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I'm going to wrap my roof myself as I've worked with vinyl a ton. I really like the 3m 1080, but I wouldn't mind using some Oracle or other high quality (pref with perforated technology) vinyls. I've never had to order a large qty before. Is there an online vendor for vinyl you guys trust or am I better off trying to get some locally?
 

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I'm going to wrap my roof myself as I've worked with vinyl a ton. I really like the 3m 1080, but I wouldn't mind using some Oracle or other high quality (pref with perforated technology) vinyls. I've never had to order a large qty before. Is there an online vendor for vinyl you guys trust or am I better off trying to get some locally?
There are definitely some options online that are highly regarded (such as the king - 3m) Some people even go with cheaper Amazon rolls and since it's a relatively low-impact area (sun damage will be the only issue for you in Phoenix.. I'd have issues in cold weather [brushing snow off or something] as well as sun) you could get away with cheaper options and just replace it more often. @BlueHaloGirl what did your previous owner use if you know? (unless I'm mistaken and you did it yourself...you're the only OW wrapped roof owner I can think of)

Edit: Also doing it locally at a shop shouldn't be too much...it IS just your roof and not body panels that are much more difficult. I'd get quotes just in case.
 

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There are definitely some options online that are highly regarded (such as the king - 3m) Some people even go with cheaper Amazon rolls and since it's a relatively low-impact area (sun damage will be the only issue for you in Phoenix.. I'd have issues in cold weather [brushing snow off or something] as well as sun) you could get away with cheaper options and just replace it more often. @BlueHaloGirl what did your previous owner use if you know? (unless I'm mistaken and you did it yourself...you're the only OW wrapped roof owner I can think of)

Edit: Also doing it locally at a shop shouldn't be too much...it IS just your roof and not body panels that are much more difficult. I'd get quotes just in case.
I didn't think of going directly to 3m. I was quoted 220 bucks which is more than I'm willing to pay for how easy the roof is to wrap. I'm guess material is only $60 for some good stuff.
 

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Although I have to admit that is a fair price for professional installation, The value just isn't there for me because I've worked with vinyl so much in the past and really don't mind doing it.
 

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I didn't think of going directly to 3m. I was quoted 220 bucks which is more than I'm willing to pay for how easy the roof is to wrap. I'm guess material is only $60 for some good stuff.
Although I have to admit that is a fair price for professional installation, The value just isn't there for me because I've worked with vinyl so much in the past and really don't mind doing it.
Honestly doing it yourself would probably not even be $60 but I might be shooting short there. As someone who hasn't worked with vinyl but has looked into it a lot the roof looks like a cakewalk. I've considered doing it myself but the contrast on PB isn't as cool as OW :(
 

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Honestly doing it yourself would probably not even be $60 but I might be shooting short there. As someone who hasn't worked with vinyl but has looked into it a lot the roof looks like a cakewalk. I've considered doing it myself but the contrast on PB isn't as cool as OW :(
Still looks really nice. There's definitely a technique to it. Material has a surprising influence on the outcome. Just like anything else with body/paint/detailing prep is everything.
 
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I used Avery in satin black, i got 5ftx7ft. cost me about 120.00 shipped from Metro Styling, took me about 2 hrs including prep, and help of my sister. Make sure you get help from another person.
Avery is very easy to work with.
 

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Sorry for double-posting here. Anyone wrap the roof? It looks like the antenna might be a PITA to remove. It's small enough I should be able to wrap around it but would like some insight from someone who has done the project in the past. I'm fairly certain I can wrap (without seams) around the antenna, but I'm OCD and it will bother the living sh!t out of me if for some reason I can't get it to be seamless.
 

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I used Avery in satin black, i got 5ftx7ft. cost me about 120.00 shipped from Metro Styling, took me about 2 hrs including prep, and help of my sister. Make sure you get help from another person.
Avery is very easy to work with.
Good info, thanks. Did you wrap around the antenna or remove the antenna? I will 100% need a helper for this, wife is helping and she doesn't even know it yet. 120 seems a bit steep for material, did you get an install kit with it or something? With your 5x7, were you able to wrap the center section (top) of the wing as well or did it just fit the roof?
 
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I will 100% need a helper for this, wife is helping and she doesn't even know it yet.
LMAO :lol: :RockOn: in for final result when you do it. It would be damn hard to go around that antenna without removal...that's literally your only challenge.
 

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The antenna comes off easily, but you need to pull the headliner down to get to the bolt to take it loose. And that requires at least the C pillars to be removed, maybe the B pillars two depending on how careful you want to be not to crease the headliner.

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I removed the antenna and rain guards and wing. All relatively easy to remove. The bolt for the antenna is 8mm i believe. Then I prepped the surface. Clayed the roof including the outer edges of the windshield, I got a hard plastic card like a credit card and a microfiber towel, and cleaned the edge to get all the dirt and grime out. Then a tack cloth and cleaned all surfaces with isopropyl alcohol. Then I got my helper to hold one end of the vinyl while we both remove the backing and position the vinyl. I just then glassed as much as possible. I then Squeege'd the roof but i sprayed clay lube to avoid scratching the surface. After I hit it with heat to expose any air bubbles that are trapped and have it settle. Then trim the edges and tuck the vinyl at the windshield area. then heat it once again. and presto! The low initial tack that Avery has made it super easy to reposition the vinyl. Yes I was able to do the roof and the hatch top.
 

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There are definitely some options online that are highly regarded (such as the king - 3m) Some people even go with cheaper Amazon rolls and since it's a relatively low-impact area (sun damage will be the only issue for you in Phoenix.. I'd have issues in cold weather [brushing snow off or something] as well as sun) you could get away with cheaper options and just replace it more often. @BlueHaloGirl what did your previous owner use if you know? (unless I'm mistaken and you did it yourself...you're the only OW wrapped roof owner I can think of)

Edit: Also doing it locally at a shop shouldn't be too much...it IS just your roof and not body panels that are much more difficult. I'd get quotes just in case.
My roof actually is not vinyl wrapped. My roof is liquid (dip) wrapped with a Black Betty Pearl. It's got about 8-9 base layers of black sprayed then a layer of the pearl. As a matter of fact my entire car is liquid wrapped Satin white but I'm stock OW underneath. The pearl looks wicked in the sun.
There's a lot of hate for dip but if it's done right it lasts a long time and is great. It helps a ton against rock chips as long as its applied thick. There are specialized detailing products for dip as well so it's easy to take care of just different. My car was pulled apart when it was sprayed, lights, door handles, trim all came off instead of taping things off. Mine was done by a shop in a paint booth. 22450160_10155731235471303_2679347342030363090_n.jpg
 

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My roof actually is not vinyl wrapped. My roof is liquid (dip) wrapped with a Black Betty Pearl. It's got about 8-9 base layers of black sprayed then a layer of the pearl. As a matter of fact my entire car is liquid wrapped Satin white but I'm stock OW underneath. The pearl looks wicked in the sun.
There's a lot of hate for dip but if it's done right it lasts a long time and is great. It helps a ton against rock chips as long as its applied thick. There are specialized detailing products for dip as well so it's easy to take care of just different. My car was pulled apart when it was sprayed, lights, door handles, trim all came off instead of taping things off. Mine was done by a shop in a paint booth. View attachment 299217
Dip always looks great when prepped and applied correctly. Rather go Vinyl on the roof though.
 
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My roof actually is not vinyl wrapped. My roof is liquid (dip) wrapped with a Black Betty Pearl. It's got about 8-9 base layers of black sprayed then a layer of the pearl. As a matter of fact my entire car is liquid wrapped Satin white but I'm stock OW underneath. The pearl looks wicked in the sun.
There's a lot of hate for dip but if it's done right it lasts a long time and is great. It helps a ton against rock chips as long as its applied thick. There are specialized detailing products for dip as well so it's easy to take care of just different. My car was pulled apart when it was sprayed, lights, door handles, trim all came off instead of taping things off. Mine was done by a shop in a paint booth. View attachment 299217
Ah, my bad. I wrongly assumed you'd dipped the car and wrapped the roof. Nice! Probably works better this way anyway. Still looks amazing. :cool: Probably my favorite white ST
 

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There's a lot of hate for dip
Most of the time it's either due to piss poor application (rattle can, or bad spray technique) or going cheap and not doing enough coats (then it won't peel off easily) like everything else, if its done right and done well the outcome will be great and most people can't tell that's its not a wrap. Heck I can't tell you how many real paint jobs I've seen that have come out just terrible because it wasn't done right...

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