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EricF
06-07-2012, 11:51 PM
I'm not a fan of the plastic on the exterior on the CX5. It looks a little cheesy, especially on the lighter colors. Has anyone painted it yet?

CX-SV
06-08-2012, 12:46 AM
My opinion is the black /dark lower body trim serves a purpose from a styling standpoint, it's carefully done by designers minimize appearance of bulk, etc. I intend to leave it untouched.

AussieJosh
06-08-2012, 12:57 AM
My opinion is the black /dark lower body trim serves a purpose from a styling standpoint, it's carefully done by designers minimize appearance of bulk, etc. I intend to leave it untouched.

I agree. Have a look at the Hyundai ix35, it demontsrates this well.

http://www.hyundai.com.au/Vehicles/ix35

Yellow72
06-08-2012, 01:52 AM
Some pics of a suisse cx-5.

http://www.mazda-forum.info/attachments/cx-5-cx-7-cx-9-tribute/20349d1338748691-cx-5-diesel-automat-175ps-1.jpg

http://www.mazda-forum.info/attachments/cx-5-cx-7-cx-9-tribute/20350d1338748744-cx-5-diesel-automat-175ps-2.jpg

http://www.mazda-forum.info/attachments/cx-5-cx-7-cx-9-tribute/20353d1338748903-cx-5-diesel-automat-175ps-5.jpg

http://www.mazda-forum.info/attachments/cx-5-cx-7-cx-9-tribute/20356d1338749057-cx-5-diesel-automat-175ps-8.jpg

http://www.mazda-forum.info/attachments/cx-5-cx-7-cx-9-tribute/20357d1338749106-cx-5-diesel-automat-175ps-9.jpg

EricF
06-08-2012, 02:31 AM
My opinion is the black /dark lower body trim serves a purpose from a styling standpoint, it's carefully done by designers minimize appearance of bulk, etc. I intend to leave it untouched.

To each his own I guess, but it looks more like am afterthought than "carefully done". LOL It reminds me of an Element, Avalanche, Aztek, ect. Oh well, everything else outweighs this item.

EricF
06-08-2012, 02:36 AM
I agree. Have a look at the Hyundai ix35, it demontsrates this well.

http://www.hyundai.com.au/Vehicles/ix35

Well, that doesn't look as bad, especially in that pic because it blends in with the shadows down low. The fact that it goes up over the wheel wells on the fender on the CX5 is a little distracting. IMO It pulls the eye to the plastic instead of the styling of the car.

CX-SV
06-08-2012, 10:52 AM
Nicely done CX, the difference that really gets the attention are upgraded wheels.

CX-SV
06-08-2012, 10:57 AM
194849
To each his own I guess, but it looks more like am afterthought than "carefully done". LOL It reminds me of an Element, Avalanche, Aztek, ect. Oh well, everything else outweighs this item.

The Element (and Avalanche, Aztez) are certainly good examples of how dark trim can be done poorly. It's a stretch for those that understand styling techniques to say CX is done the same way as those ugly vehicles, thankfully. Element's trim carries into upper body making it appear even chunkier, later Honda actually got negative feedback from customers through dealerships on how this was handled poorly.

"Carefully done" is exactly what the stylists at Mazda did with the lower body trim. The lower front done in dark plastic is an area very prone to rock/gravel chips, so the peppering effect is visually minimized as the car ages (conventional painted surfaces get damaged/peppered on lower front). The Mazda front end looks much better than the body-colored underbite front end of many SUVs like the RX350. The side lower sills in dark color make the side view look less tall and therefore overall side profile looks sleeker and slimmer as a result. The lower rear valence with dual exhaust cutouts is a common styling technique to make the rear end look less bulky and more sporty, the styling technique has been used on many stylish vehicles including past Mustang GTs and Mercedes C-class Sport models (picture at top of post shows Roque with minimal treatment next to CX-5).

CX-SV
06-08-2012, 11:11 AM
Well, that doesn't look as bad, especially in that pic because it blends in with the shadows down low. The fact that it goes up over the wheel wells on the fender on the CX5 is a little distracting. IMO It pulls the eye to the plastic instead of the styling of the car.

The practical reason for black plastic on wheel lip is for ding/scratch prevention. This lip area is especially vulnerable on a SUV, I had a Highlander and Mercedes ML with dings on rear wheel lips (painted steel) after a couple years of ownership..

2007cx9
06-08-2012, 02:12 PM
Too many lines without a purpose. The fact there is a line between the fender lip and the body panel makes you think, "why is that there? it should be one piece" or something. It says, "hey I wasn't designed to look like this".

EricF
06-08-2012, 02:28 PM
194849

The Element (and Avalanche, Aztez) are certainly good examples of how dark trim can be done poorly. It's a stretch for those that understand styling techniques to say CX is done the same way as those ugly vehicles, thankfully. Element's trim carries into upper body making it appear even chunkier, later Honda actually got negative feedback from customers through dealerships on how this was handled poorly.

"Carefully done" is exactly what the stylists at Mazda did with the lower body trim. The lower front done in dark plastic is an area very prone to rock/gravel chips, so the peppering effect is visually minimized as the car ages (conventional painted surfaces get damaged/peppered on lower front). The Mazda front end looks much better than the body-colored underbite front end of many SUVs like the RX350. The side lower sills in dark color make the side view look less tall and therefore overall side profile looks sleeker and slimmer as a result. The lower rear valence with dual exhaust cutouts is a common styling technique to make the rear end look less bulky and more sporty, the styling technique has been used on many stylish vehicles including past Mustang GTs and Mercedes C-class Sport models (picture at top of post shows Roque with minimal treatment next to CX-5).

I have no issues with the front or rear plastic parts, and honestly, the side lower portions don't really bother me THAT much either, just the arches look a little in you're face, especially on white. But they're growing on me. If there was an option to paint them from the factor, i'd probably do it. I can't wait until they start to fade, that'll look awesome! :/

ta240
06-08-2012, 03:18 PM
The practical reason for black plastic on wheel lip is for ding/scratch prevention. This lip area is especially vulnerable on a SUV, I had a Highlander and Mercedes ML with dings on rear wheel lips (painted steel) after a couple years of ownership..

yep, I got a white skuff on the one fender plastic already from a door. It just wiped off but if it hadn't been there I'd bet there would be an indent in the metal.

I like the accent look of it all, that's a big part of the look I liked. To me it adds to the sporty fun look of it. But if we all liked the same thing then everyone would drive the exact same car in the same color etc....

CX-SV
06-08-2012, 03:52 PM
I can't wait until they start to fade, that'll look awesome! :/

Plenty of off the shelf liquid solutions for treating fading black plastic areas and they don't cost much via local auto parts store, to get back to black as they say...

ta240
06-08-2012, 04:31 PM
and for a couple bucks more there are some really amazing products to bring back or keep the trim black. All the black plastic on my P5 looked close to new after 11 years in the California sun. I never had to use anything with a dye in it either. Check a few detailing message boards and keep it looking good right from the start.

chadreece2001
07-27-2012, 02:35 PM
Hey guys... I'm new here, so I apologize if this question has been answered 1,000 times. My wife ran over a piece of rubber in our 2011 CX-9 and the passenger rear plastic wheel well piece broke. I haven't been able to find replacements online anywhere.

Andy409
07-27-2012, 02:47 PM
I have no issues with the front or rear plastic parts, and honestly, the side lower portions don't really bother me THAT much either, just the arches look a little in you're face, especially on white. But they're growing on me. If there was an option to paint them from the factor, i'd probably do it. I can't wait until they start to fade, that'll look awesome! :/

I was worried about that as well, so I was actually thinking about getting black vinyl wrap for the plastic parts. It will protect and I also think it will look better cause the original parts in certain views and lighting condition looks more grayish then black.

Velodog2
07-27-2012, 03:19 PM
This plastic stuff has been the hardest part of the car's styling for me to accept. What everyone says about its function both as protector of chip-prone areas and for reducing visual height and bulk of the vehicle is true. And the same kind of treatment is very common in the SUV class. Moreover a very very similar treatment was right there on the show car that became the CX-5 and looks amazing.

My conclusion after looking at all of these things is that the problem is mostly with the plastic. It looks cheap. There are other subtle changes in the shape of the trim compared to the show car that are also significant, but it's mostly the toy-like look of the plastic that hurts. Painting or otherwise covering it could help I think.

edit: Oh yeah, as someone else mentioned, I think the kinda greyish cast the color has doesn't help. Blacker may look better, but I would have to see any change to be sure. And ... while I'm on a roll ... the "snap-together" look of some of the individual panels around the windows and other places isn't a winner either ...

CX-SV
07-27-2012, 05:07 PM
Good point, keeping the trim blacker (rather than letting it get grayish) should look best.

CX-5um
07-27-2012, 10:32 PM
The "suisse cx-5" looks great. Essentially it looks like a Japanese X3 however, the CX-5's oem plastic bumpers aren't too distracting for me.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VIdriAHx8Ms/T2x05P4RHpI/AAAAAAAAEnQ/_UGk1gd20-c/s1600/2012+bmw+x3+(2).jpg

CodyZoom
07-30-2012, 10:03 AM
The black plastic look was a positive for me. I didn't even realize that it makes the side profile look better, but it makes perfect sense. To me the well designed (IMHO) black plastic says "hey c'mon man, take me for a drive, don't worry about those gravel roads or a little mud from a fireroad, let's go have some fun!". I like to think my CX-5 would have a positive attitude like that lol.

I plan on beating this car up a little bit over the years and I understand it'll show a little of that abuse. I think a 7-10 year old SUV with a good amount of chips and dings is the sign of 7-10 well spent years! Having said that, I'll be taking good care of this thing, but I'm not afraid of a scratch or 5.

Jwlj
07-30-2012, 10:42 AM
I was worried about that as well, so I was actually thinking about getting black vinyl wrap for the plastic parts. It will protect and I also think it will look better cause the original parts in certain views and lighting condition looks more grayish then black.

I've been thinking about this pretty hard.
I've ordered some samples to see how it will look. Thinking that if I do a black gloss wrap on the top, might as well match the window pillars as well.


The black plastic look was a positive for me. I didn't even realize that it makes the side profile look better, but it makes perfect sense. To me the well designed (IMHO) black plastic says "hey c'mon man, take me for a drive, don't worry about those gravel roads or a little mud from a fireroad, let's go have some fun!". I like to think my CX-5 would have a positive attitude like that lol.

I plan on beating this car up a little bit over the years and I understand it'll show a little of that abuse. I think a 7-10 year old SUV with a good amount of chips and dings is the sign of 7-10 well spent years! Having said that, I'll be taking good care of this thing, but I'm not afraid of a scratch or 5.

Agree 100% Again why I'm thinking vinyl vice paint. Easier and cheaper to fix.

Andy409
07-30-2012, 11:04 AM
I've been thinking about this pretty hard.
I've ordered some samples to see how it will look. Thinking that if I do a black gloss wrap on the top, might as well match the window pillars as well.



Agree 100% Again why I'm thinking vinyl vice paint. Easier and cheaper to fix.

Let me know how it goes and if you can post some pictures, that would be great too!

I was planing on putting gloss black vinyl on the roof as well to match the glass, but I was thinking of going with satin black wrap for the plastic parts. I think it will give a good contrast to the metallic paint without being too dull.

Jwlj
07-30-2012, 01:46 PM
When ever the samples show up I'll see what looks good.
If I had the sunroof I would the roof as well, but I didn't like the bose system.

Jwlj
07-31-2012, 10:52 AM
Found this today while looking for LED DRL options

http://i50.tinypic.com/2q1hti1.jpg
http://i48.tinypic.com/1686cz9.jpg

Jwlj
07-31-2012, 10:59 AM
Here are more pics of the Suisse CX-5

http://i48.tinypic.com/9hkpxw.jpg
http://i46.tinypic.com/dlrpu9.jpg
http://i49.tinypic.com/v83v4.jpg
http://i49.tinypic.com/6jn2tk.jpg
http://i49.tinypic.com/35iptp2.jpg

CX-5um
07-31-2012, 11:10 AM
Found this today while looking for LED DRL options

http://i50.tinypic.com/2q1hti1.jpg
http://i48.tinypic.com/1686cz9.jpg

I see they color matched the plastic fenders and bumpers. May have installed black film on roof and mirrors. Looks like metal mesh grille inserts behind the bumper. Also the bumpers "appear" to have cut-out holes for the LEDs.

Jwlj
07-31-2012, 01:45 PM
The white isn't color matched.

CX-5um
07-31-2012, 01:53 PM
Second look it looks like a plain candy white next to the Pearl white.

Jwlj
07-31-2012, 02:11 PM
Agreed. I thought it was color matched at first.
It wasn't untiil I read your post and looked up again when I saw it was different.

92FOX
08-01-2012, 11:23 AM
I drive on gravel roads regularly going to fishing spots and like the plastic trim...it protects the paint from rock chips and on my liquid silver CX I think it looks especially good. However, that Aussie one does look very nice.

snorlax
08-04-2012, 11:42 AM
http://i50.tinypic.com/2q1hti1.jpg


Second look it looks like a plain candy white next to the Pearl white.

My guess is that it has been wrapped with vinyl. Looks bad but the LED "fairy lights" are distracting enough to make the mismatch a bit less obvious. While it could have been sprayed, I don't think anyone would remove and properly prep the plastic and then use a rattle can that didn't match.

On the other hand, Plasti-Dip makes a white. It's cheap and prep-free and if the owner got tired of it they can peel it off without damaging the trim.

I think that if you're happy with the black trim, covering it with a quality vinyl like 3M Scotchcal can give the trim a great protective advantage that you can (depending on the film finish) wax. If the film gets damaged it's easily replacable, and when you sell the car tossing the film will give you as new a surface as possible.

I'm getting a Sport MT, which is limited to three colors. I'll probably go with silver and have been looking into wrapping the whole car, including the trim with the best film available in white, red, or a burnt-orange (copper).

Velodog2
08-05-2012, 10:02 AM
Painted or wrapped, matching or not, my conclusion is the smooth glossy trim looks far more upscale than the factory finish we get. Would be interested in seeing it done in gloss black, but my guess is it would look good.

Jwlj
08-05-2012, 01:48 PM
Thinking of gloss or matallic black. Somebody mentioned they were thinking satin.

Andy409
08-05-2012, 04:09 PM
I ordered samples of all three: glosss, metallic, and satin. I'll post pictures up to see how they look once I get them in.

Jwlj
08-06-2012, 08:47 AM
Thanks!
I posted a few pics in my playing with vinyl thread.
I had Gloss and Metallic. I could go either way. I think the metallic would go great with the White Pearl Paint as it continues that sparkly theme in the vinyl.

snorlax
08-07-2012, 09:23 PM
Another possibility is to use a contrasting film (or paint). Volvo has offered a variety of contrasting colors for the factory body kit on the C30, particularly in Europe.

http://www.venusware.net/images/c30/C30%20028v2.jpg