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Old 08-01-2005, 08:30 PM   #1
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Arrow DIY: Powdercoated/Blacked out window trim

I know doing black trim is nothing new, but instead of buying the trim at the dealer or painting it black, i decided I should powdercoat it. I figured i'm probably the first person to powdercoat their trim. Why not? I have my own powdercoating oven/system right?

So it took about 1hr to remove all the trim and about 3hrs to put it back together once it was powdercoated. I wish I could have shown the powdercoating process, but I forgot to bring my camera to the shop. FYI, my new powdercoating oven was big enough to do all the pieces, with a little bit of room to spare.




So anyways, I removed the trim, prepped it, and Powdercoated it 'satin black'.

I will be writing a very detailed DIY in the "DIY section"...just a heads up for all the DIYers.





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Old 08-01-2005, 08:32 PM   #2
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wow congrats done already eh? good job =)
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Old 08-01-2005, 08:39 PM   #3
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nice.. ill be looking forward to that diy. how hard was removing the trim?
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Old 08-01-2005, 08:50 PM   #4
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nice.. ill be looking forward to that diy. how hard was removing the trim?

not bad... taking it out went pretty smoothly. When i tried finding DIY instructions on this board there wasn't anything good and a lot of misleading info. So i took a lot of pics and it should be easy for everybody from now on.

Putting the trim back in was kind of a pain in the ass though. The window seals were fussy to get back in place, getting things lined up and messing with the 2-sided tape got a little bit frustrating. It took about 3hrs to put it back in once i powdercoated it. Which included the time i spent to clean/detail all the "hard to reach" areas i can't get at with the seals in.
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Old 08-01-2005, 08:57 PM   #5
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Very nice bro, it has a nice gloss to it
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I hate chrome trim but it looked better with it on your car, the lip stood out more.
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Looks amazing. I wish I could powdercoat things myself.
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Old 08-01-2005, 09:43 PM   #8
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I know doing black trim is nothing new, but instead of buying the trim at the dealer or painting it black, i decided I should powdercoat it. I figured i'm probably the first person to powdercoat their trim. Why not? I have my own powdercoating oven/system right?

So it took about 1hr to remove all the trim and about 3hrs to put it back together once it was powdercoated. I wish I could have shown the powdercoating process, but I forgot to bring my camera to the shop. FYI, my new powdercoating oven was big enough to do all the pieces, with a little bit of room to spare.




So anyways, I removed the trim, prepped it, and Powdercoated it 'satin black'.

I will be writing a very detailed DIY in the "DIY section"...just a heads up for all the DIYers.





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ANyway one can get this pics from you?? I'd like to try this as well.
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Old 08-01-2005, 09:46 PM   #9
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looks good but IMO BMW has the best chrome trims on the market i wouldve left it as is, however, they do match your rims now so its not too bad
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Old 08-01-2005, 10:00 PM   #10
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Looks good Will you be offering this powder coating service for window trim now, I know myself and others might be interested. I have been thinking of what I needed powder coated that would fit in your oven , I think we have a winner. Let us know.
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Old 08-02-2005, 03:25 AM   #12
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Amazing job you did there. Didn't even know you could powdercoat the trim. Can't wait for this one on the DIY section.
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Old 08-02-2005, 12:25 PM   #13
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Amazing job you did there. Didn't even know you could powdercoat the trim. Can't wait for this one on the DIY section.

You can powdercoat pretty much anything that can withstand 325F for about 20mins. Powdercoat used to be for metal only or things that conduct electricity, but now you can even do wood and plastics. It's quite amazing actually.

I'll try getting the DIY together tonight.
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WOW... nice job!! Your car looks great!
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yea, please post the DIY, im gonna trade my trim soon and i need to figure out how to take it off
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I thought of this also, because we own a powercoater. BUT, it was only $300 to buy new trim that comes with a warranty, so I opted for that.
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I thought of this also, because we own a powercoater. BUT, it was only $300 to buy new trim that comes with a warranty, so I opted for that.

wow, $300 is A LOT cheaper then the dealer asks for upwards of $1000. But still, this trim didn't cost me anything but time and the pride of doing the work yourself.

DIY on trim removal has been posted:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...=1#post3065314
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car looks so much better now... nice lookin ride
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bmw should make chrome trim on their cars illegal and give all their chroming tools to mercedes. Its amazing how window trim changed the entire look of that car. Much more modern... it ties everything together so well. Awesome job and good taste. If my car had chrome trim i would tape it with lectrical tape rather than driving around with the chrome for one day....
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