E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > BMW Regional Forums > Regional Forums > California

California
Have you seen another BMW while driving around in your area? Maybe you can find their car in the E46Fanatics Garage!
Northern California Southern California

If you don't have your garage setup, sign up today HERE

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rating: Thread Rating: 1 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 09-24-2013, 11:49 AM   #341
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
You might see me post a lot of white cars, followed by black cars, but I also do get cars that are other than black and white that come by to get work done as well. I thought the gloss black roof for this red Infiniti G35 coupe turned out very well. The gloss black roof went well with the black/dark colored rims that were already on the car, which was the look that the owner of this car was trying to go for. He drove out to me in Anaheim Hills/Orange County to have the work done.

Before:




After:














-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2013, 07:35 PM   #342
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
I don't know why, but I just don't end up posting very many pictures of the interiors that I have wrapped. I thought I had more pictures of this interior, but only one of them turned out well enough to post, since the others ended up being too dark, due to angle/lighting inside the car. This is the interior on an IS250/IS350 that I wrapped all of the hard wood pieces with the 3M 1080 gloss carbon fiber finish. The owner of this car had me wrap the pieces while still in the car. It's a nice change from wood, for those who are looking to get rid of the wood look or going after a sportier look.



-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2013, 12:29 PM   #343
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
This is one of the few new BMW F30 silver 328i sedan that I have wrapped with the 3M Di-noc matte carbon fiber finish recently. As you can see, the finish/look of the cf vinyl roof changes depending on the angle that you are looking at it and how the light reflects off of it. The matte carbon roof complimented the darker colored wheels that were on the car fairly well. The pictures don't do it much justice, since I was mainly focusing on capturing an accurate portrayal of the roof vs the finish of the wheels. The owner of this car drove out to me in Anaheim Hills/Orange County to have his roof wrapped.











-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2013, 01:46 PM   #344
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
Did a light tint/smoke install on this darker grey/gunmetal BMW 750i sedan F01. I took some before, during, and after pictures to give you guys a better picture of how the subtle changes/progress is like with my light tint/smoke vinyl material. I think the tail lights being slightly darker gave it a nice OEM+ look without making it look too modified, which is what the owner was trying to maintain. In addition to the tails, I also dod the reflectors in the bumpers to make sure that everything matched in the rear. The owner of this car drove from Los Angeles out to me in Orange County/Anaheim Hills to get the work done.



















-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2013, 11:51 AM   #345
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
I blacked out the chrome/brush aluminum trim on this black Mercedes Benz CLS550 with my matte black vinyl material. We went with the matte black finish over the gloss black finish to give it some more contrast and a somewhat more of an aggressive look. I think it overall went fairly well with the look of the car. The owner of this car drove out to me in Anaheim Hills/Orange County to have the work done. In addition the window trim, I also did the rear trunk bar that was chrome, which tied in nicely with the blacked out badges/emblems that were on the trunk as well. Only other thing that I could have possibly suggested is to also lightly tint the clear portion of his tail lights.

Before:






After:








-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2013, 11:23 AM   #346
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
The owner of this white VW CC sedan had me vinyl wrap the roof of his car with my gloss black vinyl material. The car was brand new, and the owner wanted to give it that panoramic and two tone look. The car did not have a sunroof, so the black roof was seamless up top, which gave it a very nice large mirror effect and smooth look. I took some up close pictures of the edges to show you how I am able to cut the edges/lines straight even on cars that do not have roof rails (IE BMWs, Mercedes, etc).

Before:




After:










-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #347
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
I took a lot of pictures of this white BMW E90 335i sedan when I wrapped it. The owner of this car wanted me to wrap his roof in the 3M 1080 gloss carbon fiber vinyl material. I also did the top portion of his bumper where it meets with the splitter, to try and give it a continuous look. It was a bit overcast the day I did this car, so it's actually a bit hard to tell that the film was actually the gloss carbon finish and not the dinoc matte carbon fiber finish. The rear trunk spoiler is also real cf in addition to the front splitter, so you guys can sort of get an idea of how real cf and the carbon fiber material I am using compares up next to each other. The owner of tho car drove out to me in Anaheim Hills/Orange County to have the vinyl work done.

Before:




After:




















-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2013, 11:49 AM   #348
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
The owner of this dark blue Subaru WRX had me my clear/transparent red vinyl film on his tail lights. I know most people are used to seeing me use my smoke/tint shade on tail lights, but I also have other colors such as red and yellow for tail lights, fog lights, etc. I took some pictures of the progress, for those who want to see how it is done. Also, some people also prefer the look of the whole tail lights completely red versus having the center portions cut out to be clear. The owner of this car drove from Tustin to me in Anaheim Hills/Orange County to have me vinyl his tail lights.

Before:


After:












-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2013, 11:58 AM   #349
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
On a black car more than any other car color, the chrome finish stands out quite a bit. The owner of this new black BMW F10 5 series had me black out the chrome window trim on his car with my matte black vinyl material. If he wanted to complete the black out look, I could have also done the small strip on the door handles and also the front amber reflector in the same matte black vinyl material or my gloss black finish so that it'd blend in with the car better. The owner of this car drove out to me in Anaheim Hills/Orange County to have the work done.

Before:






After:






-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 03:05 PM   #350
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
This is a long time customer of mine that has had me worked on several his past/previous cars. The owner of this X6M had me lightly tint the tail lights of his car with my light tint/smoke vinyl film. The lighting wasn't that great, but hopefully you guys can see the back to back comparisons between the before and after pictures. The owner of this car was located in Irvine/Orange County. I like this light tint film shade, because it gives the car a very OEM+ look and looks good on both a stock car or a modified car.

Before:


After:



Before:


After:


-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2013, 03:05 PM   #351
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
This black Porsche Turbo S brought his car in to have me lightly tint/smoke both the headlights and tail lights on his car all around. I took some pictures of the car outside and inside to help better show you guys the subtle slight changes in how the lights looked with my light smoke/tint film applied. Also took some pictures of one of the lights stock and the other tinted/smoked to show you how they look like side by side. The owner of this car was from Irvine and drove out to me in Anaheim Hills/Orange County to have the work done. Overall, I think the light shade was a nice subtle change to the look of this black car.

Before:




After:


During - Passenger/left side stock, driver/right side tinted/smoked:


During - Passenger/right side stock, driver/left side tinted/smoked:


After:












-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 12:46 PM   #352
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
This was one of the first cars that I did when 3M came out with the di-noc matte carbon fiber finish, which was about 4 years ago. The owner of this silver Subaru WRX STI came by to have me re-wrap his roof with the same 3M dinoc matte carbon fiber vinyl material. I took some close ups of the before to show you guys how the material looks like and holds up over time. The carbon fiber weave and all of the details are there, but it had started to lose some of its luster, which was why the owner of this car came back to have me redo the roof for him.

In the pictures with the vinyl removed, that was how the paint looked like right after removal and no or very minimal clean up was done at that point. I took pictures of the paint/roof right after the vinyl was removed to show you guys what the condition of the paint looks like that has had vinyl installed on a roof for roughly 4 years, which is probably going to be longer than most own people own their cars.

The lighting wasn't very good, since it was overcast that day, so I did my best to try and take some pictures to show you guys how the old material looks like compared to the new material. Hopefully you guys are able to see the details and differences in the up close pictures.

Before w/ old vinyl:




Old vinyl removed:








After w/ new vinyl installed:
















-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2013, 01:52 PM   #353
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
Here's pictures of one of the cars that I did on one of my norcal vinyl wrapping trips up to the bay/San Jose area. I make these trips once or twice a year, depending on how my schedule is like down here in socal/orange county. The owner of this white BMW E92 335i coupe had me vinyl wrap the roof of his car in my gloss black vinyl material and also lightly tint/smoke his tail lights as well. He opted to not have the side roof rails wrapped, so these pictures will help those who were thinking about if they should get their rails wrapped or not.





















-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2013, 03:56 PM   #354
cyberlando
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: fort stewart
Posts: 552
My Ride: 2002 M3
FS: Vinyl car/roof/etc wrapping material - Blow out

I need some flat black vynl for my rear window by the window spots with the black dots that go across


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
__________________
Mods:
[] Section 1 Dual AR20's[] B&B Exhaust[] Led interior [] SSBL
[]KW V3 [] Eibach F&R Sways[] BMC Filter
cyberlando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2013, 11:39 AM   #355
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
PM sent.
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2013, 11:53 AM   #356
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
I think many would not think about it, but even this black Mercedes Benz S63 AMG looks good with the chrome blacked out. Even with the brighter colored/finished wheels, the blacked out chrome/brushed aluminum trim still goes with the look of the car very well and actually makes the car look very sleek imo. In addition to the window trim, I also blacked out the lower door chrome pieces that run the length of the car. I also tinted the headlights and turn signal reflectors with my light tint/smoke film. For this car, we went with my gloss black vinyl finish to match the already gloss black vertical pillars and overall the gloss black just suited this car better than matte black would have. The owner of this car brought his car up to me in Anaheim Hills/Orange County from San Diego to get the vinyl work done.

Before:






During (note driver side headlight and mirror turn signals are tinted, while passenger side is stock)


After:










-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2013, 09:54 AM   #357
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
I had this white Mazda MazdaSpeed3 come in to have me vinyl wrap the roof of his car in the 3M dinoc matte carbon fiber vinyl material. The owner of this car drove out to me in Anaheim Hills/Orange County to have the work done. As you can see from the pictures, the carbon fiber weave is more noticeable at certain angles and depending on how the light hits it. In some pictures it'll look like just a matte/flat black roof, while in other pictures you can really notice the carbon fiber weave/pattern, which gives it a very cool effect.

Before:




After:
















-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2013, 12:55 PM   #358
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
***Note - This is a darker shade that is a completely different and a lot darker shade than all of my other tinted tail light pictures, this is not the standard shade I use***

The owner of this black Maserati brought me his car to tint/smoke the headlights and tail lights of his car with a very dark vinyl film. He was basically going for the blacked out look. This is not a typical shade/darkness that I use, which is always a very light shade. The owner of this car was also in Orange County and drove out to me in Anaheim Hills to get the work done. Light out put is going to be definitely affected by going this dark, but if you're trying to achieve a completely blacked out or murdered out type of look, then this would be it.

Before:






During:


After:








-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2013, 08:54 PM   #359
ajv85483
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 194
My Ride: E46 325I
PRicing

Hi Don,

How much for installing window trim on a e46 coupe, matte black finish
ajv85483 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2014, 12:38 PM   #360
Don Nguyen
Regional Sponsor
 
Don Nguyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 1,967
My Ride: Euro
Send a message via AIM to Don Nguyen
These aren't the best pictures that I have taken, but I had someone request me to post some pictures of work that I've done on the new Lexus GS350. For this silver/grey GS350, I vinyl wrapped the roof in gloss black, lightly tinted/smoked the tail lights, and blacked out the center middle section of the front bumper. The owner of this car brought their car to me in Anaheim Hills/Orange County to have the work done. I think overall, the subtle changes to the car gave it a nice different/change of look without making it look too aftermarket or modified.

Before:








Driver/left side tinted/smoked - passenger ride side stock:


After:
















-Don Nguyen

donathon@gmail.com
Don Nguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:10 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use