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dbjb
04-30-2010
After being unsuccessful with locating a BMW vinyl roof DIY, I decided to create one myself. By no means am I an expert but I can say it came out fairly well being my first time. So, here it is on an E92. Hope it helps. Special thanks to Ofmalik who helped me out.

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By kavadarci on 09-02-2012, 01:57 PM
has anyone tried to wrap the shark fin? i will be doing mine in cf vinyl so painting is not an option? thank you.
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By FoShizzle on 09-02-2012, 02:54 PM
Many have tried, few have succeed. Very difficult to make it look rite.
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By Phil325 on 09-14-2012, 04:20 PM
It came out great, OP! Thanks for the write up
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By StevenY. on 09-20-2012, 09:27 AM
Nice write up OP!

Does anyone think it would look odd if i vinyl my roof and then plastidip the shark fin black? Id take a stab at wrapping the shark fin first though, perhaps wrap each side separately?
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By shakko on 09-20-2012, 09:44 AM
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Nice write up OP!

Does anyone think it would look odd if i vinyl my roof and then plastidip the shark fin black? Id take a stab at wrapping the shark fin first though, perhaps wrap each side separately?

If you do a matte black vinyl on the roof, then it might match pretty well.
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By dbjb on 09-20-2012, 04:25 PM
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Funny enough I couldn't locate a black shark fin. I didn't bother trying to wrap the fin either. So, I used plastidip. Even though my top is gloss, it's not very noticeable that the fin isn't an exact match. I have yet to see anyone notice or comment on it. So, I say try it. If you think the color is too far off, then peel it away. Just don't tape down the fin until you're sure as it will be stuck to the vinyl.
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By Tim603 on 11-12-2012, 04:14 PM
This is a great diy, I will be doing this soon and all the success stories give me confidence. I will definitely have to get a helper and bribe him with a few beers (not too many though hehe cant be wrapping a roof drunk lol)
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By ZNITE on 12-16-2012, 01:46 AM
Great Job !!!...I'm impressed,I wish I have the same gutsy skill as you do
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By Sukebe on 01-01-2013, 12:57 AM
Nice Job~~~!!! I Like It!
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By USAF Rick on 01-02-2013, 07:52 PM
Hey great write-up, I'll be doing this pretty soon too. Probably not on my own though haha.
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By e46m3lol on 01-23-2013, 06:37 PM
Good job on the wrap! For those of you debating if you should do this or not... go for it! It's not as hard is it seems. It does take patience though
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By Stephen's BMW on 01-23-2013, 11:20 PM
great DIY thank you
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By PhasedNeutron on 01-28-2013, 05:42 PM
Doing this to finish mine off soon, I have a solid roof so a bit easier and will be wrapping in satin black.
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By mrunella on 01-29-2013, 02:59 AM
Did you wrap the shark fin?
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By >sVo< on 03-04-2013, 03:08 AM
This is the best tutorial about vinyl wrapping. Thanx bro. I just ordered the vinyl and the "tools" from ebay last night. Can't wait to get started
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By harps_s on 05-13-2013, 11:32 AM
Thanks mate, got the shark fin off with ease! I used fishing line to break the seal.
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By mythek on 09-12-2013, 04:58 AM
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Thanks for a greatly detailed write-up with very helpful photos. I have a couple of questions regarding the shark fin:

After you repainted your shark fin, how did you prepare that area on the roof for the reinstallation?

And with using the double side tape, do you have any leak problem from rain or car wash?

Thank you very much, I just need to get these clarification before I begin wrapping my roof
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By StevenY. on 09-21-2013, 07:21 PM
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Thanks for a greatly detailed write-up with very helpful photos. I have a couple of questions regarding the shark fin:

After you repainted your shark fin, how did you prepare that area on the roof for the reinstallation?

And with using the double side tape, do you have any leak problem from rain or car wash?

Thank you very much, I just need to get these clarification before I begin wrapping my roof
I have the same question about mounting back the shark fin too. Do you just use 3m vhb mounting tape and stick it onto the vinyl? I'm afraid it would come off or something. But from reading some other comments I'm thinking I should just mount the tape directly on the vinyl, it's just a bit of a concern for me. Wouldn't want the shark fin to come off or something.
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By StartedFromTheBottom on 09-29-2013, 07:42 PM
Man i wish my car was white now.. lol. I don't know how it would look on a silver car
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By Bigrob126 on 10-03-2013, 12:31 AM
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I feel silly asking this, but what is the purpose of this? Is it to make the roof black?, in which case it could be painted, yes? I'm 52 years old, and the vinyl roof I was thinking of, when i clicked on this DIY, is from the 70's!
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By mythek on 10-04-2013, 03:43 PM
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I feel silly asking this, but what is the purpose of this? Is it to make the roof black?, in which case it could be painted, yes? I'm 52 years old, and the vinyl roof I was thinking of, when i clicked on this DIY, is from the 70's!
look better and roof protection. It is a cheaper and reversible alternative to painting the roof.
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By TplusR on 10-14-2013, 11:44 AM
Just an FYI to anyone who will attempt this....if you use vinyl with air release channels (like 3m 1080) it is NOT necessary to use water when applying the vinyl. The air channels and the use of a squeegee (felt edge to prevent scratching) will allow for all air to be removed. As long as no firm pressure is applied to the vinyl it can be lifted easily from the paint.

I've wrapped a few roofs and have always done it this way.
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