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I just ordered a 2023 Blue EUV Premier and I am seriously thinking of painting the black lower and rear trim as soon as I get it to match the body color and wondered if anyone else had done that and would be willing to share their experience and a photo of their car?
 

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Now that sounds like a challenge :) The parts shouldn't be too hard to paint if they are off the car. Rough up with 400, prime, paint, and clearcoat with a fixative additive and bake under lights to get a hard polyurethane finish. I need to find out if the Bright Blue Metallic is a tri-coat which would be much harder to match. Maybe then I will just shoot them in a gloss black. I am just not a big fan of plastic unpainted black trim, especially on the rear bumper where it picks up road grime.
 

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I just ordered a 2023 Blue EUV Premier and I am seriously thinking of painting the black lower and rear trim as soon as I get it to match the body color and wondered if anyone else had done that and would be willing to share their experience and a photo of their car?
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To paint you'll have to get all silicone and wax and oil off. Then find a primer that will stick and might have to add in elastomiser. The paint with elastomiser add.
Thanks, that is why I want to do it before I even drive it. I also wet sand with 3000 grit and polish the paint the day I bring it home. Freaks the neighbors to see me sanding my new cars :)
 

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I was angry when they started to put that plastic junk along the road edge. One Chevy truck called it armor. Yes, in a way it is cheap protection against rock chips in paint. The dents in plastic aren't seen as much.
 

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I was angry when they started to put that plastic junk along the road edge. One Chevy truck called it armor. Yes, in a way it is cheap protection against rock chips in paint. The dents in plastic aren't seen as much.
I think crucially it's cheap to replace as you don't need to have the body shop paint it. My Smart (the entire body is molded in the body color, in the plastic) used to get hit by cabs in the city all the time and they'd be like, "I'll give you $500 to walk away" and I'd be like "Sure!" and it would only wind up costing me $300, installed to get like a door panel replaced. It's all the painting, blending and baking that costs money on body work.
 

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I was drawn to the BMW i3 as it had all sorts of new tech like no metal outside parts and carbon fiber frame and such. Never tried to let a cab hit it. :)
They're tired, somewhat recently immigrated into a new driving system and I take opportunities when presented. Makes for a lot of fender benders when they don't see you take the spot they looked at 10 seconds previously and did the maneuver anyways.

It was a few per year but I was driving straight through the heart of midtown for both rush hours. The accidents were never my fault according to the rules but at the same time, get into that many accidents, you start to look at your habits.

Some of them you see happening and there's nothing you can do to stop them, period, end of story. Like when a guy pulls a U-turn super slowly, you move up to the car in front of you and all of the sudden he decides it's going to be a K-turn and just backs into you (before backup cameras). I laid on the **** horn for that one and still, backed up straight into my fender, couldn't even back up cause obviously the car behind me moved up too.
 

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Now that sounds like a challenge :) The parts shouldn't be too hard to paint if they are off the car. Rough up with 400, prime, paint, and clearcoat with a fixative additive and bake under lights to get a hard polyurethane finish. I need to find out if the Bright Blue Metallic is a tri-coat which would be much harder to match. Maybe then I will just shoot them in a gloss black. I am just not a big fan of plastic unpainted black trim, especially on the rear bumper where it picks up road grime.
So, did you do this? 馃榿

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Maybe before you start sanding pull the part and look for the plastic code. Should have a recycle # on it. Then see if you can get a primer for it. Reaching back into my limited plastics history. The stuff they use in the black plastick crackle finish items is a different plastic than used for a surfaces.
 
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