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Old 08-08-2011, 05:04 AM   #1
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Question black e46 with gold rims?

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i have decided to paint my rims gold (rims are DPE s16) but just cant decide if i should leave the lip or paint the entire rim....Does anyone have any pics of a black e46 with gold rims??Any opinions?? Here are some pics of my car below

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Old 08-08-2011, 05:09 AM   #2
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BTW sorry about the oversize pics
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Old 08-08-2011, 05:11 AM   #3
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Old 08-08-2011, 05:25 AM   #4
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yeeaa detail work needed
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:07 AM   #5
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Leave the lips as is... I already know this will look great!
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:32 AM   #6
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Leave lips polished. And while your at it get your car detailed too haha

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Old 08-08-2011, 10:35 AM   #7
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Dont paint the lip..
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:55 AM   #8
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definitely leave the lip

how are you gonna go about painting these?
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:00 AM   #9
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:55 PM   #10
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Yea thats what i was thinkin it should be but had second thoughts....and im looking to get them powdercoated. The only gold the shop has is called Sun gold but it looks pretty nice to me
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powdercoating is definitely the best way to go about it
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:08 PM   #12
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Its either that or i know of a friend that will do it 50 a rim....but i need to find out his exact process first
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:17 PM   #13
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For powdercoat it will cost me 100 a rim due to leaving the lip...a bit pricy but should be worth it
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:34 PM   #14
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Do it! Only paint the centers. This looks gorgeous:



You need to do a full paint correction to have your car looking anywhere near as nice as that one, though.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:50 PM   #15
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Do it! Only paint the centers. This looks gorgeous:



You need to do a full paint correction to have your car looking anywhere near as nice as that one, though.
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:40 PM   #16
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if u go spray bomb route.....(ie cheap out ) ....make sure you use at least a skim-coat of an ACID-ETCH PRIMER to grab hold of the sand-papered metal wheel surface & bonds well to the subsequently-applied paint..or they'll be a chipping-&-a-peeling.... especially at the high-powered spray & wash.

I'd powder coat.

EDIT: not knocking the GOLD,...but I wonder what a nice high-glossed brushed silver would look like.....too much silver, w/the outer lips??.....anyway.....just a thought....

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Old 08-08-2011, 06:13 PM   #20
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thanks for all the advice fellas ill post some pics once it gets done!
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