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Thoughts of painting the bottom to match body color.

Discussion in 'Model X' started by flyhigh123, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. flyhigh123

    flyhigh123 Member

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    When i get my X, thinking of painting the bottom black to match the body. Ordering white. Did a quick photo shop. what you guys think? comapre.jpg
     
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  2. Lawtq

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    It'll looks good on the model S in the new facelift but not on the X. The X looks far too fat with it painted tbh
     
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  3. ModelXBoy

    ModelXBoy No More Door Captain of TMC! Oh Yeah Baby!

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    I think there is a reason why the bottom is black plastic. The FWD usually if any will hit the bottom black plastic part when raise up in many conditions. This will avoid getting damaged, if it was painted, you will see scratches. I would keep it the way it is if i were you.
     
  4. flyhigh123

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    mainly the reason its not painted like other SUV's from what I was told is the east coast states. The salt on the roads and being a SUV, more kicked up rocks etc.
     
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    its a styling trick to reduce the visual heft of car
     
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    From experience, the worst part will be that all the road tar / grime will collect there, as well as rock chips.
     
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    Visual trick that works well. Wouldn't change it. My Panamera has painted rocker panels that do get road rash.
     
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    Stumbled across this thread browsing for something else. I know it's kinda old, but thought of another reason to not paint or alter the lower trim. The lower plastic trim portion on the Falcon Doors is a capacitive touch sensor. Stops the door from opening any further if you touch it while in motion.
     
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    I wouldn't paint it... it makes the car look bulky
     
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    aesculus Still Trying to Figure this All Out

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    I even went so far as to wrap the first few inches of my door bottoms too. Did not think about the sensors but they seem to work OK.
     
  11. Uncle Paul

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    There is a special, rubberized, thicker paint that most automakers use for this application. Reduces road rash and keeps looking new longer.
     
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    "Thoughts of painting the bottom to match body color"

    I mean, whatever you like, just don't sit down on those white seats like that.
     
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    I'm doing a clear bra front wrap and asked about vinyl wrapping the black plastic to match the body color, but my detailer said it's not possible to wrap without significant about of work to sand down the surface (due to the material type). I'm not 100% sure why exactly.

    In any case, I'm just leaving it as is -- hopefully, it matches well the satin black chrome delete that I'm having them do.
     
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    When I see an X in real life I personally do not like the black plastic I think it looks cheap like a Mazda or an Audi Allroad. A Cayenne GTS is painted where the others are not and IMO it looks so so much better. The funny thing is besides black I mind it the least on the white, maybe cause the stark contrast. I absolutely hate it on the the other colors.
     
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    I selected the white specifically to have the contrast with the black bottom. Without the contrast the car becomes too bulky IMO. On my current Audi Q3 I have one color but that does not suffer from the overweight look.
     
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    Can you do that same picture with a white model S with 21" dark grey turbine wheels? I'd love to see what it looks like. As for doing it on an X I don't like it. It does make it look thick through the middle. As far as fixing it up to make it look better look at getting new rims and lower it.
     
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    That's one of the reason we choose the midnight silver instead of metallic silver, so that the contrast is minimal
     
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    I have a cayenne that has lower black plastic trims and always wanted to paint it, but having it for a three years I'm glad I didn't. I can feel a lot of chips and road rash when I wash the bottom of the car. It would be nice to have it paint matched, but there's a reason it's not painted.
     
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    Not sure if that's the reason. The GTS has its side skirts painted.
     

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