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Old 04-21-2010, 02:05 PM   #1
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Project Blackout



I had some free time yesterday and decided to give my e46 a new look. I painted my v710s, blacked out my kidney grills, painted the lower mesh, and foglight housings flat black, and blacked out my chrome window trim with the kit from shadowline trim I found on this forum.

Wheels: You might be able to tell from the pictures that the front and rear wheels were 2 different shades of silver. This is due to having a shop paint the front wheels after some minor curb rash. The color difference was driving me nuts to the point where I took them off the car, so I decided to paint them gunmetal. It was a fairly simple process:

1. Clean and degrease the wheels with SimpleGreen

2. Sand with 320 grit block
3. Re-clean wheels
4. Primer

5. 3 coats of paint

6. 4 coats of clear


It was my first time painting wheels and I have to say that I am very pleased how they turned out. Sure as heck beats paying $800 for a shop to paint them!


I absolutely love the new look of my car







Looking for any feedback or comments. Thanks for looking.
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Old 04-21-2010, 02:07 PM   #2
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Looks 10x better. Next I would get smoked corners, sides, and tails and painted reflectors
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Old 04-21-2010, 02:09 PM   #3
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Wow! Great job on the paint job!! I've had some problems while trying to apply clear coat after paint, I would get a lot of "orange pee" effect... yours look perfect!!! What primer / paint / clear did you use?
Car does look awesome!!!
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Old 04-21-2010, 02:10 PM   #4
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Thanks, all those things are literally what is on my "things to do next" list.
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Old 04-21-2010, 02:15 PM   #5
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kraimer: thanks a lot!

I used the duplicolor line of everything: primer, wheel paint, and clear. I did 2 very light coats of clear, followed by a heavy "wet" coat of clear to avoid peel look.
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Old 04-21-2010, 02:16 PM   #6
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i wouldn't do tails if i were you i would keep them clear. Because your car is already black and black tails would be overkill.
Paint the housing of your headlights.
Change the corners, side markers and paint the reflectors (like GTB323 said earlier)
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:59 PM   #7
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Wow im liking those wheels
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:06 PM   #8
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I'm really liking the blackout theme you have got going on. The wheels and blackout trim look great! Keep it up .

We have OEM reflectors in your color for only $40 with free shipping, to help finish off the look you're going for . Here is more information on it:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=754124
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:12 PM   #9
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love the wheels
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:12 PM   #10
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very nice I like the new look better too. Definitely smoked corners and LEDs next.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:42 PM   #11
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i wouldn't do tails if i were you i would keep them clear. Because your car is already black and black tails would be overkill.
Paint the housing of your headlights.
Change the corners, side markers and paint the reflectors (like GTB323 said earlier)

...but if everything else is black or smoked then it would be the awkward part of the car that doesn't fit in with the rest of the theme. I think it would contrast way too much. The smoked tails arn't black they are just tinted.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:50 PM   #12
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i wouldn't do tails if i were you i would keep them clear. Because your car is already black and black tails would be overkill.
Paint the housing of your headlights.
Change the corners, side markers and paint the reflectors (like GTB323 said earlier)
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:59 PM   #13
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love the car and clear lights for sure
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:11 AM   #14
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I am going to definitely do the smoked tails, I think it fits with the overall theme of the car and willl look much better. Everything on the car will be tinted/smoked at that point so I think it would look funny to leave the tails as they are now.

Thanks for all the feedback!
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:12 AM   #15
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imo lightly smoke em, don't do it too dark
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:33 AM   #16
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imo lightly smoke em, don't do it too dark
C'mon, where's your sense of adventure? Besides, the "trunk pushed into the rear seat look" is all the rage these days, and the OP can get someone to help him get there by making his tail and brake lights invisible to drivers behind him.
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:30 PM   #17
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Anyone ever paint the chrome trim on a wagon / touring? I am thinking of doing it to my 2001 325 ti as the chrome / aluminum is looking pretty bad around the windows. I want to change it out to black, and then do the front grill too...
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:18 PM   #18
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car looks great! how do u pull off that grill in the middle of your bumper? As well as the fog light covers? Mine are silver like yours was and i want to paint them black...
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Old 04-23-2010, 06:34 PM   #19
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C'mon, where's your sense of adventure? Besides, the "trunk pushed into the rear seat look" is all the rage these days, and the OP can get someone to help him get there by making his tail and brake lights invisible to drivers behind him.
Thats why I said I wanted to "smoke" the tail lights, and not tint them black to match the paint. They will still be plenty visible to drivers behind me

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car looks great! how do u pull off that grill in the middle of your bumper? As well as the fog light covers? Mine are silver like yours was and i want to paint them black...
Flat head screwdriver to remove the kidney grills and a phillips to remove the foglights and just pop 'em out (carefully).
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Old 04-24-2010, 08:09 AM   #20
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if you are interested in tinted non-led tails I finally found someone selling depo pre facelift. They are unfortunitly about the same price as led but for whatever reason I don't like the look of leds plus it seems many eventually have problems with them.

http://www.jlevistreetwerks.com/m16/...duct_info.html

as someone also suggested I'd paint the inside headlight housing black, it comes out very easy.

maybe get some black and white (but not carbon fiber) roundels off ebay to complete the "murdered out" look.
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