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Old 11-13-2017, 03:05 PM
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Vinyl Wrap X5............. Want the TRUTH !

Hey Guys.....

Sooooo I'm thinking about wrapping my X5 in matte black vinyl, TAKING IT TO A LOCAL PRO SHOP.

There's nothing fancy about my X5, not a show piece or racer nor do I obsess over it in any way.


Looking for a bit of a change... I like the idea of a matte black finish and blacking out my wheels.

I WONT be fixing any dents, don't care if the job is 100% perfect, just want to change things up a little bit.

So I'm looking for your collective wealth of knowledge and opinions.

Can you wash it?
Does it fade?
Bird POOP?
Dirt and grime?
How long does it last?
Does it ruin the paint?
How hard is it to remove? is it a DIY job or back to the shop for removal?
How long does it take to wrap an X5 ? 1 hour? 8 hours? a week? a month?

Yes... I know I can ask the installer ALL these questions and I know the answers ALL will be positive. THAT'S what I don't want......

I want the truth dammit! I can handle the truth! (movie reference)

Thoughts greatly appreciated!

Good and bad..... makes no difference.


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Old 11-13-2017, 03:24 PM
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Never wrapped a car but did do a golf cart. I already had it torn completely apart so I was ahead of the game at the start. It was fairly simple. My wife helped with an extra set of hands which would definitely be necessary. You can keep picking up the vinyl and adjusting it to remove bubblies and wrinkles until you hit it with the heat gun. If I remember right the cost to do the cart was about $250. (40 sq ft). Washes great. Dirt, grime, poop come off easily. Hasn't faded in 3 years but is kept inside most of the time. Not sure if it would ruin the paint but wouldn't think so. From what I understand it removes fairly easily with heat gun. Time it takes is going to depend on how detailed a job you are going to do. Remove fenders, doors, etc? Do door jambs? Remove all trim?
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Old 11-13-2017, 03:34 PM
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OOOHHHH I dropped the ball on my original post.

I personally and not looking to take on a full X5 wrap.... I am going to take it to a professional....

sowilliams...... This is the nitty gritty I am looking for, thank you. The reality of a wrap not what they want to tell you.

So far I am NOT discouraged. With the exception of taking it to a pro, your insight was spot on the feedback I am looking for.

The X5 lives in my driveway when I'm home and overnight so I wonder how the vinyl would hold up. We hot weather 9 months out of the year so this point is important to me.
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Old 11-13-2017, 05:13 PM
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I’ve never wrapped anything, but my general sense of finishes is their quality depends on the prep. I would never consider wrapping my X5 because of paint flaws which I would have to bring to level (fill and sand) to such an extent that I might as well go ahead and respray it (which I’ve been considering). That is an assumption on my part, perhaps vinyl wrap is not so sensitive to the smoothness of the underlying finish?

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Old 11-14-2017, 12:21 PM
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I love matte wraps more than anyone I know, but to be honest, never liked the look on the E53. I'd take a long hard look at some matte E53's to make sure you like it first. Matte looks great on a lot of cars but the E53 it just makes it look bulbous and washes out the details of the design rather than accenting them.

Vinyl wraps come in gloss/metallic colors too
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:25 PM
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I appreciate all the comments fellas.... keep them coming......

I'm poking around to see if I'm gonna pull the trigger.

I know/knew nothing of this process and option...... learning a lot.
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:57 PM
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Pre H20. Mechanically how does she run. Are the tires still in check or do they need replacing. at the age of the car, how's the usual items like cooling, suspension, etc. The point I'm trying to drive across....is that at least to get the car wrapped of any kind, it's North of 3K to get it done right...

3K IMO can go a loooong way , given the age of the vehicle and the items required to ~maintain~ it....
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:59 PM
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I'd be interested to see what shops quote you to do it. I considered wrapping mine, but was getting 1-2k quotes to do it.
Current garage:
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:04 PM
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Jsoto...... nice!...... thanks for the thought process.

Yes.... like a top. less than 100K on the clock, I bought "Rocco" from an older lady that bought it from the dealer, barely used the X5.

Tires are about 3 months old. All new.

I've had every single system gone through and all maintenance done, every last button works perfectly. NO ISSUES of any kind.

There is no "real" reason to look into a wrap..... just because. Thought I'd look into a all black matte look is all.

May not do it at all....... don't know yet. Like I said.... just poking around and learning stuff................
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:12 PM
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As a sidenote, like in the old age saying, you pay for what you get....

With wraps or any film install in general, the installers are Literally taking a knife to the film, oftentimes to the paint....I'm saying this because once it's all covered,one does not see what that Xacto blade nicked on what panel as it's all wrapped. this happens day in day out. Even on clear PPF film, paint sometimes get's nicked...but you don't pick it up as the film obscures it.

Just for you own WiKi
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