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I've searched quite a bit on multiple forums but can't find what I'm looking for. I had mentioned in one of my prior posts about my front drivers side Style 65 shadow chrome wheels paint peeling, and the cost of redoing one is about $150-175. However due to the nature of the paint, all wheels will have to be redone to match them, bringing the cost to $600-$700 (just to fix one wheel!) Has anyone tried Plasti Dip, and Plasti Dip Metalizer to mimic our shadow chrome? If so, what were the results? This would be an easy $10 fix which I can do all four wheels on my own, and if it gets me 90% of the same effect as our stock finish, I'd much rather do that.

Most of the posts I had searched were of owners spraying the wheels black, and only two of them had tried the shadow chrome, but the pictures were not of good quality, so can't tell the end result.
 

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It's on my list of things to experiment with but haven't done it yet.

Good luck with it.
 

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I can say that all the youtube videos I have seen using plastidip and metalizer do not come out looking anything like shadow chrome. They look very metallic with flakes and the color would not match the Style65 finish. This is based on what I have seen, as limited as that is.
 

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Plasti-dipped wheels are for teenagers with honda civics. Do yourself a favor and get them refinished properly.

I had a single wheel refinished (it was painted) and the match is pretty good. Not perfect because Im a crazy person, but its definitely good enough
 

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I've searched quite a bit on multiple forums but can't find what I'm looking for. I had mentioned in one of my prior posts about my front drivers side Style 65 shadow chrome wheels paint peeling, and the cost of redoing one is about $150-175. However due to the nature of the paint, all wheels will have to be redone to match them, bringing the cost to $600-$700 (just to fix one wheel!) Has anyone tried Plasti Dip, and Plasti Dip Metalizer to mimic our shadow chrome? If so, what were the results? This would be an easy $10 fix which I can do all four wheels on my own, and if it gets me 90% of the same effect as our stock finish, I'd much rather do that.

Most of the posts I had searched were of owners spraying the wheels black, and only two of them had tried the shadow chrome, but the pictures were not of good quality, so can't tell the end result.
Please don't go ghetto on a car like this. This caliber of product deserves the correct treatment including proper refinishing of the style #65 wheels.
 

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I have a wheel I was going to try this on, but using paint over the black 'dip and not with the metallizer. I never got around to it. Apparently it's a pig to take off when you paint over it.
 

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IDEA! If the concern is not having a perfect match, refinish one front wheel and one rear wheel. Install them on the same side. Save half the cost. Ideally, the difference will be so minimal that you may be able to tell if looking at two wheels (one refinished and the other not) at the same time, but you won't be able to tell if you have to look at one wheel then walk around the other side of the car to see the other wheels.
 

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I agree with threepedals. Don't plasti dip , you will most likely regret it. The shadow chrome look has stood the test of time as far as styling goes and will continue to do so. Just my 2 cents.:hihi:
 

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I say why not give it a shot? I am not a fan of it but it peels right off so it's not like it would do any damage to the wheels. It would just be time and materials wasted if it doesn't turn out well.
 

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Yup, thats exactly what I'm thinking of doing, that it can easily peel of (provided I put enough coats), so might as well try it out. First, however, got to figure out which colour combination goes best and which enhancers I'll need for the "shadow chrome" affect. Wrote to the folks at dipyourcar.com yesterday for suggestions.
 

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It is very unseemly to see an M5 owner trying to cut corners.

I recommend going to your local dealer and ordering two of part number 36112228950 (fronts) and two of part number 36112228960 (rears) and also some new Michelin pilot super sport tires in the appropriate sizes. Have the dealer do the mounting, balancing and installation and sell your old wheels to the owner of a lesser e39. Be certain to pay the full retail price and do not accept any discounts or you might get receive inferior parts :eek:

The car deserves better.



PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT OWN AN M5 AND THIS POST IS NOT INTENDED TO BE ARROGANT. PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT REVISED DISCLAIMER THAT APPLIES TO THIS POST
 

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I tried this on a set of wheels on my e36, and it came ok decent. Used the black plastidip as a base and dusted it with the silver metalizer. It came out too dark and I should have used more silver metalizer, but it looked like it would have been close to the shadow chrome if I would have applied more. One think about the plastidip is that even when you use the glossifier, it still does not shine enough for me.
 

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It is very unseemly to see an M5 owner trying to cut corners.

I recommend going to your local dealer and ordering two of part number 36112228950 (fronts) and two of part number 36112228960 (rears) and also some new Michelin pilot super sport tires in the appropriate sizes. Have the dealer do the mounting, balancing and installation and sell your old wheels to the owner of a lesser e39. Be certain to pay the full retail price and do not accept any discounts or you might get receive inferior parts :eek:

The car deserves better.



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Well said. I will book it in for service immediately.
 

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I would suggest getting the wheels done correctly as most have suggested. However, if you do decide to try it out, do yourself a favor and ensure that you do 4-5 coats of plasti-dip on your wheels. When you decide that you no longer want it, you will have a much easier time peeling it off then if you do only 1-2 coats. You'll thank me later.
 

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It is very unseemly to see an M5 owner trying to cut corners.

I recommend going to your local dealer and ordering two of part number 36112228950 (fronts) and two of part number 36112228960 (rears) and also some new Michelin pilot super sport tires in the appropriate sizes. Have the dealer do the mounting, balancing and installation and sell your old wheels to the owner of a lesser e39. Be certain to pay the full retail price and do not accept any discounts or you might get receive inferior parts :eek:

The car deserves better.



PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT OWN AN M5 AND THIS POST IS NOT INTENDED TO BE ARROGANT. PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT REVISED DISCLAIMER THAT APPLIES TO THIS POST

Amateur. A true enthusiast would send the car to Dingolfing for its servicing needs.

Of course, since *your* car no longer has a soul, they'd probably not accept it...

:rofl:
 

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another option

Have you checked out the products by Alsa Corp who do big range of specialised finishes.....I am procrastinating with regard to my wheels as I think they let the car down especially with the black base coat showing through on the Style 65 rims

Alsa Corp | The World's Most Exotic Paints and Finishes and some pretty radical stuff but there might be an option for you. By the way I have no association but have looked at it for a business opp down here in OZ....that reminds me I need to do something to earn a living to pay for my M5 habit
 

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I have a wheel I was going to try this on, but using paint over the black 'dip and not with the metallizer. I never got around to it. Apparently it's a pig to take off when you paint over it.
You should never paint over plasti-dip
I tried this on a set of wheels on my e36, and it came ok decent. Used the black plastidip as a base and dusted it with the silver metalizer. It came out too dark and I should have used more silver metalizer, but it looked like it would have been close to the shadow chrome if I would have applied more. One think about the plastidip is that even when you use the glossifier, it still does not shine enough for me.
This would be the correct way to do it. I would do a black base, then a clear, then the silver metallizer, then a top layer of "glossifier" clearcoat. This should help give it some depth.

This is a plasti-dipped finish:


Take your time with it and I think you can get some decent results.
 

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You should never paint over plasti-dip
I've painted Rustoleum metalizer and clear over plasti-dip. It works fine, the plasti-dip works well as a primer but unlike a traditional primer you can peel your paint job off. It's been on my non-garaged daily driver Mazda wheels for 2+ years now and I can soap/wash the paint without issues. I know it will peel right off because the areas I've curbed and the parts I scuffed during lugnut removal are starting to peel.

Now that I got the right socket for my stupid tuner lug nuts I'm thinking of re-doing them with the p-d metalizer. The decent pics I can find appear to have a heavier metallic look than the shadow chrome.

For my M5 I took the easy route and bought a set of aftermarket wheels/tires from another member.
 
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