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      05-20-2020, 05:05 PM   #13
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Drives: 2016 BMW M6 Gran Coupe
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Minnesota

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Today I decided to tackle a cosmetic issue that seems to plague a lot of F chassis M cars:

The faded off 'M' on the front calipers

After lots of searching I arrived at two conclusions:
  1. I order some on eBay from an international seller, wait 2-3 weeks for them to arrive with no guarantee that the size or color will be a match
  2. I have a local shop print them and charge me $75 for two tiny stickers
Since I'm impatient and have enough sense to not pay $75 for two tiny decals, I decided to see what I had available to make my own.

In her retirement, my mom has taken up arts and crafts as a hobby, and she has a simple Cricut Maker that cuts decals. She happened to have some nice heat resistant Oracal 751 on hand in #090 Silver Grey that couldn't have been more perfect for the application

This vinyl had a satin finish to it with a subtle shine in it to recreate the missing 'M' letter, while being able to sustain high heat. I poked around online, found an ///M logo, and in a few minutes I trimmed it down to a clean hi-res .png file of just the 'M' to import into Cricut's design space application. I then asked nicely if I could borrow mom's decal cutter (important step ) being a BMW fan since she once owned a 6MT E92 335i, she was excited to be able to help.

After the initial print was a fraction too small, I dialed in the sizing almost perfectly (0.66" tall exactly). I prepped the caliper with an alcohol solution, lined it up to the colored stripes and stuck it on.

For a home made decal I'm pretty happy with the result! In the future I think I might order the corresponding colors for the stripes and refresh those as well given how well this turned out.

Additionally, even though I didn't take any before/after photos, I did touch up some light oxidation (hardly noticeable unless you really looked - but I knew it was there so it had to go) on the drivers side B&O speaker grilles, potentially from some rain splatter. Since these grilles are aluminum, some white vinegar and a soft bristle brush took the oxidation off effortlessly. Wiped them clean and they are looking flawless

Last edited by LJohnson32; 05-20-2020 at 08:11 PM..