As it turns out, the mirror covers can be very quickly and simply swapped out on the speed6 mirrors. Unfortunately, the regular 6 mirror covers do not swap onto the regular 6 mirrors. I broke my own 6 mirrors removing the mirror glass to find out. I was beyond irritated.
To remove the speed 6 mirror cover (for painting or otherwise), first remove the mirror glass. The process involves pushing on the top of the mirror to “click” it all the way so you’re looking at the sky (if you were sitting in the drivers seat). Then using a panel pry tool from the gap at the bottom, pop the ball and socket joint from the mirror motor off the mirror glass. Then do the same with the outer mirror motor socket. In the process the center clip will likely go as well. Make sure to have a hand ready as the mirror usually comes flying off and can break if it hits the ground. If the mirrors are heated, the heater wires will help keep it from falling to the ground.
NOTE: ignore my finger and take note of the mirror motor. The two ball and sockets are at the black parts of the mirror motor. In the center is the pivot socket for the mirror. Those are the three mounting points for the mirror glass to the mirror motor.
Here's a photo of the back side of the mirror to help you understand how it mates up with the mirror motor. Sorry it's so dirty... it was the only picture I had of the back.
NOTE: this is a non heated mirror... the square on the left would have two plugs sticking out to attach the heater wires to if it were the heated version.
Now that the mirror glass is off, you’ll be able to see the spots where the mirror cover attach to the frame of the folding mirror body. There are two clips at the top:
And one at the lower outer edge of the mirror
Here’s a picture of the mirror cover removed so you can see the clips clearly.
When you remove it, start with a small pry tool or screw driver. Gently press down on the clip nearest the sail panel while applying some pressure away from the mirror frame. Then move to the outer upper clip and do the same. You will feel the mirror cover start to retreat from the mirror frame.
!!!AVOID ALL TEMPTATION TO PRY THE COVER AWAY FROM THE FRAME!!!
Doing so will likely break a clip and the cover will be useless. I used my fingernail inserted in the gap just above the clips to hold outward pressure on the clips as I released them.
Once you have it started, go to the outer lower clip and gently pry that away as you continue to apply gentle outward pressure on the mirror cover and it will eventually pop free of the frame.
It can come flying off pretty quickly, so making sure you have a bit of a hold on it would be good.
NOTE: on the bottom of the mirror cover are two small pins that angle down. These are there to hold the mirror cover tight to the frame. They will break if pulled directly away from the frame. Treat them more like a hinge and pivot the cover away from the frame and then lift it out. Those pins are SUPER easy to break.
One more photo here to help you see how the cover attaches. This is the back side of the mirror showing where all the clips attach. Hopefully it will help you understand as you’re removing it.
Now that you know how to remove it, you can buy color matched base and clear coat from the following website (info courtesy of @DrFeelGood
Put in your year make and model and it will pop up a color chart. To find out what color your car is, open your driver’s door and look at the vin sticker. On the bottom it will have the color code after the following prompt: EXT PNT. For example, mine is “26 X” Match that up and you can order what you need to paint out your speed 6 mirror cover to match your current body color.
And that’s all there is to it! Now that you know that the speed 6 mirrors will fit, you could also buy the electric folding ones or even the turn signal folding ones and install them on your regular 6. Now that said, it’ll be a bit more involved as you’ll need to pull the wires through the door for the electric folding feature and or the turn signal wires to activate the side turn indicator. But at least you’ll know before you plunk down the big dollars on the mirrors!
Hope this helps out someone out there.