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Mystery car finish

Postby JR8 » Sun, 19 Jun 2011 2:12 am

I wonder if any of you car-fans have any idea what I have seen.

There is a BMW routinely parked near my home. It is a BMW. Looks like a 5 series. Does not look like it's from the 'M' series as it only has two standard looking pipes on the left.

The weird thing is the finish. It's matt black. But not just matt black paint as you sometimes see, but the bodyshell has a textured almost woven finish, rather like hessian.

Any clues!?

Reckon it looks ok in a full-on guyish kinda way. But as with anything like this I'm sure it will date and depreciate like crazy

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Re: Mystery car finish

Postby Michael_A » Sun, 19 Jun 2011 7:42 am

do you mean the whole body or parts like the hood/bootlid /doors etc ?? i am thinking Carbon Fibre but would doubt the whole bodyshell would be from CF... there is a place in Japan that does CF coating, but dount someone would bother with a complete car..



JR8 wrote:I wonder if any of you car-fans have any idea what I have seen.

There is a BMW routinely parked near my home. It is a BMW. Looks like a 5 series. Does not look like it's from the 'M' series as it only has two standard looking pipes on the left.

The weird thing is the finish. It's matt black. But not just matt black paint as you sometimes see, but the bodyshell has a textured almost woven finish, rather like hessian.

Any clues!?

Reckon it looks ok in a full-on guyish kinda way. But as with anything like this I'm sure it will date and depreciate like crazy

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Postby Strong Eagle » Sun, 19 Jun 2011 9:50 am

Do you live on the same street as me? There is also a BMW like that on my street and all logos, etc are also removed.

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Postby BillyB » Sun, 19 Jun 2011 10:24 am

When I were a wee lad, I remember seeing a psychedelic rainbow coloured spray job on a 'fake' M-series BMW in sunny Whitby. The ironic thing was, it must have been a target for seagulls as there was shit all over it that actually made it look much better!!

Sorry, gone off a bit sideways there....

Is the model in question some Brabus hybrid lovechild or a dodgy, homemade, paint job gone wrong?!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 19 Jun 2011 12:41 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:Do you live on the same street as me? There is also a BMW like that on my street and all logos, etc are also removed.


I saw that when I left your place after returning the deepfrying kit the last time. That's a pretty evil looking machine. I thought the guy was trying to do a modern day ratrod.

What they are talking about is Carbonfibre body kits/replacement parts. Unfortunately, it's hard to tell the real stuff from the guys who are poseurs using skins like the buses do with advertising skins (and the poseurs with their handphones with bling skins as well....

http://www.carbonfibervinyl.com/

Or it could be the new trend in matt car finishes. I've seen some of these around town recently as well, in Matt Black and Matt Silver. Not really to my taste but each to their own. We actually had a Rally R Honda mod shop next to my office last year and they had a few of the "R's" there with matt finishes on them.

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Postby Michael_A » Sun, 19 Jun 2011 2:43 pm

not a bad idea, cheaper than a paint job, protects the original paint and comes off when you want a change.. i remember a few years ago in Germany, the Taxi's are all done in a similar way, wrapped completely.. when they finished their life as a taxi they strip the wrap and sell it off.. simple..

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 19 Jun 2011 6:27 pm

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It is the whole body (from memory everything but the windows).
I don’t recall this one having any logos on it either.
It could be a Brabus or similar, but owners of such usually want the logo on for show. It is not look DIY by any means, it looks brand new and factory done to my eyes.
Can’t say matt finish is to my taste either, and this is a weird looking thing. I’ll try and photograph it but I’ve only seen it twice in the last month, and don’t carrry a camera on me!

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Postby Saint » Tue, 21 Jun 2011 1:32 pm

Does it look something like this finish?

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 21 Jun 2011 4:18 pm

Yes, the 'texture' looks the same as that.

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Postby Saint » Tue, 21 Jun 2011 5:00 pm

It's know as dry carbon wrap

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 21 Jun 2011 5:20 pm

So you're saying (in retro Blue Peter parlance) that it is covered in sticky backed plastic?

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Postby Saint » Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:58 am

JR8 wrote:So you're saying (in retro Blue Peter parlance) that it is covered in sticky backed plastic?


Yes it's carbon fiber sticky back

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:06 am

So, instead of lightening up the sprung weight of the car as carbonfibre is supposed to do, the car is just a poseur's car as it now weighs the same as before and actually a wee bit more due to the weight of the covering as well. It just adds performance when it's parked only. :P

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Postby Saint » Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:11 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:So, instead of lightening up the sprung weight of the car as carbonfibre is supposed to do, the car is just a poseur's car as it now weighs the same as before and actually a wee bit more due to the weight of the covering as well. It just adds performance when it's parked only. :P


The bonnet and boot are actually CF but I didn't like the shining look so got them wrapped, still considerable lighter than the original parts

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 23 Jun 2011 3:58 pm

So you mean in the case of the BMW the owner has had all the body panels taken off and 'shrunk wrapped'.

Blimey I bet that doesn't come cheap (just to get a look).


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