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      01-21-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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Shadowline trim on 2013 E93 M3

Hey guys. I've been reading all the threads on getting the shadowline trim installed on my Alpine White M3. To say I'm bummed out would be an understatement. Fitment issues, scratches/gouges, leaks, etc left me with only 2 alternatives - paint it or vinyl it.

I've used Plastidip and although it's pretty user-friendly I'm not fond of the bumpy texture you're left with. Not bad for wheels or distant pieces, but the trim is going to be in your face every time you enter and leave the car. So vinyl it is, since using any other kind of paint would require masking off the whole car to prevent overspray.

I found a very cool shop in the Phoenix area called The Wrap Shoppe (www.thewrapshoppe.com) that is very familiar with blacking out trim on highline cars. They are going to use 3M vinyl printed in black with a vinyl gloss coat on top. I have an appointment with them in a few days and will report back how it goes!

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If you have had similar experience please let me know if there are questions I should be asking or materials I should shy away from.

By the way, the price quoted was $250. Not bad seeing what others have paid. Thanks in advance!
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Price isn't bad assuming they use high-quality vinyl, they take their time, and you get a warranty. Makes a huge difference. Glad to see you doing it. I hope you go matte. It will require basically no maintenance.
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Hey thank you for the input. I was thinking of going with the shiny finish since it had UV-protection, but the more I think about it the matte finish would match the rest of the car more. Glad you gave your input about the warranty too. I'll be asking about that!
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I had mine vinyled with 3M product. I went with gloss black, and I'm glad I did. It doesn't match the sideview mirror housing, but it doesn't look awkward. Great mod which I wish I did from the beginning.
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Looks like he'll need to show me some comparisons.
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Just got the car back and it turned out really nice. Thanks, tpowerdinny, for the matte black suggestion. Much better than the gloss IMHO.

I also spoke to him about the warranty. Any lifting will be completely repaired. And the material is fade resistant for 2.1 years according to the manufacturer.

C'mon BMW and start offering this on the new models!
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Looks good.
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Looks great. And glad to know it is fade resistant for 2.1 years because 2 years just isn't enough!
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These really add a fantastic touch to the front of the LCI M front!!
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Thanks! And +1 to the extra .1 years of fade resistance. Lord only knows how they decided to round up to 2.1?!
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Very nice! Did it myself and its not perfect by any means. But from the pics that really does look perfect. Price seems great too. I paid about 60 for the material and it took me several hours. So 250 doesn't seem bad at all.
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looks good, and since i am in Phoenix I will need to get this done also. How long did it take them?
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looks good, and since i am in Phoenix I will need to get this done also. How long did it take them?
Hey local! I'll have to keep an eye out for you. It took him about 2.5 hours. He's on Deer Valley Rd off the 17. Good luck!
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wow the matte looks great
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Very nice! Did it myself and its not perfect by any means. But from the pics that really does look perfect. Price seems great too. I paid about 60 for the material and it took me several hours. So 250 doesn't seem bad at all.
When you did it yourself, did you remove the trim or did it while on the car? Looks great!
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Very nice! Did it myself and its not perfect by any means. But from the pics that really does look perfect. Price seems great too. I paid about 60 for the material and it took me several hours. So 250 doesn't seem bad at all.
When you did it yourself, did you remove the trim or did it while on the car? Looks great!
I did it while it was on the car!
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Looks great, though $250 seems a bit high. Vinyl is $15 and install should be about 3 hours for a newbie. Regardless, looks fantastic!
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