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Old 07-24-2012, 08:58 PM   #321
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:02 PM   #323
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This Alpine White BMW E90 4-door 335i came by to have me vinyl wrap his chrome / brushed aluminum window trim with my matte black vinyl material. In addition to doing his window trim, I also wrapped his roof with the 3M di-noc matte carbon fiber finish to really set off the car. We had the antenna fin cover painted matte black, which went fairly well with the matte finish of the roof. The matte black window trim and matte roof also ties in together nicely. Also as a reference point, the trunk spoiler is real carbon fiber. From further away the carbon fiber finish looks more of a solid matte / flat black finish, but as you get closer to the car/roof, the carbon fiber weaves/design becomes more visible, which is also another nice subtle touch/look.















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Old 07-30-2012, 12:18 PM   #324
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Even on a more stock-ish car, blacking out the chrome / aluminum window trim can change the dynamics of the car's looks greatly. It won't necessarily give it a modified/aftermarket look, but it definitely adds to the car's look, while still looking factory. The owner of this car drove out to me in Orange County / Anaheim Hills to get the wrap done. Everything is done seamlessly and in one piece to retain that factory look and without making it seem like a wrap job. We went with the matte black on this car to still give it some contrast and accent the trim pieces, instead of going with gloss black which would have made it kind of disappear into the car's black paint.

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Old 08-03-2012, 02:04 PM   #325
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This is one of the cars that I did some vinyl work on last month when I was up in norcal / Bay Area for vinyl wrapping. The owner of this car had me black out the chrome / aluminum window trim on his black E63 wagon. In addition to that, I also tinted his tail lights with my smoke film. Instead of tinting the entire tail light, I cut out the clear portion of the tail lights so that only the red is tinted / smoked. At first I wasn't sure how it'd look, but the contrast it ends up creating is pretty nice and I must say I like it. We also went with the matte black over the gloss black for the window trim, to provide some contrast to the gloss black paint and allow the trim pieces to still accent the car.

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Old 08-04-2012, 12:28 PM   #326
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My tails on my touring are amber and red. Can you post a pic of what it would look like if I put some of your red vinyl over the taillight? I want to see if the color looks different on the portion that is covering the amber vs the red. Hope this makes sense. Thanks.
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:42 PM   #327
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I don't have any pictures of that unfortunately. It'd just tone down the amber, but it'll be a mix of red/amber showing through once applied on.

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Old 08-13-2012, 02:05 PM   #328
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This is a return customer. He's had me do a couple of his cars in the past before as well. For this car, I blacked out the chrome / brushed aluminum window trim that goes around the windows for this black Mercedes CL600 v12. We went with a matte black finish for this car. It's a fairly big car for a two door, so the window trim actually covers over a large area of the car. In addition to the window trim, I also blacked out the chrome trunk handle piece in the rear. In this photo set I included a lot more up close pictures around the edges, ends and around where the rubber weather stripping areas are.

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Old 08-22-2012, 12:48 PM   #329
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Here's one of the cars that I did some vinyl work on the other day up here in norcal / Bay Area / San Jose. The owner of this white E46 325i sedan brought his car by to have me vinyl wrap his roof with my matte black vinyl material. It's not as often that BMW or Euro guys in general go with the matte black finish, so this is a good example for those who were thinking or considering getting it done on your cars. The roof was plastidip before, but the vinyl provides a much smoother end result and finish, and is just as easily reversible.













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Old 08-27-2012, 03:28 PM   #330
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Seems like there are a lot of fans of wagons, so here are pictures of a blue E46 325i wagon / touring that I worked on recently. The owner of this car actually lived down the street from me in Irvine / Orange County, so I dropped by their house to do the vinyl wrap. The owner wanted me to black out his chrome / aluminum window trim. I went with the matte black to give it more of an aggressive look and it went well with all of the other matte black weather rubber pieces that lined the window trim and the overall look of the car.

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Old 08-29-2012, 01:32 PM   #331
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Thanks for everyone who was able to make it out to me while I was up in norcal / Bay Area doing vinyl wraps. I only had one car that cancelled on me without any notice (which is a first out of all of my trips that I have been/gone up there), but other than that everything went good as usual.

This was one of the last cars that I did while up there, and I was a bit excited, so I forgot to take some before pictures of it. The owner of this white Subaru STI wagon / hatch brought his car to me to have me vinyl wrap the roof of his car with my gloss black vinyl material. Subarus are one of those cars that can pull off the matte or gloss black look. Since there is no sunroof on this car, it gives it a very smooth and continuous result / look.















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Old 08-31-2012, 12:33 PM   #332
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These aren't the best pictures in the world, since the owner of this car came later in the day and there was a lot of work that he wanted done on his car, so by the time I finished, it was already fairly late in the day. The owner of this car drove from San Diego up to me in Anaheim Hills / Orange County to get the vinyl work done. He wanted me to vinyl wrap his roof, roof spoiler, front splitters, side B pillars, and rear lower bumper diffuser all in the 3M di noc matte carbon fiber vinyl material finish. Personally, I do not like wrapping rear diffusers, but since the owner of this car was getting a lot of other work done, I decided to do it for him/his car.

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:30 AM   #333
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Another car I did on my most recent trip up to norcal / Bay Area to do vinyl wrapping. I liked this car, because it was a unique color and different from the black or white cars that I am usually working on, so it's a nice change of pace. I believe it was a BMW E90 330i or 328i sedan, and I don't know the exact name of the color of this car, but it was almost greenish/silverish/blueish in different lightings. For this car, we went with the matte black vinyl for his window trim over the gloss black to match the rubber around the window trim and his B pillars, which were also matte black already. I think the final results turned out great. Everything is done seamlessly without any awkward seam lines in random places and everything gets tucked in underneath the weather stripping.

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Old 09-06-2012, 02:03 PM   #334
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Went over to my friend's shop (Serge @ BenzWorks in Huntington Beach / Orange County) to tint / smoke the tail lights on this white CLS63 AMG. I only tinted / smoked the clear portion of the tail lights and I left the red alone. This gives the car slightly more character with just the subtle change in shade of the clear portion of the tail lights. It's a fairly light shade, so it almost feels factory looking, so it goes well even on cars that are more lightly modified or more on the stock-ish side.

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Old 09-08-2012, 12:49 PM   #335
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Here's one of the 350z's that I did some vinyl work on while up in the bay area / norcal. The owner of this silver 350z wanted me to vinyl wrap his roof in my gloss black material. His windshield, side windows, and rear windshield were also tinted. He wanted to give it a continuous flow / look from the roof to the front/rear windshield, which is what we got with the final results once everything was done. It looked good. The gloss black matched nicely with the glass.

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Old 09-10-2012, 05:45 PM   #336
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I thought I had posted pictures of this car already, but I guess I haven't yet. This was from my earlier/prior trip to norcal / Bay Area to do vinyl wrapping. The owner of this car originally was only going to have me vinyl wrap his roof in the 3M di-noc carbon fiber material, but he also ended up having me do the top of his trunk with the 3M di noc matte carbon fiber material as well. The hood and rear trunk lip spoiler are real carbon fiber pieces, so that'll give you an idea of how the two compare/matches up. In addition to his roof and trunk, I also wrapped his chrome / brushed aluminum window trim with my matte black vinyl material. I forgot to take more detailed pictures of that, but you can kind of see it in the roof pictures. There were still a couple of bubbles that were working themselves out when I took these pictures, so you may notice it in some of the pictures.

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Old 09-12-2012, 12:13 PM   #337
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Although white cars may look the best with the gloss black roofs, black cars definitely benefit one of the most when it comes to getting their chrome / brushed aluminum window trims blacked out. I believe the owner of this car is also on this forum. The owner of this car brought their jet black E46 325i (or it was a 330i) coupe to have me wrap his window trim in my matte black vinyl material to give it that shadowline look. We went with the matte black to get that slight contrast. Overall, I think it turned out great and changed the look of the car dramatically. Even on a more stock-ish car, doing this still benefits and changes the overall look of the car quite a bit.

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Old 09-14-2012, 11:35 AM   #338
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I don't think a lot of people know, but I also have/use a clear yellow transparent film as well. Normally I use this film for fog lights, etc, but the owner of this white 350z wanted to have me wrap the headlights of his car with my transparent yellow vinyl film material. I know this is definitely not for everybody, but this will at least show you what my transparent yellow film looks like. The owner of this car was from around Long Beach I believe and drove out to me in Anaheim Hills / Orange County to get the vinyl work done.

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Another car I did in one of my previous trips to norcal / Bay area. The owner of this silver Mercedes Benz CLS65 AMG had me vinyl wrap the roof of his car with the 3M 1080 gloss carbon fiber vinyl material. In addition to the roof, I also vinyl wrapped his chrome window trim with my matte black vinyl. Blacking out the window trim really complimented the roof and also dark colored wheels that the car already had. As comparison, the side B pillars have real carbon fiber overlays on them.



















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Old 09-19-2012, 12:01 PM   #340
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The chrome / brushed aluminum on the window trims of this silver BMW E46 325i sedan was starting to fade/oxidize. So instead of buying replacement trim pieces or trying to paint them, the owner of this car had me vinyl wrap them with my matte black vinyl instead. This was a quicker, simpler, and overall better solution. We went with the matte black to match the matte finish on the wheels. I did this car while I was out over at my friend's shop in Huntington Beach / Orange County.

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