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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Fri, Sep-14-2018, 07:02:54 PM   #1
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Default Wrapped armrests (too and bottom)

With Hurricane Florence forcing me to stay home bound. Iíve been able to tackle some interior projects. Iíve semi gutted the interior in preparation of painting the rear parcel shelf. While in there, I did some vinyl wrap on the armrests on the door cards.

Piano black on bottom and black matrix on top. Let me know what you think.




















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The gloss black looks strange in the photos with the lighting. It's better in person.
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Old Fri, Sep-14-2018, 10:49:28 PM   #3
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The gloss black looks strange in the photos with the lighting. It's better in person.
What paint and clear coat did you use?
Also, if your clear is thick enough, some wet sanding will make that piano black look that much better.
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What paint and clear coat did you use?
Also, if your clear is thick enough, some wet sanding will make that piano black look that much better.
It's a vinyl wrap, not paint.
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I think it looked better before. It’s too inconsistent and gummy, like it’s wrapped in black trash bag. At least it’s easily removed so no harm done.
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I think it looked better before. Itís too inconsistent and gummy, like itís wrapped in black trash bag. At least itís easily removed so no harm done.
Ditto. But each their own. As long as he's happy it, it's time well spent.
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I think it looked better before. It’s too inconsistent and gummy, like it’s wrapped in black trash bag. At least it’s easily removed so no harm done.
Based on the pictures, you're absolutely right. In person, it ended up looking a lot closer to how I had envisioned. Unfortunately, the lighting makes it look exactly as you've described. Maybe some install photos will help.

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I think it looked better before. Itís too inconsistent and gummy, like itís wrapped in black trash bag. At least itís easily removed so no harm done.
Agreed.
The problem with a lot of wraps I've seen (especially in person compared to photos, which tend to hide it better)...TONS of orange peel.
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Did you strip the rubber coating completely before wrapping? I understand going from bad to better, been there done that. But if you did not strip the rubber stuff then I would redo. You will achieve even better results.
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It's a vinyl wrap, not paint.
Oh I see. Hence the title eh? What wrap?
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