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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 15th, 2018, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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R50 De-Chrome

I have a pepper white R50 (first gen). I am considering de-chroming some or all of it. Anyone have photos of what it will look like? Attached pics of what it looks like now.

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R50 De-Chrome

Personally I’d probably only go for darker rear lights. And possibly get the headlight surrounds in black

That would make a difference. Although it does look a really nice car already in fairness


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I may coat some of the chrome with plasti-dip, then I can easily change it back if I don't like the look. Maybe change wheels from white to gloss black. White looks good, but is a swine to keep clean!
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Maybe change wheels from white to gloss black. White looks good, but is a swine to keep clean!
Yes, think black wheels would look good. Or maybe 'Pepper White' which is more of a traditional Old English White (early Minis, E Types). Your wheels are pure white so don't really go IMO.
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Sorry not a white Mini but im just showing mine with a bit of dechroming where i have changed the top and mid grill on mine to lower the amount of chrome which i found for me it was a bit too much previously, Im happy enough with the grills swapped now
I have since that photo touched up the red behind the grill to black, fitted pressed plates and changed alloys to anthracite grey yet tempted to go back to original colour..
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Partial de-chrome, black wheels (they do look much better) and viper stripes courtesy of Signmyride UK
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Nice work

Where’d you get the rear black Cooper badge?


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I used Plasti-dip. YouTube link HERE
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That looks great. Added to my to-do list.

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Did the plasti dip work as well as the video shows?


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Yes, but be sure to mask off any surrounding areas. The overspray can be difficult to remove. It saves time to mask beforehand.
You will get better results using several light coats. I did not use glossifier, because I was aiming for a matte finish. I have not tried spraying large areas, and I don't know how it stands up to frequent wear & tear, i.e. on door handles.

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I recently fitted the Aero grille to my R53 , I bought a dremmel to use on the lower bumper in order to fit the lower aero grille but as I am useless with any type of tools I decided to try plasti-dipping the lower chrome part of the grille and the plastic piece that sits above it .

I bought some of this from ebay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-x-K2-CO...item4663f778e4

and gave it a go .
I took my time doing it and applied several thin coats ( approx 6 ), letting each dry in between spraying .Dont be put off if after the first coat you can still see the chrome as you really do get better results applying several thin coats .My advice is to take your time .
I have to say that I was very pleased with the end result, so much so that I bought a second hand lower grille chrome surround without the ridges ( as the ridges really did stand out to me ) and plasti dipped that .
So far I have had both on my car since January and there are no signs of wear or peeling .( pics taken before I replaced the ridged lower grille part )
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