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Old 09-19-2011, 09:46 AM
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Grill, Reflectors,Signal Trim DIY Pics

Just wanted to post some pictures to show the DIY mods I completed yesterday. Instead of ordering black aftermarket pieces I decided to try it on my own. With a few basic tools, (& paint) good preparation, time and patience, anyone could do what I did and save a few bucks to boot. The satisfaction of doing it yourself is rewarding also. IMO to do this correctly it takes about 1-1/2 to 2 days. So if you can live with the wife’s car during the process then go for it. Or if you are fine with the “stock” look then leave it, to each their own!

Ps. Yes...I named my car Irene...She arrived in port the day before the storm.
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:10 AM
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Great job. Your work/ modifications look very good on Irene.
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:06 PM
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I like how you left the fins chrome and just painted the outer edges of the kidney grills.
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:50 PM
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Nice work! +1 on the grill !
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:29 PM
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That looks awesome. I really love how the grill looks. It is just custom enough that an enthusiast will notice the uniqueness of it. Your car looks great.
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:59 PM
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I like how you left the fins chrome and just painted the outer edges of the kidney grills.
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Good work BigHungry. Where did you buy the paint?
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:48 AM
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Thanks for the comments and feedback gents

To answer snj1013's question, I bought the primer, paint and clear coat at: Automotivetouchup.com...here is the link. [URL="http://www.automotivetouchup.com/"]

They have an easy paint code look-up system, and they were the least expensive of the online paint services that I browsed through. It's likely that I could have gotten any brand of primer or clear coat, but since I had to order the paint I just got everything together in the same order. With shipping it was $65.00 for two 12oz aerosol cans of the base color and one same sized can each of primer and clear. There is plenty left of all of them and I never touched the second can of Jet Black . So anyone can do all the parts that I did with one can of each. FYI...Each part got 3 coats of primer, 4 of the base coat, and 4 clear coat.

It took about ten days to get the paint. Comes with instructions in the box as well on each can and test cards to do a "sprayout" for color match. There are other items you will need; 400, 600, and 1000 grit sandpaper, a "scotchbrite" green scrubbing pad, masking tape, 3M automotive double sided adhesive tape, soapy water, time and patience.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:52 AM
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Looks great!!
Any thought of tackling the chrome inserts on the door handles?
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:27 AM
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Great work man. It looks amazing! I guess now you have to change your signature pic...
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:03 AM
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Great work man. It looks amazing! I guess now you have to change your signature pic...
Haha Yeah I do!...I just have to wait to give her a bath before I take new pics. Thanks!

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Looks great!!
Any thought of tackling the chrome inserts on the door handles?
I like their look in chrome because of the way they accent the body line. But I took the drivers rear door trim piece off to see how difficult it would be..its not easy! So that sealed the deal anyway. Thank you for your feedback!
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:47 AM
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:21 AM
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I think Irene looks like a beast! And I can't wait to see her with the 20% tint...
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big, Irene finally came in.. nice. looking good with the mods.
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Just wanted to post some pictures to show the DIY mods I completed yesterday. Instead of ordering black aftermarket pieces I decided to try it on my own. With a few basic tools, (& paint) good preparation, time and patience, anyone could do what I did and save a few bucks to boot. The satisfaction of doing it yourself is rewarding also. IMO to do this correctly it takes about 1-1/2 to 2 days. So if you can live with the wife’s car during the process then go for it. Or if you are fine with the “stock” look then leave it, to each their own!

Ps. Yes...I named my car Irene...She arrived in port the day before the storm.

Great Job. I did the same thing to my grill a while back to give it the 335is look. But I didn't do an elaborate paint matching job, just used plasti-dip for a matte black finish.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...ghlight=tweaks

The only thing I did not get round to doing was the silver fender trim around the side indicators, how did you remove this piece? I have added incentive to do this now after seeing yours.
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The only thing I did not get round to doing was the silver fender trim around the side indicators, how did you remove this piece? I have added incentive to do this now after seeing yours.
I used a credit card sized piece of plastic (it was actually the BMW assist wallet card) wrapped in a microfiber towel against the paint, and a thin flathead screw driver to release the tabs. Start at the front (closest to the front of the car) to pry off the trim and work your way back. There are tabs both top and bottom and on the front. This process requires a seat, time and patience. Do not rush as the tabs are quite thin. It is the second most difficult piece to remove from the car. The most difficult is the door-handle chrome trim. Good luck.
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I used a credit card sized piece of plastic (it was actually the BMW assist wallet card) wrapped in a microfiber towel against the paint, and a thin flathead screw driver to release the tabs. Start at the front (closest to the front of the car) to pry off the trim and work your way back. There are tabs both top and bottom and on the front. This process requires a seat, time and patience. Do not rush as the tabs are quite thin. It is the second most difficult piece to remove from the car. The most difficult is the door-handle chrome trim. Good luck.
Thanks! Will give this a shot..
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When I did mine, I ordered matte black fender light trim here: http://www.jlevistreetwerks.com/5-Se...duct_info.html then painted them gloss.

To get the trim off on the car, I put 3 or 4 layers of blue painters tape around the piece for padding/protection and used trim tools to pry it out. With patience.
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When I did mine, I ordered matte black fender light trim here: http://www.jlevistreetwerks.com/5-Se...duct_info.html then painted them gloss.

To get the trim off on the car, I put 3 or 4 layers of blue painters tape around the piece for padding/protection and used trim tools to pry it out. With patience.
Now you post?....man I could have used those tools! LOL. The screwdriver worked well but those tools would have been better. Are they plastic?..or rubber coated?

I like the black grille/trim you did on the Sophisto..looks good. Why not body color though?
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Sorry man I didn't put that up sooner for you. Though I may have posted it somewhere a few month ago.

Yes plastic and pretty much non marring, absolutely essential tools. Stay away from metal for prying if possible. I also sometime want a smaller version, a spudger tool comes in handy from electronic work, http://www.macproonline.com/Black-St...-p9403626.html

My approach was I was extending the black shadow-line trim to the pieces that BMW forgot. Subtle but noticeable accent on the SG. Completely subjective.
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Sorry man I didn't put that up sooner for you. Though I may have posted it somewhere a few month ago.

Yes plastic and pretty much non marring, absolutely essential tools. Stay away from metal for prying if possible. I also sometime want a smaller version, a spudger tool comes in handy from electronic work, http://www.macproonline.com/Black-St...-p9403626.html

My approach was I was extending the black shadow-line trim to the pieces that BMW forgot. Subtle but noticeable accent on the SG. Completely subjective.
I figured you were going for the Shadowline look to replace the chrome. IMO too much of it ruins the "flow" of any car, accents are fine….if they are just accents, Chrome overkill is gaudy to me. But even the front side fender reflectors irritated me. They could have been clear or not there to begin with. Thought of doing those body color? To me they cause the eye to go straight to them, throwing off the aesthetics of the whole car (nitpicky aren't I).

Thanks for the info on the trim tools; I've ordered a similar set from Harbor Tools (cost more to ship) for 7 bux.

Thanks again!
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When I did mine, I ordered matte black fender light trim here: http://www.jlevistreetwerks.com/5-Se...duct_info.html then painted them gloss.

To get the trim off on the car, I put 3 or 4 layers of blue painters tape around the piece for padding/protection and used trim tools to pry it out. With patience.
Yeah. I just noticed a hairline crack on the fender trim on one side from when I tried brute force removal last time. I think I will have to order the jlevis trim first and then attempt.
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Just wanted to revive this thread and say thumbs up to BigHungry.

I like to work myself, and personally thought ordering new grills. reflectors was a waste of money. Thanks again....
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