Japanese flag fuel filler cap vinyl
Spraying the Nissan badges matt black
Painting the tyre decals white
JDM subway ring
Painting the brake drums
Rotating your wheels
Japanese flag fuel filler cap vinyl
The only exterior mod I've done so far is to cover the fuel filler flap with a Japanese flag vinyl sticker. It's printed on 5 year vinyl and cost £4 delivered for two. If you search 'Procut vinyl' on eBay, you'll find the shop. It's actually owned and run by Kev, a guy on the Micra Sports Club, the UK's best Micra forum.
Spraying the Nissan badges matt black
Being a great fan of black, I decided to remove the Nissan badges and spray them matt black. Removing the badges themselves was easy enough, the badges are plastic so don't deform when you pry them off. Getting the sticky foam adhesive left behind off is a nightmare. The front one took about two hours of sheer unpleasantness, I tried a technique on the back that worked like a charm.

Pick off what you can and then fold a non-dimpled tissue into quarters and soak it in petrol. Lay it over the foam for a good 10 minutes, re-wetting it if neccessary. Pick off what you can and repeat the petrol treatment. After four applications, you should all the sticky gunk off nicely. I then T-cutted the area as a lot of paint dullness was evident with the badge removed.

I prepped the badges by scouring with a Scothbrite pad soaked in hot water and washing up liquid. The chrome is so hard you won't be able to key the surface but it does get it clean and degreased. Once dry, two thin coats of Rustoleum 'Painter's Touch' multi-purpose matt black paint and they were ready to go back on. I stuck them on with a thin bead of frame sealant.
[A] This pic shows the rear badge up close. Not an absolutely perfect paint job but I wanted to get it back on before it was too dark to take a photo.
[B] This pic shows the rear of the car as a whole. It's not easy to see it clearly but if I stood on the other side, my reflection appeared in the paint.
Painting the tyre decals white
I was bored last weekend and spent most of the day watching car videos on YouTube so I decided to paint the letters on my Toyos white. Here's how:
[A] First off, head to Halfrauds and pick up a white Tyreart pen. I paid £6.99 but I subsequently realised that you can get them on eBay for about a third of that...
[B] WARNING: Only do this first step if you are single. If you're not, wait until your other half is out of the house !

Start by removing each wheel and cleaning and rinsing it thoroughly in the bath. This ensures the tyre paint will adhere properly, it's especially critical if the tyres have ever been dressed with tyre gloss. Allow the tyre to dry completely. A towel helps speed this up but read the warning above.
[C] Now colour in the letters. The pen gives out paint when you plunge the nib in by pressing it onto the tyre. I found it easier to make the pen splodge some paint out and then paint with the nib rather than trying to colour in directly with the pen. The paint dissolved the rubber slightly and ended up a pale cream colour. I liked this, it made it look aged and less 'brand new'.

I refitted the tryes about half an hour after painting, just be sure not to touch it for a few hours.
[D] The whole job took about 2 hours to get all the wheels painted and back on. Here's a close up of one of the front wheels, looks pretty good I reckon.
[E] A pic of the whole car .
JDM subway ring
I'd seen subway rings, known in Japan as tsurikawa, at Jap car shows and really wanted one for my car. The only way on the entire internet to buy one was at rather alot of expense from Japan via eBay so I bit the bullet and bought one. It's bolted to a hole drilled in the bumper with full strength threadlock compound, the two bolts in the strap are similarly threadlocked. You want to know why it's there and what it does? I'm not going to explain it to you .
[A] Looking good!
Painting the brake drums
I was in Aldi yesterday and saw they were selling a black spray paint that's supposedly chip, flake, petrol and nuclear war-proof for £4 so I grabbed a can and decided to paint my brake drums. This is one of the classic, age-old car mod's that everyone does along with K&N filters and de-bump stripping etc you get the picture:
[A] One can of Aldi's finest nuclear-war-proof gloss black spray paint for £4 - many bargains!
[B] Jack up the car and remove the wheel. To prevent overspray going everywhere, I used the box my brake discs came in recently as a shield.
[C] Looking pretty smart the next morning.
[D] All back together and I think it looks a lot smarter than rusty drums .
Rotating your wheels
I don't normally rotate my wheels or let my garage do it because you end up having to replace all 4 tyres instead of 2 at a time, kinda pointless in my opinion. My rears are nearly gone and I want to change them for the same brand as the front so it made sense to put the good tyres on the back. Here's how:
[A] There's no point using axle stands so long as you make sure the pump screws securing the jacks are nice and secure. Just borrow a trolley jack from a friend or relative, loosen the wheel nuts and jack up both sides and swap the wheels.