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    I want to paint the black exterior trim the same colour as my car (Titanium silver). Has anyone done this to their car? If so, does the paint last and does it look pikey? I don't want it flaking off a few weeks down the line and I certainly don't want it to look pikey. I'm not sure if the paint will crack or not trying to get the trim back on.

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    your better off spending the money on a brand new trim, as there would be alot of time and effort to get the trim to look good and evenly sprayed, plus then you will need a protective layer of varnish or something, and as soon as you catch it itll proberbly come straight off.
    and for the £120 from a breakers to get a oem sprayed trim in the silver, i think it will be a much better finish.

    and you do look at it every day you drive the car =D

    only my thoughts
     
     

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    Another alternative would be to find a company that can vinyl wrap them
     
     

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    i did mine mate as long as you use a plastic primer then a good filler primer to flaten the plastic good sand down base coat then laquer you will be ok
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    Cheers mate. Did you have to buy new clips to get the trim back on? Do they break when taking the trim off the doors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fallschirmjager View Post
    Cheers mate. Did you have to buy new clips to get the trim back on? Do they break when taking the trim off the doors?
    no mate they pull off realy easy, just take ya time they are more of a plug not a clip well they were on the compact should think they are the same for yours
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    am in the same boat mate but i am considering doing it gloss black instead of satin i think it makes cars look old with satin look!!

    but the choice between me doing it or my mate (painter) am not sure!!
    E39 523i Tourer
     
     

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    I think it should be doable as a DIY job - I plan to do it and had a go on a spare piece of trim that I had and am really surprised, even with just a quick attempt. Colour match is good and so is the finish.

    As goughy says, use a plastic filler primer and laquer it and you should be good to go.

    I think the key is patience, if you sand the trim properly and get it as good as possible, it will transfer through the layers of paint. Worst case is, your not happy with it and have to pic up some trim from a breakers.
     
     

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    much does the paint (cosmos black for me) primer filler cost??

    much do you need?
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    The paint from Halfords is about £6 for a small can and £8 for a bigger one. Would imagine that you will need a couple of cans of (each) primer, filler primer, paint and lacquer.

    You may want to test the colour match though - for my car, the colour seems pretty much spot on.
     
     

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