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      01-01-2014, 03:44 PM   #1
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Gloss black roof wrap or paint?

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I have decided to either wrap my roof of my AW E90, i got dark gunmetal wheels & performance mirrors, splitters & rear spoiler in carbon fiber. i dunno how the wrap will hold up in the warm & humid climate here in India. Over here the wrapping will cost around 100$ & to get the roof painted by the dealer will cost are $400-500. Dunno if i want to go permanent or just wrap it, how are the durability of these wraps? can they be washed like normal paint? i mean pressure wash etc?

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      01-01-2014, 04:15 PM   #2
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Humidity has nothing to do with vinyl durability. If installed properly, it will last for years. You will have reduced life due to sun, but the sun probably fades paint faster there too. Only downside of wrap is that it doesn't have depth of paint. But it will hold up to washing and the elements just fine.
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Lease or own?
If a lease- wrap it.
If you own it- paint it

Otherwise they are going to bang you at the end at lease return for painting that roof. Ask me how I know.
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Just wrap it and spend the amount you saved on other mods, true that paint is more glossy but the difference is not worth the extra ~$300.
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Lease or own?
If a lease- wrap it.
If you own it- paint it

Otherwise they are going to bang you at the end at lease return for painting that roof. Ask me how I know.
i own it. hmmmn..
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Just wrap it and spend the amount you saved on other mods, true that paint is more glossy but the difference is not worth the extra ~$300.
true, will call the dealer & ask him the estimate for the roof painting..
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Then again, if you grow tired of it, vinyl is cheaper and you can simply remove it. Not sure how glossy you're going for, and if vinyl will retain that glossy look year in and year out, but I imagine there are plenty to choose from.
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Ok, i have decided to get it wrapped instead of painting it as its reversible, want to know which wrap you guys recommend? is 3m good?

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3m and Oracle both make great products. I've heard that Oracle is a bit easier to work with than 3m but I used 3m Di-Noc to wrap my interior with no problems.

Both Great Products
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3M 1080 Scotchprint or Oracal 970RA.
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the garage who is doing the wrap said he has avery dension, oracal & 3m, the 3m is the most expensive, should i go for the 3m?

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DIY and save yourself some money. Otherwise, I can't give you a recommendation by brand alone, it depends on the product line as well.
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DIY and save yourself some money. Otherwise, I can't give you a recommendation by brand alone, it depends on the product line as well.
ok i m getting the oracal or avery dension done for around 80$ over here as i m from asia where labour is cheaper then usa, to much a headache to try diy here as they guys do ton of cars here & know what they are doing. Wanted to know which product links of avery dension or oracal is good?

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ok i m getting the oracal or avery dension done for around 80$ over here as i m from asia where labour is cheaper then usa, to much a headache to try diy here as they guys do ton of cars here & know what they are doing. Wanted to know which product links of avery dension or oracal is good?

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Oracal 970RA is what you want. Haven't really heard anything good about Avery vinyl as far as this type of application goes.
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following the advice of the members here finally decided to get it wrapped & not painted, will update once its done
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