Colour coding the arches and lips on the Mini is the quickest, simplest, cheapest and most visually effective modification that you can make to the car. We have never worked out why BMW have not offered this as an option, or even on the S - it just looks so right!!

We have developed a high quality colour coding service, and are happy to fit the items for you or alternatively to post the items out. The basic package starts with the black plastic arches and lips. Correctly painting them is a very involved job which takes up to 13 hours in the body shop. How is this done? Details below:

  1. First job is one of the most important - chemically clean the plastic items to remove all traces of releasing agent, wax and silicone. This is a two stage process using high quality ultra strong paint preparation panel wiping chemicals.

  2. Thoroughly sand the complete components using a wet and dry paper - wet. The most important areas for adhesion are the corners, groves and edges. These are the hardest bits to reach, but are the most important to prepare.

  3. The items to be painted are then carefully placed on painting tables, secured using the mounting clips so they will not be blown away.

  4. They are then sprayed with a plastic adhesion promoter. This is a clear liquid that soaks into the plastic allowing the primer that is to follow to bond fully to the plastic. This must be allowed to penetrate and dry naturally which often takes up to 30 minutes.

  5. The next stage is to paint everything with a high build 2 pack primer. This has 20% flexible additive added to it to allow the primer to flex with the very flexible plastic - failure to add this will almost certainly cause the paint to peel off later.

  6. Once fully cured (we allow 3 days because the flexible additive retards full cure) the items are then thoroughly wet flatted to provide a good key for the final paint.

  7. The items are once again cleaned using preparatory cleaning solutions, and painted using a 2 stage clear and base finish. Once again this has flexible additive in the paint. They are again left for a couple of days to cure fully before being ready to post out to customers, or alternatively to fit to a customers car. 

Why such a long winded preparation process - surely you just use an aerosol primer and then paint them?

We have seen the results of using such aerosols, and not sanding the items. Any deviation from the procedure above usually leads to the paint parting company with the plastic which just looks awful. Also the basic plastic has a bubbly finish to it - all our items have a smooth finish which is achieved by doing things our way. We guarantee that our paint will not peel (accidents and impacts apart).

We have also been asked by several BMW dealers to paint the plastics for them after they had problems with paint peeling when done in their own bodyshops!!! After several attempts they simply asked us to do the job - our paint never peels! Why? Because we prepare each kit as above.

We are also able to paint any of the chrome parts on the car. Once again chrome has a reputation for paint peeling off. As with plastic this is always due to poor preparation by the body shop. For chrome (much of which is plastic chromed parts these days anyway) we carry out a very similar procedure to the plastic preparations above with the exception of the fact that we use an acidic primer to bite into the surface and give better adhesion.