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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 :)


For the edges and underneath the gaskets use a strip vinyl to practice.


It is a good idea if you invite 4 friends for the roof to hold up the vinyl.

Then you can concentrate on applying it.

Makes things much easier if you do it the first time.

Clean the roof with window cleaner first.If you have tree sap,clay bar it.

Get from a local painter a dust cloth(sticky cloth that binds dust.This is the last step before applying.
I hate dust particles showing through the vinyl,figured this is the best way to prevent most of it.

Get a squeegee with cloth protection,that minimizes the scratching of the vinyl.
 

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a couple of quick pointers:


- order ONLY 3M Scotchprint 1080 gloss black vinyl....its a mil thickness that will work well for you your first time (its thinner than Oracal and some of the others)
- order twice the amount that you need because you will more than likely need to wrap it twice before you get it perfect. this is just a part of learning
- take your time....seriously take your time
- like suggested earlier work your way from the center outward but its definitely a two man job so you can have someone stretch it smooth while u work it flat
- remove the antennae with fishing line....its on there pretty tough so be patient. i recommend some heavy duty line regulated for like 80lbs or higher (not metal line though)
- the antennae is hard to wrap....id strongly consider painting it gloss black...thats what we recommend for customers 90% of the time


good luck!
 

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The best way to remove the roof antenna is the following:

Tools:
-metal 1-1.5" flexible putty knife 1-1/2 in. Flexible Putty Knife-DSX15F at The Home Depot
-3M 2" painters tape
-heat gun(may no be necessary)
-small 90 degree pick
-3M Super Weatherstrip Adhesive Black (Part No. 08581)

Process to remove antenna cover:

1. Mask the surrounding roof area of antenna about 4" out to be safe(2 layers to be safe). Be sure to tuck the 3m tape a little under the antenna cover as you'll be sliding the putty knife in there.
2. now that you have the surrounding area masked, start from the rear part of the antenna cover. Start from the middle section of the rear part of antenna cover by sliding the putty knife level to the roof line but only inserting the right half of the knife as you will start to cut the adhesive and then just finish inserting the other half of the putty knife. You should feel like it's trying to cut through adhesive bond. You should only have to go in about 1/2" 3/4" or so.
3. Work your way around the antenna cover. Note that on the front part of the antenna cover, there's a plastic rivet that helps align the cover to the roof body(It inserts through a hole on the roof). If you go to far in with the putty, you may break that plastic pin/rivet.
4. Once you have gone around once, slowly pry it as you will discover you may need to go in deeper with the knife.

Process to remove antenna:

1. Remove Torx screw holding from of antenna in place. I think it's a T25-30
2. Go inside the car and pop off the brake light cover to access the plugs you'll need to disconnect. To pop off the cover, you will have to apply downward pressure from the outside rear edges of the cover(facing the windshield). It should start unclipping.
3. Once you have all that exposed you will see two plugs clipped on the light(blue and purple I think). Unclip those.
4. PRECAUTION: this is the critical step and should take patience to remove the small plugs from antenna. Using your small 90 degree pick, locate the two plugs clipped on the antenna. There's a release button that you should be able to press on using your pick with minimal pressure to pull the male section of the plug out.
5. Remove antenna by carefully lifting the front of it up(where the Torx screw was) and unclip/slide out torwards from. Be careful with the female plugs that are still attached from step 4. These break easily and it's a 400 dollar antenna(ask me how I know).

That should be it. Clean excess adhesive sealant from roof but leave a small bead to help with the new seal. Once you get your roof wrapped, ensure you cut out the wrap exposing the bead to seal the antenna again. See this post for pic:

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/owners-gallery/214325-3m-m230-matte-m5-project.html#post2449783



To wrap the roof, it is best to have 2-3 people help. 2 to stretch material out and one to apply heat(not too much). The thing with gloss black is that it's not that flexible and can wrinkle easily. Hence why I went with Satin Black and love it. When you stretch out the material, have your fabric squeegee handy to start from the middle of the roof line and just affix the vinyl on the middle section of the roof clean. Then you can use heat/stretch to help place it down on the rest of the roof, adjusting where necessary.

Take your time and don't use too much heat. Have fun wrapping the antenna cover lol :D

To affix the antenna cover, clean the old bead of adhesive out apply a 1/8"-1/4" bead of adhesive about 1/8" high. You will have to wait until the adhesive is tacky or just apply heat until it's tacky and then just install the cover and apply pressure while finally holding it in place with 3M Windshield adhesive.

Good luck. Hope this helps. Note that my tips on installing the vinyl are based on observation and initial help I did.
 

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Thanks Chris, can't wait to get the side skirts in to match the roof!
 

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Your instructions make it sound like you are a pro! Thanks for all the tips everyone, I'll report back this weekend to let you all know how it turns out.:1:

Good luck. Hope this helps. Note that my tips on installing the vinyl are based on observation and initial help I did.
 

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So after all the great advice and time watching YouTube Videos, I'm ready to report back on how this endeavor turned out.

Long story short, it was a fun and aggravating experience at the same time. When people preached patience, boy that was an understatement.

So my brother in law and I started early morning, and by in large we started on a good foot, prepped the roof, laid the vinyl down and started to apply/smooth it out. About 15 mins into it, I proceed to lift the rear vinyl up to try to get a good stretch and I tear it right down the rear middle....mistake 1. Mistake 2, I was cutting the sunroof out and cut it too close to edge of the opening which left me with not enough too tuck the vinyl inside the roof. Mistake 3, used too much water to spray the roof when applying the vinyl which left too many air bubbles that were impossible to get rid of. However, we pushed on, thinking we could just 'practice' in case we did this again.

After 5 hours, we ended up with a crappy vinyl roof wrap which is the first set of pics below. The next day I took it to a professional as I could not stand the sight of the roof and paid $200 to have them redo it with better quality vinyl. That turned out awesome, those are the second set of pics.

Lesson learned for me, stick to mechanical DIYs, leave this to the pros. Kudos to those of you that have the skill and patience to do this, I have a much greater appreciation for folks like umimchris, latinskilz, vantaam5, etc.


Putting my bro-in-law to work...

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8513768219/" title="IMG_3384 by eeps2878, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8373/8513768219_2595b40aa7_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="IMG_3384"></a>

Finished product, good from far, but far from good

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8514874996/" title="eric wrap2 by eeps2878, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8379/8514874996_e41688884f_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="eric wrap2"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8514874156/" title="eric wrap1 by eeps2878, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8088/8514874156_2bc5d7f671_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="eric wrap1"></a>

Pics after the professional wrap...so much cleaner....

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8514875878/" title="prof wrap2 by eeps2878, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8379/8514875878_7e103908c9_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="prof wrap2"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8514875900/" title="prof wrap1 by eeps2878, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8372/8514875900_e76e40457f_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="prof wrap1"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8513764451/" title="prof wrap3 by eeps2878, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8527/8513764451_7d08d5b450_c.jpg" width="800" height="451" alt="prof wrap3"></a>

Thanks to the community for all the help, started bad, but ended good.

Eric
 

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Yeah it is not as easy as people think, when I watched Chris do mine with his helper I was getting aggrevated just watching them do it :D

Looks like it turned out good in the end.
 

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Thanks ACG, I had cold beers on hand and pizza to help alleviate the frustration. :D
Yeah it is not as easy as people think, when I watched Chris do mine with his helper I was getting aggrevated just watching them do it :D

Looks like it turned out good in the end.
 

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Thank you sir! BTW, installed the sideskirt diffusers the other day and it looks sick. Have received so many compliments on it already. Many asking where I got it, need me some Republic Wraps decals to represent. :)

congrats on your first attempt man, its definitely not easy. in the end, it looks like it all worked out great. awesome E60 btw!
 

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haha if you'd do us the honor of representing us let me know what color & size you want and their in the mail immediately :)


Thank you sir! BTW, installed the sideskirt diffusers the other day and it looks sick. Have received so many compliments on it already. Many asking where I got it, need me some Republic Wraps decals to represent. :)
 

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For those that do so much for this community, I'm happy to, have a few local shows coming so that would be cool. I'll PM you Chris. I guess I know now I have to get some headlight mods from ya! Haha

Thank you sir! BTW, installed the sideskirt diffusers the other day and it looks sick. Have received so many compliments on it already. Many asking where I got it, need me some Republic Wraps decals to represent. :)
 

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Eric, it turned out great man, looks fantastic! Definitely not an easy task to do.
 

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Thanks AJ! I had to try it once, now I know! Ha
Eric, it turned out great man, looks fantastic! Definitely not an easy task to do.
 
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