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      05-12-2014, 08:37 AM   #1
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Wrapping the Trim?

OK, so I just purchased my E93 last weekend. I've never been a fan of chrome, so I'm going to wrap the trim. From reading this forum, this is obviously a popular thing to do, so...I have a couple of questions:

1. Did you take the trim off, wrap it and put it back on or just do it on the car?
2. If you took it off, what is involved?
3. Any special tools needed to remove the trim?
4. For those that have done it, is it holding up? The main part I'm concerned with is the back where the window part of the top comes in contact with the trim.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated...
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      05-12-2014, 08:50 AM   #2
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OP, honestly I'd rather have a reputable vinyl wrap shop do this for you ... Cuz for only approx. $150-250 (depending where you are), save yourself the DIY hassles and just enjoy driving topless in the nice weather ... Just my opinion ...

BTW, you do not have to remove the trims, they can wrap as-is and takes about 90 min
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      05-13-2014, 12:46 PM   #3
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I've worked with vinyl quite a bit in the past, so I'm not to worried about doing it myself. I just ordered the 3M gloss black from the Bay ($17 including shipping). It is a 12x60" sheet, which will be plenty for the job. I'll post pics when I get it done...
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I did it myself with no previous experience. It turned out pretty well and has held up well after two years. It took about a half a day with a few hiccups slowing me down.

I used a matte black roll from bmwshadowline.com I might redo it at some point with gloss black but I'm still debating that.

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      05-14-2014, 07:11 AM   #5
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I usually use soap/water to do vinyl, but this stuff says you don't need to b/c it won't stick until you apply pressure. Guess we'll see, not like the area I'm wrapping is that big. Just out of curiosity, what were your snags? Maybe I can avoid problems from your lessons learned!
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I usually use soap/water to do vinyl, but this stuff says you don't need to b/c it won't stick until you apply pressure. Guess we'll see, not like the area I'm wrapping is that big. Just out of curiosity, what were your snags? Maybe I can avoid problems from your lessons learned!
Most automotive vinyls nowadays don't use soap/water. In fact I would say don't even think about it as soap and water will ruin the vinyl adhesive. The side trims are easy. The back trim would be the most difficult because it's large and curvy.
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Doing the deed tomorrow. Here is the b/f pic:

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OK, I bought one 12x60" piece. Not enough! I got everything done but the back corners (by rear side windows) and the piece across the entire back. It wasn't too bad to do. I couldn't make the bend for the rear side window pieces and my 5' piece wasn't long enough for the rear. I'm going to have to order a 6' piece and do the sides and back in one piece that can lay over it. stretching it around the corners is damn near impossible to do w/o getting wrinkles. Oh well, I have a whole $17 in it at this point. I'll spend another $20 to get the final piece and I'll be done...
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      05-19-2014, 07:17 AM   #9
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Nice! Post up some pics when you finish.

The rear deck was the hardest part for me. I could only wrap the raised portion of trim so everything visible is black with the top up. But when the top is down the outer trim is black and the inner portion is still silver. However, it really doesn't bother me at all.

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Done! I had to order more to do the rear and sides by the rear windows in one piece. I originally tried to stretch a piece around both, but it didn't work. $34 in it and it looks perfect:








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      05-27-2014, 05:46 AM   #11
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awesome! Did you pull the mirrors?

So what would you recommend ordering in one shot to avoid delays, did 1 6' * 12" piece work or would you recommend 2?
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I did not pull the mirrors. I didn't pull anything for that matter. As far as how much to order, I'd just order the 2'x5' piece right off the bat. I did pretty much all of the trim minus the rear and two side pieces with the first 1'x5' piece. Then I ordered another one to do the rear and side pieces in one piece (you can't stretch it and make it look anything but bad!). It turned out well for under $40...
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Full disclosure, there is about 1-2" directly under the mirror that is not wrapped, but you can't see it from any angle other then on your knees directly under the mirror. The trim is pretty much hidden under the mirror itself (the mirror overlaps it except for about 1/8") so you can't really get to it. It wasn't worth trying to figure out how to pull the mirrors off...
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hey, i got my supplies in and was going to try this weekend. Did you do the tent method? making the film tent a little and using the trim as a guideline to cut? Did you tuck the film around the trim or make it come to the very edge? Mu guess for a lot is that you overshoot a little while cutting, then roll the edges behind. Lastly, did you do it dry or with alcohol/water? I think my 1080 calls for a dry but clean application. Thanks a lot!
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hey, i got my supplies in and was going to try this weekend. Did you do the tent method? making the film tent a little and using the trim as a guideline to cut? Did you tuck the film around the trim or make it come to the very edge? Mu guess for a lot is that you overshoot a little while cutting, then roll the edges behind. Lastly, did you do it dry or with alcohol/water? I think my 1080 calls for a dry but clean application. Thanks a lot!
Here ya go:

- Don't know what the 'tent method' is, so didn't do that.

- I cut the trim with about 1/2" extra (1/4 on each end). I then used a small squigi (had it from doing window tint) to roll the wrap around the edges. I then hit it with a heat gun while wiping with a micro-fiber towel. Then took the razor blade and ran it on the backside of the trim to trim it.

- You don't want to cut on the edge. You are putting black over chrome, so any chrome that is visible will stick out like a sore thumb. That's why you wrap it around the edges and trim from the back side.

- I did it dry. If you bought the 3M stuff, it won't stick 'hard' until you rub it down. You can lightly press it in place here and there to hold it, then pull back up if you need to until you rub it down good.

Hope this helps. It wasn't that bad, but remember, overshoot with the wrap and cut at the very edges where you can't wrap it around a lip (i.e. the A pillars). If any chrome shows through it looks like crap! Good luck...
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awesome, thanks, yes that's what I meant by tent Ive done some misc. stuff with vinyl before but the trim seems harder for some reason.
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awesome, thanks, yes that's what I meant by tent Ive done some misc. stuff with vinyl before but the trim seems harder for some reason.
So...how did it go? Any finished product pics? I finished-up my CF interior trim wrap last night. It looks much, much better than the aluminum...
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Looks amazing. Like it came this way. Good job!
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It seems you did not remove any components and installed the wrap to the installed/as-is parts. Correct?
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Very interesting project and great results.
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Great job, OP. Ok, I think I would like to do this same thing to my E93. However, I am totally useless at DIY, and know that I would totally f@ck it up. So, what are my options? Can I completely replace the trim with shadow line, or do I need to get it wrapped by a vinyl place?
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Can probably find a vinyl shop to do it for much cheaper then buying new trim...
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