Exterior 1st Gen I'm at a crossroad with my MINI

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  1. Professor

    Professor New Member

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    I am already growing tired of the way my Mini looks. Somethings about it are features that have bugged the crap out of me on my past cars.

    For one I like a car to have a lot of color matched parts. The Mini has the black arches and bumper trim. I don't mind the black roof but that's different to me.

    I went through the phase where I removed all the chrome using black paint, then I color matched those items and the clean look increased ten fold! I think I am at the point where I want to paint my arches / bumper trim as well as my door handles. Leaving the side marker chutes and the fuel door black.

    I am going to be putting on a set of R98 Web Spokes with color matched centers and a polished lip. Kinda tired of the 18s at the moment.

    Might seem tacky to look to others for advice on how you want your car to look but I trust you folks ;).

    You think I should paint the arches and handles as to change up the look a bit? Cost is not an issue as I have a good friend who paints.
     
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    Personally I'm a fan of black-out and black trim on Dark Silver cars... but it's hard to go wrong with painted arches - always seem to click the look of a MINI up a notch or two. Painted handles are nice too... just a PITA to remove, install, and I'd worry about chips constantly.... but my body color headlight rings are holding up well, so maybe I'm just paranoid. :yesnod:
     
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    DS and black go pretty well together. Check the interweb for DS with painted arches - it definitely completely changes the look of the car. OTOH, with an aero kit it's almost a requirement to paint the arches (IMHO, YMMV). Really brings the visual lines of the car closer tot he ground.
     
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    I agree about DS and black arches looking good but there are so many out there. Guess I really want to set it apart from some others.
     
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    Too much DS if you do the arches and the wheels in DS.

    I'd paint the handles etc DS...but not the arches. Then do DS wheels :Thumbsup:
     
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    #6 Professor, May 15, 2009
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    Yea the I just went out and stared at my car like a fool for about an hour this morning. THe arches would be to much dark silver for sure. I think matching up the handles would look good and leaver the side chutes and gas cap black.
     
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    Oh and a Lets MotorBoatin sticker ;)
     
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    I'm increasingly growing fond of the look where people smooth the arches and paint them black to match the roof, have you considered that?
     
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    gloss black on teh arches can be nice as well.

    If you do the arches and handles.. I would keep the 18s or at least some black wheels. Need to keep the contrast.
     
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    I think I will be keeping the arches as they are. Onde my wheels are done I will see what needs to be changed to help the look.
     
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    Phil....I thought of you and took some shots of a DS MINI I saw in Strasbourg, France today. It was DS/DS with DS arches and sill plates and bumper trim. I'll get them uploaded tomorrow night or Monday once I get back to the states.
     
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    Bah! Way to much DS.
     
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    #15 GrAy RaVeN, May 19, 2009
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    First, I gotta ask ya Professor.....Ginger or Maryanne ?


    I just Dark Silver BO taped my belt line...

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    Added DS Aesthetic Creations Headlight Surrounds

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    Added DS Orciari Cowl Scoops and painted aero grill surround, side scuttles and M7 Scoop, and custom painted the MINI Badges to make them blend in until take them off and have a body shop fill in the holes....

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    I have Enkei ES6 Rims in gunmetal and look ok IMO since I still have a Plasti Dipped Cap and some black arches and decals....but If I painted my arches, I would get a set of black JCW 18" rims for sure......

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    Doing my best to stay with Dark Silver/Black becase as you said, too many colors are not so good for a small car, makes it look to busy IMO.

    Only Chrome left now is limited to tips, and wheel trim rings are it.But when I do paint the arches the 18" JCW Black Rims will have to be the next addition. Using the Enkie's may be too much DS.
     
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    Professor, a bright pink roof would really finish the car. :ihih:
     
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    I like the arches the way they are as well... Loving the DS and black.
     
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    Well really the car did not change much from this post. Only thing I did to keep me happy was to color match the handles and spray the fuel door a more glossy black. I have been happy with the textured arches for sure. Something about how rugged it is appeals to me.
     
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    I go through the same things man. One day i want to change the arches and then i really look at it and dig them
     
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    Professor, nothing like a set of third party wheels to spice things up. DS and black has been done pretty well in several iternations but a set of wheels outside the MINI options would really set it apart IMO. You'd be suprised how far your mod dollar goes on a nice set of 3rd party rims compared to spending "MINI money"

    I must warn you there are literally 10,000 wheel choices out there. Voice of experience..................
     

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