• Apr 26th 2010 at 4:20PM
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Homebrewed BMW vinyl wrap – Click above for high-res image gallery

Let's say you want to go all Mad Max on your BMW 330i, but aren't quite ready to give your shiny paint that Krylon finish. No worries. As user djaemac over on E90 Post found out, wrapping your car in vinyl isn't as hard as the pros make it out to be. Over a week's worth of evenings, the guy set about covering his entire car in matte black vinyl using nothing but some application fluid, a felt squeegee, a heat gun, an X-Acto knife and a heaping helping of patience. The results look just as good as any of the pro wraps we've seen.

The best part is that djaemac managed to do the whole thing for a mere $120. Considering the thousands of dollars a shop will charge you for the same work, that's not a bad deal. While we aren't likely to go flat black on any of our personal cars, the writeup makes the thought of covering our front bumpers in clear protective vinyl all that more tempting. Hop over to E90 Post to see the full project for yourself.

[Source: E90 Post]

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      • 2 Years Ago
      I tried the vinyl from DHgate, and almost 99.9% of the vinyl & sellers are ship from China. And i found out their vinyl is not able to stretch too much when i using the heat gun. And i purchased another roll of vinyl from ezautowrap from California, and their vinyl is pretty good. At least i can wrap it on my car and done it. The price is pretty cheap too and they have over 50 colors to let you choice it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      several, not a lot, but several people have been doing this to their project/personal cars for awhile now. saves a lot of money and takes a lot of time, but comes out looking pretty clean. i'd try to wrap my car too but damn i just dont have the frikkin patience for it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's NOT $120. He got it for $120 because he got it through a friend, and also got it in half the length of a roll. Most places will sell it in a 50 yard roll. And his wrap as a tad lower end, so it was probably $400ish for a 50 yard roll. But you'd be looking at $500 for a 50 yard roll of the Oracal 970RA which most people seem to prefer from a bit of looking around on Google.
      Now, he said he needed less than 25 yards, so you could always sell the other half of the roll... But it's still definitely not $120 said and done.
        • 5 Years Ago
        He also used the 631 vinyl which he and others state is not meant to be used for cars.
        Sorry to burst everyone's bubble. Believe me, I was seriously considering ordering the supplies and doing the same thing in a few weeks for just $120. I mean, $500 and then subtract $250 when you sell the other half isn't bad, but you're still looking at close to $300 once you buy the supplies if you don't already have them.
      • 2 Years Ago
      also i pulled the sheets off to see if there would be any damage and there was no residue left on the car, but i currently use this stuff to make Decals for cars because i have so much of it. i will have to post some pics of my car when its full done, i only have a 2003 volvo s80 and i was just bored is all
      • 5 Years Ago
      My A4 needs front end paint... I see this as a cheap alternative. Sweet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was fully prepared to hate it but I gotta admit, that looks quite good and surprisingly professional.
      • 5 Years Ago
      From what I've heard this is the way a LOT of places have been doing the flat finishes on cars lately. But ya, in a shop, lots of $$. Props to this guy for doing quality work in his garage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For that price it might be worthwhile. I've considered wrapping my vehicle for the winters to protect from the salts and rocks. It would also be kind of fun to switch up the color a bit as well.

      At this cost, it suddenly becomes much more worthwhile.

      I might be giving this a try come next winter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's nice he added a protective film to the front but my BMW 335i gets small rock chips all over the hood. Unless he drives in a giant bubble too that vinyl is going to look awful in about 6 months.

      Am I wrong?
        • 5 Years Ago
        $120 vinyl < $2-3k paint

        Yes, it will still get beat up, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper to repair than sanding, primering, and painting your hood all over again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man my 9-3 Sportcombi would look SICK like this.

      Now all I need to do is A) Move out of Chicago to say, Northern VA. B) Get a place with a garage. C) Powdercoat the rims to match.

      I love it!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tired of NoVA?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll switch places with you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't understand what would be the point of doing this to your car?

      Can someone please explain this to me?

      Is it just supposed to look "cool" or does it actually serve a purpose?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like matte blue best, but the black is good too. When you can do something for 1/50th of what it would cost at a shop, that is price gouging plain and simple. Any skilled trade you can cut a bill in 1/2 to 1/4 by doing it yourself, but not THAT big of a cut. Paying $5k for a decent paint job doesn't mean you could even buy the materials for much less than $1k to do it yourself. There isn't even any skill involved in doing vinyl wrap other than after doing a couple your speed will increase. Hopefully this will bring it in line with window tinting, because the surface of the car is maybe 3x or 4x larger than the windows, and at most tinting costs a couple hundred bucks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "There isn't even any skill involved in doing vinyl wrap other than after doing a couple your speed will increase"

        I aint got no learnin' either, but I'd like to see you walk up to a roll of cheap matte black vinyl and wrap it around the front bumper.
        • 5 Years Ago
        For a savings of $5-8k, I think I could learn! Plain and simple, window tinting is NOT hard to do, even for someone that hasn't done it before. Vinyl can't be 50x harder to do.
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