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Default colour coding - 6th March 2017, 07:16 PM

Hi, Anyone had the plastic wheel arch trim painted. What was the result like any good , long lasting or to easy damaged by stone chips etc. What sort of price would you expect to pay?
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Default 8th March 2017, 11:48 AM

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Hi, Anyone had the plastic wheel arch trim painted. What was the result like any good , long lasting or to easy damaged by stone chips etc. What sort of price would you expect to pay?
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i bought an R56 with them painted gloss black. against my pepper white body.
Looked great but that was it
they chipped like mad! and the paint never felt attached to the plastic.
i think its the plastic material is hard to bond to.
  
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Default 8th March 2017, 01:30 PM

I'm no expert, however, I would have thought that if it was done correctly,
the paint finish should be pretty durable.
Cars come from the factory with painted plastic bumpers etc and those seem to last okay, so it can be done right.
Maybe it's just a case of finding a proper body shop.
  
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I'm no expert, however, I would have thought that if it was done correctly,
the paint finish should be pretty durable.
Cars come from the factory with painted plastic bumpers etc and those seem to last okay, so it can be done right.
Maybe it's just a case of finding a proper body shop.

The reason is the plastic is different. Different type and also different finish, if it was easy you'd see everyone with them
  
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Default 12th March 2017, 09:33 AM

Mini produce special arches for painting
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Default 12th March 2017, 01:38 PM

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The reason is the plastic is different. Different type and also different finish, if it was easy you'd see everyone with them
Hmm, don't think I said it was easy.
I said a proper body shop should be able to do it right.
By that, I mean a body shop who know what they are doing when it comes to preparing the plastic properly, using the correct 'plastic' primers and using a specialist paint that is designed for plastic exterior bumpers, wheel arches etc.
  
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Default 28th June 2018, 08:21 PM

Ive done loads of these before and theyre perfectly durable.

I own a bodyshop btw, just so you dont think ive got a wheel arch fetish.

The only annoying bit is that you will see the texture of the plastic slightly when the paint cures. This unless you apply layers and layers of highbuild primer and leave for ages before cutting it back and painting.

Ive just repainted my whole car in a matt white pearl including arches. Dont really notice the plastic texture when its been done in matt.
  
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Default colour coding - 1st July 2018, 07:34 AM

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Hmm, don't think I said it was easy.
I said a proper body shop should be able to do it right.
By that, I mean a body shop who know what they are doing when it comes to preparing the plastic properly, using the correct 'plastic' primers and using a specialist paint that is designed for plastic exterior bumpers, wheel arches etc.


Thatís the key.

Itís simple enough, just needs the correct preparation and products used.

Itís not cheap though if done correctly but it wonít chip or flake anymore that a normal bumper would


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Default 1st July 2018, 09:19 PM

The one negative thing about the mini is the blimmin plastic trim!


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