1. 11 Jun 2018 at 4:01 PM #1
    Pelt

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    Hi, Just in the process of buying a F11 2014 5 Series tourer from Main BMW dealership. Last week when I went to view the car all was good apart from some of the external window trim looked like moisture had oxidised it in places. Salesman said that he would get it sorted.... Had a call today with the news that " we can't buff it out ". He says that they can't replace the whole trim as its £1k plus, but are prepared to paint it black to match the door pillars.
    Questions.... Will black suit a dark blue car ?
    ..... Matt or Gloss ?
    ..... Will the paint chip in time if trims painted still on car ?
    .... Is wrapping the trims a better solution ?
    ..... Or do I just walk away ?

    The car is a 3.0d with very low mileage and to be used as a daily motor. any thoughts guys ????
     
  2. 11 Jun 2018 at 4:26 PM #2
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    Gloss black would look great!
     
  3. 11 Jun 2018 at 4:42 PM #3
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    Will look fine, I've seen more people wrap them then spray though
     
  4. 11 Jun 2018 at 5:38 PM #4
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    Black will look fine, but I'd have thought they would be better off wrapping them with a decent vinyl than trying to paint them.
     
  5. 11 Jun 2018 at 7:58 PM #5
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    Hi,

    I did laugh at the option to walk away !

    Forum convention is to have them painted, which means they have to be carefully removed from the car so that they don't bend and then crack or split etc. Then there's all the time needed to prep and then paint, then re attaching to the car.

    When I saw the silver trim on my car deteriorate like that, I didn't want to pay the big price of a OEM black trim set and then the high cost of labour/time to remove and swap it on.

    I went the gloss black vinyl wrap option, which was much much cheaper, the complete job done within an hour or so and I had the inner door card top silver strip wrapped as well. This was back in 2008 so almost a decade now and you'd not be able to tell!

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    Ensure you choose a high quality vinyl and also make sure the surfaces are suitably cleaned and wiped, higher end wrapping specialists have the right cleaners and solvents for this and my belief is that is how my wrap has not peeled anywhere at all over the last 10 years.

    Cheers, Dennis!
     
  6. 11 Jun 2018 at 8:05 PM #6
    Pelt

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    Cheers guys ... Gloss Wrapping it is. Will get a professional Wrap quote and try to get the price knocked off the price of the car. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  7. 12 Jun 2018 at 12:55 PM #7
    Pelt

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    Hi, Just being talking to guy at Local Wrapping firm who is saying that the trim needs to come off to be wrapped. Did your trim have to be removed to do it? Dont fancy them saying "oops we've broke the clips mate". What you think? Cheers
     
  8. 12 Jun 2018 at 8:12 PM #8
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    Hi Pelt,

    No, no trim was removed or even loosened to do the wrap process. The window trims and door pillars took perhaps 45 minutes to do, another 15-20 or so for the inside door top strips.

    I also had my roof panel and side guttering done - quite a lot of cars you'll see elsewhere haven't had the guttering done as it's so precise and many places don't have the experience or expertise to do those bits. Here's what my roof wrap looks like;

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    At the time in early 2008, various graphics and vehicle wrap places couldn't do me a carbon fibre look wrap. The materials weren't stretchable/malleable enough. I'd previously had my two business use Smart cars wrapped by a specialist who simply said to zip over in a few days and he'd have me sorted. The above is the result, the main panel took 10 minutes to apply and the precise cuts for the guttering took another hour. I was there when it was done, and a week later I had the window trims done.

    I had mine done at Totally Dynamic in North London, which I know is a distance from you, so perhaps look at one of their other branches closer to you.

    My roof panel needs doing again now as it's deteriorated, at the time it was a 5 year guarantee and it only began to look worse about 3 years ago. The window trim vinyl is holding up much much better.

    Cheers, Dennis!
     
  9. 12 Jun 2018 at 11:14 PM #9
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    I plasti dipped my chrome window trims black last weekend on my f10, looks oem but its a matt finish. Really want it gloss though in the future, how much did you pay to gets yours done? I know it was a long time ago
     

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