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      04-25-2010, 02:10 AM   #1
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DIY: Vinyl reflectors instead of painting or buying colored reflectors

I just bought some matte black vinyl from bmwshadowline.com for 20$. The benefit of vinyling the reflector is that you do not need to remove your reflector, it is incredibly easy, the only tool you need is your fingernail or an exacto knife. So here is how you do it. Sorry about the bad iphone pics.
First lay the vinyl across the reflector :

Then you use your nail or an exacto knife to cut around the edge of the reflector:

Then you peel the edges off:

Then tada:


Before:

After:


Hope this helps!!

Last edited by dgrott328; 04-25-2010 at 11:09 PM. Reason: Pictures not working
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      04-25-2010, 02:38 AM   #2
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someone actually made a site devoted to selling shadowline vinyl??

btw, your pics dont work
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      04-25-2010, 03:20 AM   #3
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do the pics really not show up? i can see them in my post. they are from an email
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      04-25-2010, 03:46 AM   #4
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if you give us your email address/password, then we'll be able to see the pics
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LOL, amen
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do the pics really not show up? i can see them in my post. they are from an email
For obvious reasons, others can't link to pics stored within your mail account.
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Why shadowline on your reflectors when the painted ones are not that much more trouble and look a whole lot nicer?
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Why shadowline on your reflectors when the painted ones are not that much more trouble and look a whole lot nicer?
because maybe $70 is a bit expensive for painted reflectors?
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Im going to reupload the pictures. Honestly the shadowline looks great, plus when you buy the 30' roll which is the smallest amount you can buy, you can do the window trim and the reflectors. It costs 20$ plus you get 10 back if you send them your before after pics. By far best bang for buck mod purchase
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interested to see pictars
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I reposted the pics through photobucket.Hope they work now
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last 2 pics dont work.

looks good. I still prefer colormatched but yeah
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i did this to my car. looks way better and i have Space Gray
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One advantage is that you can always peel it off once the cops stop you for "unsafe equipment."

OP - your car needs a good polish.
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Looks good. I have some transparent vinyl also known as smoke, your reflector will still reflect.
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use your nail?
can i see your nails lol u must have some sharp ass nails
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Looks clean. Good job.
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Looks good but wouldn't gloss match better on JB?
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Why shadowline on your reflectors when the painted ones are not that much more trouble and look a whole lot nicer?
because maybe $70 is a bit expensive for painted reflectors?
Not a god excuse when you own a BMW, I would accept that for a civic's mod
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Can I use this to cover amber headlights?
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