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Old 05-05-2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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Kmoy2002 - FREE carbon key wrap DIY


Kmoy2002's - Free carbon key film wrap for your diamond key

Equipment
  • Diamond Key
  • 2"x3" Carbon Film
  • Template
  • X-acto Knife
  • Tape
  • Cutting Board
  • Heat gun/Blow Dryer
Procedure
Begin by acquiring a 2"x3" sample of carbon film. If you've tackled prior carbon wrap jobs, you probably have some scraps laying around. However if you are like I who has never wrapped anything in their life, you can acquire a free sample from this site:
http://www.headlightarmor.com/free-c...lm-sample.aspx

Not sure how long they will have this promotion if there becomes a sudden influx of requests.

Next print out the template I mocked up in Photoshop:
Link to the Diamond Key Template

This is scaled 1:1, intended to be printed on a standard 8.5"x11" sheet of paper. Assure your printer is not scaling the image prior to print.

Begin by cutting out the outline of your template alone. Then lay them over your 2"x3" film sample. Do note that this is a extreme fit with zero tolerance. Once you find a good layout, tape it down and begin cutting the outer perimeter. Next begin cutting the inner portions of the template. I found it helpful to cut dead center of the white dead space allowing for a bit of tolerance. ie.

| Cut |
| Cut |
| Cut |

This is where my disclaimer comes in. Since this is not a 100% fitment guarantee, you are going to have to do quite a bit of test fitting and cutting. Once you are satisfied with the cuts, begin applying them to your clean diamond key. Using your heating element will final set the film and make the material more pliable to fit around the contour of the diamond key.

Notes:
This wrap is not a complete wrap and leaves a potion of the key exposed near the seams. However further research seems to say that the actual product itself faces the same flaw.

With regards to durability and peeling. I have had this for about a week and gone through arduous work days with zero signs of fatigue or failure. This film holds remarkably well.

Overall I am quite pleased with the results as it prevents the key from further wear and tear. I myself am not a big fan of faux carbon and find it gaudy but this isn't too bad.

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Old 05-05-2012, 04:48 PM   #2
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Just ordered some, why not try it out got nothing better to do lol.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:49 PM   #3
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looks good. I want to find a black/silver CF roundel for my fob. I don't really like the blue / white.
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:56 PM   #4
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Sweet! Would've been even better if my key fob's remote functions actually worked tho -___- but this is a good refresher
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:23 PM   #5
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looks good. I want to find a black/silver CF roundel for my fob. I don't really like the blue / white.
Looks like the roundels on valve stems are the same size. Maybe Ebay has carbon looking ones.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=749109
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:09 AM   #6
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Looks like the roundels on valve stems are the same size. Maybe Ebay has carbon looking ones.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=749109
thanks!
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Old 05-12-2012, 03:36 PM   #8
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hey, they sent me a sample of white carbon and black carbon...i may do black surround with white buttons how do you think that will look?
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hey, they sent me a sample of white carbon and black carbon...i may do black surround with white buttons how do you think that will look?
I also got white and black. May look cool. Also, I've tried printing off the template you made and both printers I try print it off the wrong size, anyone have suggestions?
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:18 PM   #10
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i got this a few days ago, for $6 i cant be more happy!!
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I also got white and black. May look cool. Also, I've tried printing off the template you made and both printers I try print it off the wrong size, anyone have suggestions?
I printed it too! It does seem a bit small
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Free sample is "out of stock"
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Just ordered some, why not try it out got nothing better to do lol.
Did the same exact thing, haha. I'll try it out when I feel like it.

Good looking out, though!
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I just ordered it...
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I just ordered it...
I'll try on my computer tomorrow. On my phone is says out of stock when I add to cart....
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I'll try on my computer tomorrow. On my phone is says out of stock when I add to cart....
Yup, Desktop browsers work fine. I guess their site doesn't like mobile platforms.

order placed! I hope I get black and white!
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They sure rape you for information in that site..
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I also got white and black. May look cool. Also, I've tried printing off the template you made and both printers I try print it off the wrong size, anyone have suggestions?
Move you mouse over the picture and it should show a magnifying glass. Click it and it will enlarge to the proper size. Then print
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Ive ran my mouse over the image and enlarged it then printed , still too small

I switched from Safari to Internet Explorer and printed, still the same size (too small)

Any other suggestions ?
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D/L and install IrfanView:

http://www.irfanview.com/

Great program if you need to manipulate the size of an image when printing
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