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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 03-24-2012, 08:17 PM
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Plasti Dipped my Trim

Sorry I didnt take any pictures during the process to do a DIY

I blacked out my exterior trim today with plasti dip.
It gave the (originally white) trim a nice matte look that matches with the rest of the car.
Took me quite a while to complete the whole project maybe 4+ hours


Overall I was pleased with how it turned out.
Its in no way perfect because I slacked when masking certain areas...
IMO I would rather do this then buy M style molding. Main reason is for $$ because I paid 16 bucks for two cans of plasti dip and painters tape, and It looks pretty good

My main advice:
Take extra time to mask the areas well.
If you dont, youll prob have white spots, or spend a ton of time cleaning up overspray

I took like two pictures, I'll try to post more tomorrow.
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:49 PM
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Why didn't you take the trim off the car to do it?
No masking or overspray to worry about.
The trim just pops off.
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why didn't you take the trim off the car to do it?
No masking or overspray to worry about.
The trim just pops off.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:21 PM
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Why didn't you take the trim off the car to do it?
No masking or overspray to worry about.
The trim just pops off.
I was afraid of breaking one of the fasteners that hold the trim in place.

Should I not have been worried about this?
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:36 PM
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I'm considering doing this myself. But will plastidip wear off with the exterior elements? Or is paint better?
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:46 PM
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I'm considering doing this myself. But will plastidip wear off with the exterior elements? Or is paint better?
I have heard good things about its wear resistance, there's a video floating around of some guy pressure washing his p-dip and it not coming off

I went with plasti dip because I can take it off if I decide I don't like it and it was inexpensive to do.

Overall paint will last longer, yes.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:24 AM
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I was afraid of breaking one of the fasteners that hold the trim in place.

Should I not have been worried about this?
Not a problem, I pull mine off every year for cleaning before the yearly concours here in Boston. When you pull off the door molding strips start at one end and move your hands down the strip as you pop the strip off so you are not bending the strip from the end.
The bumper strips are harder, take them off the same way.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:07 AM
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Not a problem, I pull mine off every year for cleaning before the yearly concours here in Boston. When you pull off the door molding strips start at one end and move your hands down the strip as you pop the strip off so you are not bending the strip from the end.
The bumper strips are harder, take them off the same way.
Dang If I had known it would be that easy...lol
Oh well, I might need to redo some sections. If this is the case, I will definitely just pull off the trim.

Thanks for the tip Jim!
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:06 PM
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I have heard good things about its wear resistance, there's a video floating around of some guy pressure washing his p-dip and it not coming off

I went with plasti dip because I can take it off if I decide I don't like it and it was inexpensive to do.

Overall paint will last longer, yes.
Interesting. I recently painted my exterior trim (spray paint) and it started chipping off right away. Maybe I didn't do a good job. Even though I sanded the trim and applied multiple coats (maybe 5 coats).
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Did you use a primer first and put a flex agent in both?
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4hrs it should have come out perfect..I would use a can of clear coat for protection.
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Just did mine today. As JimLev indicated the trims pop right out (top ones take a bit longer) I did both sides today with a complete removal. Sanded them (Ouch my teeth), primer, paint, and clear coat 3 hr job
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What paint did you use? or is it Plasti-Dip?
Any more tip on removing the window trim? such as where to pull first.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:53 PM
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If you do a write up and including tools you need for the job and how long it take would be A+ a lot of BMW owners would be intrested and maybe blue bee can add this to one of his links especially the trim removal part.
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:29 PM
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Look so much better now, good stuff
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Did you use a primer first and put a flex agent in both?
No primer. That's what I thought the problem was. But is flex agent necessary?
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:27 PM
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What paint did you use? or is it Plasti-Dip?
Any more tip on removing the window trim? such as where to pull first.
Thanks in advance.
No I didnít use Plasti-Dip. I Sanded them first and primer, I used Flat Black spray paint, crystal clear coat. Start removing the trims from the doorís edge with a small flat head screw driver. The top ones you will need a pair of pliers. Its more or less self explanatory once you do one door

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If you do a write up and including tools you need for the job and how long it take would be A+ a lot of BMW owners would be intrested and maybe blue bee can add this to one of his links especially the trim removal part.
I already took the pictures to do a DIY, however havenít had the time to do a write up. Will write one when I get the chance.

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Look so much better now, good stuff
Thank you and I agree with you looks much better
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Is there any way to bring the chrome 1s back 2 life?
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Is there any way to bring the chrome 1s back 2 life?
No, the way I did it is permanent and will not go anywhere. Plus why would I want it chromed again by looking at the difference
Now concerning the Plasti-Dip if you asking I am the wrong person to answer that as I have not experienced that product
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I thought you guys were talking about the plastic trim on the lower doors and around the bumper, not the chrome around the windows.
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lol yeah johnd1976, who was the question meant for?


I did the plastic trim around the doors and bumpers.


RomanEmpire did his window trim to resemble shadowline




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Lol now to think of it maybe I may of misunderstood the OP as well
Either or the trims still pop right out
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Night and day RomanEmpire. Looks great esp on black e39s.
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If you do a write up and including tools you need for the job and how long it take would be A+ a lot of BMW owners would be intrested and maybe bluebee can add this to one of her links especially the trim removal part.
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Night and day RomanEmpire. Looks great esp on black e39s.
Thank you

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Wait I am having a "blonde moment" isn't bluebee a dude or you talking about his vehicle?
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