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Old 02-06-2014, 03:39 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

I've posted this before, but I'll do a quick recap and my impressions:

Before I took delivery of my car, the guard dog at a dealership chewed my grill. So I got it replaced with the "black optics" grill.

I then contacted a local shop who does vinyl wraps, and had them wrap the chrome trim around the windows with gloss black. The only thing different than a true black optics package are the chrome handle accents and the rims (for summers I have a double 5 spoke rims).
The handles I don't mind actually, I'll leave them for now, and see if they will grow on me. Otherwise, I can paint the top portions of the handle to match body colour.

Here are some pictures. What do you guys think?
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Old 02-06-2014, 04:09 PM   #2
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I definitely think the window trim wrapped is a huge improvement. However, I waver back and forth on the grill. One of the best design characteristics of an Audi is the grill and the A6 has one of the best. By blacking it out so much it loses a lot of its character. Just my thoughts.
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:00 AM   #3
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Thanks, appreciate the feedback.
The chrome grill was actually bother me. It looks good on some colours like white or silver, but was bothering me with the Daytona grey.

Anyways, I'm off to get it tinted. Should post up some new pics tonight.
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What a difference the trim wrap makes. Looking good!
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Thanks, appreciate the feedback.
The chrome grill was actually bother me. It looks good on some colours like white or silver, but was bothering me with the Daytona grey.

Anyways, I'm off to get it tinted. Should post up some new pics tonight.
Completely agree and I think removing the chrome actually enhances the grill as it creates a more natural looking line and ties the front together. The chrome distracts the eye and busies up the front. The S6 is even worse with horizontal slats.
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Chrome sucks, on any car, on any color. It's just plain ugly.
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I can't wait until spring. I think mid March or April I am going to wrap my trim and get the RS grille.
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I like it as well without the chrome. I blacked out all the chrome on my car as well (as my signature shows) so I'd be a hypocrite to say stick with the chrome lol

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Everything is personal opinion, but since you asked.

I don't get this black out theme in general. It looks cheap and juvenile. Everytime I roll up on a blacked out car I guess it's a teenager and 95% of the time I'm right
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^^^ if you don't mind me asking, how old are you?
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Everything is personal opinion, but since you asked.

I don't get this black out theme in general. It looks cheap and juvenile. Everytime I roll up on a blacked out car I guess it's a teenager and 95% of the time I'm right
Nothing wrong with blacked out cars. And what if all owners were in fact teens? What would it matter? Why? Let those with blacked out cars enjoy their blacked out cars without futile judgement.
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All those darn whippersnappers in their M5s and 911s with blacked out trim, not to mention those hipsters driving their vintage e30 or e36 3-series and their Audi Quattros. So cheap and juvenile...
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Nothing wrong with blacked out cars. And what if all owners were in fact teens? What would it matter? Why? Let those with blacked out cars enjoy their blacked out cars without futile judgement.
He asked for opinions and opinions are judgments, both yours and mine. Your making a judgment yourself with this response. See how that works?

That's why I qualified my response with it being my opinion
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Completely agree and I think removing the chrome actually enhances the grill as it creates a more natural looking line and ties the front together. The chrome distracts the eye and busies up the front. The S6 is even worse with horizontal slats.
Well obviously we disagree, but without contrast, you lose definition in the grill and lose the shape of the grill. IMO, the grill is one of the defining things for Audi's.
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I agree with everyone, which is why I don't have either the chrome or the fully blacked out trim!
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Well obviously we disagree, but without contrast, you lose definition in the grill and lose the shape of the grill. IMO, the grill is one of the defining things for Audi's.
Forgot about this thread. We agree on the grill defining the car, but there are ways to provide definition without chrome. Our views are "colored" by comparing a light to dark car. Its obviously harder to contrast a black grill against a dark exterior.
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I personally don't like the chrome, especially on a black car. I wish I was a teen (I'm 34) but it's just a preference. Like it or hate it, each has his/her own preference, so people will fix up their car as they seem fit




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I personally don't like the chrome, especially on a black car. I wish I was a teen (I'm 34) but it's just a preference. Like it or hate it, each has his/her own preference, so people will fix up their car as they seem fit
May I ask why you did not change the Audi logo black, too, if you don't like the chrome? Just curious, no bad intention at all.

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May I ask why you did not change the Audi logo black, too, if you don't like the chrome? Just curious, no bad intention at all.
IMO, the logo should stay chrome. Too much black is not my cup of tea as well. The chrome trim around the grill looks better blacked out. The chrome grill makes the grill stand out from the rest of the car and not part of it.

Anyways, these are all just opinions, everyone has them.
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May I ask why you did not change the Audi logo black, too, if you don't like the chrome? Just curious, no bad intention at all.
I kinda like the logo to stand out onto the black background; Im not crazy for the entire thing blacked out, there needs to be some sort of contrast lol
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