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      03-29-2010, 09:56 PM   #1
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Question Removing Window Trim 335i Coupe 2007

I have a 335i Coupe 2007, with Chrome Window Trim...

I want to remove the Chrome window trim and get it powder coated Black Matte.

The powder coating I got under control, the part that is killing me is HOW TO REMOVE the window trim.

I called BMW and they charge $210 to remove EACH side...

Any ideas on what to do here?
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      03-29-2010, 11:52 PM   #2
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You don't have the powder coating under control, considering they are plastic.
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      03-30-2010, 12:31 AM   #3
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Isn't the trim aluminum making it powdercoat eligible?

Regardless, it's damn near impossible to remove the trim without damaging it which is why most people vinyl or paint the trim while it remains on the car.
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You don't have the powder coating under control, considering they are plastic.


haha. Yep, all the trim is plastic bro. I removed all my trim and only damaged the passenger side rear window trim. Bought a new one for like $30. Then I got the trim sprayed jet black for $150 from my painter. $180 and I have shadowline..

To do it correctly, you need to remove both door panels, and the mirrors. That will help you access the front trim under the mirror. The door trims just pull straight up. The tricky part is the rear window trims, where it meets the really big upper window trim part. The key here is to push that lower window trim out towards the front of the car with the door open. I might make a short video of it and up it on youtube so people understand.
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haha. Yep, all the trim is plastic bro. I removed all my trim and only damaged the passenger side rear window trim. Bought a new one for like $30. Then I got the trim sprayed jet black for $150 from my painter. $180 and I have shadowline..

To do it correctly, you need to remove both door panels, and the mirrors. That will help you access the front trim under the mirror. The door trims just pull straight up. The tricky part is the rear window trims, where it meets the really big upper window trim part. The key here is to push that lower window trim out towards the front of the car with the door open. I might make a short video of it and up it on youtube so people understand.
Do it! lol

I had mine wrapped but i think im going to find someone to paint it for me.
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haha. Yep, all the trim is plastic bro. I removed all my trim and only damaged the passenger side rear window trim. Bought a new one for like $30. Then I got the trim sprayed jet black for $150 from my painter. $180 and I have shadowline..

To do it correctly, you need to remove both door panels, and the mirrors. That will help you access the front trim under the mirror. The door trims just pull straight up. The tricky part is the rear window trims, where it meets the really big upper window trim part. The key here is to push that lower window trim out towards the front of the car with the door open. I might make a short video of it and up it on youtube so people understand.
I bought the BMW ShadowLine Trim BLACK MATTE...

I tried putting it on and all these bubbles formed and lines were being made within the vinyl...

My god, this is annoying...
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I bought the BMW ShadowLine Trim BLACK MATTE...

I tried putting it on and all these bubbles formed and lines were being made within the vinyl...

My god, this is annoying...
How much did the body shop charge to install the matte black shadowline?
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I bought the BMW ShadowLine Trim BLACK MATTE...

I tried putting it on and all these bubbles formed and lines were being made within the vinyl...

My god, this is annoying...
OEM trim shouldn't be vinyl covered. Where did you order from? Sounds like you got ripped off.
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How much did the body shop charge to install the matte black shadowline?
What body shop?? lol

I wish there was a body shop.
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OEM trim shouldn't be vinyl covered. Where did you order from? Sounds like you got ripped off.
http://shadowlinetrim.com/index.html

I got the BLACK MATTE

BY THE WAY, here is my car. The picture is kind of far but thats all I have of it for now.

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Do it! lol

I had mine wrapped but i think im going to find someone to paint it for me.
I'll do it this weekend.

Also, that shadowline trim vinyl is tough. I bought some from a vendor on here and I found it next to impossible to get it totally perfect on the big trim piece. It was 4-5" wide too. I think that shadowline.com is only like 3". People are much better off taking the time and removing the trim, then getting it painted. Trust me, just as good as oem trim for a fraction of the price.
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it's easy to remove the trim
I've done it a few times, and the only thing that's likely to break are the clips (if you remove it correctly)

I removed mine to apply the vinyl (twice)
then removed it a 3rd time to have it painted

And you don't have to remove door panels to do this
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it's easy to remove the trim
I've done it a few times, and the only thing that's likely to break are the clips (if you remove it correctly)

I removed mine to apply the vinyl (twice)
then removed it a 3rd time to have it painted

And you don't have to remove door panels to do this
How did you get the trim under the mirrors?
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http://shadowlinetrim.com/index.html

I got the BLACK MATTE

BY THE WAY, here is my car. The picture is kind of far but thats all I have of it for now.

LOL

That isn't shadow line trim. Thats just cheap vinyl. If you dont know how to apply vinyl, it will look like crap (like yours did). If you do know how to vinyl parts, its still a bit of a challenge from what I hear.

Shadow line trim is OEM and black.
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Ok so is my trim PLASTIC or what? I just got this car from the BMW dealership, Certified Pre Owned....
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I'll do it this weekend.

Also, that shadowline trim vinyl is tough. I bought some from a vendor on here and I found it next to impossible to get it totally perfect on the big trim piece. It was 4-5" wide too. I think that shadowline.com is only like 3". People are much better off taking the time and removing the trim, then getting it painted. Trust me, just as good as oem trim for a fraction of the price.
a good DIY on how to remove all of the trim would be great. i've had matte black vinyl in my posession for well over a year now...but keep putting it off because i would like to pull the trim pieces off the car.
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a good DIY on how to remove all of the trim would be great. i've had matte black vinyl in my posession for well over a year now...but keep putting it off because i would like to pull the trim pieces off the car.
For some reason I thought someone already put this together. I'll do it this weekend while I'm putting in my JB3.
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For some reason I thought someone already put this together. I'll do it this weekend while I'm putting in my JB3.
This would be so awesome!!!!

Thanks!!!
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There are plenty of people on here that have had tint shops put the vinyl wrap on and had no problems. I bought mine pre cut from a member on here from his ebay account. I'm getting a tint shop to do mine next week....guess I'll see if I'm inserting my foot in mouth after...
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There are plenty of people on here that have had tint shops put the vinyl wrap on and had no problems. I bought mine pre cut from a member on here from his ebay account. I'm getting a tint shop to do mine next week....guess I'll see if I'm inserting my foot in mouth after...
There's nothing wrong with vinyl wrap. I've seen plenty of cars with it and it looks nice. I'm a little OCD so the main thing that bothered me was it not being black behind the molding. From certain angles you could see the silver.
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For some reason I thought someone already put this together. I'll do it this weekend while I'm putting in my JB3.
No DIY on this yet?
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