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Old 07-18-2011, 08:53 PM   #21
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I plasti-dipped my badge over a year ago and it is still holding up great. I took my emblems off before painting as I didn't think of this method but it works just as well. I did about 7 or 8 thin coats on mine with about 30 mins in between each and then let it sit overnight before re-installing.
Nothing wrong with playing it safe! Christopher, it dries smooth like a normal matte black paint. It has a slight texture to it but it's good. I was thinking about doing my bike as well, except it's already got a snexy black and dark grey paint job.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:13 PM   #22
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I was a little sketchy about you painting the the trunk too, but it seems to peal off like nothing so nvm lol.

Excellent work and it looks amazing!
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:33 PM   #23
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Looks Awesome! I am going to do this to my rear badge, but I think the black will stick out bad on my base color of the car which is Titanium Silver. I have seen in another thread about painting over the plastic dip. Therefore plastic dip in black then before peeling and making it look nice I will spray a coat of gun metal silver over it. I bet it will look awesome when compared with the Titanium Silver. Opinions??
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:31 PM   #24
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Oh wow I didn't think about doing the roof. That would look slick and be super easy. I DID think about doing the side mirrors, but with the amount of bugs they collect, I doubt it would hold up to washing. I was considering doing shadowline trim around the windows and even had the crazy notion of doing the rims. I don't know how far I will go. The rims wouldn't look too bad I guess, any thoughts on this? I photoshopped it and it's decent.

If I wanted to go the performance look, I could get a color and paint the calipers. I don't know if anyone has done that. I considered doing the interior trim but I'm not a big fan of the colors.

I recently came across a thread with a pic of an e46 completely repainted in plasti dip.
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i have done the rims on a friends car.. i cant really say how long it will last cuz 2 days after we sprayed them he blew his motor but it did look pretty sick. im pretty sure it will stand up to a car wash tho. we put on 7 coats and let the rims dry for about 5 hours and they seemed impervious, but i can be very wrong since we never got to experience a car wash lol
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:50 PM   #25
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Looks Awesome! I am going to do this to my rear badge, but I think the black will stick out bad on my base color of the car which is Titanium Silver. I have seen in another thread about painting over the plastic dip. Therefore plastic dip in black then before peeling and making it look nice I will spray a coat of gun metal silver over it. I bet it will look awesome when compared with the Titanium Silver. Opinions??
My car is titanium silver also and I love the look. I like the fact the the badge can now be read clearly from 30 feet away instead of <10 feet like before when it was chrome. Initially I thought it looked a little odd, but combined with a few other changes on the car, it looks really nice.

Just remember that if you're going to paint over it, take it off the car and restick it when you're done, otherwise you're in for a rough masking job.
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Old 07-22-2011, 03:49 PM   #26
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Yeah I see your car is the same color as mine however yours is the awesome 330 Xi and mine is a 323Ci which does not have any balck any where on it. Yours looks good cause you have that black trim that runs on your rear bumper, which matches the rear badge now.

If I take the rear badge off, do I have to get the stuff that makes it stick? Or can you heat it off and put it back on with out pruchasing anything extra??
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:53 AM   #27
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Got my plasti-dip and I am ready to try this out! I have only seen great results thus far. Pictures tonight possibly!
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:10 AM   #28
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If I take the rear badge off, do I have to get the stuff that makes it stick? Or can you heat it off and put it back on with out pruchasing anything extra??
I've never had to take one off. I would assume that you would need new tape to reattach, based on experience with other stick on components.
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:44 PM   #29
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This is the OG thread that showed you how to do it: http://g35nyc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36224

I used that thread to paint mine but decided I'd rather just go debadged. As for the grills, I did them the same way as you based off how a user on BF.C did his. Almost all the tabs are screwed up on my grilles, including the places on the hood where they snap into, so removing was not an option for me. With the grilles though, I had the hood all the way down, just because it seemed easier and I didn't have to mask the engine bay as much as you.

I've had my wheels and grilles painted for several months now and I'm happy to report that they've help up great!. Next on the agenda is the window trim! Thanks for your informative thread.

BTW, have you thought about cutting out the piece in between the dot of the i and the stem? Try using a razor blade, but be careful not to scratch your trunk!
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:32 PM   #30
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BTW, have you thought about cutting out the piece in between the dot of the i and the stem? Try using a razor blade, but be careful not to scratch your trunk!
I hadn't actually thought about removing it, but it did kind of bug me because it looks like an L. Maybe I'll give it a shot if I ever get bored Thanks!
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Old 07-31-2011, 04:06 PM   #31
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doing this right now, almost done. looks great so far! a little thick/unsmooth in some areas because i may have applied slightly too much, but its not really noticeable unless your're up close. overall it looks great

edit: done! very happy with it. thanks for your write up


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Old 08-06-2011, 08:44 AM   #32
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Looks nice! Next, you need to pop out the upper intake on the hood and paint that black too. Just be sure to mask off the washer nozzles
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:56 PM   #33
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I just did my grill like a week ago. Also did my headlight trim (the inside part). Really love the look, I think it makes the car look a ton better. Im intrigued with the badges, I may have to try it. And Im planning on doing my wheels sometime soon as well, whenever I can get the time. lol
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:13 PM   #34
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Looks great ! I shall be doing my grill next week, I think I might follow your lead and just mask up the bonnet and spray !

Nice work & write up !
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:36 PM   #35
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Some info about plasti dip.

I did my stock wheels with it and decided to take the plasti dip off later.

Well I didn't do enough layers so the plasti dip wasn't easy to get off. Most of it just peeled off but some of it I had to rub and rub and rub to get off.

Well I tried using turpentine to get it off and it worked great. Just dissolved the plasti dip.

Just fyi incase you get in the same situation
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Old 09-10-2011, 06:15 PM   #36
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Plast dip my kidney grill then stick this carbon fiber kidney grill covers http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-E...item2eb72164f5
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:47 PM   #37
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Has anyone tried this on the interior peeling paint on the door handles and other known areas of peeling? (cup holders, ash tray, anything painted matte black)

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Old 09-21-2011, 04:52 PM   #38
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had anyone tried this with chrome trim? i'm guessing i'll have to sand it down. not sure if it'll last or if i'm better off just using paint.

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Old 09-23-2011, 04:27 PM   #39
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looks clean as hell. shoulda done this instead of paying $50 for matte black grilles :[
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:56 PM   #40
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Has anyone tried this on the interior peeling paint on the door handles and other known areas of peeling? (cup holders, ash tray, anything painted matte black)
There is a DIY around here somewhere. Search plasti dip dash or console and you're bound to find it.
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