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Bakeme521
04-16-2010
I have see the DIY on how to paint the exterior trim with removing it, and I didn't want to even attempt that, seeing how difficult it is to get the trim off and you can possibly mess it up getting it off. So I came up with a way to paint the trim while leaving it on the car and it came out awesome...
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By **335i** on 08-23-2010, 02:43 AM
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some say that vinyl stais on 5 years and looks like new, especially vinyl from shadowline company, i used my local tape from some publicity agent maybe not good tape but some corners a little peel off, tape was also needed to use with hot fan air cos to keep it stronger on a trim
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By Bakeme521 on 08-23-2010, 09:57 AM
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Didn't go well at all. It was a fun Sunday project but I already stripped it due to chipping/tearing and applied vinyl.
What'd you do wrong? I washed my car yesterday and Mine is still 100 percent perfect with no chips.
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By guerilla twang on 08-23-2010, 11:21 AM
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What'd you do wrong? I washed my car yesterday and Mine is still 100 percent perfect with no chips.
I don't think I sanded well enough even though I spent like an hour on just that process. Also during the peeling of the tape I had a few spots that tore, and the touch up paint didn't hold up at all. I peeled the top part off but left the bottom window sill alone as it's holding up quite nicely. Honestly i'm really liking the look of the aluminum upper/black lower. I did a photoshoot last night so i'll post up a picture when I get off work.
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By SpmnE9zero on 08-23-2010, 11:24 AM
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I wish I would have seen this DIY before I ripped my (still sitting in the garage) trim off as I can not get the bottom front pieces back on! major PITA!
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By guerilla twang on 08-23-2010, 04:16 PM
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I'm really enjoying the single bit of aluminum. The blacked out lowers really match up nicely with the rubber around the windows, so the aluminum doesn't seem as overdone as it did before.

Just a matter of time before it's all blacked out again though.
Last edited by guerilla twang; 08-23-2010 at 04:25 PM.
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By Bakeme521 on 08-24-2010, 12:23 AM
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Yeah it does look good, If you don't want to paint again then just vinyl the top and see how it comes out. And when you peeled the tape off did you make sure you took the razor blade and cut the places where the paint was webbed to the tape?
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By guerilla twang on 08-24-2010, 12:56 PM
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Yeah it does look good, If you don't want to paint again then just vinyl the top and see how it comes out. And when you peeled the tape off did you make sure you took the razor blade and cut the places where the paint was webbed to the tape?
Yea I went around the whole trim with the razor before I started peeling, to no avail.
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By Bakeme521 on 08-26-2010, 02:13 PM
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hmm, sorry to hear that man. how did you safely remove the paint after?
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By guerilla twang on 08-27-2010, 10:14 AM
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hmm, sorry to hear that man. how did you safely remove the paint after?
Using my fingers, it peeled away just like vinyl. I'm not fretting about it, it was a fun project, just didn't turn out quite right for me. Glad others are having success though!
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By Bakeme521 on 10-27-2010, 08:22 PM
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Gotta chip

I just wanted to say I got my first chip b/c my friend threw his bag in and hit it and scratched it.

A touch up brush and break out the can of paint.

And VOILA!

Thats the advantage of painting your trim this way.
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By **335i** on 10-28-2010, 06:25 AM
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i think it better to vinyl
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By Bakeme521 on 10-28-2010, 06:08 PM
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i think it better to vinyl
everyone has their opinion
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By jonshmoe on 01-23-2011, 09:22 AM
Decided that I wanted my trim black, but did not want to wrap it due to bad reviews, so i settled for painting it.Cheapest quote i had was $200. While deciding between wrapping and painting, i stumble upon this DIY on painting the trim on e90post about 2 months ago and i followed the instruction. I did a roll coat, then brush, then roll, and lastly brush
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By Bakeme521 on 03-22-2011, 12:06 AM
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^^Good to see yours turned out good. It has now been over a year since I have done mine and I had one more tiny chip last week and I touched it up the same way as I showed that last one and it's looking fine.
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By Showsol2211 on 04-28-2011, 03:57 PM
I am really considering this. These are some great results!
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By FirstBMWLA on 05-13-2011, 08:12 PM
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What is the color of the paint everyone using? Is the valspar just called balck or is it flat or matte etc?

Thanks
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By imkenfused on 05-15-2011, 02:40 PM
I wonder how this would work for 'vert, suggestions?
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By 335xiRacer77 on 05-18-2011, 10:25 PM
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except you forgot the little piece of trim under the side mirrors, but i did this DIY today, looks good just hope the paint stays on for a long time
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By wren57 on 05-25-2011, 02:33 PM
To everyone who has done this:

1) How long ago did you do it?
2) How does it look?

I'm thinking about doing this soon, but I'll likely remove the top piece of my chrome to save on masking/mess.
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By spacedout on 05-26-2011, 10:39 PM
nice job!
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By Bakeme521 on 05-28-2011, 06:24 PM
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To everyone who has done this:

1) How long ago did you do it?
2) How does it look?

I'm thinking about doing this soon, but I'll likely remove the top piece of my chrome to save on masking/mess.
Over a year ago and I have had 2 chips total that i just touch up with a brush and you never knew it was there.
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By reaper335 on 05-30-2011, 09:21 AM
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GREAT JOB
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