How To Paint Your Car Flat-Black For Cheap

Cheap Flat Black Paint

Now a days flat-black is the “in” paint job, you see a lot of tuner shops painting high end exotics such as Lamborghini Murcielago’s and Mercedes SLR’s, to name a few, flat black.  These companies spend thousands of dollars on painting these works of art.

If you like the menacing look of flat black cars but don’t want to spend thousands on a paint job, well, now you can get the flat-black look for only $120!!!  That’s partially right, you’re not going to paint the car flat-black but instead vinyl it, like user djaemac on .

Djaemac paid $120 to buy 25 yards of vinyl and 2 quarts of application fluid and did all the work by himself, with a little help from his fiancé.  He spent 8 days to complete the car, not 8 full days, he worked on his car in the evenings after coming home from work.  Other “tools” he used for the “paint job” were a felt squeegee, a heat gun and an X-acto knife.

Below are some pictures of the BMW 330, the car looks pretty good and if you consider how much money he spent on the process and the fact that he didn’t have any experience doing this type of stuff, we think it looks amazing.

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  1. Trevor James says

    HI there i just wanted to say you did a great job your car looks great.
    I want to do this to my car also but i am a little nervous to do it because it looks pretty hard. Was it pretty challenging to do this because your car looks professionally done and i want mine to look like that as well.

    Thanks and i hope to hear from you

  2. Trevor James says

    HI there i just wanted to say you did a great job your car looks great.
    I want to do this to my car also but i am a little nervous to do it because it looks pretty hard. Was it pretty challenging to do this because your car looks professionally done and i want mine to look like that as well.

    Thanks and i hope to hear from you

  3. says

    Hey Trevor,

    This car was done by a member of another site but I have looked into vinyl(ing) cars and it isn’t as easy as that guy says it is. You just need a lot of patience and time and if some parts don’t look good, don’t be afraid to rip it up and do it again.

    I suggest doing a practice run on small areas, just to get the hang of it.

    Let us know how your project goes and we might even do an article on it, good luck.

  4. says

    Hey Trevor,

    This car was done by a member of another site but I have looked into vinyl(ing) cars and it isn’t as easy as that guy says it is. You just need a lot of patience and time and if some parts don’t look good, don’t be afraid to rip it up and do it again.

    I suggest doing a practice run on small areas, just to get the hang of it.

    Let us know how your project goes and we might even do an article on it, good luck.

  5. says

    The Vinyl is made by a company called Oracal, I can’t remember the exact product number but I did go to one of their distributors and the price was around $40/square yard of the flat black material.

    The BMW guy got a discount because his friend buys a lot of material from Oracal, I think it’ll cost around $250 in material if you don’t get a discount.

  6. says

    The Vinyl is made by a company called Oracal, I can’t remember the exact product number but I did go to one of their distributors and the price was around $40/square yard of the flat black material.

    The BMW guy got a discount because his friend buys a lot of material from Oracal, I think it’ll cost around $250 in material if you don’t get a discount.

  7. says

    The Vinyl is made by a company called Oracal, I can’t remember the exact product number but I did go to one of their distributors and the price was around $40/square yard of the flat black material.

    The BMW guy got a discount because his friend buys a lot of material from Oracal, I think it’ll cost around $250 in material if you don’t get a discount.

  8. Erick says

    hey mike im very intrested in this vinyl do u know were u got the product from?
    i have a 2 door silverado do uknow how much it would cost me?

  9. emilio123 says

    Hey nice job ! Looks like a professionnal one!
    I want to do this on my 2011 Scion tC, but when I searched on the internet for prices, it was always in the 2000s and over..! Is the Oracal product the same quality as the famous 3M vinyl wrap? Thanks in advance!

    • Andrew says

      My parents own a shop that does vinyl decals, signs and cars, and I did vinyl there for about 4 years. We use mostly Oracal because it’s inexpensive and pretty good, but 3M does tend to last a little longer. The vinyl will shrink over time with exposure to the sun and heat, so whatever brand you use make sure that you wrap around the edges leaving a little extra material for shrinkage, and if you have to overlap the material anywhere, lay the lower portion first, so that the top overlaps. This helps keep water and crap from making the edges start to peel. You should plan to have to do it again in a few years. Different products advertise different life spans, but you should be good for around 5 years. Some kind of citrus cleaner helps remove the residue pretty easy. And the application fluid is easy to make too, if you don’t want to buy it. I think it’ll be so much water with a few drops of dish soap, pretty much, but you can look up a recipe online.

  10. Ary says

    It looks amazing bro I’ve been thinking in while to put a flat black in mine too but I wasn’t sure but now u gave me the last idea I have a 335 and now I’m in to put it.Really appreciate your car bless

  11. says

    So I was wondering if there is any step by step instruction out there or anything for the best way to do this yourself? And how long does it last? subject to weather? etc?

    • says

      The source for pictures, e90 post, shows somewhat of a guide but it’s not step-by-step. But from what I’ve learned over the years about any DIY project, whatever they say on forums about how long a project will take, plan on spending 2 to 3 times that on the project.

  12. Ramcey says

    I have a 2k13 Charger R/T im thinking about doing this to. I would try it myself but dont think itll turn out right. Does anyone know a professional thatll do it?

    • Faisal says

      You should check with your local car shops, a lot of places that install body kits, sound systems etc should be able to do it for you. But make sure they’ve done it before.

  13. Chase Kelley says

    Looks great! I am looking to do the same thing but I am looking for the more durable 360 ARMRX option. The one that is matte black that can’t be scratched or chiped. Does anyone have a vehicle that has the 360 ARMRX applied? If so please post how you like it. Thanks! Again the Beamer looks great!

  14. Knotty says

    I was googling WHY people do this?? I couldnt find anything but that its the new trend. I never really understood trends other than one person does something different and others join in then when everyone is doing it, then it is
    “sooo yesterday”. Can someone explain this to me. Surely there has to be a reason right, like a statement or something? At least I hope there is a reason.

    • Faisal says

      I don’t think there is a reason for any trend, people just do it. It is a cheaper way to paint your car flat black and it’s not permanent, which leads us to the questions of why people paint their cars flat black….

  15. matthew says

    I havent looked too much into vinyling yet but I would really like to do it with my car! I had a question, though. My paint has mostly minor scratches throughout it, some deeper than others. Is it recommended to buff most of the scratches out or is it ok to apply as is?

  16. Mike Pino says

    I had these crooks from 360 ARMRX coat a vehicle for me and yeah sure it looks awesome but the price was hefty. Another thing is don’t let them fool you- it’s 100% the same product as the reputable LINE-X product line, the only difference is that 360 ARMRX is a scam outfit. The LINE-X option will run half the price and it will be done by a company that is open 6 days a week and well need I say more? It’s LINE-X a real company. 360 ARMRX is a scam. I could tell you stories believe me.

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