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      04-27-2012, 05:26 AM   #1
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Has anyone plasti dipped their window trim on an E90?

Ive been doing some research to plasti dip my chrome window trim. I read a few DIY tutorials and they were a great help. But it seems as if its a bit different to do between the sedan and coupe. With the coupe the entire chrome window trim is visible with the doors closed and can all be taped off and sprayed.. If you take a look at the sedan, theres chrome window trim tucked behind the rubber door trim. Its visible when you open the doors. So if I was to tape the car off and plasti dip the chrome trim on my sedan with the door closed, half the chrome trim would be plasti dipped, then when the doors are open there will still be some visible chrome trim. Has anyone plasti dipped their e90 that can give me some advice on tackling this?
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Heres a few pics hopefully you see what I mean.. See how the chrome trim goes to the body of the car? With the doors closed you can see this chrome. Ive looked at the DIY and that was with a coupe where the entire chrome trim is visible with the doors closed. Any suggestions?
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Tape off and spray the trim with the doors open?

Make sure you put a plastic sheet covering the entrance of the car.
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I know what you mean and have looked into this myself. Even if you manage to plastipip it, I have the feeling that it would come off or rub due to the contact everytime you open the door. I think the best option for the e90's is vinyl.
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I know what you mean and have looked into this myself. Even if you manage to plastipip it, I have the feeling that it would come off or rub due to the contact everytime you open the door. I think the best option for the e90's is vinyl.
or body shop to paint?
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Tape off and spray the trim with the doors open?

Make sure you put a plastic sheet covering the entrance of the car.
I tried this and the paint won't stick...even after a good scuff. Now the car looks like puke and everytime a door gets opened black paint flakes get sucked into the car. It's a $%^&ing mess!
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or body shop to paint?
Paint will peel/crack and isn't as much of a long term solution as vinyl is, in this area
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I know what you mean and have looked into this myself. Even if you manage to plastipip it, I have the feeling that it would come off or rub due to the contact everytime you open the door. I think the best option for the e90's is vinyl.
Wrap sounds like a way better idea to me too.
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Paint will peel/crack and isn't as much of a long term solution as vinyl is, in this area
i saw wrap, it didnt wow me, i feel paint will be better, and i will be going that route lol i feel wrap can get scratched by people or rocks or sticks
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i saw wrap, it didnt wow me, i feel paint will be better, and i will be going that route lol i feel wrap can get scratched by people or rocks or sticks
And plastidip won't? Vinyl will probably stand up better to sand/gravel etc. on the highway. I did the chrome lip on my BBS CH with black vinyl (electrical tape) and its perfect. If it gets scuffed I just replace it in about 10 mins and it looks brand new. If Plastidip chips/scratches/peels then you have to take it all off, mask the whole car............
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I know what you mean and have looked into this myself. Even if you manage to plastipip it, I have the feeling that it would come off or rub due to the contact everytime you open the door. I think the best option for the e90's is vinyl.
your probably correct. I should look into vinyl..
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i took my trim off... *make sure u sand it i did 200g 300g 400g than i pinted it with 99 cent cans from walmart
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Wrap. Did mine. Easy and looks great.
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High quality vinyl if done properly is great. Mine is almost at 2 years and is still looking brand new.
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High quality vinyl if done properly is great. Mine is almost at 2 years and is still looking brand new.
Not to mention if you ever want to restore to stock, sandpapering the trim will make it look worse. I had my trim done at a tint shop at pretty low cost
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I know what you mean and have looked into this myself. Even if you manage to plastipip it, I have the feeling that it would come off or rub due to the contact everytime you open the door. I think the best option for the e90's is vinyl.
your probably correct. I should look into vinyl..
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still holding up strong, but you do have to becareful if the dipp bonds to the door. you will have to cut the dipp with a blade. so when you open your door it doesnt mess it up. i didnt do the bottom chrome window trim because there is a section right under the mirror i cant get to

also dipped my antenna

edit- some tips, mask off a good portion of the car when doing this. plastidipp can get all over your car and even though it is removable little specs are annoying to get out.(do it indoors) Masking and painters tape really are important. imo i would tape off by trying to get he tape inside the window trim because overspray in your window trim is a bitch to get out.

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I dipped mine and it seems to be holding up so far. I taped a plastic painter's dropcloth inside the car to get the inside areas, and it worked pretty well. No overspray got into the car and so far no flaking or peeling with regular use of all the doors. I think a big part of it is giving the paint adequate time to dry, both between coats and before touching/rubbing the trim (i.e. using the doors). I did my kidney grills at the same time, and they were having trouble drying (probably from putting too thick a coat); one section got nudged a bit before it was completely dry, and that's the exact section that started peeling and had to be redone. So wait until everything is completely dry (30 minutes or so) before even thinking about touching it or trying to use your doors.
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Open doors and tape a bedsheet in the windows to prevent overspray inside the car. Buy two cans of plastidip since you want like 5 coats minimum. It's extremely strong stuff and it'll stand up to the test of time. If you don't like it, you can take it off any time. If it gets scuffed, you can touch it up with minimal effort.

Wrap is a decent solution too, but it's not possible to touch it up if it gets scuffed. Paint also works, but it's more costly. A can of plastidip is like 6 bucks. I'm the guy that wrote that DIY linked above, and my trim/badges have been holding up perfectly since the day I posted it. You should go for it, it looks awesome! Black trim on a white car looks great.
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Plasti dipped my badges a while ago, help up great all through the winter and my car washes, spray with high pressure water and it still stays on 100%, and if you want it off you just peel it like a sticker...so weird!

Easy and cheap.
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