• Aug 6, 2008

When a BMW 335i owner in Munich became bored with his black coupe, he hired a team to wrap it in white tape. Two days later, he drove home in his refreshed "Alpine White" coupe (with an M3-appearing black roof). No, it's not normal tape. It's a special 3M wrap, and the process is known as "foiling." Apparently, the German military has been using the process (with an olive drab tape) for some time now. Likewise, the process is popular with race teams and taxi companies. Available in countless colors, the tape itself is thick enough to protect the paint from minor chips and nicks, and it can be left adhered to the surface for 3-4 years without damage (!). Adhesion isn't a problem either, as the tape can even withstand an automatic car wash without peeling off. Thanks for the tip Frank.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I see this stuff at every Los Angeles autoshow. Looks cool.
      • 6 Years Ago
      But, if you're thinkin 'bout being my baby,
      It don't matter if you're black or white!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Auto racing is mentioned in the article but just to add upon that, I believe that many of the very graphic intensive schemes used by NASCAR team and sports car teams in the ALMS are "wraps". I know some Formula 1 teams have considered it but the complexity of the surfaces is a problem and since those cars are very aerodynamically sensistive, any peeling would be problematic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Same stuff that Volvo offers on the C30.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i had this done on one of my cars i used in a trade show booth. the black car was 'wrapped' in a solid metallic blue, then lettering and images put on top of that. after the show was over, i had the letters pulled off and i was left with a blue car (door jams and all). the whole car wrap was about $4,000. works better if you have a black/dark car because you would leave gaps without really seeing the 'color' underneath.
      • 6 Years Ago
      if you were to look at the car closely you would prob. see multiple seems esp. in the more complex areas.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They use this in nascar, they havent "painted" the cars in a long time now, its much easier to just wrap it up in this stuff, looks just like paint when done correctly though
      • 6 Years Ago
      From looking at these images, the results are very impressive indeed. In the metal, I doubt it will be as glossy as proper paint, but I still think this application is fantastic especially for people that are after a 'matte-look'.
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        • 6 Years Ago
        you have to use the right material! there is a big difference between glossy Avery and 3M vinyl
        look at the bed of this pick up truck

        http://www2.djn-ice.com/CSOCSO-SUPRA/camowrap/camowrap3.jpg

        thats the avery vinyl, its glossy as hell and we ran out of avery so we used 3m glossy on the diamondplat toolbox and that vinyl was twice as glossy as the avery!!! you cant really tell because of the surface of the toolbox but you can see that it refelects the building and the car on the left.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would like to know cost too, a vehicle wrap in the sign industry can easily get up to 400 - 500 bucks on labor alone not including cost of material..

      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, thats actually pretty impressive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      He should've just bought an M3 if he wanted a contrasting roof. Then he wouldn't have to bitch bout what color it is because that thing is a thrill with two doors. I'd take one if it were pink.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You act like an M3 isn't nearly twice as much as a regular 3 Series.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If he just wanted a contrasting roof he would have bought a white 3 series and taped the roof black. That would use a LOT less tape and money.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where can this be done in the States? I'm seriously interested.
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