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Old 07-20-2011, 10:57 AM   #1
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Chrome window trim to black - plastidip or vinyl wrap?

Actually, the question is in the subj? What is the best way/easiest/most reliable way? I am talking about coupe, and I will remove the trim from the car anyway (I'd need to fix rotted weatherstrip as well).

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Old 07-20-2011, 10:59 AM   #2
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Paint. I used plastidip and after one winter it's peeling. I'm going to sand it, prime and paint flat black soon.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:03 AM   #3
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Yeah, this is another option for sure... Are you going to sand the chrome off completely?
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:08 AM   #4
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BTW, seems an interesting DIY how to restore weatherstripping for cheap (coupes): http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=373831
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:09 AM   #5
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Yeah, this is another option for sure... Are you going to sand the chrome off completely?
I guess, I want it sanded enough for the paint to bond. You know what.... maybe I'll just do vinyl instead...


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Old 07-20-2011, 11:49 AM   #6
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I just plasti dipped mine. I started to vinyl wrap my brothers 335 and it was a huge pain. I'm waiting for mine to peel then buy new trim or sand and paint. I have a roll and a half of vinyl wrap if anyone wants to buy it.
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:03 PM   #7
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i had my vinyl wrapped for me. paid for the job but he did an excellent job. if your interseted, he's in Richmond, VA. i made the drive down just for it, highly recommended. PM me for info.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:06 PM   #8
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dude, chrome looks sick broski.

but even if I was plastidipping anything, I'd still sand. duhh
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:17 PM   #9
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Plsti dip is a pain in the a$$ to get off. I just spent 3 hours taking off wheels, big mistake...
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:27 PM   #10
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Vinyl wrap from bmwshadowline.com while the trim is on. installed mine over a year ago and it still looks like the day i installed it.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:37 PM   #11
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I used the vinyl wrap from bmw shadowline. I got it to maybe be 90 percent perfect but ill live with it. Took forever cuz i left the trim on the car. If your removing it anyway I would just paint it. The reason i went with the vinyl was because i did not wanna take the trim off. (heard its real easy to break and apparently the coupes rear arc needs to be re glued???)
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vinyl wrap from bmwshadowline.com while the trim is on. Installed mine over a year ago and it still looks like the day i installed it.
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i used the vinyl wrap from bmw shadowline. I got it to maybe be 90 percent perfect but ill live with it. Took forever cuz i left the trim on the car. If your removing it anyway i would just paint it. The reason i went with the vinyl was because i did not wanna take the trim off. (heard its real easy to break and apparently the coupes rear arc needs to be re glued???)
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Check out my threads. I did my own for under 35 bucks and I get compliments all the time. I used flat black paint then ended up putting a gloss on it.
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:12 PM   #14
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:32 PM   #15
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as everyone else is saying go with a vinyl. reversible and looks neat.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:39 PM   #16
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Actually, the question is in the subj? What is the best way/easiest/most reliable way? I am talking about coupe, and I will remove the trim from the car anyway (I'd need to fix rotted weatherstrip as well).
Search...but this question has never been asked before.

My personal opinion, shadow trim or look on an E46 is a waste when you do not have a nice new water pump or overflow/new belt.
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i had my vinyl wrapped for me. paid for the job but he did an excellent job. if your interseted, he's in Richmond, VA. i made the drive down just for it, highly recommended. PM me for info.
Who did this for you in Richmond?
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:32 PM   #18
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What width did you guys order? 3" 4" or 5"?
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^ I strongly recomend Don N. for vinyl. I've bought from him twice and both times no issues. And he gives plenty of vinyl. Enough to finish the project and then some for mistakes or leftovers. Also great price check him out.

I like the idea of vinyl over paint. Just because it's removable. Paint seems more permenant and probably longer lasting. But I'm going to go with vinyl again on my new wagon.
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