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      12-08-2012, 02:39 AM   #1
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Original Le Mans Blue or Matte Le Mans Blue?

I currently have a 2013 M3 in Le Mans Blue and just finished getting it wrapped in clear bra. My installer just showed me a different frozen film that would change the color to a matte finish.

My question is, has anyone seen a matte le mans blue paint job before? and how does it look in person?

I dug up some web photos to get your opinions. It is quite an expensive option to wrap it in frozen paint protection film, but far less costly than a permanent paint job and I can only assume less stressful maintaining. Plus the added paint protection film keeps it safe. I just don't want to be disappointed after the jobs all finished...

















again this one is not my car. so credits to the car and photographer go to someone else.
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Frozen looks sweet plus it protects your factory paint.
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      12-08-2012, 03:39 AM   #3
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Frozen looks sweet plus it protects your factory paint.
+1 for matte. +2 if you include me, but I guess I'll have to wait till everyone gets up tomorrow to tally up the vote haha
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      12-08-2012, 03:52 AM   #4
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Matte LMB will look SIKKKKKKK!
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I'm not a fan of matt paint, keep it like it is. Nothing looks better than a freshly washed, sparkling car!
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I'm not a fan of matt paint, keep it like it is. Nothing looks better than a freshly washed, sparkling car!
+1 not really a fan of matte colored cars!
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Try it, I think it'll look cool!
If you don't like it you can peel it off
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+1 not really a fan of matte colored cars!
and that ties it up! lots of views but not many opinions haha. i guess everyone else is just curious what it would look like too.
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Try it, I think it'll look cool!
If you don't like it you can peel it off
But that costs money and when you peel that off its like you peeling off your money off your wallet.
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My vote is for no clear bra at all. Invest the money in a quality detailing equipment and products.
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Look into dipyourcar.com, they have a very good reputation
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Looks nothing like a quality wrapped car
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      12-08-2012, 01:00 PM   #14
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Do it!
haha that's what I'm leaning towards

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Try it, I think it'll look cool!
If you don't like it you can peel it off
yup, I love the fact that it's completely reversable. Plus I hear if you get a scratch or chip in a matte paint job you will pretty much have to repaint the whole thing again. no touch ups?

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But that costs money and when you peel that off its like you peeling off your money off your wallet.
another great point, so.. much.. investment.. =T

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My vote is for no clear bra at all. Invest the money in a quality detailing equipment and products.
I'm not one to detail my car too often. I know never to let the dealership wash it and avoid ugly car wash ports. But I've seen friends spend entire days cleaning their vehicle, and I wish I could do it too. But I love my weekends too much to give it up.

Thank you all for your comments BTW, it's really helping me make this decision.
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      12-08-2012, 01:00 PM   #15
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I currently have a 2013 M3 in Le Mans Blue and just finished getting it wrapped in clear bra. My installer just showed me a different frozen film that would change the color to a matte finish.

My question is, has anyone seen a matte le mans blue paint job before? and how does it look in person?

I dug up some web photos to get your opinions. It is quite an expensive option to wrap it in frozen paint protection film, but far less costly than a permanent paint job and I can only assume less stressful maintaining. Plus the added paint protection film keeps it safe. I just don't want to be disappointed after the jobs all finished...

















again this one is not my car. so credits to the car and photographer go to someone else.
How much does it cost to wrap the car in frozen paint protection film?
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My vote is for no clear bra at all. Invest the money in a quality detailing equipment and products.
Thumbs up! I totally agree with it
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How much does it cost to wrap the car in frozen paint protection film?
I didn't get an exact quote but my guy over at protech films told me roughly $6-7k
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The only acceptable frozen color is white.

And 6-7k!? No effing way
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I didn't get an exact quote but my guy over at protech films told me roughly $6-7k
that's pricy. Isn't cheaper to order an M3 in the individual color? I think the individual color is about $5k.
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The only acceptable frozen color is white.

And 6-7k!? No effing way
frozen white is a beautiful look!

I tried shopping around but other installers gave me a wide range of estimates. Some even said they couldn't do it or don't have the frozen film. Plus I learned my lesson trying to cut corners and save money. Like deciding to go with Lux angel eyes, I know there are cheaper alternatives (or more expensive for that matter... OSS), but I am willing to pay for quality as long as it's reasonable and done right. I've seen some shotty clear bra jobs but Protech seems to know what they're doing

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that's pricy. Isn't cheaper to order an M3 in the individual color? I think the individual color is about $5k.
I'm not sure about how much it would be exactly to get it painted, are there any members that know?.

But even so, afterwards the car would be completely protected from scratches and rock chips. Plus it's reversible and assuming cheaper to repair if damaged.

Thanks for everyone's comments. You guys are helping me think of things to consider that I wouldn't have though of myself haha.
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I think the matte looks alright but normal LMB is just downright sexy...doesnt get much better
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      12-09-2012, 11:30 AM   #22
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I think the matte looks alright but normal LMB is just downright sexy...doesnt get much better
haha agreed, which makes my decision all the more difficult. I'm flopping all over the place, maybe I should just find someone with a matte LMB and we can share both cars
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