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AU335's Avatar DIY: My method of Removing e92 amber reflectors (EASY WAY)
AU335
06-07-2007
Hey guys, just took off my amber reflectors yesterday and made the swap to the painted ones. I first tried the hair dryer and box cutter method but it was way to time consuming and it was difficult to get in a good position behind the bumper without taking the wheel off. So here is what i did...
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By Lotus99 on 06-06-2009, 09:26 PM
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Thank you for the great instructions!

I put the goo gone into a spray bottle though, and had a flashlight and mirror to see exactly where I was spraying, which when added to the heat from the hair dryer, made it all really easy to do! Never needed to spray the reflector from the outside, so didn't need to worry about paint issues.
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By Gixxer335iCoupe on 08-16-2009, 09:43 PM
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I did mine this afternoon in my garage, with no heat gun/blow dryer, no box cutter, no goo-gone. I have a clear-bra on my hood and bumper and I didn't want those materials near it. I just slid a flat head screwdriver up underneath the plastic flange of the reflector, between it and the fender on the lower end. An easy twist/pry with the driver and a purposeful but ginger push with my thumb from the outside and it popped right out. Then, I simply peeled back the adhesive.

No scratches or risk of injury - no big deal. It took 30 - 60 seconds per side.
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By rbaldwin28 on 10-22-2009, 03:32 PM
e92 lighting has them as well as smoked reflectors or just clear.
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By Bayerische Motoren Werke on 12-13-2009, 05:21 AM
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Originally Posted by SoFlo335 View Post
I just finished replacing the reflectors with the colored ones. I did AU335's DIY, and it was extremely easy. Took me about 20min, because the 3M tape didnt directly come off with the orange reflector... and yes, I did change the angel eye bulbs to the GP Thunders... Anyways, here are the pics
where did you buy the angels?I am lookıng for those.
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By Karod on 12-22-2009, 01:36 AM
Ok well here's a question. What should I use between the three products? I bought a little bottle of "goo gone" but I can't really see how you put it all over the place. Do i need to poor it on a paper towel and just smear it all over the reflector?

I was sort of expecting something with like a straw on it so I can put it directly on the crease of the reflector. But I'm a noob at this kind of stuff so a lil help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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By Jacked21 on 12-22-2009, 02:18 AM
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[quote=Mooreski;1929683]" just takes a little while to get everything loosened up ".

Thats what she said...

-J21
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By Lotus99 on 12-22-2009, 03:13 PM
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I bought a 5 dollar empty spray bottle from the drug store and used it to spray from inside wheel well the goo gone all over the reflector.
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By Karod on 12-23-2009, 11:47 PM
So you pretty much just sprayed it all over the reflector? Directly all over the reflector?
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By Karod on 12-28-2009, 12:35 AM
bump. I just don't want to mess up the finish if it gets on the paint. Someone said it'll mess it up by using "Goo Gone" so I want to be real careful.
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By Ofmalik on 02-02-2010, 07:29 PM
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thanks, just swapped mine out. this worked well along with the hairdryer method DIY by LT.

the way i'd put it: this area is like a woman. be gentle with this sensitive and flimsy area but be firm in the pressure you apply
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By Ofmalik on 02-02-2010, 07:36 PM
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bump. I just don't want to mess up the finish if it gets on the paint. Someone said it'll mess it up by using "Goo Gone" so I want to be real careful.
unless you're using some ridiculously powerful adhesive remover with extremely high heat you cannot "mess up" the finish. any of the regular removers listed earlier will simply remove any wax/protective coating you may have applied.

leaving remover on the finish for a while can create a temporary discoloring, so go ahead and fill up a spray bottle with water and quickly spray a layer over any excess residue, followed by a clean towel.

after finishing the installation just re-wax and you're set
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By Lotus99 on 02-02-2010, 08:52 PM
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I said:

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I bought a 5 dollar empty spray bottle from the drug store and used it to spray from inside wheel well the goo gone all over the reflector.
Then you said:

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So you pretty much just sprayed it all over the reflector? Directly all over the reflector?
Do I hear an echo in here?

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bump. I just don't want to mess up the finish if it gets on the paint. Someone said it'll mess it up by using "Goo Gone" so I want to be real careful.
Dude, if you're this paranoid, you shouldn't be modding. Seriously.

You'll have a heart attack if anything goes wrong ever it sounds like. And sometimes sh!t happens and that's just part of it when DIY and the learning that goes along with it.

Take some risks. Do a bit of research and you'll be fine. Many have told you a bit of goo gone is not going to do anything to the paint.

Good luck with it. You'll be fine.
Last edited by Lotus99; 02-03-2010 at 01:31 AM.
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By Ofmalik on 02-02-2010, 11:40 PM
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Dude, if you're this paranoid, you shouldn't be modding. Seriously.

You'll have a heart attack if anything goes wrong ever it sounds like. And sometimes sh!t happens and that's just part of it when DIY and the learning that goes along with it.
couldn't have said it better myself haha
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By stuk0ny0u on 07-07-2010, 10:37 PM
sweet. thanks for the thread! worked like a charm... kinda.
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By DoPedUpM3 on 07-23-2010, 06:28 PM
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Does anyone think I would have any trouble just directly painting them, while still installed on the car?
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By Lotus99 on 07-23-2010, 07:20 PM
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Does anyone think I would have any trouble just directly painting them, while still installed on the car?
Other than overspray somewhere? If you want to take the risk just to save like $50 and half an hour of work I suppose... I'd never risk it...
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By DoPedUpM3 on 07-24-2010, 02:23 PM
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Just painted them. No over spray
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By bimmerian3 on 07-25-2010, 03:11 PM
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Thank you for the DIY. Here is my clear reflector installation.
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By vic18t on 08-29-2010, 11:51 PM
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Goo Gone + hair dryer for a few minutes definitely worked.

I tried using just the hair dryer for over 10 minutes and the thing wouldn't budge.
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By JCLBoston on 09-27-2010, 02:13 PM
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I know this is an old thread but thanks for the DIY - I followed this over the weekend to get rid of my reflectors and replaced them with body painted ones from Bimmian.

While not difficult, it took me a good amount of time to get it off with the hair dryer, goo gone, and flathead screwdriver. The most time consuming part was definitely pulling and scraping the old adhesive off from inside the bumper. All in, it probably took me an hour and a half!!

I'm pretty happy with the painted reflectors. I'd say the color mostly matches (only up close can you tell there's a slight difference). I think it'll probably blend in better after a wax. The reflectors are noticeably less shiny than the paint on the bumper, which could be the primary reason why one could see a difference in the first place. I'd say fitment is near perfect (96-98 out of 100?).


(Yes, my sig needs to change, I have a coupe now, no more e90)
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By rummy on 09-28-2010, 04:11 PM
Thanks for the DIY. I did this over the weekend, and it only took about 15 minutes. It was a 60 degree day in Chicago, so I drove around for 20 minutes prior, but it didn't really seem to help. I squirted a Goo Gone around the edges from the inside the fenders. I didn't want Goo Gone touching the paint. I let it seep through for about 5 min, then I went at it with a hair dryer for about 10 minutes each side. As some said, I found it easier to start from the very bottom corner, and once you have a corner lifted, then it's all smooth sailing from there.

I love my new painted reflectors!
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By coh4777 on 10-18-2010, 05:11 PM
I just did this DIY over the weekend. One thing that really helps is to use a trim removal kit. I had heated the reflectors from inside the wheel well for a while and used some goo gone but they really weren't coming off until i started to pry them off with the trim removal tools. No risk of damaging anything unless you are REALLY careless and stratch the paint. The reflectors came right off after a couple minutes. Now i've got smoked reflectors and I'm loving the look!
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