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      04-14-2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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Black roof on Space Gray

Just got the roof painted as others have done and I love the look. Have some pictures of the process, and then of the results. Didn't have good sunshine for the result pictures but you can get the idea. I like how the black side rails blend in with the black of the windshield, and that gives more contrast to the curve of the body color around the tinted windows. I think the darker roof takes some of the visual mass of the car away, and adds a little distinction to a regular 4 door sedan.

This shop took out the sunroof to get the paint under the rubber effectively, but didn't have to deal with the headliner since the antenna cover just pops off from the outside. Front and rear windscreens stayed in and weren't removed.
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      04-14-2013, 10:41 AM   #2
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You paint the roof to create a fake glass roof effect, before you even bother to remove those hideous orange reflectors. Interesting priorities.

I hate fake effects on cars. You'd be better off buying an actual carbon fiber roof, so the difference in appearance is justified by the weight savings. Painting it black is just vain. Next thing men will be wearing make-up.

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      04-14-2013, 10:59 AM   #3
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Nice effort and job well done.

I think this is personal preference and it does look nice and will make the car looks lower from different angles.
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You paint the roof to create a fake glass roof effect, before you even bother to remove those hideous orange reflectors. Interesting priorities.

I hate fake effects on cars. You'd be better off buying an actual carbon fiber roof, so the difference in appearance is justified by the weight savings. Painting it black is just vain. Next thing men will be wearing make-up.

You're probably the only guy in the US and northern Europe that doesn't have a contrast black roof. Lol. Its called style, some people like being in with the popular crowd... Others prefer to be plain Jane. No need for bashing. It looks really good. And why would you spend $4000 on a carbon roof, lose your sunroof and lose 50lbs only to never track your car. Not that these cars can't stand to lose a few pounds but the cost/benefit ratio just isn't there.
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You're probably the only guy in the US and northern Europe that doesn't have a contrast black roof. Lol. Its called style, some people like being in with the popular crowd... Others prefer to be plain Jane. No need for bashing. It looks really good. And why would you spend $4000 on a carbon roof, lose your sunroof and lose 50lbs only to never track your car. Not that these cars can't stand to lose a few pounds but the cost/benefit ratio just isn't there.
Yeah my facepalm was more because he went to paint shop and did the roof (which arguably didn't need painting), and didn't bother with the reflectors (which did).
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      04-14-2013, 11:45 AM   #6
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You paint the roof to create a fake glass roof effect, before you even bother to remove those hideous orange reflectors. Interesting priorities.

I hate fake effects on cars. You'd be better off buying an actual carbon fiber roof, so the difference in appearance is justified by the weight savings. Painting it black is just vain. Next thing men will be wearing make-up.
My intentions were not to create a fake effect but to provide a visual effect that is more pleasing to my eye. Had no thought of a glass roof, or a carbon fiber roof, but if you wish to think of those when you see a car with a black roof, that is certainly your prerogative. One benefit from the black color that I hadn't foreseen was that the sunroof now blends in and almost disappears when it's closed. I'm sure many people think just buying any model of BMW is vanity, much less the M5. Oh, and oddly enough I'm kind of beginning to like the contrast of the orange reflectors in the front with the Space Gray color, but may have the rear red reflectors removed and fill in the body panel so it's flush rather than use IND's replacements.
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I like the roof. Are these pictures recent? It looks like fall leaf drop in the background.
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      04-14-2013, 11:55 AM   #8
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The shop pictures are from last Thursday, and the finished pictures are from this morning, just before it starting SNOWING again! Not a usual, or pleasant Spring here in Michigan.
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      04-14-2013, 12:01 PM   #9
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Love the look! I am thinking of doing the same....
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      04-14-2013, 12:05 PM   #10
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I didnt go the painted look only because the dealership dinged me on a trade in for painting the roof so I went the wrapped look on all my trims and it looks good .but in all you got a car that rocks and everyone envy's. .....
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You paint the roof to create a fake glass roof effect, before you even bother to remove those hideous orange reflectors. Interesting priorities.

I hate fake effects on cars. You'd be better off buying an actual carbon fiber roof, so the difference in appearance is justified by the weight savings. Painting it black is just vain. Next thing men will be wearing make-up.

Each to their own, if he likes it < GREAT.
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      04-14-2013, 12:12 PM   #12
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Looks very good OP!
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      04-14-2013, 01:51 PM   #13
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Looks great. Screw others opinions. If you like it, that's all that matters.
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      04-14-2013, 03:26 PM   #14
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I must say compared to the m3 forum the bashing on here is much more civilized.... OP looks badass I'm gonna do the same but I'm going with a wrap
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You paint the roof to create a fake glass roof effect, before you even bother to remove those hideous orange reflectors. Interesting priorities.

I hate fake effects on cars. You'd be better off buying an actual carbon fiber roof, so the difference in appearance is justified by the weight savings. Painting it black is just vain. Next thing men will be wearing make-up.

It's his freaking car if he wanted to paint it pink why be judge and jury. Duh he likes his sun roof easy choice IMO. Don't be so rough on the guy.
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Why wouldn't you just wrap it than paint it.
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Why wouldn't you just wrap it than paint it.
Had mine wrapped 2 times, both times came out looking like crap. With gloss black it showed every imperfection from small bumps to stretch marks. I had my roof painted gloss black (also did the mouldings) and love the contrast.
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you cant even really tell by the pics that its a different color. try to photograph it without all the reflections.

as far as the sunroof goes. id definitely have paid to NOT have it.

the most useless feature ever. especially on an ///M car!!!
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You paint the roof to create a fake glass roof effect, before you even bother to remove those hideous orange reflectors. Interesting priorities.

I hate fake effects on cars. You'd be better off buying an actual carbon fiber roof, so the difference in appearance is justified by the weight savings. Painting it black is just vain. Next thing men will be wearing make-up.
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Keep hating, folks.

OP: I personally wouldn't get my roof painted, but I think it doesn't look bad on yours. Enjoy your car and drive it in good health.
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You paint the roof to create a fake glass roof effect, before you even bother to remove those hideous orange reflectors. Interesting priorities.

I hate fake effects on cars. You'd be better off buying an actual carbon fiber roof, so the difference in appearance is justified by the weight savings. Painting it black is just vain. Next thing men will be wearing make-up.

His car, his style. Nothing wrong with variety. As for the reflectors being "hideous" I quite like them. Again, comes down to taste. I might as well bash someone buying painted reflectors instead of having them molded in to create the fake "clean" effect.
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Thumbs up Wow, Used2Be - Looks phenomenal

@Used2be This is really a great "detail". Spacegray was my absolute favorite (wanted it with Silverstone II extended interior) but then simply wasn't patient enough to wait and went with an inventory Singapore Grey with black interior. Now seeing you car with the black grill and the black ind fender details almost makes me regret that. I think the black roof looks super sharp.
Don't mind undifferenetiated commenst about relectors and things. Nate at IND had smartly sold me the reflector replacements too and after putting them in, I actually decided to put the reflectors back in. I now think that adding some "street" detail helps bring out the mod details.
And of course I am a sucker for your 19" wheels. I really prefer them over the 20inchers. Can't help it.
So again, congrats on a great job!

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