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Old 12-13-2013, 06:05 AM
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Anyone else wrapped the Z3 Coupe?

Took the plunge and went for a full wrap.

Matte Blue Metallic with Black Carbon Highlights.

Just started the process and should be finished in a few days time.

I will post the finished car when able.

Are you thinking of doing the same?

Updated with new photos of completed vinyl wrap.

Obviously colour is a personal choice, but I was interested to learn if anyone else had done this already and what their thoughts/experience was.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:28 AM
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Are you thinking of doing the same?
No. I personally think the whole frozen/matte paint thing is one of most idiotic fads I have ever seen. At least with the film you can take it off when the fad passes.
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:16 AM
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Interesting opinion.

BMW actually brought out a "Frozen" paint option for some of their models and have done for quite a few years. I would consider it to be more of a style rather than a "Fad"!

I am sure some people said the same thing about metallic finish when it first came out.

Isn't every car painted anything but black just a "Fad"? after all didn't Henry Ford say "Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black".
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:42 AM
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BMW actually brought out a "Frozen" paint option for some of their models and have done for quite a few years. I would consider it to be more of a style rather than a "Fad"!
We'll see if the frozen/matte paint "style" lasts as long as the metallic paint "style" has.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:02 AM
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Interesting...yes, post pictures when complete....how much does this cost?
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:12 PM
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Cost

I am in the Philippines so not sure if costs will be comparable.

Wasn't cheap and took them 3 days to finish. The wrap includes the inside surround of the doors and door frame plus some extra interior door trim (Brushed Titanium on the hockey stick) Approx $1,500 or PHP70,000
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:08 PM
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looks amazing!
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Old 12-16-2013, 03:46 AM
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She looks great!!! How long, typically, will the wrap last? What is the upkeep procedure to keep it intact and looking good?
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How long will it last / upkeep

How long it will last will have to be seen I guess. I have a 5 year warranty with the vinyl finish from the place that wrapped the car.

Actually I am taking it back next week on the 28th as a very small bubble that was noticed the day they wrapped the car has failed to go away (the original hood had two bad paint blisters and they had to strip the paint off to get a good surface to work with) so they requested me to see if it settled down in two days and if not then bring it back in and they would strip that panel and re-do it, after throughly stripping the paint and cleaning the area again. Good to their word that is now what they are doing.

Other than that small hiccup, soon to be fixed, it has been a great job that they have done.

As for upkeep they told me to just wash it as it is a matte finish. No need to wax. I have had it washed once already and it comes up like brand new. The wheels take longer to wash than the car

The matte finish is not everyones cup of tea but I have to say that it looks stunning in real life. The pictures really don't do it justice.
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Not wanting to be negative here as I kind of like the look, just wondering if this was discussed...I wonder if typical "paint chips" on the frontal area of the car will be a problem...both appearance wise and the potential of water getting under the wrap?
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:37 AM
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To be honest I don't know. It is possible to re-patch areas that suffer damage or re-wrap the entire bonnet if necessary I guess. But I imagine it will be no worse than similar damage to paint work. As I had mentioned earlier, there were two rather bad blisters on the original painted bonnet. This was causing the lacquer to flake off and had to be completely removed as it was no longer bonded to the painted surface. This is why I have a small issue with a bubble on the bonnet due to the old lacquer lifting off the paint and not providing a good surface for the vinyl to bond to. Getting fixed on the 27/28th Dec. The vinyl is resistant to stone chips, but I guess a big enough chip at a sufficient speed of impact may well cause damage. That's life I guess and I will deal with that if it happens. I do not believe the vinyl covering is as fragile as tissue paper nor possibly as hardened as a baked on paint job, but it is cheap to fix if an issue and very very quick to have done.

So far I am happy with the results and only time will tell how well it fairs.
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Old 12-17-2013, 03:53 PM
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I think it looks great.
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No. I personally think the whole frozen/matte paint thing is one of most idiotic fads I have ever seen. At least with the film you can take it off when the fad passes.
Considering it's an option on M cars, I don't think it's just a fad.


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they did an awesome job, it looks amazing. now if only you could get your factory color in a wrap
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:31 AM
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Considering it's an option on M cars, I don't think it's just a fad.


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As there is no way to do paint corrections, frozen paint is just a bad idea. What happens when bird droppings or insect remains mar the paint. Need to polish out minor scratches or marring? Can't be done. BMW even recommends not to use microfiber towels (can cause shiny spots).

For people who drive their cars, minor paint damage is inevitable.
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Considering it's an option on M cars, I don't think it's just a fad.
BMW also offers it on some of their motorcycles (as do a few others). Frozen/matte paint has some real downsides, and we'll see how people still like it as their cars/motorcycles age.
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If you like it that is all that matters !! Looks good to me and i am a old guy !!
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Old 12-23-2013, 04:52 PM
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I looks good and is an interesting technology. Keep us informed on how it weathers and is maintained. I still prefer paint. Waxing the M Coupe can be therapeutic.... something about the mindless labor.
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