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      04-05-2010, 02:46 PM   #1
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3M Di-NOC Roof Wrap (Image Intensive)

Hey guys I decided to wrap my roof with 3M Di-NOC CF vinyl. I did the install myself. I have never worked with vinyl, it was my first time. There were a few problems I ran into...I'll explain between pictures. I DO NOT recommend this as a DIY. It wasn't too hard but very tedious. It is best to get it professionally done. I had to cut my vinyl in 2 places...you'll see in the pics. I got a 4' x 5' roll from metrodecals.com for $139 shipped, including 2 squeegees and a 2" x 2" sample of white vinyl (I was going to wrap my splitters but the color is too white).

Here's my original thread in the General Section, which was moved to Cosmetic Section (My bad):
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=369466

Here's a rough outline to the steps I took:

1) Took off the side rails and cleaned all the dirt under them. They just pop up. Start from the back. I also cleaned under all the seals (Explained later) and around the sunroof area. Put quarters in the sunroof rails to keep the wind deflector down. Pic of the quarter trick can be found in my original thread.
2) Removed the shark fin. I used my school ID, lol, to cut the adhesive. It probably would have helped to heat it first but wedging the card in worked fine. Took about 30, careful minutes
3) Clay bar. The car was already washed.
4) Laid the vinyl down and then after applying it to the roof, I started doing the edges (side rail area, sunroof).
5) Cut the front and rear vinyl just over the seals and tucked them under.
6) Wrapped the shark fin. What a bitch.
7) Reconnected the shark fin wires and applied 3M double sided tape.
8) Reinstalled the side rails. Just pushed them down, back into place.


First picture is in my apt's parking garage...I just love showing off those angel eyes!
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1393_800x533.jpg[/IMG]

The following pictures were taken at Belmont Plateau just outside of Center City, Philly.
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1402_800x533.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1404_400x600.jpg[/IMG]
The defect you see on the driver's side is not a bubble. It is marring left by using too much heat. Explained more below.
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1403_800x533.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1408_800x533.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1409_800x533.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1396_800x533.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1398_800x533.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1400_800x533.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1394_800x533.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1406_800x533.jpg[/IMG]

The shark fin antenna was the hardest part of the install for me. I end up cutting the vinyl after 3 attempts. At some point I may get it professionally wrapped but it came out decent. You can barely see the lines. I tried to keep the lines on top but I had to cut along the right edge. You can also see the 3M double sided tape I used. The white foam is very noticeable. I'll be using black caulk around it to hide/seal it so no water can get in.
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1410_800x533.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1407_800x533.jpg[/IMG]

Here's the worst part of my install. I had about a 1/8" bubble I couldn't shrink/stretch out so I had to cut it after many failed attempts. The line I cut is behind that marring you see. Not too noticeable but because I know it's there it kills me. Also because I tried to shrink it too much, you can see the marring left by the heat.

[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1411_800x533.jpg[/IMG]

I cut the vinyl just over the seals so I could tuck it under. I didn't have to worry about damaging my paint nor getting the line perfect.

Front Driver's Side
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1413_800x533.jpg[/IMG]

Rear Driver's Side
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1412_800x533.jpg[/IMG]

This is just a picture I took after going to the gym. This color (of the e36) is my favorite and I just had to take a picture.

[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1416_800x533.jpg[/IMG]

Some more pictures on top of my parking garage.
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1417_800x533.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww146/*********/100_1418_800x533.jpg[/IMG]

All in all, I am pretty happy with the result. I saved myself about $250-$300 by doing it myself. I'm a student so money is tight. That's why I tried it. Again NOT a DIY.

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SICK! I wanna do the cf vinyl too!
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Good job with the work, I'm not sure how great it looks right now. More mods will set it off though
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Thats awesome!!!

Anyone knows if this vinyl stuff is hard to remove? Or causes any damage to the car?
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very nice
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Good job with the work, I'm not sure how great it looks right now. More mods will set it off though
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Thats awesome!!!

Anyone knows if this vinyl stuff is hard to remove? Or causes any damage to the car?
I'm sure it is fine. Alot of people wrap their cars with this stuff. Someone with a Lexus IS wrapped his whole car.
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How did you get the vinyl to tuck so nicely under the rubber above the front and rear windows?
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How did you get the vinyl to tuck so nicely under the rubber above the front and rear windows?
I cut the vinyl so that it overlapped the seals about 1/8 inch. Then using a heat gun, I ran it along the edge and used the squeegees and a small screwdriver to wedge/lift the vinyl/seal, respectively. This way I didn't need to cut the vinyl straight for it to look good because it went under the seal.
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I cut the vinyl so that it overlapped the seals about 1/8 inch. Then using a heat gun, I ran it along the edge and used the squeegees and a small screwdriver to wedge/lift the vinyl/seal, respectively. This way I didn't need to cut the vinyl straight for it to look good because it went under the seal.
Thanks! I have had a role of this stuff for a couple of weeks now and didn't do anything with it because I was unsure of how to get it under those properly.
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it came out pretty good....why didn't you do the side rails?
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it came out pretty good....why didn't you do the side rails?
I wanted to but I didn't center it right so I ran out. It looks ok without but I think I'll eventually wrap them. I might change it up and wrap it matte black. Idk. A quick photoshop will help me decide. Btw you are the inspiration as to why I wrapped my roof! I saw your post and was like damn, that looks sick! I think I might get a another 4' x 5' roll and wrap the rails, my interior trim, side view mirror trim (not the mirror covers, but that black trim that you see when sitting in the car), window pillar things (idk what they're called the 2 black strips by the B pillar on the doors, and the one between the rear window that goes down and the window that doesn't ...if that makes sense). I'm also thinking about wrapping my sub box because the carpet doesn't really match. Whatever I don't use I'll sell and/or wrap my laptop or something.
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Thanks! I have had a role of this stuff for a couple of weeks now and didn't do anything with it because I was unsure of how to get it under those properly.
It's a pretty tricky DIY. Good luck. I hope you don't run into the same problems as me. A heat gun is a must. I got an "economy" one from home depot for $23. Idk what's "economy" about it but it was $40 cheaper than the first one I saw. Worked very well.
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car looks great !
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You did an awesome job man... I wish you did the edges too though (with the roof rail connectors)
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not bad but doing the side rails is a must!
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I love working with 3M Di-Noc. It is sooo easy to work with and of very high quality. Here are some photos of one of my installs with 3M Di-Noc on a customer's car:
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wrap'n vinyl can be a bitch.
u did a decent job - u learn from just doing it.
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yeah that shark fin is a pain in the ass.
heat is ur friend when wrap'n - not to much heat.
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