Ok so I painted the wheel cladding

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Ottawa, Ontario
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17 Mazda 6 GT
Looking good ! I also think the cladding is a bit too much on the CX-30.
Painting the lower cladding would also look good in my opinion. Here is a photoshop rendering of what a lowered CX-30 with fully painted cladding would look like.

Wow, I really like the rendering they did. Looks really good with the cladding gone and hunkered down like that.
 
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Phoenix
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2020 CX5 signature
Sorry, while I'm not a fan of the cladding, that just doesn't flow well, especially with the huge side cladding still there, and the mis-match color makes it worse, IMO. Given the bad (again, IMO) options, I'd go back to black. (got - to - resist - the - joke)

As for matching painted plastic vs painted metal, there's a bigger issue. A pearl white won't just be a 2 stage paint process, it will be a 3 stage paint - a basecoat color, then a translucent pearl, and finally a clear coat finish. A pro body shop will do it right but I can't be sure that someone, even a pro, will do that on plastic wheel cladding.
 
just doesn't flow well, especially with the huge side cladding still there,
I agree about the "flow" Tell it to Ford also about the F150... Poor choice by Mazda. It looks like they tried to make it look like a Mini.. Then again opinions are like a-holes, everybody's got one... ;^) If you read the other posts, matching the metal and plastic body parts sometimes doesn't work. I've seen it on Lexus also.. In different light it matches and other light it is just a RCH off... A crap shoot for sure.
 

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Even if the paint isn't a perfect match, I do like it more than the bare cladding.
 
Even if the paint isn't a perfect match, I do like it more than the bare cladding.
LIke I said, it's dependent on the incident light. I guess the pearl paint is a b**** to match on plastic . The pearl on the cladding glistens just like the pearl on the metal..Base ,pearl and clear... Done at a Hot Rod custom body shop. Their paint work is flawless... Well at least to me...YMMV I'm ok with the results..
 
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2020 CX-30/MX-5
Maybe it's just me, but does it look like to anyone else that the wheels/tires are too small for the wheel openings? The rear wheel cavity especially looks like it should be a lot more filled in.
Every picture I've seen of the CX-30 looks like it has undersized tires.
Here is a link to a before and after of a gray CX-30 with H&R springs. https://www.cx30talk.com/threads/lowering-springs.395/#post-6577

I think lowering this white one would look better. My wife gave me the go ahead to get them for her gray CX-30 after I showed her the pictures.