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Post by Jare » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:49 am

Are there any dark/smoked options out there for these reflectors?

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They seem pretty obnoxious on a black car, especially when modern cars seem to disguise reflector strips a little better.

I've had a look around but can't seem to find any options

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Post by Argenta » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:07 pm

Those are really blanks for the US side marker lamps.
The EU Z4M for example don't have anything.

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Post by Jare » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:47 pm

Argenta wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:07 pm
Those are really blanks for the US side marker lamps.
The EU Z4M for example don't have anything.
Trouble is I can't just remove them because they'll leave holes behind, I guess I could wrap them

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Post by Monaco84 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:57 pm

wrap/paint/tint!
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Post by skelters » Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:10 pm

Are they not a nightmare to remove?
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Post by Jare » Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:30 pm

skelters wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:10 pm
Are they not a nightmare to remove?
I'm not sure, no doubt I'll find out soon as I need to remove the front bumper to replace headlights/grille anyway

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Post by adam1985 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:03 pm

I took mine off, a bit of a pain but not too bad, and spray tinted them which looks ok.
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Post by Jare » Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:27 pm

adam1985 wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:03 pm
I took mine off, a bit of a pain but not too bad, and spray tinted them which looks ok.
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What is this spray tint you speak of? I'll have to grab a can

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Post by firebobby » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:22 pm

Fit a pre face lift bumper..non of that nonsense on those
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Post by Sidewaze Samm » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:41 am

adam1985 wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:03 pm
I took mine off, a bit of a pain but not too bad, and spray tinted them which looks ok.
IMG_20170521_142310 cropped.jpg
That's what I thought of doing last week. How dark did you tint them? Do you have a side photo?
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Post by adam1985 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:50 am

Jare wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:27 pm
What is this spray tint you speak of? I'll have to grab a can
Stuff that people use to tint lights. Had some in the garage so just used that.
Something like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Simply-SP-001- ... th=1&psc=1
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Post by adam1985 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:55 am

Sidewaze Samm wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:41 am
adam1985 wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:03 pm
I took mine off, a bit of a pain but not too bad, and spray tinted them which looks ok.
IMG_20170521_142310 cropped.jpg
That's what I thought of doing last week. How dark did you tint them? Do you have a side photo?
I went quite dark, but i guess you can go as dark as you want depending on how many coats you use and how dark the tint spray is.
Not got any great pics here is a slightly better one.
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You can tell that the reflector is not the same colour as the bodywork. For a better finish you could get them painted properly but would cost more.
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Post by Sidewaze Samm » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:39 pm

adam1985 wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:55 am
You can tell that the reflector is not the same colour as the bodywork. For a better finish you could get them painted properly but would cost more.
Thanks for that. I'm thinking of just smoking them, so they effectively look like smoked lights and are less intrusive rather than trying to make them disappear completely.
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Post by Mr Tidy » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:04 pm

Argenta wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:07 pm
Those are really blanks for the US side marker lamps.
The EU Z4M for example don't have anything.
I've had my M nearly 2 months, and hadn't noticed until I read that! :oops:

And an E86 just looks so much better without them. :thumbsup:
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