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Old 02-01-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
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So I wanna get my roof done with matte black, and was looking for someone that's good/reasonable pricing to do it around Philly....


Does anyone have suggestions and how much it would cost?
This one guy quoted me $300, but I feel like thats too much... this is place that does car wraps too.
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:00 PM   #2
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that prive sounds about right for good materials, that 3m roof wrap is almost 200 bucks itself
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:17 PM   #3
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wanting to do this my self, but curious if this is something that can be done at home or is it just so much of a pain to just have a shop do it?
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:20 PM   #4
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I think it was Carowen that vinyl-wrapped his roof? Can't remember where I saw it. I was wondering if anyone could link me to that 3m breathable vinyl. A-sher, I think you've been chatting in whichever thread it was where we talked about a vinyled roof, too. Looking for the product here. I'm thinking about maybe adding some matte black vinyl stripes to the hood of my 2011 hatch, just to see how it looks...

I also want to try this myself. Not looking to pay a fortune, just playing around with the stuff. But I don't want to ruin my paint, hence the breathable vinyl.
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When I had the roof done a few years back it was about $200.00.. and that was with a discount. $300.00 sounds about right.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:21 PM   #6
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GrifN that 3M stuff is air release v2.

Have a shop do it. If you try to do a roof by yourself you will waste your time and materials. Install may be around 2-300 which isn't bad.

Request for Avery MPI 1005 ez rs
It is a flush vinyl and it's actually what we have switched over from instead of 3M's 1080C. Our installers prefer it. It's a bit more thin, but it's a lighter material, like half the cost. It's okay, I personally like the 3M over it due to the thickness, but the cost difference.. Definitely there.
So that may be something to look into.

If you want matte black or any simple colors, just use plastidip. You can paint, it'll cost you under $50 and if you can paint an even coat it will look good. I believe it is sandable too so you can make it look really good. And peel it off like vinyl afterwards.

Spray plastidip is like $3 at home depot or lowes; but you can get colors from their website.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:39 PM   #7
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hmmm ^^ thats def something to think about. I thought about plasti-dipping my roof... but ugh.. I don't know.


I went to a vinyl wrap place, I mean I hope he's using the stuff that lets your paint breath. I think it was Avery? I could be wrong though.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:36 PM   #8
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No vinyl lets your paint breathe.
Also, all vinyl has the possibility of damaging your paint.
Someone may try to tell you it'll protect your paint, but common, you're sticking adhesive to an unstable clear coat. There is nothing protective about vinyl. I know this because I run backside production at Speedpro North Atlanta.

Seriously there is nothing wrong with plastidip. For all my local guys that want to do matte black I tell them to do plastidip. I can get vinyl for them, but I'm not going through the headache of trying to install it, especially because it's to cold outside right now to be applying vinyl anyway.


Those little cross hatches and grooves and things you see in that 3M air release vinyl is to make it easier to install, it has nothing else to do with how it adheres or "protects" paint. It's purely for the installer.


Whatever you do, don't go out and buy that stupid DiNoc stuff, it looks cool on lighters and keys. On cars it's retarded, feels funny, can be a pain to wash, isn't even made for exterior usage, and no matter how good the installer is, it always looks retarded and wavy because they heated it up and didn't do a cold flat install (which is impossible in the first place)


Again, if you're going for black, get plastidip.
You're hearing this from a guy that does production at a vinyl shop lol so I have a better idea of what goes on.

Also, another thing to mention, just came across a Speed owner down in Miami, he has DiNoc on his roof, which looks really silly, I know he knows it because it's wavy, but he's been going through absolute HELL with his installers. They've dented the crap out of his roof, has proof to show it, and pulled away one of the rubber strips above the roof. Which besides the dents, is immediately a 90$ damage due to the clips on those things. Installer used double sided crappy tape (not VHB like he should have) and put more dents in the roof too.

Trust me. Roofs are the most OBNOXIOUS things to install, one or two guys slaving on ladders reaching over is the complete opposite of the optimal way to stick vinyl in the first place, it's all kinds of trouble you're asking for.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:51 PM   #9
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I'm going to ATL can you do my roof? haha... ahhh man! I was really considering just doing the vinyl come spring/summer... but now you got me thinking again about plastidip.
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I for one will be doing the plasti dip roof as well. i think it is worth the try. if i no likey I peel it off.
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