Wrapping my BMW X5/E53 need some help

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  1. wild05kid05

    wild05kid05 Cook Free or Die

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    I'm about to purchase some vinyl to wrap my car -> stealth black. I am having a hard time figuring how much vinyl I need to wrap the car itself. Giving the dimension as:
    Total Length 183.7 in
    Total Width 73.7 in
    I also measured some parts of the car:
    Hood: 60x52 in
    Front side: 42x32 in
    Front door: 50x 32 in
    Passenger door: 44x32 in
    Trunk door: 57x22 in

    So I'm thinking do I need more than 24 meters ~ 956 inches for the car itself, because one roll is 1.52x 30m, and I'm getting the other 6 meters with glossy black and carbon fiber. Would that work ?
     
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    usapatriot Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    You should probably just get a professional to do it for you.
     
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    wild05kid05 Cook Free or Die

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    I'm a DIYer and going for a service like that costs around $3000. Does not really justify for a college student..
     
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    Kinghong1970 Notebook Deity

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    fixed it for ya!

    and yea, well, get a sample, try it on the most complex surface of your car, if you can do it, fine, go for it... but i'd go for pro job...
     
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    houstoned Yoga Pants Connoisseur.

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    $3000 just to wrap the car in vinyl??? and that's with u already having the material??? geez...that doesn't sound right at all. vinyl wrapping is supposed to be the cheaper, faster way of changing your car's color.

    ugh...why "matte" black? i absolutely hate that trend.

    i would practice on the easiest area if i were u. u want to be comfortable with the material, and know how it reacts before u want to venture into the harder areas of your car.
     
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    wild05kid05 Cook Free or Die

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    I have ordered already.. The guy was cool enough to send me scrapers, cutter and heat gun.

    Other than matte black, I can't think of any other color that looks right. I will post some photos when finish :D


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    houstoned Yoga Pants Connoisseur.

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    what do u mean "look right?" vinyl comes in all colors. but yeah, $3000 for a vinyl install, that doesn't even include materials, is a rip off.

    cali has a very strong aftermarket scene, so have u tried checkin around at local body shops? i used to live in the gas lamp district.
     
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    wild05kid05 Cook Free or Die

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    There are all sort of vinyls, and colors and material, I saw the "chrome" vinyl and chamellion carbon fiber lol.. I could have chosen white, but it didn't look right to me on the 2004 X4, 2007 and later would do it but not the current I have. Other "colorful" colors would turn me off .. I will put two glossy black viper stripes in the middle in contrast of the matte black body. I was going to get "reflective" glossy black vinyls, however I did not really know if it's legal :D

    There are local shops, but like I said, they ll rip me off with 100-200 an hour for the job. And they will hold onto the project for like 10-20 hours. Beside, I have a DIY brother, and he's experienced in these things. Learning something new isn't a bad thing eh ? :)
     
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    shadowarachh Notebook Evangelist

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    millermagic Rockin the pinktop

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    I was going to recommend plastidip too!
     
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