OsirisOfThisSh
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Delivery Date: 02 Jun 2021

Wheel darkening

My plan for my 2020 Leaf is to get rid of all of the shiny silver pieces. I'm almost done with all of the trim pieces and badges, which will leave the last big item- the wheels. I don't love the overall design, but my only real objection is to the shiny silver finish on the flat part. Has anyone changed their wheels? I'm thinking about trying this product-
https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/c/du ... l0/cwrc815
Is that a bad idea?

I have this wheel-
https://midwestwheelandtire.com/product ... -wheel-rim
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Nubo
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Joined: Fri May 28, 2010 11:01 am
Delivery Date: 31 Oct 2014
Location: Vallejo, CA

Re: Wheel darkening

I've had good results with Plasti-dip. Inexpensive and if you decide you don't like the result you can just peel it off. Check the youtube channel "dipyourcar" for examples.
I noticed you're still working with polymers.
OsirisOfThisSh
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Re: Wheel darkening

Nubo wrote: Sat Oct 01, 2022 10:52 pm I've had good results with Plasti-dip. Inexpensive and if you decide you don't like the result you can just peel it off. Check the youtube channel "dipyourcar" for examples.
Thank you. That stuff is nice and cheap.
CeladonCityNPC
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Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2022 1:29 pm
Delivery Date: 15 Aug 2021

Re: Wheel darkening

Great minds think alike - I've had an ongoing project the past year to de-chrome my Leaf.

Interior and exterior is now fully de-chromed with the exception of door handles, which I think work ok with the custom wheels. Wheels are MAK Fever 5R's that I had the tires and TPMS sensors transferred onto. Wheel shop tried to upsell me by saying the TMPS sensors broke during transfer, but turns out only the valves did and those are easily replaceable.

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I've mostly been wrapping mine, plasti-dip is OK but I find the result a tad too matte for my liking. I suppose for the wheels plasti-dip is the best option though. Although I would probably still recommend just replacing the wheels, at least I got these wheels used for $250 and I can't notice any difference in range.

Interior really benefits from matte wrap though - the gloss plastic parts look dirty all the time otherwise: https://i.imgur.com/Qzm5h8e.jpg

Do post pics of yours!!
forzence
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Delivery Date: 11 Oct 2022

Re: Wheel darkening

CeladonCityNPC wrote: Mon Oct 10, 2022 4:07 am Great minds think alike - I've had an ongoing project the past year to de-chrome my Leaf.

Interior and exterior is now fully de-chromed with the exception of door handles, which I think work ok with the custom wheels. Wheels are MAK Fever 5R's that I had the tires and TPMS sensors transferred onto. Wheel shop tried to upsell me by saying the TMPS sensors broke during transfer, but turns out only the valves did and those are easily replaceable.

Image

I've mostly been wrapping mine, plasti-dip is OK but I find the result a tad too matte for my liking. I suppose for the wheels plasti-dip is the best option though. Although I would probably still recommend just replacing the wheels, at least I got these wheels used for $250 and I can't notice any difference in range.

Interior really benefits from matte wrap though - the gloss plastic parts look dirty all the time otherwise: https://i.imgur.com/Qzm5h8e.jpg

Do post pics of yours!!
Wow,

Nice Leaf. Congrats.
OsirisOfThisSh
Posts: 11
Joined: Fri Jul 09, 2021 10:37 pm
Delivery Date: 02 Jun 2021

Re: Wheel darkening

CeladonCityNPC wrote: Mon Oct 10, 2022 4:07 am Great minds think alike - I've had an ongoing project the past year to de-chrome my Leaf.

Interior and exterior is now fully de-chromed with the exception of door handles, which I think work ok with the custom wheels. Wheels are MAK Fever 5R's that I had the tires and TPMS sensors transferred onto. Wheel shop tried to upsell me by saying the TMPS sensors broke during transfer, but turns out only the valves did and those are easily replaceable.

I've mostly been wrapping mine, plasti-dip is OK but I find the result a tad too matte for my liking. I suppose for the wheels plasti-dip is the best option though. Although I would probably still recommend just replacing the wheels, at least I got these wheels used for $250 and I can't notice any difference in range.

Interior really benefits from matte wrap though - the gloss plastic parts look dirty all the time otherwise: https://i.imgur.com/Qzm5h8e.jpg

Do post pics of yours!!
Holy crap, I'm so jealous you found those wheels that cheap.

I got these door handle covers and spray painted them to look exactly like your interior pieces-

https://www.carid.com/ses-trims/black-d ... 2677473730
CeladonCityNPC
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Delivery Date: 15 Aug 2021

Re: Wheel darkening

OsirisOfThisSh wrote: Thu Oct 27, 2022 6:18 pm Holy crap, I'm so jealous you found those wheels that cheap.

I got these door handle covers and spray painted them to look exactly like your interior pieces-

https://www.carid.com/ses-trims/black-d ... 2677473730
Dang, those handle covers are out of stock. And they would have been in the US as well. I can't seem to find any in Europe. Ebay had a set in China but as I found out they were not suitable for the Leaf (they were too short to fit), and the text behind them said "Sentra" in Chinese. Got my money back.

However I now see that the site carid.com you linked to says those are also for the Leaf AND Sentra so I'm confused now :D The ones you got were for a 2020 car and a 100% fit for the door handles? You wouldn't happen to have a picture of them by any chance?

Thanks so much!

EDIT: Now I'm real confused. Carid.com says those are compatible with Leaf 2013-2022 and Sentra 2013-2019.
Since there don't seem to be any other places selling Leaf door handle covers anywhere, if I search AliExpress for door handle covers suitable for Sentra 2013-2019, it comes up with these: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32978383189.html
Now those don't look like they could fit a Leaf at all. The ones for Sentras 2020-2022 do (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005003387948041.html) , but those are exactly the ones I got from an eBay seller earlier and they totally weren't a fit. Strange :?

EDIT2: OK I think I figured it out. The first seller that sold me the covers from ebay probably had the ones which were for a 2020+ Sentra. Those weren't compatible with the Leaf unlike he thought. So now I went with the ones from my first AliExpress link even though they don't look like they could fit. $20 is a gamble I'm willing to take. Since their color is chrome, I plan on either painting them or wrapping them with the same matte black vinyl before installation. Should make for a nice project.

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