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Old 08-04-2004, 03:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 98' 528i and as you may/maynot know, chrome looks terrible on a silver car. So I want to get rid of it! I have it around the trim of my car and around the trim of my windows. I was talking to someone at the last meet I went too (all 5er meet) and he told me I need a complete replacement strip and thats what he did and I loved how it looked. I was thinking of getting the trim painted but I got used to haveing the variation of color on my car.

Where do I buy these replacement pieces? used

Here is that guys car that has no silver trim because he bought a replacement strip for the windows and trim.
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I figured out it is the sport package that doesn't come with the chrome, anyone know where this can be bought?
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just paint yours

black trim paint will work great
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Black trim paint? They make paint for this? I just don't want to take a cheap shortcut on my car, is this safe from chippin?
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I asked a painter if he could match all the chrome on mine with the body colour and he said yes - but it'll be prone to chippin an strippin.
Personally I cant see why but that's what he said - so I'm on the lookout for a sport package.
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Well, as long as you properly prepare the surface before painting it shouldnt chip. medium sanding, then light sanding, then clean with a tack cloth and primer it.

I believe the trim paint doesnt need a primer though. As long as you dont spray a heavy first coat (just like a mist) it should be fine. On another car, I painted all trim this way and it was fine. I did about 3 mist coats, then a regular thicker coat. If your STILL worried about chipping or peeling, you can clearcoat it and wrap it around the backside, but then it'll have a gloss to it
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Spoke to my BMW group dealer and he said you can exchange the chrome for a black rim for about 120$ ...but thats only an exchange not repainting or anything...
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Exchange is better then repainting or anything right? Would he give the whole strip or just a black trim where the chrome was...
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better but not cheaper...no only the chrome rim...
they say its a hell to get it off so i im sry but i cant tell you how only that its a hell of a job to do
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getting off the trim is super easy, it just kinda slides off, I have had one replaced before
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Please tell us...im also intrested in chaing it into black
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It's called Shadowline Trim. As you stated, it came with the sport package. Here are some prices from the dealership:

front bumper pieces:
left side-19.78
middle-22.60
right side-19.78

fenders:
left side-9.72
right side-9.72

doors:
front left door-25.43
front right door-25.43
rear left door-25.43
rear right door-25.43

rear bumper:
left side-28.88
middle-33.05
right side-28.88

I still need to inquire about the pricing for the pieces around the window.
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. That looks awesome on that generation 5 series. Besides removing the trim, I agree covering it up better because there is no chance of damaging your car, and covering it up can be removed.

I saw on cardomain john guy who works with beckers, covered up his trim with some adhesive. Here is a version on an earlier 5 series, along with some

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