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View Poll Results: How much of the BMW Performance spoiler should I paint?
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      08-30-2013, 03:39 AM   #1
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BMW Performance spoiler on Space Gray

Thinking about a BMW Performance spoiler on my Space Gray E92. I know that I don't want to leave it totally raw, but can't figure out how much body-match paint to do. Taking a cue from this thread, I thought I'd open it up to the masses for feedback.

The options are:
  • Paint it all
  • Paint the front
  • Paint the back
  • Paint just the top edge (CRT-style)

Tell me what you think. Also, if you have pics of any of those options, please post them up! (Most of the painted BMW Perf spoilers are Alpine White).

Edit: I have the CF roof on my car (E92).

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i left mine raw and it looks fantastic. if i had to pick one of your options I would pick paint the edge.
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First question- do you have the CF roof, or any other CF on your car? Not that it's the deciding factor, just wondering if the spoiler would be the only CF piece.
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      08-30-2013, 12:16 PM   #4
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i left mine raw and it looks fantastic. if i had to pick one of your options I would pick paint the edge.
Thanks for the feedback! Your first painted one is what made me want to go painted. Then I saw your raw one and it made me want to go CRT! It's your fault!

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First question- do you have the CF roof, or any other CF on your car? Not that it's the deciding factor, just wondering if the spoiler would be the only CF piece.
Good question. Yes, I have the CF roof. I do not have any other carbon on the car and don't plan to add a lot. I like shots of the spoiler with the inside face bare because its on the same plane at the CF roof and you can see some symmetry there.


On the other hand, I like it looks when the inside face matches the decklid on the trunk but the outside still shows the carbon.
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LOL well IMO the painted only works if you have the moonroof bc it flows. If you have the carbon roof and paint it (like my 3rd M3 I had another white one with the carbon roof and painted spoiler white) it just didn't look right to me.

with space grey the carbon exposed looks perfect on the car if you have the carbon roof. Throw a carbon diff on and your back side is money!
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I vote for completely unpainted!
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Good question. Yes, I have the CF roof. I do not have any other carbon on the car and don't plan to add a lot. I like shots of the spoiler with the inside face bare because its on the same plane at the CF roof and you can see some symmetry there.
In that case I'd go with the bare CF. Not sure the CRT stripe (assuming you chose to match the stripe in SG) would stand out enough against the CF to warrant the extra cost.
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      08-31-2013, 01:00 PM   #8
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IMO, carbon parts for cars (except race cars, where You fight to loose every kg) are made to make more agressive look. Painting them completly has no sens
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I vote for raw. Little painted stripes look foo foo to me on CF pieces.
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Wow. Surprised how much support there is for leaving the carbon totally bare. I'll have to give that some more serious thought. Wish I could find good, clean photos (in good light) on Space Gray. Virtually everything I've see is on AW.
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Search for photos by daft. He left it CF on space gray. Looks awesome.

I'd only paint the whole thing on colors like white or silver. But on gray or black, definitely leave it all CF
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Search for photos by daft. He left it CF on space gray. Looks awesome.

I'd only paint the whole thing on colors like white or silver. But on gray or black, definitely leave it all CF
Will do, thanks. In the meantime, here's a pretty good shot from the rear. You guys are right; it does look awesome.

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Thought I'd update this. For me, it was between painting the front or doing the CRT stripe. Based on the unanimous results of the thread and the poll, and based on Jesal's advice, I decided to go with the CRT-themed spoiler.

I'll have to remember to throw up some pics when I get it on there.
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You will not be disappointed...I had the exact same question for my E90, and went with IND's advice (they do so many of these and have an eye for style) and I went with the CRT theme. When viewed from the back, the stripe catches the light and contrasts with the carbon, but makes anyone looking at it wonder whether the whole spoiler is grey with a lot of shadow or if it's a stripe. IMO, it compliments the shadow/light impact of space grey perfectly. Hard to describe in words (or even in pictures), but you'll see when you put it on.

A little pricey, but the CF mirror caps with M5-themed paint also enhance the look quite a bit..very subtle but again enhances the contrast/shadows of space grey. Collectively, as IND says, these little details go a long way, and I've been surprised how my friends who see my car on occasion after the IND bits have come back and said, you know your car looks really really good.
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your perf. spoiler looks good in its current CF state, IMO you should leave it the way it is
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You will not be disappointed...I had the exact same question for my E90, and went with IND's advice (they do so many of these and have an eye for style) and I went with the CRT theme. When viewed from the back, the stripe catches the light and contrasts with the carbon, but makes anyone looking at it wonder whether the whole spoiler is grey with a lot of shadow or if it's a stripe. IMO, it compliments the shadow/light impact of space grey perfectly. Hard to describe in words (or even in pictures), but you'll see when you put it on.

A little pricey, but the CF mirror caps with M5-themed paint also enhance the look quite a bit..very subtle but again enhances the contrast/shadows of space grey. Collectively, as IND says, these little details go a long way, and I've been surprised how my friends who see my car on occasion after the IND bits have come back and said, you know your car looks really really good.
Man, that is exactly the effect I am looking for. Thanks for sharing this. And great minds think alike because I'm already thinking about the M5-style, carbon-fiber mirror caps.

I'm all about the little details. I dig the little intricacies that you have to look for to see. In fact, I have something in the works for custom roundels and badges that iND and Luftkraft are helping me with. Should turn out nicely.
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Not really a CRT style fan, especially if its the same color as the body. But do yo thang
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Edge or leave it CF.
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