Black Out Project (DONE) UPDATE (5.13.2016)

General discussions related to MINIs and Minis
Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Black Out Project (DONE) UPDATE (5.13.2016)

Post by Zack » Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:10 pm

Started blacking out the chrome on the car. Since I am doing a red and black theme, song of the trim may go red. Haven't decided what would, maybe the mirrors. For now, I have the headlight trim rings blacked out.
IMG_7144.JPG
IMG_7144.JPG (140.99 KiB) Viewed 6623 times
Last edited by Zack on Fri May 13, 2016 4:49 pm, edited 4 times in total.
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

User avatar
MiniManiac
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1144
Joined: Sun Oct 23, 2005 10:16 am
Location: Leavenworth, KS

Re: Black Out Project

Post by MiniManiac » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:56 am

What are you using for the blackout?
Seth
08 MCS - JCW
1974/1993 Classic Mini - 70 WHP!

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project

Post by Zack » Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:28 am

The headlight trim rings I bought from Baron. I found a black grille that will fit and an upper trim piece for the grill but Samer said that because my car is an LCI, the bottom black trim piece on the upper grille won't fit so I am probably going to pop the grille pieces off and plasti-dip them and then apply a glossifier to the plasti-dip so that it matches the car. The chrome finishing rod on the lower grille I'm thinking of plasti-dipping red just for kicks.
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

User avatar
MiniManiac
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1144
Joined: Sun Oct 23, 2005 10:16 am
Location: Leavenworth, KS

Re: Black Out Project

Post by MiniManiac » Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:07 pm

Plasti-dip leave more of a rough finish so it will be interesting to see how well it matches with the headlight rings. I guess "close enough" will work :)
Seth
08 MCS - JCW
1974/1993 Classic Mini - 70 WHP!

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project

Post by Zack » Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:13 pm

MiniManiac wrote:Plasti-dip leave more of a rough finish so it will be interesting to see how well it matches with the headlight rings. I guess "close enough" will work :)
It leaves a rough finish if you don't do it correctly. Apparently deliberate application versus spraying like you're using krylon creates a smooth finish. Worst case scenario I peal it off and try again. :-)
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

User avatar
kenshin138
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 211
Joined: Sat Jul 05, 2008 8:50 pm
Location: Lee's Summit

Re: Black Out Project

Post by kenshin138 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:22 am

Looks good. I'd look at using wrap vs. plastidip.

Duell AG use the Justa grill in black for their vehicles. Has a different look than the typical S/JCW. The kit isn't my style (nor the tire lettering, which I can't stand), but here is an example:

Image

I bought the black headlight & taillight rings as well as the Justa scuttles. I need to get some gloss wrap to do the headlight washer nozzles. Since I have the black headlight housings they stick out.
Ryan
'12 MB/MB MCSa

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project

Post by Zack » Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:32 am

My only issue is the lower part of the black Trim on the grille will not fit my car because it is an LCI. That's why I'm doing plasti-dip and glossifier on it.

Edit: Actually, I figured out the reason the black trim piece won't fit under the grille. It's more to do with that that piece was designed for the Cooper S and JCW bumpers and not the base Cooper since the base model has slightly more rounded edges at the bottom.
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project (UPDATE)

Post by Zack » Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:44 pm

I'm done for now with the project. They make a black trim piece for the top of the grille, but because I have a Cooper and not an S they don't make a black trim piece for the bottom part of the upper grille. So my plan when it gets warmer is to mask off the rest of the chrome, remove the bits that can be removed, and then plasti-dip and glossify those pieces. I won't bother with the door handles. Not necessary. For now, I have the trim rings and the grille replaced.

Image
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project (UPDATE)

Post by Zack » Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:19 pm

Stay tuned. Black out continuing.

Ordered so far:
Black Mirror Caps
Black upper grille lower trim piece
Black Door handle covers
Beltline Blackout Kit
Shorty Antenna (unrelated to the blackout)

Other plans:
Ordering the upper grille upper trim piece from Baron and an unpainted (black) lower grille finishing rod for a Mini One
Removal of lower grille chrome trim ring and extending the stripe on the bumper to compensate for the removal of that piece of trim

Other plan is the removal of the chrome trim pieces inside the foglight openings since I don't think those are standard on the car without the chrome trim package but since my headlights are not blacked out inside I may leave the chrome trim pieces to tie the headlights and foglights together.
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

User avatar
kenshin138
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 211
Joined: Sat Jul 05, 2008 8:50 pm
Location: Lee's Summit

Re: Black Out Project (UPDATE)

Post by kenshin138 » Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:15 am

Let me know what you think of the door handle covers. I'm curious if they feel cheap or not when on the car.

Which beltline kit did you get?
Ryan
'12 MB/MB MCSa

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project (UPDATE)

Post by Zack » Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:35 am

kenshin138 wrote:Let me know what you think of the door handle covers. I'm curious if they feel cheap or not when on the car.

Which beltline kit did you get?
Going with the matte black one and doing it myself. If it doesn't come out well I may have Todd do it for me.
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

User avatar
MiniManiac
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1144
Joined: Sun Oct 23, 2005 10:16 am
Location: Leavenworth, KS

Re: Black Out Project (UPDATE)

Post by MiniManiac » Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:48 pm

kenshin138 wrote:Let me know what you think of the door handle covers. I'm curious if they feel cheap or not when on the car.

Which beltline kit did you get?
Some members have the ones they sell on outmotoring and they look pretty good. I went ahead and painted mine and I haven't had any issues. Of course, painting is a more permanent solution 8)
Seth
08 MCS - JCW
1974/1993 Classic Mini - 70 WHP!

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project (UPDATE)

Post by Zack » Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:09 pm

MiniManiac wrote:
kenshin138 wrote:Let me know what you think of the door handle covers. I'm curious if they feel cheap or not when on the car.

Which beltline kit did you get?
Some members have the ones they sell on outmotoring and they look pretty good. I went ahead and painted mine and I haven't had any issues. Of course, painting is a more permanent solution 8)
The belt line black out kit I bought was from Outmotoring.

Did do a temporary attempt with black electrical tape. Looked pretty good.
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project (UPDATE)

Post by Zack » Wed Mar 30, 2016 5:08 pm

Door handle covers on, black mirror caps on, partially finished the beltline before it started raining. Looks decent. Pictures will come once finished. The next time will be the grille, upper and lower, and removing the chrome ring around the lower grille, and the chrome inserts in the fog lights, and then getting the stripes readjusted on the bumper. May even have them continued onto the black grille pieces.
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project (DONE! . . . For Now)

Post by Zack » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:44 pm

Done for Now.

The lower piece on the upper grille doesn't fit perfectly but it looks good anyway. I can't do the lower pieces on the bumper as that will be a bit more labor intensive, that is to say more parts need to be bought to make that work.

Here are the pictures. I would put more in but for some reason it keeps uploading them upside down.

Image
Image
Image
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project (Updates)

Post by Zack » Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:30 pm

I attached some detail photos of the trim pieces as well as the bike rack installed.
image1 (4).JPG
image1 (4).JPG (144.49 KiB) Viewed 6432 times
image2 (4).JPG
image2 (4).JPG (166.51 KiB) Viewed 6432 times
image3 (3).JPG
image3 (3).JPG (158.1 KiB) Viewed 6432 times
image4 (1).JPG
image4 (1).JPG (139.25 KiB) Viewed 6432 times
image5 (1).JPG
image5 (1).JPG (133.35 KiB) Viewed 6432 times
image6 (1).JPG
image6 (1).JPG (152.17 KiB) Viewed 6432 times
image7.JPG
image7.JPG (140.7 KiB) Viewed 6432 times
image8.JPG
image8.JPG (168.22 KiB) Viewed 6432 times
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

Minidrama
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 137
Joined: Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:10 pm

Re: Black Out Project (DONE! . . . For Now) UPDATE (4.8.2016

Post by Minidrama » Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:09 pm

Looks good.

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project (DONE) UPDATE (5.13.2016)

Post by Zack » Fri May 13, 2016 4:51 pm

Ok I have bit the bullet. The chrome trim ring on the front bumper is removed and with Todd right now getting wrapped in Gloss black along with the lower piece on the upper grill. Didn't like the other lower piece I bought as it didn't fit perfectly.

Currently the grill and trim panel are attached to the bumper with zip ties and painters tape until Tuesday. Looks like crap but it will be worth it come Tuesday.

Stay tuned for pictures.
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project (DONE) UPDATE (5.13.2016)

Post by Zack » Sun May 15, 2016 7:48 pm

Also, just purchased a set of Power Fold Chili Red Mirror Caps, brand new in opened box, imported from the UK, only place I could find them right now. If I decide I don't like them, look for them in the MINI Market if I decide to sell them.
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project (DONE) UPDATE (5.13.2016)

Post by Zack » Thu May 19, 2016 11:17 pm

All blacked out, except for the washer covers and the foglight trim.
IMG_7586 (1).JPG
IMG_7586 (1).JPG (148.93 KiB) Viewed 6338 times
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

User avatar
MiniManiac
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1144
Joined: Sun Oct 23, 2005 10:16 am
Location: Leavenworth, KS

Re: Black Out Project (DONE) UPDATE (5.13.2016)

Post by MiniManiac » Fri May 20, 2016 9:10 am

Why not the headlight washers?
Seth
08 MCS - JCW
1974/1993 Classic Mini - 70 WHP!

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project (DONE) UPDATE (5.13.2016)

Post by Zack » Fri May 20, 2016 9:40 am

MiniManiac wrote:Why not the headlight washers?
For one they're just the covers. My car didn't come equipped with them. Secondly, since I have chrome trim around the dogs and the insides of the headlights are chrome it doesn't stand out that much right now.
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project (DONE) UPDATE (5.13.2016)

Post by Zack » Fri May 20, 2016 4:04 pm

All shined up for Concours D'Elegance tomorrow.
IMG_7608.JPG
IMG_7608.JPG (147.29 KiB) Viewed 6326 times
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

User avatar
MiniManiac
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1144
Joined: Sun Oct 23, 2005 10:16 am
Location: Leavenworth, KS

Re: Black Out Project (DONE) UPDATE (5.13.2016)

Post by MiniManiac » Fri May 20, 2016 6:37 pm

Zackattack28 wrote:
MiniManiac wrote:Why not the headlight washers?
For one they're just the covers. My car didn't come equipped with them. Secondly, since I have chrome trim around the dogs and the insides of the headlights are chrome it doesn't stand out that much right now.
I am just curious since you blacked-out the headlight rings but not the washers. What do you mean your car didn't come equipped with them? Are you saying that you added them or are we talking about two different things?
Seth
08 MCS - JCW
1974/1993 Classic Mini - 70 WHP!

Zack
MINIAC
MINIAC
Posts: 1467
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

Re: Black Out Project (DONE) UPDATE (5.13.2016)

Post by Zack » Fri May 20, 2016 7:07 pm

MiniManiac wrote:
Zackattack28 wrote:
MiniManiac wrote:Why not the headlight washers?
For one they're just the covers. My car didn't come equipped with them. Secondly, since I have chrome trim around the dogs and the insides of the headlights are chrome it doesn't stand out that much right now.
I am just curious since you blacked-out the headlight rings but not the washers. What do you mean your car didn't come equipped with them? Are you saying that you added them or are we talking about two different things?
The car came equipped with Bi-Xenon headlights. It didn't come equipped with headlight washers since the the turn signals in the headlight housings are amber. To get the headlight washers you have to also spec the car with white turn signals. So while it does have the covers and the assemblies behind it, there are no hoses going to them, in fact one of the attachment points on one headlight is snapped off. The car isn't programmed for them either. I just left them alone cuz it doesn't look bad right now since the headlights are chromed inside. But, I will probably black them out when I remove the chrome fog light houses and install the standard foglight rings, they come only primered so I am going to paint them Chili Red. But that's down the road.

The next thing to be installed, assuming they look good, are the red mirror caps I ordered from England.
Current MINI
Bandit - 2017 Cooper S JCW
Former MINI's
2006 R53 Mini Cooper S
2011 R55 Mini Cooper Clubman
2013 R56 Mini Cooper S JCW
2008 R56 MINI Cooper S JCW
2014 R55 MINI JCW Clubman

Post Reply