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Old 08-24-2012, 02:06 AM   #1
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facelift bumper styles

so i just realized the other day that on facelift bumpers the bottom portion is sometimes painted silver or black. personally i have black but i like the silver... but more importantly i was wondering why bmw had both styles when they could have just made one or the other and saved them self money and the confession i have

heres the pictures of what im talking about look at the bottom grill under the kidneys on the bumper

ps that blue bmw isnt my car, someone just copied everything i did to mine only difference is that bottom piece on that car is sliver and i have smoke lights
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:40 AM   #2
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I'm confused. usually the 330ci/i had a lot of silver accents while lesser models just had black. both cars you have posted are prefacelift.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:35 PM   #3
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ya i posted prefacelift's cause i wanted to know the difference in the bumper's, why one has sliver and the other black. was it something with a package the car had?
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:41 PM   #4
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heres another with the sliver "mesh" i think its called
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:43 PM   #5
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and mine in all black, i still hate this bumpers just wondering why theres some with sliver and others with black... ideas?
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:00 PM   #6
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Pretty sure it has to do with what package/model you get. Feel like the silver goes on 330i premium package cars.
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:19 PM   #7
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Silver was 330. I don't believe the 328 ever got the silver even though it was the highest model.
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:53 PM   #8
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Silver was 330. I don't believe the 328 ever got the silver even though it was the highest model.
i do know for a fact that the first car i posted with the silver is a 328i, he said it was in the picture description. im think it has to do with the color bmw made the inside of your headlights, black or silver
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:06 PM   #9
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I think wikipedia has the trim changes every year. Check that.
My fully loaded MY 2000 328i has black lower grill and chrome slit/chrome surround grill with chrome window trim.
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:16 PM   #10
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:35 PM   #11
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heres another with the sliver "mesh" i think its called
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Ha, mine was silver, painted it black... Futher proving theory that modding car only lessens the value.
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Ha, mine was silver, painted it black... Futher proving theory that spray painting parts on your car only lessens the value.
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I mean, of all the things on a car you might spray paint and not really care or see the difference given their proximity to road and constant onslaught of gravel etc I'd have to think bumper trim inserts would be up there... ( especially those about to be removed to install oem aero kit).

You can really tell in the pics?

Guilty as charged, was 1/100th the price...

But you got me, shoulda had em powdercoated...
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I mean, of all the things on a car you might spray paint and not really care or see the difference given their proximity to road and constant onslaught of gravel etc I'd have to think bumper trim inserts would be up there... ( especially those about to be removed to install oem aero kit).

You can really tell in the pics?

Guilty as charged, was 1/100th the price...

But you got me, shoulda had em powdercoated...
Wait.... I'm having my front Mtech II painted soon. Should I powder coat the lower part?
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I was being a tad facetious as that would be the most expensive route to go. To kald's point getting the whole bumper sprayed professionally or if you have a pro style set up is always the best way to go. He's upbraiding me for rattle canning my inserts, which truthfully is a lil bit ghetto but to my point if anything on the entire car can be ghetto and not make a huge difference is arguably its the lower bumper inserts when being painted black... Personally I'm not going for oem original or car show quality, I'm going for daily driver durable/debonair. It's a 12yo car with 85k on it that I drive to work. :shrugs

Now the triple black laquer on my rare one-of-100 imported black and white (rarest combo) 1992 Ducati 900ss, that's some fackin mirror grade perfection kald can use to feather his pubic hair with. PERFECTION.

It's all about taste and priorities.
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I was being a tad facetious as that would be the most expensive route to go. To kald's point getting the whole bumper sprayed professionally or if you have a pro style set up is always the best way to go. He's upbraiding me for rattle canning my inserts, which truthfully is a lil bit ghetto but to my point if anything on the entire car can be ghetto and not make a huge difference is arguably its the lower bumper inserts when being painted black... Personally I'm not going for oem original or car show quality, I'm going for daily driver durable/debonair. It's a 12yo car with 85k on it that I drive to work. :shrugs

Now the triple black laquer on my rare one-of-100 imported black and white (rarest combo) 1992 Ducati 900ss, that's some fackin mirror grade perfection kald can use to feather his pubic hair with. PERFECTION.

It's all about taste and priorities.
As long as you prepped the pieces before you painted them, I'm sure they look fine.

But you still could get away with just buying all the grill pieces you need for about 50 bucks (hell...maybe less if you find them used). It's the same reason people will recommend buying black kidneys and not spray painting stock ones. If you really feel the need to have that mod on your car 50 bucks isn't bad.
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True all around, I actually sourced a second set of inserts/mesh for about $50 combined and painted those and kept my originals oem style. The mesh bit was a little cracked though, but nothing epoxy couldn't fix.

I have found that with some of the different plastics-specifics rattle paints that prep doesn't make a huge difference. If you're spraying regular all purpose Krylon, yes, but if using Krylon for plastics, Plastidip or one of the "bumper covereing" type finishes those pretty well cover any underlying blemishes. But again we're talking small pieces that live 5 inches off the ground, not your hood or something.
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