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After a wash without realizing it was going to rain tonight...

Anyway, should I get matt chrome mirror caps? Or do you think black mirror caps would be better? What do you guys think?


 

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I think the matt or stain chrome (like the RS) would look good - but MAKE SURE you get the ones with the Side Assist cutouts for the LED module ...if you have them - and this job is not 10 minutes. Count on a few hours at least ...
 
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I'd say black out all the chrome, but I'm bias since that's what I'm going to be doing shortly. And on a white car like yours in particular I think it looks really sporty.

Edit: plus, you've already got the black optics grille ;)
 

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I think the matte chrome would tie into the wheels perfectly!
 

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I was planning on doing vinyl brushed satin, not sure how it will look yet
 

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I think the matt or stain chrome (like the RS) would look good - but MAKE SURE you get the ones with the Side Assist cutouts for the LED module ...if you have them - and this job is not 10 minutes. Count on a few hours at least ...
Is there a DIY on how to remove the mirror caps, Roger?

I was expecting a 30 min work :crying:
 

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I'd say black out all the chrome, but I'm bias since that's what I'm going to be doing shortly. And on a white car like yours in particular I think it looks really sporty.

Edit: plus, you've already got the black optics grille ;)



I had my old Mini all black and white. Although, I really like sporty looks, I think I will keep this one a bit more "OEM" look.
 

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Is there a DIY on how to remove the mirror caps, Roger?

I was expecting a 30 min work :crying:
You have to pry off the mirrors from the support plate - THAT could take 30 min if you don't want to break one - I have seen a DIY somewhere on Audizine, Quattroworld, Audiworld or A5OC but don't have a link - but iirc it's at least a couple hours anyway - I've been lusting over some Matt (Silk) chrome covers, but just haven't decided it's worth $300 yet -
 

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You have to pry off the mirrors from the support plate - THAT could take 30 min if you don't want to break one - I have seen a DIY somewhere on Audizine, Quattroworld, Audiworld or A5OC but don't have a link - but iirc it's at least a couple hours anyway - I've been lusting over some Matt (Silk) chrome covers, but just haven't decided it's worth $300 yet -
Could a satin vinyl wrap accomplish the same aesthetic without having to remove any parts? And cost probably a fraction of that price as well.

I haven't seen a satin aluminum wrap in person, but I've seen many other metallic colors both matte, satin, and polished in person and it seems like this would be a nice cost and labor efficient alternative.

Obviously the feel would be different since its vinyl (still textured since its satin or matte [whichever you'd prefer]) and not have that cool to touch metal feel (assuming the OEM mirror covers are ACtually metal and not just a painted plastic) but like I said, a nice alternative to all that labor, risk of breakage, and cost.
 

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Could a satin vinyl wrap accomplish the same aesthetic without having to remove any parts? And cost probably a fraction of that price as well.

I haven't seen a satin aluminum wrap in person, but I've seen many other metallic colors both matte, satin, and polished in person and it seems like this would be a nice cost and labor efficient alternative.

Obviously the feel would be different since its vinyl (still textured since its satin or matte [whichever you'd prefer]) and not have that cool to touch metal feel (assuming the OEM mirror covers are ACtually metal and not just a painted plastic) but like I said, a nice alternative to all that labor, risk of breakage, and cost.
Short answer is yes, absolutely. The REAL issue with a wrap is that it doesn't - wrap enough actually. It's REALLY hard to wrap the curved edges and get behind the mirror to look really good - and if you solve the curvature issue, you will still face the behind the mirror one. If you solve that one too, you've now spent at least as much to take apart the dang things and prolly the labor for a good wrap would cost about the same as new covers - which btw are plated plastic anyway - just like the Audi ones (at least since about 2007 - RS ones before were the real deal) - even if they do feel a little cooler cuz of the metallic plating - but don't kid yourself about real metal - not anymore...
 
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