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      07-08-2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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Attempted Shadowline Window Trim...

So i order 10 yards of 3" 3M scotchgcal vinyl in gloss black in an effort to attempt to shadowline my chrome window trim on my E90 sedan. In the process of waiting for the vinyl to arrive, i begin to review multiple sites, read several instructions, saw a couple of youtube clips and thought to myself, yea i got this! I wash my car, dry it, grab a nice spot in the shade and pull out the 3M vinyl. I decide to tackle the hardest part first, the trim above the driver side rear door... 15 minutes into it, im freaking loosing it.

This sh@t is so frustrating. I wrestled with it for about 30 minutes and wasnt able to successfully get six inches done At this point im thinking, this aint worth my sanity.

Does anyone know where i can get this done at a reasonable price in the tri-state/westchester area. Preferebly Bronx or Yonkers. Or are any of my experienced forum brethren willing to give me a hand and possibly do it with me?
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      07-08-2012, 05:45 PM   #2
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before I wrapped window trim, I failed 2 times.
my tips here are.
- do it outside when it's hot ;easy to stretch and very sticky
- practice first w/ scrap vinyl
- practice cutting. If it ain't cutting right, get new exact knife.
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      07-08-2012, 05:51 PM   #3
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It was definitely hot out, bout 88 degrees. The blade i had was new. The issue was getting the 3" vinyl to curve around the arch above the rear (driver side) door without wrinkling.

What were the size dimensions of the vinyl you used?
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      07-08-2012, 07:36 PM   #4
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OMG..tried it thought it looked really bad. Not sure if I stretched the vinyl too much or what. Gave up
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Don't do the hardest part first. Get the hang of it on the easier sections and you will have a better feel for the material. I am happy with my first attempt. I could not get around the sharp bend at the back with a single piece so I have a small, parallel overlap there where the two sections meet. It is only noticeable if looking at it close. The rest came out very well. It's not easy though.
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Vinyl tape is too "makeshift" on a BMW imo. Plus, I think the e90 has a GREAT looking window profile that's brought out nicely with the chrome, especially on black cars. Just keep it
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I'm really trying to avoid splicing it but it seems that may be the only route. Anyone have any suggestions on how to wrap it around the rear arch without splicing it successfully?
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Does anyone know where i can get this done at a reasonable price in the tri-state/westchester area. Preferebly Bronx or Yonkers. Or are any of my experienced forum brethren willing to give me a hand and possibly do it with me?
I realize that this may not be where you asked, but the guys at Pleasant Details located in Mt. Pleasant, SC do a knock out job with no seams and one single piece of vinyl on each side. I don't live close to them, but I scheduled it during a road trip and they did it in about three hours. Just an idea.
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I'm really trying to avoid splicing it but it seems that may be the only route. Anyone have any suggestions on how to wrap it around the rear arch without splicing it successfully?
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Should plastidip it. Vinyl can get annoying. Check out our website we dip everything! www.dippednyc.com Plus, we have tons of photos and pricing for everything!
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I'm really trying to avoid splicing it but it seems that may be the only route. Anyone have any suggestions on how to wrap it around the rear arch without splicing it successfully?
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I used a hair dryer and it worked very well. Definitely do the easier spots first to get the hang of it first, then tackle the difficult curves.
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Easy to wrap with whole vinyl rather than stripe
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Buy a big sheet of vinyl that covers the whole window.
That's a lot easier and you'll get better results, but you'll also waste more product.
I did it myself last year and it came out almost perfect.
It was a pita, though.
Just be patient and don't rush it.
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Should plastidip it. Vinyl can get annoying. Check out our website we dip everything! www.dippednyc.com Plus, we have tons of photos and pricing for everything!
Out of curiosity, do they sell plastidip in gloss black?
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No but you can use a gloss eurethane on top of it.
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Use a heat gun and a 4" roll of vinyl. Do not plastidip. I've done it about 10 times pm me if you have specific questions
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So i order 10 yards of 3" 3M scotchgcal vinyl in gloss black in an effort to attempt to shadowline my chrome window trim on my E90 sedan. In the process of waiting for the vinyl to arrive, i begin to review multiple sites, read several instructions, saw a couple of youtube clips and thought to myself, yea i got this! I wash my car, dry it, grab a nice spot in the shade and pull out the 3M vinyl. I decide to tackle the hardest part first, the trim above the driver side rear door... 15 minutes into it, im freaking loosing it.

This sh@t is so frustrating. I wrestled with it for about 30 minutes and wasnt able to successfully get six inches done At this point im thinking, this aint worth my sanity.

Does anyone know where i can get this done at a reasonable price in the tri-state/westchester area. Preferebly Bronx or Yonkers. Or are any of my experienced forum brethren willing to give me a hand and possibly do it with me?
come through to my crib, we will plastidip it.
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OP, would replacing the trim with OEM black trim be worthwhile? Dont know how much it would cost but it would certainly look nicer.
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Easy to wrap with whole vinyl rather than stripe
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OP, would replacing the trim with OEM black trim be worthwhile? Dont know how much it would cost but it would certainly look nicer.
i dont think its possible, cause the window trim is a three piece section and one piece is almost impossible to take off without bending.
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