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Old 08-27-2007, 04:44 PM   #1
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Factory colour matched side moldings (mine)


or Black side moldings (mine with photoshop)


On a different car


I want to sand mine down and paint them black, what do you think?
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Old 08-27-2007, 04:47 PM   #2
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color match nice car by the way
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Old 08-27-2007, 04:48 PM   #3
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I actually like the black, particularly with the black 2.5GT lower bumper trim and rocker trim. I intend to do that on mine, too. I also plan to do black sideview mirrors - I have one I got from a junkyard, but I haven't managed to find a driver side one yet. I could just repaint my stock ones, I guess, but getting a black one from the junkyard only costs a few $10 or whatever.

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Old 08-27-2007, 08:13 PM   #4
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Color matching IMO
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:03 PM   #5
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color-matched, unless you are building a rally car or off-road vehicle (which I'm guessing you are not)...
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:02 PM   #6
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I thought the black looks a bit better, especially looking at a side view, I plan on getting black mud flaps so it would match the black GT bumpers/sideskirts and side moldings. Excuse the photoshop it would probably look nicer in real life.
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:57 PM   #7
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unless you are building a rally car or off-road vehicle
What in the world does that have to do with it?

Here's my inspiration - http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=803977. I've always thought that car looked great. I hadn't really picked up on it before, but he also has black door handles. I think the black side mouldings, skirts, and mirrors make the silver car look more aggressive and sporting. I know the majority of people here think everything should be color matched - just look at the bazillions of "OMG, you should color match your side skirts!!!1!" comments in every picture thread - but to me that's booooooring. IMO a car needs some contrast.
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Old 08-28-2007, 01:28 AM   #8
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Color match.
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:43 AM   #9
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Contrast. Silver on silver gets boring.
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Old 08-28-2007, 02:22 PM   #10
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Contrast. Silver on silver gets boring.
Could be true with silver, but I think most colors look better as one solid unit. I hate the black trim on my car - color matching just makes the car look so much more classy and less neon-ish. (remember the Neons that had unpainted bumpers, but painted sides? AWFUL!)
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:31 AM   #11
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color match ftw
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Old 08-29-2007, 01:53 AM   #12
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Thats mine w/ color matched GT kitting but "L" unpainted sides. I wish mine was color matched. CM FTW!
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Old 08-29-2007, 02:40 AM   #13
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coming from a JDM honda background (where black moldings and underskirts are the thing to do), i agree with Pat on this one. even if you do color match everything else, leave the moldings black. gives it a nice contrast IMO.
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Old 08-29-2007, 04:42 AM   #14
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coming from a JDM honda background (where black moldings and underskirts are the thing to do), i agree with Pat on this one. even if you do color match everything else, leave the moldings black. gives it a nice contrast IMO.
The lesser model civics usually had the black mouldings. While the Civic SI had color matched moldings and side bumpers.

Same for the Legacy's. The black moldings are much more common, while the Legacy GT Limited has the color matched look.

I didn't think anything about it until I saw a Limited GT, and I thought it looked much better. Thus I had my moldings and and body moldings colored to match.

To me, especially on the lower part of the car, the black moldings just get lost, as in you don't really notice them. Coloring them, makes it almost look like an ground effects kit.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:33 AM   #15
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If the door handles were black, then I'd say black mouldings, but with siler handle, I say silver.

Unless maybe you had black wheels, then the black mouldings might work.
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:08 PM   #16
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Does the color-coded mouldings make my butt look smaller?

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Old 08-29-2007, 05:43 PM   #17
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To me, especially on the lower part of the car, the black moldings just get lost, as in you don't really notice them. Coloring them, makes it almost look like an ground effects kit.
I think they look weird when they're painted. IMO peugoby's car just doesn't look right, and would look way better if the GT trim was black. I think the black gives the car a more sporting, purposeful look. I'm too lazy to go searching for pics, and I'm not sure if they still do it, but BMWs were that way for years - black lower trim.
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:16 PM   #18
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I think they look weird when they're painted. IMO peugoby's car just doesn't look right, and would look way better if the GT trim was black. I think the black gives the car a more sporting, purposeful look. I'm too lazy to go searching for pics, and I'm not sure if they still do it, but BMWs were that way for years - black lower trim.
Looks are subjective. I like the way his car looks, but I think it would look better with the car door handles and side bumpers painted to match.

A lot of the older sport sedans came that way I think as you mentioned, with black lower skirts.

Even in an e30 though. The 325is has the black bumpers.



The M3 version however, all color matched.

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Old 09-03-2007, 08:32 PM   #19
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I like the dark black rubber side strips.

Rather than sanding and painting yours, I think it would be much simplier to remove the ones from a junked Subaru "L" and replace your painted ones with the unpainted ones.
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Old 09-04-2007, 11:15 AM   #20
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Rather than sanding and painting yours, I think it would be much simplier to remove the ones from a junked Subaru "L" and replace your painted ones with the unpainted ones.
You would think so, but I've heard way too many stories about people breaking those off when they paint their cars - just use some painter's tape and plastic bags to mask off the car's body - you're really asking for trouble if you try to remove the door guards.
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