Under the Lights: IND Painted Roundels

In an effort to be fair to all our customers, effective Wednesday, July 26th, IND is pausing new orders of our painted roundel program while we work through all the backorders; we apologize for any inconvenience. Current orders of hood, trunk, and wheel roundels will be fulfilled as quickly as possible with new orders opening up as soon as completed.


IND’s core commitment to excellence has been an unwavering effort, and certainly one of the main reasons why we, where possible, use OEM BMW components to create our own parts.

IND F87 M2 Painted Hood Roundel - Gloss Black

Our popular painted roundels are one such example—the meticulously painted rings adding a subtle, but ultimately impactful touch to the car’s exterior.

IND G05 X5 Painted Trunk Roundel

The problem: Despite their popularity, this project has not been executed without its own set of hurdles: the OEM roundels are not without flaws from the factory and require an exhaustive amount of work to pass our strict quality control parameters. Upon close inspection, the OEM roundels are often littered with what appears to be small metallic flakes in the black ring. These flaws become even more apparent after the roundel is prepped for our paint process: a three-step practice that involves use of Cromax 2320S Flexible Parts Cleaners (to remove mold release agents and surface contaminants), a general cleaner, and Axalta 3812S (an industrial solvent and enamel reducer for more a more thorough prep)—a procedure we have grown accustomed to performing to prevent fisheyes (craters) in the final product.

BMW Roundel Flaws Close-UpBMW Carbon Roundel Flaws Close-UpBMW Floating Wheel Roundel Flaws Close-Up

How we have been "fixing" the problem: In accordance with our commitment to excellence, our experienced paint staff has taken extra steps to literally spot treat most factory flaws under microscope. Our meticulous roundel procedure more often than not includes the following steps: roundel prep, initial spot treatment of factory flaws, quality control review, roundel ring paint, clear coat application, quality control review, additional spot treatment of factory flaws, clear coat application, quality control review, and buff by order fulfillment and finishing team. More often than not, even after each roundel reaches our finishing team, more factory flaws have risen to the surface and are thereby rejected to begin the process all over again.

BMW Roundel Flaws Under ScopeBMW Roundel Flaws Under ScopeBMW Roundel Flaws Under Scope

While in theory we could repeat this process over and over until zero flaws remain, there is a finite number of clear coat applications before the outer painted ring shows waviness and can no longer pass QC. As such, we have set our overall flaw reduction to 95%—as aforementioned, the small remaining percentage (typically 1-2 microscopic dots) does not exist out of oversight, but in order to save the roundel.

At present, we encounter two large bottlenecks: the first, being the paint process itself as aforementioned. The second comes at the finishing stage wherein our dedicated staff has been spread thin trying to juggle a growing number of duties amidst a roundel’s first, second, or even third attempt at passing QC. As a result, we have regretfully decided to hit the proverbial pause button on our ever-popular painted hood, trunk, and wheel roundels. We are aiming to bring these variants back into our paint catalog later in the year, but in order to ensure the other IND staples do not become compromised with such immense attention being paid toward these roundels, this intermission will allow us to fulfill backorders, and again look into a more sustainable fulfillment methodology moving forward.

BMW Roundel Flaws Close-UpIND F85 X5M Painted Trunk Roundel InstallIND Painted Hood Roundel InstalledIND X2 Painted Hood Roundel Installed

At end, we believe our team to be as discerning as our clientele and have done our very best to offer our customers a unique product like this. We do not take announcements like this lightly and vow to uphold the standard that IND was built upon for our roundel re-release and beyond. Thank you as always for your continued support.

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