Putting vinyl wraps on a car might sound like a job for the professionals, but if you're just wrapping part of your car, you might want to know: Is it something an amateur mechanic can do on their own? That's what forum user bluebyu12 wanted to know — if the forum thought it was possible to cover his Mustang's roof with black vinyl in the comfort of his own garage. Let's take a look at the project and what the forum had to say on the subject .

A DIY Project

User bluebyu12 owns a beautiful blue 2012 Mustang that has a lot of modifications and a lot of power. Other than the black stripe on the hood, the rest of the car is a brilliant blue. He wants to change it up a little bit without breaking out the spray gun and painting the car. His solution? Covering the roof in black vinyl.


Vinyl wraps are a great way to change up the look of a car without permanently changing it. They're placed on top of the car's clear coat and can even protect the paint job from normal wear and tear. These wraps can also be removed without damaging the paint job , so they're a great alternative for those who are leasing their car.

Doing Your Own Wrap

So is bluebyu12 barking up the wrong tree? Should he be looking for a professional to wrap the roof of his 'Stang? Not if he's got the right tools, according to the other forum users. A good heat gun can make all the difference when you're laying vinyl, whether you're covering the roof of your favorite car or wrapping the entire vehicle.


The trick, according to another forum user who goes by the name GTNOS, is to "take your sweet time and use plenty of dish soap." Using water mixed with liquid dish soap can make applying a big decal or vinyl much easier and can ensure that the result doesn't have any bubbles or wrinkles in it.

Some users don't think it's a good idea to put vinyl on just the roof. Because there isn't anything for the vinyl to wrap around, like the edges of the frame or the hood, it might not be able to adhere well enough to withstand the wind when the car is being driven at full speed. These users think it might be a better idea to paint the roof instead of putting vinyl on it.


One user had the best idea: a vinyl wrap with air release channels designed to be applied dry. ridenfish39 wraps cars for a living and recommends Oracal vinyl — he did the roof of his own Mustang with a matte black vinyl that looks amazing. This vinyl doesn't need dish soap or other application liquid. It has built-in air channels that take care of bubbles or wrinkles.

Whether bluebyu12 chooses wet or dry application vinyl, the consensus is generally the same — that the job can easily be done at home with a good heat gun and some patience...and that we all really want to see what it looks like when the application is done!