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I really like black wheels ok, am thinking of getting mine refurbed...

Two things bugging me from getting it done. One is that i think silver actually

works well on a silver car, the other is that it seems every other Exige/Elise

has either got them, or had theirs done and keeping them as-is might actually

look better because of this.

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I DO like the idea of not having to clean them as much, and matt black does

appeal, and it's down to personal choice, but i can't stop thinking...

...has it not just been a bit over done?

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I've got to get mine refurbed as well they're in a shocking state especially the rear ones. I was also thinking of going down the black route as I think it might make the car look a bit meaner maybe. The trouble is the wheels are so open everything is on show so the lighter the colour the more obvious the dirt / rusty brake discs, calipers etc are going to look. I take you point though about many elises / exiges having black wheels, but this does seem mainly to be the S2's though.

I was looking at these guys since they do an exchange service. They do a "Black Sparkle" finish but it's difficult to tell from the website quite what this looks like.

Martyn :)

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I have black wheels did em myself with some sandpaper and 4 cans of gloss black from the pound shop!! and a few coats of lacquer.

Black is the future..... come to the Dark side

Here is Mine:

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And here is the look I'm going for:

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So I may go for a very dark silver for the wheels in the future.

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Black is the new Black!

Go for what you like Paul. Forget any Lemming traight. Its your choice fella :)

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I agree that silver wheels on a silver car looks good and I wouldn't alter the colour or style of wheels on my Esprit 'cos I think they are really smart.

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With bold bright "Smartie" colours (Burnt Orange, Solar Yellow, Isoptope Green, etc.) I think black wheels look good if the rest of the car has all no silver alloy bits.

I also think a White car would look good with black wheels.

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On my Elise I specified black wheels, and black rear undertray. I also bought a black filler cap surround and replaced the standard silver alloy one on the car so that the black contrasted with the yellow.

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At the end of the day, obviously the choice is yours, so go with your heart.

Regards,

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I think you nailed it, Brian. Silver car = silver wheels. One of my cars is just such a combination, and I wouldn't have it any other way, especially when the final clearcoat produces a "satin" effect.

And as you say, black wheels work best with "in your face" colours.

So, Paul, it looks like a respray might be in your future if you go with the black rollers. B)

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I don't agree that silver wheels look best on a silver car - personally I like a contrast. On my V8 i'd changed the saturns to a gunmetal colour when they were refurb'd. My Elise came from the factory with black wheels - looks great IMO.

If you change your mind its no biggie to change them back :yes:

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Totally Agree. Black with a light coloured car is definately the way to go.

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It's the same as if you ding a silver wheel, you just leave a bit of black paint behind rather than silver. :yes:

If you don't want black wheels, which sometimes don't work on a silver car, how about white - or red - or blue ?

Charcoal spokes with a silver outer rim. Charcoal wheel with a silver outer pinstripe.

Silver spokes with charcoal outer rim.... maybe not that one. But there's more to mull over rather than just 'black'.

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Strangely enough mine show white through after stone chips/kerbing (only one chip at present).

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