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Old 06-27-2011, 11:47 AM
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I don't get around to posting too many pictures of matte finishes, so here's one I did a while back. So here's a VW GTI MkV that I vinyl wrapped the roof in my matte black material. Did the roof and the small extension of the roof that extends onto the top hatch area. The owner of this car was actually out in the Los Angeles county area, so quite a bit of a distance from me in Orange County/Irvine, but luckily I was already in the area getting some other things done at the same time, so it wasn't too bad.

It was a bit dark, so the pictures aren't the greatest. I also got a bit carried away with the amount of pictures, but it's also partially because I haven't posted any pictures of the matte finish in a while, so I am trying to make up for lost time, haha.



















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Old 06-30-2011, 10:14 AM
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Trying to figure out which pictures to edit and post can be hard sometimes. I have some pictures that date back to almost 12 months ago now that I still haven't had a chance to post yet.

Either way, here are some pictures of a car that I actually did recently sometime last week. The owner of this car was around/in Orange County as well. The car is a white Mercedes Benz C350 that I vinyl wrapped the roof in my gloss black material, and also did a border around his tail lights with my gloss black vinyl material as well. Everything was done freehand. I thought the tail lights turned out awesome, and changed the way the car looks completely, with something even as minor as that. Really gives the car a more aggressive look from behind. It's always fun when my customers bring me new ideas and challenges to try and do.

Some comparison pictures with the driver side done and the passenger side still stock.























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Old 07-01-2011, 10:02 AM
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It's been brought to my attention that there may be some people out there claiming that they are associated or that they work with me. If this is the case, then it is not true. I work solo, and if anyone is trying to claim otherwise, then they are lying to you.

Just wanted to put this notice out there, so that someone does not go to anyone else mistakenly and think that it is me or a "partner" of mine, and end up getting bad work done, etc.

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Old 07-04-2011, 01:58 PM
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I don't get too many cars of this color coming by to get their roofs done, so it's a nice change of pace. I wrapped this Infiniti M45's roof with my gloss black vinyl material. On a darker colored car like this, the gloss black roof gives it a very nice subtle touch. Although it's still noticeable, it is not as large as a contrast as it would be on a white car. A black roof may make a BMW more sportier looking, but on a car like this, it can also make the car look more "elegant" or lux as well. This car was from around the Costa Mesa/Orange County area.

















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Old 07-06-2011, 09:51 AM
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This time around, I finally remembered to take some before/after pictures for you guys. It also happens to be on car that had vinyl installed on it with materials previous purchased from Sticky City. The wrong material was used/sold, and this is what happened after the owner removed it off of his car around a year or so later. You can see there was an extreme amount of adhesive left behind after removing it. The owner told me that the material was basically starting to flake off after a year or so, and when he tried to go to remove it, it was basically just coming off in such small pieces/sections that it made it extremely time consuming.

The car is a blue Subaru STI/WRX that I vinyl wrapped the roof in my 3M 1080 gloss carbon fiber material. The owner of this car came out to me from around Glendale/Pasadena/Los Angeles County area. I gave it a shot to see if I could help him get rid of this eye sore, and the results will speak for themselves.

Since the 3M 1080 scotchprint gloss carbon fiber material is quite different from the 3M di-noc carbon fiber material, I tried to take some pictures inside and outside, to show you the different effects that it has in both conditions, to give you a better idea of how it all looks and compares.

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Here is what I was able to do:


























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Old 07-08-2011, 12:41 PM
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My first BMW F10 5 series that I've done since this model came out. I applied my gloss black vinyl wrap material to his roof. I had some requests for closer up pictures of around the sunroof and antenna areas, to squash any doubts or worries that some had regarding those two areas. As you can see, everything is done very neatly and there are no seams or exposed areas of paint there. The owner of this car was around the Inland Empire area I believe, and came out to me in Orange County to have his roof done.















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Old 07-12-2011, 10:49 AM
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Lately I've been having more people steal and use my pictures as their own without my consent. So in order to both protect me and you guys too, I decided to try out a new watermark for the mean time. It is kind of distracting, so I am going to give it a test run and see if I am going to continue with it, or leave the pictures without the watermark and accept the fact that there will be some of my images stolen and used.

Either way, onto the car. I tried doing some before and after pictures, but for some reason I forgot to do it for the roof. I vinyl wrapped the roof of this gray Audi A5 in my gloss black material, smoked/tinted his tail lights and also smoked/tinted the amber area on his front headlights. I actually blacked out the chrome on the his old C300's window trim before as well. The owner of this car came to me from around the San Diego area up to me in Orange County to get the work done.

The pictures were kind of rushed, so some of them didn't turn out as well. I mainly tried focusing on taking more up close and detailed pictures this time. I wanted to show you guys that even if there is no side/roof rail, I am able to trim it perfectly straight where it ends at the sides/edge. I also did some close up of the antenna area to show that there is no paint showing around that area, which some other installers would kind of mess up on.

Let me know what you guys think about the watermark and the pictures of the car.

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Old 07-12-2011, 10:57 AM
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:08 PM
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I don't get around to posting too many pictures of tinted/smoked tail lights, so I figured I'd do so this time around. Here's pictures of a black BMW E60 M5's tail lights and head lights that I tinted/smoked with my vinyl film material. I tinted only the red portion on the rear tail lights and for the front headlights, I tinted the turn signal chrome reflector top portion only, to bring the brightness of the chrome down a bit. He was actually around in Orange County, around Lake Forest or so, which fairly close to me.

This will be a good comparison for those who are curious about how only partial parts of the tail/head lights are when tinted versus having the whole thing done.















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Old 07-16-2011, 02:09 PM
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I went through my pictures, and decided to pick this blue E46 BMW 3 series to post pictures of for today. Since I mainly end up doing work on so many white cars, it's not always easy for the non-white colored car guys get to see how it looks on other/different colors. This car was done a while back, but I believe he was from around the Huntington Beach/Orange County area. I vinyl wrapped his roof in my gloss black material and I also did his window trim in my matte black vinyl material. This will also give guys who were interested in doing both their window trim and roofs an idea of how the matte and the gloss looks together.















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Old 07-18-2011, 11:54 AM
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Here are some pictures of a pewter or a sand color Mercedes Benz C230 (I believe) that I vinyl wrapped the roof in my gloss black material with, when I was up in norcal about two months ago. The sun kept coming and going that day (you can see all of the clouds in the reflections), so it made it kind of hard to take the pictures, but I did the best I could.

I will be back up in norcal probably sometime later this year, in case anyone is interested in getting some vinyl work done on their cars. PM or e-mail me.

This car is another good example of a car that is not so brightly colored, such as a white or a red car would be, but the gloss black roof is still a subtle but noticeable addition to the car.













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Old 08-08-2011, 09:54 AM
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For those of you who have PMed or e-mailed me in the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed a slight delay in my responses to your questions. I am currently out of the country, and will be so until Sept 5th. However, I have already been taking appointments starting Sept 5th, for those of you who are interested in getting work done on your cars for when I am back.

Best way to contact me and reserve an appointment is through e-mail at donathon@gmail.com. Second best way would be through PM.

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Old 09-10-2011, 01:26 PM
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I haven't posted in a while, but that's because I've been traveling over seas for the past 6 weeks or so. Either way, I am back now, and with all of the down time while flying around, I edited a lot of my back logged photos that I hadn't gotten around to editing/posting yet. I didn't notice how "strong" my watermark were in the photos while editing these, so I do apologize for that if it interferes with the pictures too much.

Anyways, here are pictures of a silver 350z that I vinyl wrapped the roof in my gloss black vinyl material. He was a local in Yorba Linda/Orange County. Even though his wheels were a matte finish, the gloss black roof still worked and looked very good on his car regardless. So these pictures will be good for those guys out there who have matte black wheels, and were deciding if they should go with a gloss or stick to a matte finish to match their wheels.

















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Old 09-12-2011, 11:41 AM
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This is a white C300 that I vinyl wrapped the roof in my gloss black material a while back. I believe this car was actually from norcal and came down to me in the Orange County area to have his roof wrapped. I work on a lot of white cars, but I haven't posted pictures of one in a while, so I figured I'd throw one into the mix. White colored cars are definitely one of the best colors to get the black roofs on, due to the contrasts, if that is the style that you are looking for or like.

















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Old 09-14-2011, 12:49 PM
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Here's a darker gray/gunmetal colored M45 that I vinyl wrapped the roof in my gloss black material. The owner of this car was around the Long Beach area. Even on a darker colored car, the gloss black vinyl roof actually still accents the entire the car very well. Especially on this car, with its black rims. We decided to leave the roof rails chrome, and it actually turned out looking very nice that way. It looks as if the car came like this from the factory/dealer.

It was a hot day, so don't mind the water streaks on the roof/vinyl in some of the pictures.













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Old 09-19-2011, 12:23 PM
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This is a red E92 BMW 328i coupe that I vinyl wrapped the window trim in my matte black material and also tinted/smoked his tail lights with my film. The blacked out window trim really toned down the strong contrast between the bright red and bright chrome. We also decided to go with tinting the whole tail light to give it a consistent finish across the whole tail light, versus just doing the red or white part only. The owner of this car was out in the Fontana/Inland Empire area. As you can also see, everything is done seamlessly, all as a single piece.

















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Old 09-21-2011, 03:27 PM
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Here is a silver Honda Accord sedan that I vinyl wrapped the roof in my gloss black material. You may notice, I actually have already posted pictures of this car before. I originally vinyl wrapped the roof of this car about 8-12 months ago. However, the owner of this car asked me if I could also tint/smoke his tail lights. So I decided to take this time to also take pictures of his roof again, to show progress reports of how well my material holds up, after being on the car for almost a year already. You'll see in the pictures, the roof is practically perfectly smooth like paint. Everything settled in quite nicely, and the results are awesome. It even really impressed me, haha. Interestingly enough, I tinted his tail lights for him at the end if one of their eibach meets/shows, since I was already in the area.

For the tail lights, I only tinted the clear portions, and left the red parts alone.















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Old 09-23-2011, 01:53 PM
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Haven't posted pictures of matte black roofs in a while, so I figure I'd post this one up. This is a white Subaru that I vinyl wrapped the roof in with my matte black material. Not a lot of cars can pull off the matte look, but I think this Subaru was able to do it fairly well. Usually you want a car that's a bit more aggressively modded/styled if you're going to go with something like a matte black roof. If not, usually other matte black accents would go well with a matte black roof as well. Typically, if you send me pictures of your car, I can determine what would look best on your car, in my opinion and based on the amount of cars I've seen or worked on. The owner of this car was out near in the Fontana area or something like that.













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Old 09-28-2011, 11:47 AM
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Here is a somewhat more recent BMW E46 328i sedan that I recently did some work on. I vinyl wrapped the roof of this car in my gloss black material. I believe the owner of this car was from around the Cerritos/Long Beach area and came out to my shop in Anaheim Hills to get the vinyl wrap done for his roof. We decided to go with the gloss black to give it that panoramic look and kind of update the look of the older aging car. The roof was beginning to fade, so with the vinyl on there, it'll end up help protecting whatever is left of the paint underneath it and at the same time give the roof a new/fresh finish to look at. I wanted to post pictures of this car, to show even on a more stock looking car, a gloss black roof is still a nice mod/addition.

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Don't mind the water streaks from trying to clean the roof out in the sun/heat.


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Old 09-30-2011, 12:22 PM
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Been blacking out quite a few window trims lately, to give it that shadow trim look. Here's pictures of an alpine white BMW E46 330(?) of a member on here. We decided to go with my matte black vinyl material for the window trim on his car. It matched the wheels and theme of the car fairly well. Really toned down the bright chrome, even on this alpine white E46.

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Old 10-03-2011, 12:00 PM
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Been a while since I posted some pictures of the 3M di-noc material wrapped on a roof, so here are some pictures of a white BMW E90 335i sedan that I did the roof with the 3M di noc material. I tried taking a bit more detailed pictures this time around to show you guys more close ups of the roof, to show you the quality of all of my installs. No paint is showing anywhere and all of the weaves are perfectly straight, etc. Pictures will also give you an idea of what the 3M di noc vinyl material would look like on a car that's mildly modified. This car only had wheels with black centers/polished lip. Everything else was still stock at the time of these pictures if I can recall correctly. The owner of this car came out to me from around the Huntington Beach/Orange County area.



























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Old 10-05-2011, 10:55 AM
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Here's a return customer. I actually tinted/smoked his tail lights with my material probably a year ago. However, he somewhat recently had someone reverse into him in a parking lot and broke/cracked his driver side tail light. So he asked me if I could redo that one side for him. Of course, I told him to drop by and we'd get it done for his car. The passenger side tail light is the original one that I had done about a year ago. I took some more detailed/close up pictures of that side more to show you guys how well the material and installation has held up. The owner of this car was also from Irvine, but drove out to me from his school out in Riverside that day to get it done.











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Old 10-07-2011, 10:32 AM
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Just wanted to make a quick note for all of the local guys. I am not usually open on the weekends, but I will be having a open house type of event tomorrow. A bit of a short notice, but in case anyone was interested in coming by that don't normally have time during the weekdays to come out to me to have it done, this is your chance.

As much as I work on BMWs and Euro cars, I still also do get other manufacturers and makes that come by to get their roof vinyl wrapped or other vinyl related work done as well. Here's a white Honda Civic SI that I vinyl wrapped the roof in my gloss black material. The owner of this car was around the Garden Grove/Orange County area, and came out to me in Anaheim Hills to get his roof wrapped. Decided to go with the gloss black vinyl finish over the matte black vinyl finish for his car, to give it a more factory/clean look.









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Old 10-10-2011, 10:30 AM
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Here's a white Mercedes Benz CLK that I did quite a few things to. Starting from top to bottom, I vinyl wrapped his roof in my matte black material, blacked out his chrome window trim also with my matte black vinyl material, and then finished everything off with smoking/tinting his tail lights with my film. The owner of this car was fairly close by, in Orange.

The matte black vinyl on the roof is definitely different from what most euro guys go with, but it gives it an interesting different change of pace/look. The window trim on this car was also a bit different from most cars. It was like a two tone chrome, with half of it being somewhat like a black chrome and the other half was a standard chrome finish. I decided to leave the black chrome and only wrap the regular chrome finish, to leave that two tone look.

























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Old 10-12-2011, 10:53 AM
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This is a black Mercedes Benz CLS 550 that I blacked out his chrome window trim with my matte black vinyl material, which runs along the top and bottom edges of the window. Everything is done seamlessly and all in one piece, to give it that factory look. The owner of this car was somewhere closer to San Diego, and drove up to me in Orange County to have me do the vinyl work on his car for him.

If you guys want to see any specific pictures or have me take anything at a certain angle/area, let me know, and I'll do my best to get it for you next time.



















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