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post #1 of 14 Old 04-19-2017, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Chrome ... what's the issue?

I understand that chrome is not popular in the modern car culture; however, I'm not sure why there is so much emphasis on de-chroming on a retro design like MINI. I've had both classic and modern Minis/MINIs and find the minimal trim makes the cars stand out as quality vehicles.

My JCW is Rebel Green with white top and stripes, but with Chili Red mirrors and chrome rear hatch handle (both dealer added options). The classic Minis had minimal, but visible chrome which set them off from the competition. I have no intention of blacking out any chrome on the car ... it is very dark in the Rebel Green color with black wheels.
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I just don't like chrome very much. Though I do think that the chrome on the MINI is tastefully done and not excessive.

Now stripes and mirrors and white tops, that's going too far. Think of the children!
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Black (and color TG) on Thunder Gray is better than chrome (IMHO)





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Gloss black wrapped the chrome areas on my r56s. Dint do it for me. Will leave the chome areas as-is for the contrast on my f56 as body is black.
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I prefer the chrome myself. Especially the rear hatch handle. Not keen on our black one.
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Me too chrome for me,but we're all different!

Surprisingly delighted to have moved to an f54((with a r59 in the fold for fun!)
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I think the chrome is the easiest thing to change for maximum visual impact, and a lot of us are all about making the car that little bit different.

Fashions change, I remember a few years back when it was popular to add chrome to anything and everything. Then we had colour coded lights, then all the lexus lights, which I never even liked on a Lexus

I'm in the middle of de-chroming just now, but I'm retaining the original bits as I may change my mind some way down the line.
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As it's been stated before, it's a personal preference. I think the chrome looks good on certain colors as it does add a bit of contrast, but certain colors just do better with minimal to no chrome (case in point, my SO, I will be wrapping her chrome bits in some carbon fiber di-noc and I think the car will look that much better- also she wants it wrapped lol).
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the only exterior colour that chrome works with in my opinion is silver.. so they should offer a gloss black pack, like most other manufacturers such as Jaguar, Landrover, and Audi...
interior wise.. chrome is great.. it has the upper class appeal
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