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Old 11-01-2007, 06:28 AM   #21
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well for my head lights and taillights i used this special tint made specifically for lights. it is a lot thicker than window tint. as for my side blinkers and reflectors i used black caliper paint. it looks amazing i will posts some pics hope by tonight
and for my front bumper like all the plastic pieces by my fog lights i took them off my car and used black caliper paint as well
WHERES THE PICS>>>Please post them.. why did u used black Caliper paint// why not normal. .
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:22 AM   #22
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i used caliper paint because it is a hard holding matte black and it is really heat resistant and is very durable i wash my car 4 times a week and drive a lot and still no chips yet its looks great to
also how do i go abou tposting pics i dont really know how
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:31 AM   #23
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The cleaner is just turps.. should be able to get it from any hardware shop.. probley cos i am in Australia its different in the states?? i dont know but for the paint go to any car auto shop they should sell it.. even hardware stores should too.. i didnt need to but a coat of clear coat cos the paint is durable and doesnt need it.. and if i did a coat of clear coat it will most likely take away the look of the satin in the paint.. It rained here last night and paint has held up fine.. no problems yet !!
haha..what would you have done if you walked out after the rain and saw streaks of black going down your car from it washing off?
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:42 AM   #24
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haha cry and cry some more then go figure something out but seriously this paint works so well
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:04 AM   #25
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lol....yeah,

Planning on doing this, this winter while my car chills in the garage...
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Old 11-04-2007, 06:47 PM   #26
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Wow your car really came out looking fantastic!!!! I am now contemplating doing it to mine, but I dont have a steady hand, and have never really been great with spray paint.
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Old 11-04-2007, 08:54 PM   #27
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great diy! i just wrapped mine in matte-black vinyl
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:40 AM   #28
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Ay i dont have a steady hand either.. .lol... nor to i play around wit paint..lol. ... if you want to post pics up.. goto .. www.photobucket.com you upload pics on there and it give u a IMG code to post in forums ..
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:31 PM   #29
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cool i also painted my trim inside piano black it look samazing ill post those pics to
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Old 04-25-2008, 09:02 PM   #30
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still no peeling.. also i didnt put any clear coat on there.. sticks fine..
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Old 05-02-2008, 02:52 PM   #31
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I have chrome trim (2 long pieces) off an E46 coupe for sale if anyone is interested. you can paint this first and then simply install afterwards.

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Old 05-02-2008, 03:32 PM   #32
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I just did this to my 325ci. I also blacked out the grill. Looks great thanks for the great write up.
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Old 05-03-2008, 01:50 AM   #33
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when you open your door, is the underside of the trim still chrome? or did u open the doors to paint the inner molding as well?
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Old 05-04-2008, 11:24 PM   #34
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no its black.. cos it didnt bother me if i got paint on the window cos i just scraped off to paint on the glass.. the only had part i found was under the mirrors.. but mine is black.. guess i was was luckie.. hha
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:36 AM   #35
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when you open your door, is the underside of the trim still chrome? or did u open the doors to paint the inner molding as well?
Yo on the sedans when the door is closed there is a section of chrome trim thats covered by the seals. The best thing to do would be to remove the trim. I hear it is held in with clips and you can just sand & paint.
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:27 AM   #36
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nice job, and it looks great

i should caution you. i did this the exact same way a few years ago. It looked amazing for about 1 year. after the winter, water seeped into the edges and minute imperfections in the paint, froze, expanded.... you see where this is going

the paint now looks like utter crap, and the car is actually in the bodyshop right now eating a >1k hole in my wallet for new gloss black window trim alone...

i really hope you have better luck than i did
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Old 05-06-2008, 12:31 PM   #37
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nice job, and it looks great

i should caution you. i did this the exact same way a few years ago. It looked amazing for about 1 year. after the winter, water seeped into the edges and minute imperfections in the paint, froze, expanded.... you see where this is going

the paint now looks like utter crap, and the car is actually in the bodyshop right now eating a >1k hole in my wallet for new gloss black window trim alone...

i really hope you have better luck than i did

i live in Australia... on the Gold Coast.. people from the states say its like a hyped up version of Miami... lol.. just hot sunny days here and golden beaches... No snow for us.. 14Hr drive if i want snow though.. lol. hahha.. but thanks for the heads up,,
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Old 05-06-2008, 12:38 PM   #38
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nice job, and it looks great

i should caution you. i did this the exact same way a few years ago. It looked amazing for about 1 year. after the winter, water seeped into the edges and minute imperfections in the paint, froze, expanded.... you see where this is going

the paint now looks like utter crap, and the car is actually in the bodyshop right now eating a >1k hole in my wallet for new gloss black window trim alone...

i really hope you have better luck than i did
Why didn't you buy new shadowline trim from tischer? It's like 3-400.
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Old 05-06-2008, 01:35 PM   #39
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Why didn't you buy new shadowline trim from tischer? It's like 3-400.
um yea, look again, thats 400 PER SIDE and it doesnt include the lower mouldings. trust me my body shop got sick deals *350 for a mtech 2 front? hell yes plz. but no discounts on the window moulding

why bmw gods, why is a color twice as much as another color?

edit: i take some of this back, tischer site showing 314 per side for the tops, still have to get the 4 remaining other peices after 650 for the reveal moulding (bright black). thanks for the heads up im going to email that page to the shop see if they can get a better deal if they havent ordered it. may save me 200 bucks

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Old 05-09-2008, 09:30 PM   #40
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save ur self everything and take some time out of ur hetic life and buy a $20 can of paint and do it ur self..
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