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      08-09-2010, 11:30 PM   #1
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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)
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      08-09-2010, 11:35 PM   #2
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lets def see some pics!!

what problems are you having with loading the pics?
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      08-09-2010, 11:42 PM   #3
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i did the copying of URL thing and it didnt show up?
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      08-09-2010, 11:44 PM   #4
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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.
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      08-10-2010, 12:00 AM   #5
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ok...pics are coming up in just a minute now.
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      08-10-2010, 12:11 AM   #6
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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.
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      08-10-2010, 12:12 AM   #7
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first 2 are rear emblem.
third is steering wheel.
4&5 are front.
6 is the sheet of vinyl after i cut out.
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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.
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      08-10-2010, 10:13 AM   #9
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haha yeah i noticed that as i was taking the pictures, kinda had a "ah-haa" moment. No problem its easily fixable!
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very, very nice. too bad i just bought the full set doh.
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thats no good, Im sure im not the first to make their own set though...
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I once used the CF decals on the stock emblems but after a couple of months they started to peel
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were they with an adhesive? im sure they will start to get destroyed soon enough...supposedly they last outdoors 3-5 years..
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Nice!
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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.
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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
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Wouldnt the adhesive fail and just fall off?
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As long as the emblem is clean then the vinyl wont fall off.
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