may be a long night.cherrsagai


remember to count to 10 when you get frustrated...:haha: I tried to wrap my car and it was a PITA.... it looks ok in pics but the details were just plain awful LOL....Lesson learned....I'm gonna have UmChris do it when I save a few more penny's...(looking at the matte white is making me wanna get this done very soon)



 

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Your M5 is absolutely beautiful! Very clean and tastefully modded. I think a Gloss Black Roof would go great with the theme of your car complimenting the Black Wheels and Carbon Fiber. Best part about wrapping is it can be removed anytime if you get tired of it or end up not liking it.
 

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Ah,forgot to mention that you should start from the center of the roof and work outwards.
Plus get a quality vinyl that is suitable for car wrapping(3m,Oracal,Avery,..).

Some of the cheap ebay stuff is either poor quality or sticker vinyl.


Just take your time and practice a bit with smaller pieces to get a feeling how to deal with wrinkles,how much stretch/heat it can take..

I am not a professional by any means wrapping cars.

Only did a few M5s over the years myself.

I know professionals have to earn their living with wrapping cars,so they have to do it quick.
Means no or little disassembly.

I hate seeing anywhere around door handles or trim lists the original color of the car shining through.

Or how tape is shoved in between gaps of body panels...

Bottom line,have not seen a single professional job up to my demands.

So started doing it myself,with a lot of try and error.

First time wrapping a roof,wasted 2 pieces to get it right.:)
 

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I wanted to go Matte white also, problem is if anyone knows, how dirty will the car be? i know matte black gets dirty really fast, im just scared im gonna have to wash it more then i have time for it!!!
 

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Your M5 is absolutely beautiful! Very clean and tastefully modded. I think a Gloss Black Roof would go great with the theme of your car complimenting the Black Wheels and Carbon Fiber. Best part about wrapping is it can be removed anytime if you get tired of it or end up not liking it.
Thank you sir! Yours as well, very clean and can't wait to see how it progresses.
 

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Oh I fully expect to F this up the first go around, but that's ok, that's part of the fun and enjoyment - the process.

I'm worried about the edges around the window gaskets, like you I hate seeing sloppy work :)

Ah,forgot to mention that you should start from the center of the roof and work outwards.
Plus get a quality vinyl that is suitable for car wrapping(3m,Oracal,Avery,..).

Some of the cheap ebay stuff is either poor quality or sticker vinyl.


Just take your time and practice a bit with smaller pieces to get a feeling how to deal with wrinkles,how much stretch/heat it can take..

I am not a professional by any means wrapping cars.

Only did a few M5s over the years myself.

I know professionals have to earn their living with wrapping cars,so they have to do it quick.
Means no or little disassembly.

I hate seeing anywhere around door handles or trim lists the original color of the car shining through.

Or how tape is shoved in between gaps of body panels...

Bottom line,have not seen a single professional job up to my demands.

So started doing it myself,with a lot of try and error.

First time wrapping a roof,wasted 2 pieces to get it right.:)
 
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