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      01-22-2012, 01:27 PM   #45
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      01-24-2012, 12:14 PM   #46
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Can you give the rundown on powder coat vs. paint for the rims, kidneys, and roof rails?

I want black glossy rims, should I glossy everything to match and again is it better to powder coat or paint?

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      01-24-2012, 03:06 PM   #47
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Can you give the rundown on powder coat vs. paint for the rims, kidneys, and roof rails?

I want black glossy rims, should I glossy everything to match and again is it better to powder coat or paint?

Thanks!

Picking up White X3 this Saturday.
I powder coated the rims. It's much more durable and weather resistant then simply just painting them. As for the grill, I'm not sure you can have it powder coated considering most of it is made of plastic. I removed the grill, sanded the shiny away and used a spray primer and then a spray gloss black paint. I spent about $8 at Walmart for the supplies and it looks perfect. As for your roof rails I don't have any recommendations considering I don't have them.
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      01-24-2012, 06:24 PM   #48
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Every time I see a car like that on the road, I can't help but think a black bag and a blackjack are soon behind to haul someone off to a dark, empty room somewhere. But that may be all the spy movies in my head talking...
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Did you ever consider plastidip for blacking out the grille?
Seems to be mixed success on other boards, but on the plus side is it's 100% reversible.

Thinking about trying it to black out the grille and trims when my x3 comes in.
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      02-09-2012, 04:12 PM   #50
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In my book...ugly!!!
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      02-09-2012, 05:01 PM   #51
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I powder coated the rims. It's much more durable and weather resistant then simply just painting them. As for the grill, I'm not sure you can have it powder coated considering most of it is made of plastic. I removed the grill, sanded the shiny away and used a spray primer and then a spray gloss black paint. I spent about $8 at Walmart for the supplies and it looks perfect. As for your roof rails I don't have any recommendations considering I don't have them.
Not really my style, but I like it!

Did you just use Rustoleum primer and paint from walmart on Grille?

As far as front window tint - what I was recommended once by Ziebart is to go with a little darker tint on front windows then from the outside they'll look identical with rear - the reason for that since windshield lets more light from the front it's good to go a little darker so front and rear look the same from outside. I did it on 2 vehicles and it looked awesome!
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      04-25-2012, 11:30 AM   #53
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I powder coated the rims. It's much more durable and weather resistant then simply just painting them. As for the grill, I'm not sure you can have it powder coated considering most of it is made of plastic. I removed the grill, sanded the shiny away and used a spray primer and then a spray gloss black paint. I spent about $8 at Walmart for the supplies and it looks perfect. As for your roof rails I don't have any recommendations considering I don't have them.
Not really my style, but I like it!

Did you just use Rustoleum primer and paint from walmart on Grille?

As far as front window tint - what I was recommended once by Ziebart is to go with a little darker tint on front windows then from the outside they'll look identical with rear - the reason for that since windshield lets more light from the front it's good to go a little darker so front and rear look the same from outside. I did it on 2 vehicles and it looked awesome!
Yeah I actually did use rustoleaum. And that's a great idea on the the tint, if you look really close the front windows do actually look a tad lighter then the the rears. However, I have them as dark as I'm legally allowed to have in Chicago.
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Car looks amazing! Not my style to black out the tail lights but the grill and wheels look real nice
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dude i've seen this at uiuc campus do you study there?? im there as well running the x3 benz competitor :P
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dude i've seen this at uiuc campus do you study there?? im there as well running the x3 benz competitor :P
Haha yeah you caught me I do study there
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      05-06-2012, 10:53 PM   #57
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Haha yeah you caught me I do study there
cool! well finals bleh but if you wanna meet up on friday or something hit me up we can compare cars (GLK vs X3)

good luck on finals
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Bet it looks Bad Ass coming down the road towards and then past you. Cool!
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Did you ever consider plastidip for blacking out the grille?
Seems to be mixed success on other boards, but on the plus side is it's 100% reversible.

Thinking about trying it to black out the grille and trims when my x3 comes in.
Plastidip is a great product for grills. I have mine done... no sanding just cleaning and consistent light coats. I went through two cans and like Calgary, my X gets beaten lots with stones. Still holding up though.
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What did you do to smoke the front amber reflectors? I like that look
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      01-13-2013, 03:18 PM   #61
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http://www.bimmian.com/Headlight-Reflector-Overlay-for-BMW-F25-X3
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love it, the front grill looks wicked
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      01-24-2013, 12:11 PM   #63
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Love the blacked out look ... its often done, but it still always looks good in my book


Also are you putting diesel in your car?

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      01-24-2013, 12:17 PM   #64
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Love the blacked out look ... its often done, but it still always looks good in my book


Also are you putting diesel in your car?

Nope that's a 35i, premium gas only in my tank
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Nope that's a 35i, premium gas only in my tank
Green Pump handle is normally diesel thats why I asked
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very nice bet it would look amazing if you lower it
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