E90Post
 


ECS BMW
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > E90 / E92 / E93 3-series Technical Forums > DIY Guides > 4$ for carbon fiber look emblems.



Comment
 
Tutorial Tools Search this Tutorial
4$ for carbon fiber look emblems.
Published by BMWforLife
08-09-2010
4$ for carbon fiber look emblems.

So I have been wanting to change my badges to a carbon fiber. I didnt really want to pay $20 plus shipping on Bimmian.com for 5 cents of vinyl. I know you can get a great set of new emblems for 50-70 dollars but i figured I would try to save some money for other mods.
Soooo....on ebay i bought a 4"X8" rectangle of simulated carbon fiber from china. it was $3.89 USD with free shipping. the ebay store is "fourbangmall"

I figured, for less than $4, if the stuff sucks, it sucks for only 4 dollars.

i did all four wheels, front and rear emblems, and the steering wheel.
time it took, 30 minutes.
tools needed (pencil, scissors, steady hands, cleaning agent, your choice of cheap vinyl, a thin paper)

I have to say tho, it looks really good, it has some texture to it, and isnt very shiny. I also wanted something with adhesive, i know if i ever want to take it off the adhesive will easily wash off. it is real easy to put on without any bubbles too, im considering putting it on my interior trim as well, thats how legit i feel it is. The seller has larger sizes.

anyways...all i did is take some simple notebook paper and trace the blue sections of the emblem. (notebook paper is just the most transparent paper i have you can use whatever you think is best)
Remember if you do this, the measurements for the rear and front emblem are different so you need to trace them both.

use the corners of the paper for the straight lines on the sections of each emblems. so you really only need to cut out and trace the curved section. then use the corners of your vinyl sheet since they too will have straight lines.

once i traced the sections, i used them to make an impression on the white backing to the vinyl sheet by running a lead-less mechanical pencil of the notebook paper. i used the corners of the vinyl for the larger sections since the lines r straight and more visible than the smaller sections i cut out for the wheels. (4 corners for the four major sections for the rear and front emblem)



now your ready to put them on your car....

1. clean the emblem well with alcohol (i used 50/50 mix with water to be safe on the paint)
2. without removing the backing, make sure your cutout fits well. If you didnt cut smooth enough, you can correct them without making a big fuss of having to peel it off and start over.
3. adhere it to the emblem, i pushed on mine pretty firmly to get a good stick.
4. enjoy the new look.

I have driven in rain on the highway, and the florida sun has not affected them either. Best $4 I have spent. hope my instructions help anyone looking for this mod. Ill probably post something in the future if i to the interior trim.

(i tried to post this with pics once, but the pics failed...help on that? or ill email them to you if you really want them)
Tutorial Tools
  #1  
By Duhst on 08-09-2010, 10:35 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
lets def see some pics!!

what problems are you having with loading the pics?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
By BMWforLife on 08-09-2010, 10:42 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
i did the copying of URL thing and it didnt show up?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
By Duhst on 08-09-2010, 10:44 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
you cant just post the url straight in here. if you click 'go advance' and in there is a little icon that kinda looks like a mountain click that, THEN put the url in it. should work.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
By BMWforLife on 08-09-2010, 11:00 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
ok...pics are coming up in just a minute now.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
By BMWforLife on 08-09-2010, 11:11 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
Duhst is going to post the pics for me.
now i will say,
my work on these was not perfect, some imperfections can be spotted, if you get a foot away..standing back it looks awesome, i did it kind of quick it was hot out. i intend on redoing them when i trim the inside of my car! this was more of an experiment!
i tried to take some pics in some light and at angles to show the texture in the vinyl.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
By Duhst on 08-09-2010, 11:12 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
first 2 are rear emblem.
third is steering wheel.
4&5 are front.
6 is the sheet of vinyl after i cut out.
Attached Images
      
Reply With Quote
  #7  
By deanmc on 08-10-2010, 12:46 AM
Nice, I love cheap DIYs. One thing I'd suggest is cutting the CF so that the "weave" is pointing in the same direction, like your steering wheel roundel.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
By BMWforLife on 08-10-2010, 09:13 AM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
haha yeah i noticed that as i was taking the pictures, kinda had a "ah-haa" moment. No problem its easily fixable!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
By ZombiE92 on 08-10-2010, 01:11 PM
very, very nice. too bad i just bought the full set doh.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
By BMWforLife on 08-10-2010, 02:40 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
thats no good, Im sure im not the first to make their own set though...
Reply With Quote
  #11  
By Dj_Frost on 08-10-2010, 11:02 PM
I once used the CF decals on the stock emblems but after a couple of months they started to peel
Reply With Quote
  #12  
By BMWforLife on 08-10-2010, 11:46 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
were they with an adhesive? im sure they will start to get destroyed soon enough...supposedly they last outdoors 3-5 years..
Reply With Quote
  #13  
By roc_E90 on 08-10-2010, 11:57 PM
Nice!
Reply With Quote
  #14  
By BlueNik25 on 03-29-2011, 03:45 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
I may try this but I think I will cover the Blue with the fibers going one direction and the white with the fibers going the oposite direction.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
By qclik on 03-30-2011, 02:02 AM
spray 2 coat of paint glossy clear spray will make them looks bit more glossy, did this to mine and survive thru heavy rain, snow, car wash
Reply With Quote
  #16  
By Nowak on 03-30-2011, 11:56 AM
Wouldnt the adhesive fail and just fall off?
Reply With Quote
  #17  
By E92ML on 05-31-2011, 02:35 AM
As long as the emblem is clean then the vinyl wont fall off.
Reply With Quote
Comment

Bookmarks

Tutorial Tools Search this Tutorial
Search this Tutorial:

Advanced Search

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 Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:22 PM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST