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Old 01-02-2011, 07:25 PM
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X5 M / M package paint chipping issue

X5 M / M Package paint chipping issue
Hey guys, new today to the forum!

I have a deal in place for a space grey 2011 X5 M and recently came across a thread pertaining to the rear fender / lower rocker / sandblasting / rock chipping after just a few thousand miles.

Couple questions

- is this a real issue, and do mudflaps + 3m solve this?

- are the dealers aware, and would you use BMW 3M or a thicker product is what Mercedes and Porsche use?

- would this dissuade you from buying again?

- can anyone in a snowy climate attest to the paint chip effects being worse?

- any Canadians having problems?

My salesperson said he has not known of this issue.

If this is a real issue, I may switch to Alpine White.

Your thoughts and input much appreciated!!!
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- is this a real issue, and do mudflaps + 3m solve this?
Yes Real issue. Solved, if you cover all the areas with the thick 3M film
- are the dealers aware, and would you use BMW 3M or a thicker product is what Mercedes and Porsche use?
Yes, Dealers and BMW are both aware of this issue. If I do it I will put the thicker 3M product(the one they use for headlights)
- would this dissuade you from buying again?
naah, the driving fun outweighs the chip damage


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The "thick" 3m...have you used it, and how does it hold up??

Can you show a diagram as to where to apply the thick 3m?

Thanks

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The "thick" 3m...have you used it, and how does it hold up??

Can you show a diagram as to where to apply the thick 3m?

Thanks

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The thick 3M protects paint well. All lower areas on side of car should have thick film.
See diagram below. Red area is worst hit.
Also see this thread - http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...ar-wheels.html

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Do you happen to know how thick the thicker 3M is that seems to be holding up? Is it the headlight film?

I have seen as regular film as thick as 10 mill and headlight film up to 30 mill....

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Do you happen to know how thick the thicker 3M is that seems to be holding up? Is it the headlight film?

I have seen as regular film as thick as 10 mill and headlight film up to 30 mill....
Don't know the thickness.
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Over the long term even the thick film will be destroyed & very ugly and need to be replaced. I recently had the M specific mudflaps installed and I actually prefer the look of the car with them - though I know many won't agree with that sentiment. I will send some pics shortly, but for maximum protection I would get these in addition to the film.
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Any pics of your truck with the flaps on?

Love to see them
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Anyone know the thickness of the
3m to be used?
8mm with 2mm clear coat?
10mm with 2mm clear?

14mm?
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Anyone know the thickness of the
3m to be used?
8mm with 2mm clear coat?
10mm with 2mm clear?
14mm?
Nowhere close to 8-14mm.. that's +/- 5/16th to 1/2 inch thick.

It's also not close to 30mil. 30mil is the thickness of the credit cards in your wallet.

3M or Ventureshield are both about 8 mil - or .2mm

They have to been thin to make the contours around your SUV.

http://www.ppffilm.com/images/ventureshield.pdf

I didn't do VS or 3M because I'm leasing mine.. why pay the $1000?

If I planned to keep it, I would absolutely do what LeMan's suggested.

I have Ventureshield on my Z06 for four years and it's completely saved my paint. Looks like the day it was installed.
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