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Old 08-07-2019, 10:38 PM   #1
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To paint the black rub strips or not to

I am about to have the MTech II front bumper, M3 side skirts and MTech II rear bumper as well as M3 mirrors painted and put on my E46 M3 wagon.

I am going back and forth on if I should have the black rub strips painted body color all the way around the car.

What is everyones take here? It would be done right, not painted over the not flat surface.

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Old 08-08-2019, 12:07 AM   #2
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Personally I like the black contrast, but to each their own. Painted can look clean and more modern. What color is your car?

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Old 08-08-2019, 12:15 AM   #3
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My car before (painted w/clears) and after. Definitely different styles!

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In Bennett's case I think the front bumper plays a roll in the choice. With the M3 rep bumper there's no black rub strip, so it makes sense to have the rest of the rubs painted to make it cohesive. With the Mtech2 it has the black rub strip which ties in with the rest of the rubs being black. BMW even took this approach with the coupes and convertibles having body colored rub strips since the bumpers don't have the black ones.

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Old 08-08-2019, 07:04 AM   #5
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Agreed with ys - with those bumpers, painted sides is good (speaking of which, Bennett, if you happen to still have those pieces... I'll buy them! Also, what rear bumper was that?)

If you're installing the sedan front, I'd leave it black. I think it'd look weird with the ZHP bumper without the stripe. Paint your window trim black too to match for some added contrast.

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Agreed with ys - with those bumpers, painted sides is good (speaking of which, Bennett, if you happen to still have those pieces... I'll buy them! Also, what rear bumper was that?)

If you're installing the sedan front, I'd leave it black. I think it'd look weird with the ZHP bumper without the stripe. Paint your window trim black too to match for some added contrast.

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Thanks for the pics! My car is the Steel Blue color. I think Ive posted some pictures on here before of it.

I have the roof rails deleted and my car is a sunroof delete, so I'm thinking maybe painting all of the rub strips would match the sleek look?
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And my window trim is already gloss black, if that changes anything.
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Old 08-08-2019, 11:51 AM   #9
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Sooo nice!

OP, IMO wagons need the black to decrease the visual height of the car.
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Old 08-08-2019, 07:07 PM   #10
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Mine is not completely finished yet, but we painted mine. Sorry the pic is so large, copied it directly from the album.
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Man its so hard! I do like both. Grrrr
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This is my color, but an old picture. Have all clear, new wheels, no rails, etc.
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I think it makes sense to follow your original train of thought and get them painted along with the other pieces.


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By the way, would love to see pictures of your car. Post up, buddy!


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Agreed with ys - with those bumpers, painted sides is good (speaking of which, Bennett, if you happen to still have those pieces... I'll buy them! Also, what rear bumper was that?)

If you're installing the sedan front, I'd leave it black. I think it'd look weird with the ZHP bumper without the stripe. Paint your window trim black too to match for some added contrast.

What color is your car?
I also agree with ys. Sorry Dave, CSL bumper and m3 sides were sold a while back. Rear bumper is OEM mtech.

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Here is my old steel blue. Old photo with edited colors a bit, but you get the idea.

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In my case I don't know why I didn't do it sooner, looks so fresh with the colour-coding.


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I also agree with ys. Sorry Dave, CSL bumper and m3 sides were sold a while back. Rear bumper is OEM mtech.
I actually meant the door mouldings. Believe it or not I have never liked the CSL bumper.

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In my case I don't know why I didn't do it sooner, looks so fresh with the colour-coding.
In that case, could the coupe front bumper fit right up? Might look better. Also, why not also do the roof rails at that point?
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I've seen a coupe bumper on a sedan, you just need all the correct brackets and ducts to fit it.

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Ok I think I'm going to have to paint them like i originally wanted to! And my roof rails were getting painted body color no matter what.
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