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Old 07-12-2013, 07:49 AM   #1
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Would you plasti dip original wheels?

I drive a white 02 bmw 330i.
with original wheels, thinking about black plasti dip and red calipers.
do you guys think they would look ok?
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:50 AM   #2
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I wouldn't PlastiDip any of my wheels, or paint my single-piston calipers red.
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:52 AM   #3
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Unless you are buying big calipers (Brembos) painting your calipers anything other than silver or black looks douchey IMO... Like you are trying to be something you are not. I wouldn't plastidip anything... But then that is me.

But I am sure some 16 year old will come in and say it will look cool.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:15 AM   #4
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Re: Would you plasti dip original wheels?

Yes I know is just that i want some bigger black with chrome lip wheels on my car. but can't really get them now. and I saw some good videos on youtube about plasti dip and it looked nice.
then again I'm probably to old for this. 34.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:20 AM   #5
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Re: Would you plasti dip original wheels?

If you think it will look good then go for it. Who cares what anyone else thinks.

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Old 07-12-2013, 08:23 AM   #6
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Please don't, we already see enough ghettoed-out E46's on the road.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:24 AM   #7
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Re: Would you plasti dip original wheels?

not sure how it would look on this wheels?

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Old 07-12-2013, 09:32 AM   #9
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Well, I'm not 16 and I thought mine turned out pretty good.
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Painting anything other than big brake calipers red is like popping your collar. Plasti-dipping your wheels is like finishing off the look with aviator shades.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:36 AM   #11
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Bad.

Your car is nice and has class the way it is.

Don't undo the work the design team at BMW did. You have no idea how beautiful these cars are.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:52 AM   #12
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Would you plasti dip original wheels?

I am really disliking this "plasti dip everything" trend but if you want to, it's your car, at least it's not permanent.


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Old 07-12-2013, 09:57 AM   #13
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Would you plasti dip original wheels?

Yea I want to plasti dip mine. Same rims my clear coat is starting to peal off.

But Iam doing for like a week to see how I like the matte black cause I want to powder coat them.
People have done it and liked it is why not


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If he didn't care about what other people think, he wouldn't have made a thread asking for opinions.


Whenever I see a car with stock wheels plastidipped or painted black my immediate reaction is "those wheels are covered in brake dust".

And why bring attention to stock calipers.
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If he didn't care about what other people think, he wouldn't have made a thread asking for opinions.


Whenever I see a car with stock wheels plastidipped or painted black my immediate reaction is "those wheels are covered in brake dust".

And why bring attention to stock calipers.
PlastiDipped wheels look so obvious. When I see them, I instantly think, "Well, that's plastidipped." i.e., "That's cheap as **** looking, because it is."

And when I see red stock dinky single-piston calipers that isn't a VW Golf GTI I tend to think, "That car is slow and is probably full of mechanical issues."

When I see red multi-piston Brembo calipers I think, "Wow, that car is probably pretty fast and is in great shape, because the owner doesn't cheap out."

That's just what I think.
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Re: Would you plasti dip original wheels?

around how much do the membros calipers cost? And do you think the red will still come out on my wheels

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PlastiDipped wheels look so obvious. When I see them, I instantly think, "Well, that's plastidipped." i.e., "That's cheap as **** looking, because it is."

And when I see red stock dinky single-piston calipers that isn't a VW Golf GTI I tend to think, "That car is slow and is probably full of mechanical issues."

When I see red multi-piston Brembo calipers I think, "Wow, that car is probably pretty fast and is in great shape, because the owner doesn't cheap out."

That's just what I think.
+1. See that's exactly what I think word for word. However, I say that, and I'm "cocky" or have an "ego."

No, I just have taste and not afraid to be open about it. That's all.

Like others said, Plastidip is bad taste, but not the end of the world because it is reversible. It's tolerable on some level but still poor taste in 99.9% of cases.
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Brembo BBK is a couple grand.
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Looks aside, multi spoke wheels are very difficult to do finishing work on. They have several time times the surface area, so prep work alone will take forever.
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Brembos? You're going to be spending over $3,000 on a front/rear set. It's pretty absurd how much they cost. The benefit-to-cost ratio on those is almost zilch, especially considering you're not going to tangibly get any better benefits over the already-good stock brakes. You'd get much better use out of them on the track. I think most people pay for looks on those, IMO...

There are cheaper alternatives, such as fitting Porsche 996 brakes onto the E46 using a caliper carrier made by this company. Used 996 brakes are made by brembo and are multi-piston, and can be found for a fraction of the cost of new Brembos online. I want to do this at some point.
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