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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:08 pm 
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Hello,

I have always thought my orange 240z would look great with satin black wheels and the exterior trim painted satin black too. I was originally going to buy my wheels (Rota RB-R 16x8) in satin black, but was a little worried I wouldn't like it so I bought my rims in hyper black with a polished lip. I liked the pictures I saw of that finish, but couldn't find any good pictures with it all blacked out. I figured I would like the way the hyper black looked for now and if I ever decided to change I could always just paint it later.

I have been playing around with an open source photo editor called Gimp that's a lot like Photoshop and for fun I edited some pictures of my car changing the wheels and trim to black.

I like the way the car looks both ways and I'm leaning one way, but I would like to know what your opinions are before I decide.

What do you think, Keep it as is, or change to satin black?

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Rob


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:22 pm 
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Where's Chris Colgan? His Carrot Car has (or at least HAD) that exact same color combination and I thought it looked awesome.
I find it hard to make a choice btwn those two options ~ personally I could live quite well with either one.

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I like the blacked out look and thinking of that myself. Just not with the rims, looks better with the chrome rims. IMO. :wink:


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Personally, I never liked it. Blacked out trim looks to me like something a poor teenager does to his car because he can't afford to get real chrome. Even if the work is flawless, it looks poor to me.

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Use plasti dip. If you dont like it, peel it off.

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Well I guess Nissan became "Poor Teenagers" because they started blackening out about 82-83. :roll:


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i think the black has way better contrast than the chrome. you kinda lose a lot of the chrome on cars with bright colors. i say go black it makes the orange pop even more. as a graphic designer i have an eye for these things. :wink:

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I like the black myself the crome makes it look like thers too much going on

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hah as a fellow graphic designer, I am doing the opposite on my car. I am going to silver bumpers to offset how my car is dark :)

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but if you go black bumpers you might as well go fiberglass and sell me your chrome rear ;)

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r_3 wrote:
hah as a fellow graphic designer, I am doing the opposite on my car. I am going to silver bumpers to offset how my car is dark :)


:D perfect. chrome/silver definitely works on very dark colored cars.

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Thanks for all the responses guys. I appreciate hearing your reasons why to leave it alone or change it.

I have to agree that it is the contrast between the black and orange that makes it a more appealing to my eye. I think a black or dark car looks much better with the chrome too. Obviously the easiest thing to do would be to just leave it as is, but I think it would be worth the effort in the end.

10 years ago I would have never considered something like this, I felt that the chrome on the car was one of the things that gave it that vintage classic car look. I felt that way about all old cars then. But ever since I saw a 240z with dark gunmetal Watanabes with no polished lip I loved that look.

r_3, I was thinking the same thing about getting fiberglass bumpers. I do like the rubber strips though and the bumper guards have grown on me over time. I wouldn't think there would be any reason the rubber strips couldn't be installed on the fiberglass bumpers. Is there? I would probably just not install the bumper guards as I think it looks good with or without. When I do this I'll give you a really good deal on the bumper. Maybe even free, if you want to pick it up. It probably won't be until the summer though as I have to finish a complete driveline swap first. I'd like to have it all done before ZCONN. If the driveline swap takes longer than expected I might have to wait until the fall for this project. I don't like having the car off the road in the summer.

I was thinking of having the wheels powder coated. When I researched it online there is conflicting information. Some say it weakens the wheel due to the heat curing process and others say it isn't a problem. Have any of you witnessed a wheel fail due to powder coating? I heard that some powder coaters use lower temperature curing powder for this. If a powder coating shop nearby offers that I think it would be the safer way to do it. Do any of you guys know of a shop around here that does it?

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holding my breath... you know what sucks is I JUST sold my fiberglass bumpers... I do have a 73 rear bumper that would just need some straightening if you were just going to paint it black. If not I'll wait patiently :)

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Zcon is my deadline as well.

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Do you have any good pictures of your bumper?

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