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Old 01-20-2009, 11:41 PM
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painting my stock 335i rims. (18"s)

hey everyone
just got my 335i
alpine white with coral red interior :]
so im planning to get some black window tints.
then to match with it buy the 335i emblem in black :]
to match even more i was thinking of painting my stock rims black, then put a little red trim around it, and paint the brake calipers red as well.
what do you guys think. here's a picture of it right now



so now just imagine it with black window tints, black 335i emblem, black rims with red trim and red brake calipers. it all matches in the end :]

what do you guys think?
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:27 AM
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It's your car...but since you're asking for opinions.... I would keep the factory rims the way they are now. Tints are a tasteful mod. Painting factory rims=something you would expect to find on a Rice Rocket (Acura).
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Old 01-21-2009, 02:19 AM
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Is this going to be professionally done or rattle canned?

Calipers is definitely a diy'er.......but wheels can be trickier than you think, especially when the tires get replaced and rip off the paint.
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:05 AM
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Is this going to be professionally done or rattle canned?

Calipers is definitely a diy'er.......but wheels can be trickier than you think, especially when the tires get replaced and rip off the paint.
I have seen black 189 rims that have been powder coated. Probably a batter way to do it than paint.

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Old 01-21-2009, 01:39 PM
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I personally think it sounds a bit tacky. I mean seriously, painting the calipers red? You did buy a BMW you know.

But like others have said, it is your car (and a sweet one as it is). I think after the windows are tinted you should rethink this.
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:48 PM
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Your car looks great as is. The tint would be a tasteful addition, but personally I would leave your wheels and calipers alone. Oh, and before you ask, BMW's colors are Bavarian blue (from the flag) and white, not black and white, so leave the six emblems on the outside of your car alone!
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Old 01-21-2009, 03:45 PM
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I have seen black 189 rims that have been powder coated. Probably a batter way to do it than paint.

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I would agree with you until you curb check your wheel and there is no way to match it without re-powder coating it. Which is why I recommend painting the wheels professionally.
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:44 PM
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your car looks great as is. The tint would be a tasteful addition, but personally i would leave your wheels and calipers alone. Oh, and before you ask, bmw's colors are bavarian blue (from the flag) and white, not black and white, so leave the six emblems on the outside of your car alone!
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:30 PM
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hey everyone
just got my 335i
alpine white with coral red interior :]
so im planning to get some black window tints.
then to match with it buy the 335i emblem in black :]
to match even more i was thinking of painting my stock rims black, then put a little red trim around it, and paint the brake calipers red as well.
what do you guys think. here's a picture of it right now



so now just imagine it with black window tints, black 335i emblem, black rims with red trim and red brake calipers. it all matches in the end :]

what do you guys think?
Everything but the tint sounds ricey. Don't lame out your car with crap mods. You've got a fantastic car, you don't have to s1ut it up like a 99 Civic to be cool.

/edit: they blank the word s-lut? WTF?
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If you must, I would paint the callipers red since you already have the interior. Leave the rims alone. If by then you're still in the modding mood, take the rest of your cash you just saved and go chip your car(JB2, SSTT). You'll be happier that way with 50 extra Horses. Don't get too crazy with the mods though, as someone said before, you have a BMW now. Think about it. Those three letter words are all the modding you will ever need.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:13 AM
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hey everyone
just got my 335i
alpine white with coral red interior :]
so im planning to get some black window tints.
then to match with it buy the 335i emblem in black :]
to match even more i was thinking of painting my stock rims black, then put a little red trim around it, and paint the brake calipers red as well.
what do you guys think. here's a picture of it right now



so now just imagine it with black window tints, black 335i emblem, black rims with red trim and red brake calipers. it all matches in the end :]

what do you guys think?
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:51 PM
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Never ever paint your rims on a $45K vehicle.

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Old 03-28-2009, 12:41 AM
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I think painting your rims black would be very good looking. Just make sure you get it done professionally. Heres my 328 before i totalled it with matt black rims and roof (vinyl)





and here is some stock pictures of the car:


oh and, almost top speed here ;x (155)
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Old 03-28-2009, 01:26 AM
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Tinted windows and the black 335i would look good. But, I'd think twice before painting the rims or calipers. Painting the calipers is just trashy and painting the rims yourself may backfire, because I think it's hard to do a good job and have it keep well. If you had the rims professionally painted, than that's okay.

You definitely want to exploit the black-on-white contrast, just do it thoughtfully and tastefully.
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Old 03-28-2009, 01:27 AM
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I've seen a similar job done but in green: green angel eyes, green line around the perimeter of the rims, green/white Rondel.
My initial reaction was "ooh a 335," after I took note of the color (the car was black fyi), I just felt a bit disgusted; it felt like the car came out of my old Need 4 Speed Underground game

My 2cents: get the tints, it'll look sharp. 30-35% should be legal and give you just enough darkness without looking gangsta (unless you wanna lol).
Leave the rims as is: personally I get a lot of joy out of seeing the alloy shine nice and bright after a nice bath; that, and I hate painted rims about 99% of the time.
Calipers: don't even bother touching them, it's not a ZR1 or a 911 Turbo.

Biased opinion of course, I tend to like the OEM-look save for a few exceptions.
Still, your car, your decision; as long as you are happy with it! Post pics if you do end up doing anything
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Old 03-28-2009, 01:30 AM
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I'm really not a fan of the "time attack" style rims.
Rims that I think really look great are an almost black color, similar to gunmetal.
If you paint your rims, I expect you mean having them professionally done and preferably powdercoated.
However, It may be more cost effective to sell your rims and buy aftermarket ones in a color/style you like. Your rims , style 189 are a hot commodity and sell fast.

Here is the gunmetal finish which I prefer,
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=504547
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Tint the windows and be done with it, after all it is a BMW and not a Civic.
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Old 03-28-2009, 05:39 AM
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Leave it stock. If you have to sell it it will be a tough sell. You will have to go back to stock rims. These cars or perfect as is in my opinion.
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:20 AM
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mayb someone on here could photoshop the op's mods and then we could vote????
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I'm another one that says go with the tint, that's a given.

As far as calipers go, the only people that are going to be impressed are the guys with modded Acuras, Subarus, and Hondas. If you really want some red calipers, save the money and buy Wilwoods or another caliper that comes red. Painting the caliper is a DIY mod, but the caliper tends to flake off and then it looks real bad.

Rims are a completely different story. Spray painting rims is definitely a no-no, unless you've got a 95 Honda Civic with lots of stickers and house speakers in the back seat. Honestly, they won't even look good as soon as you finish painting them, you'll get some sort of bug or piece of dirt stuck in the paint and it'll look real bad. Then after a few days of driving around, they'll look worse and you'll wish you hadn't done it. After that, you'll try to take the paint off, but you'll never get every piece of paint off and you'll end up sad. If you have to change their color, go with powdercoating, it's really the only way to go. I wouldn't do the red stripe around the edge, I think that looks tacky. Theres a pic of a black M6 in an ad in Roundel with a red rim stripe, I think it looks cartoonish. Black powder coated rims on a white car looks very DTM-ish, but a little out of place here in the states, unless you live in California.

Your best bet, if you want to mod your car with exterior items are, new wheels, body-colored or clear markers, changing the color of the grill and window tint.

Oh, and different color roundels look tacky as well. People are by nature snobs at times, so it depends on the type of people you hang out with. If you focus your attention with BMW car club people, colored roundels will seem out of place, if you hang out with import car types, colored roundels are probably acceptable.

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Old 03-28-2009, 09:02 AM
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To each his own, but sounds way too ricey for my tastes.
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I would only go with the tints. The rest of the mods ... .
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I think painting your rims black would be very good looking. Just make sure you get it done professionally. Heres my 328 before i totalled it with matt black rims and roof (vinyl)
Right, make sure you take advise from someone who has XXX on their front plate. LOL That's really classy.
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mayb someone on here could photoshop the op's mods and then we could vote????
OK, quick 5 min photoshop job (couldn't be bothered doing the front wheel or spending any more time on it as it truly wasn't worth it).

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