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      12-23-2012, 01:53 PM   #1
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Anyone done this? In some ways it seems easier than a coupe, where its in two pieces. On the other hand, there are the hinge covers and no fine lines to follow (front windshield to back window).

I was quoted 500 by a local shop which is absurd since I can get a fat roll from bmwshadowline for 60.

I'm thinking of doing the roof and hinge covers in black myself. I would use the hinge line as the boundary of the vinyl. I want there to be some paint above the doors windows like a coupe.

Anyone have an opinion or pictures?
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Found this, going to try to post from my phone. Exactly what I would do, only gloss.

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Ive thought about it and researched it before also. I found that it actually looks somewhat weird at some angles...

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=404547
I remember this thread someone posted a picture but I guess they took it off
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I guess in that thread the whole top was wrapped making it look like a soft top. That's not the way I would do it. Here is another pic I found of the above car. He only did the roof "coupe style".

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No one else has an opinion?
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      12-30-2012, 01:35 AM   #6
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I was also thinking about doing this to my e93 too. But I say just keep them original color.
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      12-30-2012, 09:29 AM   #7
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With the constant moving and pieces closing against one another I would imagine it would only be a matter of time before the edges would start to look ratty. I have BSM but I imagine it would be cool to attempt on a color car.
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With the constant moving and pieces closing against one another I would imagine it would only be a matter of time before the edges would start to look ratty. I have BSM but I imagine it would be cool to attempt on a color car.
I don't know, I feel like if I really took my time to get a perfect wrap done around edges it would hold up for quite some time. Plus, I don't drop the top a whole lot, I prefer having all the windows down more than anything. I do a lot of city driving and feel "naked" with the top always down lol.

Thanks for the opinions guys
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If you go for it, definitely share with us!
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If you go for it, definitely share with us!
I most certainly will share if I do! The vinyl I can get for like 60 bucks from BMWshadowline.com so if I fail or it fails over time I'll be ok for a fun cheap project.

The only thing that concerns me is there is no "clean line" to follow. The hinge line doesn't run all the way to the windshield or rear window, so there will be some areas that I need to take an exacto knife to directly on paint which would be scary.

We shall see
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Did you ever get around to doing this? I really want to do this too, but have the same concerns with the the exacto knife on the paint
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Did you ever get around to doing this? I really want to do this too, but have the same concerns with the the exacto knife on the paint
The trick is to score the vinyl... dont cut it. Using a fresh blade is an absolute must.
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Did you ever get around to doing this? I really want to do this too, but have the same concerns with the the exacto knife on the paint
No I haven't, I decided to save up my money and too afraid to attempt the DIY. Planning to get an mtech and cf diffuser soon.

I read that it's very important to not press down too hard with the xacto and you should be fine.

If you get it done be sure to post pics!
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Awesome, thanks for the advice. I think I'm gonna bite the bullet and order the vinyl. I already wrapped the window trim and grill in matte black last year so at least I have a little experience... my friend just gave me sh*t for being the only female he knows that cares so much about how their car looks haha.

Glossy would look better right? As to kinda look like a glass top?
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Awesome, thanks for the advice. I think I'm gonna bite the bullet and order the vinyl. I already wrapped the window trim and grill in matte black last year so at least I have a little experience... my friend just gave me sh*t for being the only female he knows that cares so much about how their car looks haha.

Glossy would look better right? As to kinda look like a glass top?
yea that's pretty awesome! I definitely wouldn't give you shit for that lol. I did the window trim myself and everything too but the wide panels on the roof scare me, I feel like I'd be bound do get a crease and screw up. But the material is only like 60 bucks from bmwshadowline.com so maybe I will attempt it once I finish all the other mods I want to do.

And yes, definitely go gloss. It would look pretty awesome I think, and fool a lot of people into thinking it's a coupe at a quick glance.
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dont pay 500. Do it yourself. PM me for tips ive done over 20 e92 roofs :/
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dont pay 500. Do it yourself. PM me for tips ive done over 20 e92 roofs :/
Yea that price was a shock for sure. I think I'll do this after my mtech rear conversion. I'll definitely PM you for some tips when I get around to it. Thanks.
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500 is crazy...shop near me wants only 250 and I didn't even bring my car in. Bought 4x5 vinyl for $45 and did myself too. Plus, it's easy and fun to do it yourself.
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500 is crazy...shop near me wants only 250 and I didn't even bring my car in. Bought 4x5 vinyl for $45 and did myself too. Plus, it's easy and fun to do it yourself.
So where's the pics!?
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