318ti.org forum

Go Back   318ti.org forum > Technical, Maintenance and Modifications > Exterior


Exterior From spoilers, lights to body kits and window problems.

» Recent Threads
Fuel pump keeps running...
08-06-2020 05:33 PM
Last post by Texas98ti
Today 06:25 PM
6 Replies, 336 Views
new engine build. dasc +...
01-02-2016 01:28 AM
Last post by andakn
Today 04:07 PM
209 Replies, 120,115 Views
318ti Is closing down??
07-31-2019 11:26 PM
Last post by BlackBMWs
Today 08:18 AM
51 Replies, 72,147 Views
Torque wrench...
07-28-2020 08:01 PM
Last post by J!m
Today 04:36 AM
5 Replies, 680 Views
96 M-Sport Slick-Top
08-05-2020 07:34 PM
Last post by BRADESTAR
Today 04:12 AM
5 Replies, 355 Views
318ti parts
06-09-2020 12:00 AM
Last post by dudecati
08-06-2020 08:58 PM
18 Replies, 3,941 Views
Can I bleed the brakes...
08-05-2020 02:56 AM
Last post by Mad A
08-05-2020 02:27 PM
2 Replies, 236 Views
Midnight Tuning...
02-08-2012 05:38 PM
Last post by E3X318is
08-05-2020 05:26 AM
194 Replies, 92,128 Views
reinforcement plates
04-13-2012 03:54 PM
Last post by BimmerBum
08-05-2020 03:45 AM
17 Replies, 3,528 Views
Looking for 97-98 318ti...
08-03-2020 07:29 PM
Last post by macilona
08-04-2020 12:48 AM
2 Replies, 389 Views
Reply Share/Bookmark
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-05-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Catharpin, VA
Posts: 4
iTrader: (0)
Default M trim color, Paint question

this is my first official post so hopefully this is in the correct place, im a new member ( joined today, about 20 minutes ago) and my question is this, i have a 98 318ti sport, and my M body mouldings around the car are grey ( the car is black)

in the past ive used dupont trim coat on my cars which has turned out fantastic, but with this car im worried about using it and ending up with 2 shades of contrasting black, is it even possible to get my hands on a can of paint that is the same bmw black ( i dont know what the actual name of it is) so i can do all my trim on the car in the same black? i think it would look much nicer than a collection of 5 different shades
98Black is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2013, 09:08 PM   #2
NOBODY F's with the Jesus
cooljess76's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ventura California
Posts: 7,825
iTrader: (6)

Welcome to the site! As on most vehicles, the mouldings are not painted. They're just injected molded plastic, which makes them prone to oxidation and sun bleaching. From my observations, painted moldings look good until the first time someone hits it with their door or a shopping cart runs into it. Then you have to deal with scuffs and/or chipped paint. I actually have a can of the Dupont trim paint that I had planned on using, but I found a bunch of videos on youtube that show people restoring their moldings with a heat gun.

cooljess76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 01:54 PM   #3
Senior Member
teetime4one's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: SW Florida
Posts: 4,339
iTrader: (6)

Wow, I never thought about using heat in order to restore our trim...I plan on giving it a try. Thanks Jesse!

1995 Active
teetime4one is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 02:33 PM   #4
Senior Member
hotmilk400's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Posts: 1,106
iTrader: (13)

Welcome to the site! While everyone might already know this, dont use the heat gun without either removing the trim or blocking the paint of the car with cardboard.

Just wanted to add that before someone stripped off all the paint around the trim.

I am not sure what color matches the black that perfectly unless you went to a paint shop.
hotmilk400 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2013, 11:11 AM   #5
NOBODY F's with the Jesus
cooljess76's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ventura California
Posts: 7,825
iTrader: (6)

People use heat guns all the time to roll their fenders. Don't focus in one spot, just keep the heat moving. If you remove the moldings from the car, you run the risk of the plastic bending/curling from the heat.
cooljess76 is offline   Reply With Quote


exterior , paint , trim , trim color

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Installing Subwoofers robcarync Knowledge Base 20 04-07-2009 03:27 AM
Question about front body trim React Exterior 2 03-14-2007 06:21 AM
Interior Trim Question kevman284 Interior and ICE 2 02-16-2007 07:53 PM
M technic Trim Question bmwracerchick Exterior 8 07-04-2005 01:51 PM
Sport package door trim question BobC Exterior 2 10-09-2002 06:53 PM

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 07:15 PM.

Powered by site supporters
vBulletin Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1999 - 2020, 318ti.org
© vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2
[page compression: 83.19 k/96.80 k (14.06%)]

318ti.org does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or products discussed.