Wing mirrors

oowee

Member
Drivers side wing mirror on my red 1.4tdi has a large area of peeling lacquer. I was thinking easiest way to tidy it up is remove the mirrors and get them wrapped in shiny black. How are they removed?
 

Proghound

Admin Team
I think other people have tried wrapping the mirrors but end up having to cut too many shapes for it to be an easy or long-lasting job. However the coloured mirror shells can be removed in situ and swapped for replacements e.g. in solid black. You just have to remove the mirror glass first. Adjust it fully inwards and get fingers or a trim tool in behind it in the corner and pop it off its mountings. Then there are three screws holding the shell on to the frame. Be very careful if your mirrors are heated (and in this case there are two electrical connectors to the elements on the back of the glass to remove) as they are not the cheapest to replace.

If you do want to get the whole unit out, first you have to take the door card off. The Search function will find a how-to for you. Disconnect the mirror wiring from the window control unit and remove it from its routing cable-ties. Then prise off the inner triangular cover in the corner of the window, there are another one or two screws underneath that hold the mirror unit on. The wiring and connector will fit through the hole it leaves, but there will be some dried-up putty to remove first. On refitting, put some form of stopping compound in to avoid leaks.
 
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oowee

Member
Thanks for the advice I will give the wrapping a miss. Is it possible to take off the lacquer and then re apply it? Other suggestions for the mirror would be appreciated. I saw som black spray being applied to side strips and wheel arches (forgotten what it was called),would that be a sensible option?
 

Clackers

Member
Its an option, but I have two glass black wing mirror covers available, original Audi paint too.
Can do the pair for £12 posted.
 

Proghound

Admin Team
I saw som black spray being applied to side strips and wheel arches (forgotten what it was called)
I think I've seen that same video, the stuff was Plastidip - again, not a permanent solution so therefore not un-sensible because it will come off if you need it to. I don't know for sure about re-lacquering, but I think I've heard of it being done.

The easiest and neatest solution so far would be @Clackers offer of replacement black shells.
 
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