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      03-17-2016, 10:33 PM   #1
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DIY - Wrapped M5 Side Markers

Hello M5'ers,

I just picked up an M5. First thing's first, I wrapped the side markers and door handles.

Material: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._detailpages00

You just need a small utility blade and heat gun to do the actual wrapping. Once the side markers are off, you can use a small flat head screw driver to pry a bunch of tabs to separate the chrome and matte black plastic apart. This is one of the most straight forward DIY wrap out there. You only need to heat the corners, everything else just use your fingers.

Difficulty level of wrap on a scale of 1-10, this is a 2. Let me know if you have any questions.

More mods to come shortly.

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Looks easy!

How did the door handles turn out? Did you disassemble them?
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Looks easy!

How did the door handles turn out? Did you disassemble them?
No need to remove. Just cut the vinyl close to the size, peel, use your finger to press from the center out, then use your nails to press in the edge. Take a small utility knife and cut, leave enough room so there isn't any chrome showing. No heat required for the door handles.
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U should have used the gloss wet carbon fiber 2x2 wrap. Would match your RW rear diffuser.
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@JNoSol , looking good like always.
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U should have used the gloss wet carbon fiber 2x2 wrap. Would match your RW rear diffuser.
Good feedback. What brand and where can I get it?
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@JNoSol , looking good like always.
Thanks Ben. Guys, Ben is a great vendor. Holla at him if you need anything. He'll take care of you.
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Thanks Ben. Guys, Ben is a great vendor. Holla at him if you need anything. He'll take care of you.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/3613312...&ul_noapp=true

Im sure there a better brand version but that was an example. I'm going to do my roof and my interior since mine didn't come with it.
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Thanks Ben. Guys, Ben is a great vendor. Holla at him if you need anything. He'll take care of you.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/3613312...&ul_noapp=true

Im sure there a better brand version but that was an example. I'm going to do my roof and my interior since mine didn't come with it.
That looks cool. Can't wait to yours done.
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How do you take the side markers off?
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How do you take the side markers off?
Use masking tape to protect the paint around the side markers, then use a plastic ply tool to work out the top, use a little force and it will pop out. There's a DIY thread earlier by iND.

http://f10.m5post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=743206
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Excellent, thanks
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Excellent, thanks
Wear gloves, I smashed my fingernails doing this. Hurts like a mother...
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Thanks JNoSol for sharing! I've never done wrapping before but sounds like a fun little project. Is there a write up on how to do the actual wrapping you can point me at?
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Thanks JNoSol for sharing! I've never done wrapping before but sounds like a fun little project. Is there a write up on how to do the actual wrapping you can point me at?
Buy the 3M vinyl indicated on my original post. Start with the chrome pieces on the door handles. Don't peel the vinyl yet, cut them close to the size of the area you're covering (maybe add 1/2" excess all around). Clean the chrome area with rubbing alcohol and micro fiber cloth. Peel the vinyl, then apply like a decal or sticker. Start with the center, then use your finger to work it out so there's no wrinkles. Once you've reached the edge, use your nails to crease it along the edge. Then take a utility blade, carefully cut along the edge ensuring no chrome will show then tuck the excess. You're done. The door handles require no heating and stretching. All you need is a blade and your fingers.

For the side markers, you only need heat to stretch around the corners. On heating, always use a low setting and keep the heat source 6-8inch away. Only flash it with heat for 5sec. There are tons of 3M wrap tutorial vids on YouTube, but these are entry level wrapping DIY so I would just play around with it until you get it.
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http://f15.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho....php?t=1180810 (post #6 is helpful for simple wrap)
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No need to remove. Just cut the vinyl close to the size, peel, use your finger to press from the center out, then use your nails to press in the edge. Take a small utility knife and cut, leave enough room so there isn't any chrome showing. No heat required for the door handles.
Thanks! Did all 4 in under 20 min.

Now that I have the vinyl bug.. black mirrors on singapore gray?
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No need to remove. Just cut the vinyl close to the size, peel, use your finger to press from the center out, then use your nails to press in the edge. Take a small utility knife and cut, leave enough room so there isn't any chrome showing. No heat required for the door handles.
Thanks! Did all 4 in under 20 min.

Now that I have the vinyl bug.. black mirrors on singapore gray?
Nice.. You can try to see what it looks like. I will warn you that mirrors are not as easy. Use this vid below.

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https://europeanautosource.com/ind-c...mw-f10-m5.html

Carbon fiber side markers for $685?! How about a $25 DIY?






Thanks JnoSol!!
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@TheHouseWon That looks really good.
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@TheHouseWon That looks really good.
You were right about the carbon fiber being less forgiving than black matte/gloss. There was one tab on the chrome piece that was a real PITA to remove from the black housing

I used the excess carbon fiber from the 'donut hole' in the chrome trim to wrap the chrome door handles (I hate waste). I'm not too sure if I like the handles yet, I'll have to see them in the sunlight.



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@TheHouseWon It looks good to me. Nice work.
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I know this is a wrapped side marker thread but I wanted to share my wrapped kidney chrome as I was motivated to do it after the side markers. This is me going against JnoSol's wishes, but I think it looks good





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