It is cool to see people getting creative with the Element. Personally I think the Element looses a lot of its personality when the panels are painted to match. Maybe if they were painted a different color altogether. Like the prototype that Honda made with the silver color and the panels a blue color.
I agree that painting the panels to match the body color does dilute the E's personality considerably. The panels are one of the distinctive features that sets our favorite automobile apart from the rest. And I wonder how well the painted panels will hold up...
I did, however, really like the prototype blue panels with the silver paint. So, maybe the color combination is the key?
[quote:9615477dd8="hunterbase"]I am curious how the painted-panel people have been getting the plastic panels to look as smooth as the metal ones. Bondo and lots of sanding? I wonder...[/quote:9615477dd8]
The texture in the panels isn't that deep. Primer would fill it in before any color is shot. Painting the plastic isn't really that difficult, but I agree that it doesn't necessarily improve the looks of the "E". I like the contrast personally.
[quote:bc26d8c01d="StLouisPenguin"]I think when the panels are painted it makes the E look more like every other SUV on the road....just doesn't do it justice!
Also....the picture of the back looks kinda like a VW Bus...or maybe I am just having flashbacks of a bad trip.....lol! (Teasin'!!!)[/quote:bc26d8c01d]
The Element, painted or not, does not look anything like anything on the road today. The design inside and out is totally unique :!: With that said, an Element with unpainted panels looks like every other Element on the road. It is a personal preference but painting the panels makes our E's unique from all other Elements and from every other SUV on the road.
Guys, i have a silver E w/ all the panels painted and personally I love it. If you want to see some pics just email me at [email protected] and label the subject as E-Pics and I will send them right over and you can make your own judgements.