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View Poll Results: To paint or not to paint?
Silver gray housing with jet black bases 18 18.37%
Everything silver gray. 52 53.06%
Leave them jet black. 28 28.57%
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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Photoshop of silver gray mirrors with black bases - post 44
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I recently picked up a set of OEM M3 mirrors with Euro split glass. Currently, the mirrors are painted jet black. I can't decide if I want to leave them black or paint part or all of them silver gray. I installed them today to see how the jet black looks. I have ribbon motors so to properly do it, I need to transfer my motors to the M3 housings. However, I need to make a decision on paint first so I installed them with no power.

As far as paint goes, I'm leaning towards silver gray mirror housings with jet black bases, similar to the non-M paint scheme. Then there's always the option to paint the housings and bases silver gray as it would be on an M3. I don't think the jet black looks bad but I don't know if it works. Other items that are black are the rear diffuser, shadowline badge, shadowline window trim, silver/black cf roundels and 28% tint. I also will have jet black painted kidney's and OEM carbon fiber splitters, which need to be installed. Maybe a black roof would help pull it off. I've had a roll of gloss black vinyl for ages but I never installed it.

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BTW, check out the color of my sheets. The official color is silver gray. When I saw that I had to buy them.





































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Old 01-10-2010, 07:27 PM   #2
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What a difference.

I love the EuroSplit thing. I have it on my drivers side. I never have to look over my shoulder anymore.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:39 PM   #3
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looks great but paint those things!
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:44 PM   #4
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i would of waited to get them painted - though it's an easy swap -
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:49 PM   #6
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i would of waited to get them painted - though it's an easy swap -
True. I just wanted to see what they looked like. I've had the mirrors for over a week and my glass just came in yesterday. So I was anxious to get them on. The swap without transferring the motors only took 15 mins.
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leave them black

and save some money
its not like they look bad
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:50 PM   #8
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definitely needs to be painted... but nice mod!
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Paint them for sure. It will improve the look of the car more than it already did.
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Needs paint, no question
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so much better congrats
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instead of painting the mirrors, paint other things black to match
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I think they look good black. Spend the money elsewhere.
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+1 will look good with some black kidneys, and a black vinyl roof. Then some rims and it will be looking fresh.
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paint the housing SG and leave the base JB
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Op they look terrible period.. sell them to me and I will put them on my car and give you some nice stockies to replace them with....


































J/k looks sweeet.... personally I'd color match em to the car
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If I remember correctly, I have you to thank for that idea. Were yours painted like that at one point in time? I thought there was a pic with that paint scheme in your rotating sig but it might have just been the lighting.
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Shadowline includes jb bases. I'd keep the bases black and paint the housing. Or try to swap?
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