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      05-13-2008, 09:53 AM   #1
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less chrome

Does anyone know if it's possible to change the chrome on the side vents in the front fenders to matte black? or if anyone makes a matte black one? I hate chrome, and just ordered the matte black grilles.
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      05-13-2008, 10:26 AM   #2
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I couldn't find it again, but there was someone who removed them and blacked out the side markers. It looked pretty slick.

I'll keep looking and update the post if I can find it. It may have been over on the e90 forums.

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      05-13-2008, 10:30 AM   #3
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      05-13-2008, 12:39 PM   #4
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Jlevisw is coming out with this part in matte black. I will get one ASAP. The only chrome on the car is this and the kidney grilles, hence they look out of place IMHO.
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      05-13-2008, 01:43 PM   #5
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I had mine removed, etched, and coated matte black and they came out great...

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=140912

Shoreline Motoroing in SoCal did it..
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      05-13-2008, 06:04 PM   #6
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I had mine removed, etched, and coated matte black and they came out great...

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=140912

Shoreline Motoroing in SoCal did it..
Hey Steve, I am for sure doing Matt Black front and Side grills on my new M3
and I was wondering if you have any Close-up Pics of the Side Vents?
I looked at the Pics in the Link above but would like to see them up close!

If you have any close up pics, that would be great.

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I had mine removed, etched, and coated matte black and they came out great...

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=140912

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niiice! that looks great!

how difficult was it to remove them?
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hmmm interesting..


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found the thread...
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=133904

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Interesting... I just had my side chrome pieces painted black today, and my light will still work and the glass will be clear. I also smoked the tail lights and orange reflectors on the front. I'll get pics up soon.
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Ahha! Yeah, that looks pretty slick and wicked on the AW.

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Interesting... I just had my side chrome pieces painted black today, and my light will still work and the glass will be clear. I also smoked the tail lights and orange reflectors on the front. I'll get pics up soon.
look forward to your pics. i thinking of doing my side chromes too...

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      05-15-2008, 01:25 PM   #13
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Don't have any close up photos off hand, though if I get a chance to get some soom I'll shoot them up... def post photos when you smoke the reflectors and tail lights, curious to see how that looks.
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      05-15-2008, 01:32 PM   #14
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I'm also curious to see how it looks, last minute decision yesterday when I was talking to my friend at his autobody shop. figured it'll be different than the other M3s so I'd give it a shot. I'm going to pick it up in a couple hours can't wait.
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Here's some pics with less chrome, smoked tail lights, smoked orange front reflector, black matte grilles... still waiting for my black M3 badge to arrive, sorry about the ugly license plate cover up it's all I had haha.. let me know what you think
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very nice! I'm jealous.

how difficult was it to remove the sidemarkers?
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      05-15-2008, 04:05 PM   #17
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to be honest I have no idea, my buddy at the auto body shop took care of it. wish I had better pics, those are just from my iphone.
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great ideas here! We actually have a carbon fiber version in the works. It is wrapped over the OEM piece, so fitment and quality is absolutely perfect
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Dude, smoked orange reflectors just might be the way to go for the M on darker colors.
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they're kinda cool because when lights shine on them the still reflect back orange.
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