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      11-18-2009, 06:42 PM   #1
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$0 color matched side reflector mod DIY!!

Before I begin, this mod probably only work for people with JB/BSM/AW cars.
Here we go.

Difficulty: As easiest as it can get.
Tools: Your finger nails, exacto knife.
Total time required: Anywhere between 5~20 min.


Goal is to get rid of this ugly amber reflector.

1. Go to the local signage shop and ask for scrap glossy adhesive film.
Our local lady gave me about 2'x2' scrap for free as they have no use for it other than having it around for color reference.



2. Then wipe your reflector with damp towel.



3. Cut the film sized to it.



4. Place over the reflector in top to bottom motion.



5. Go over it with kitchen towel or whatever.

6. Go through the crease with your finger nail then you will feel most of the part is cutting right off.



7. Go over it with exacto knife to ensure the clean cut.



8. Pull off the outer tapes.



9. Finished!



Close up.


Color match for JB is 99.999999% to my eyes.


How hard was it???????
Now you don't have to spend $50+ for painted reflectors! (At least for black and white owners)

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      11-18-2009, 06:47 PM   #2
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All fixed!
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      11-18-2009, 06:50 PM   #3
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Pardon my huge pictures dudes!
ummm, I don't see anything...
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      11-18-2009, 07:00 PM   #4
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      11-18-2009, 07:23 PM   #5
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      11-18-2009, 07:25 PM   #6
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      11-18-2009, 07:29 PM   #7
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      11-18-2009, 07:34 PM   #8
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Very creative. But what if...
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      11-18-2009, 07:37 PM   #9
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not exactly $0, but close enough...i did beat you to it though, you can do that with the grill too.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=272011

and I tried it with my AW and there's no vinyl that will match AW
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not exactly $0, but close enough...i did beat you to it though, you can do that with the grill too.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=272011

and I tried it with my AW and there's no vinyl that will match AW
You just saved me a trip to my local sign shop to get white vinyl. I was hoping it would work.
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very nice!
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not bad.
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Nicely done, i like it!
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Very creative. But what if...
Well then I do it again with left over!
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I like it, can you take some pic outdoor in the sun or something? I think it will still look legit.
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nice going!
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nothing beats free
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not something i would do but its an idea...
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I like it, can you take some pic outdoor in the sun or something? I think it will still look legit.
Well picture won't tell you much since my car has so much swirl marks.
But I tell you what, you can't really tell the difference.
Shine quality is same if not better, darkness is the same and it seriously looks like it's OEM. I was very surprised.
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Not bad..
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I bet thats the way Martha stewart would do it! JK !! pretty creative idea i must say.
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Ive been doing this for many cars and e92's including mine. I have done 4 e92s and many other cars such as a 650i, SL500, etc. IMO, its better than painted because its very easily removable and repairable. If in LA and you're interested, I charge $35. And btw, any color is possible, Ive done jet black, black sapphire metallic, space grey, and AW all with perfect color matches.
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