Ok this is kind of cool and somewhat useful — a BMW owner in Munich apparently grew tired of his black bimmer and hired a group of guys to wrap it up in some white tape (in lieu of a new paint job).
Now this isn’t your normal run-of-the-mill duct variety, but a more advanced 3M wrap, and the process is actually referred to as “foiling”. It’s the stuff used by the German military (drab colored) and it protects paint finishes from rock damage, nicks, chips, etc. And the stuff lasts.
You can leave your car “wrapped” for 3-4 years without any resulting damage. You can even take it through car washes, as the wrap is extremely adhesive and durable. The process is popular with race teams and taxis, and it comes in a wide variety of colors.
Why wouldn’t we be doing more of this? It has to be cheaper than a new, quality paint job (2k or more) and with the given corrosion protection the wrap offers the car itself, it seems like a win-win.
And the result? Phenomenal. Have a look at the handful of photos after the jump.