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Re: Chrome? I don't need no stikin' chrome!

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The ongoing unchroming of my JGC.
Where did you find the black inserts for the tail lights and the black "jeep" logo on the back? How easy was it to replace?

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Where did you find the black inserts for the tail lights and the black "jeep" logo on the back? How easy was it to replace?
Everything is "painted" with Plasti-dip.
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Re: Chrome? I don't need no stikin' chrome!

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Everything is "painted" with Plasti-dip.
Wow that looks really good. I'm guessing you just taped all of it off?
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Wow that looks really good. I'm guessing you just taped all of it off?
Yes. That's why I haven't done the grill and the lettering on the doors, etc. yet...too much tedious taping to do. Hopefully this summer I'll get motivated to do more.
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Yes. That's why I haven't done the grill and the lettering on the doors, etc. yet...too much tedious taping to do. Hopefully this summer I'll get motivated to do more.
Tedious taping to do the letters? Not really.

All you have to do is mask off around the letters, leaving about an inch or two of space between tape and letters. Then just peel it all away when you're finished. It comes apart from the letters very easily because they have hard edges. All you have to do is maybe go in with a toothpick to get tiny pieces that are left over. I'd estimate it would take maybe 10-15 minutes to mask properly. 2 hours to spray a few coats, dry and peel.

The only parts that take a while are the grill rings and the window trim. Everything else is very quick to "dip".
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Tedious taping to do the letters? Not really.

All you have to do is mask off around the letters, leaving about an inch or two of space between tape and letters. Then just peel it all away when you're finished. I comes apart from the letters very easily because they have hard edges. All you have to do is maybe go in with a toothpick to get tiny pieces that are left over. I'd estimate it would take maybe 10-15 minutes to mask properly. 2 hours to spray a few coats, dry and peel.

The only parts that take a while are the grill rings and the window trim. Everything else is very quick to "dip".
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Re: Chrome? I don't need no stikin' chrome!

I had a friend Photoshop all of the chrome to black. I think this is what I'm going to do when I order mine minus the handles. I think I will paint them body color. I might debadge it as well.



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Chrome? I don't need no stikin' chrome!

I'm in the process of doing this to my '14 Limited. Plasti-dip worked for everything so far.... except the front lower huge chrome piece. Took a long time to dip bc of the taping off and on-the-ground weird angles.... annnnd then the next day, it peeled. Must have been water in a crack. Ugh! Anyways, anyone know where to find that lower piece to buy it? Maybe off of a Laredo?


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Re: Chrome? I don't need no stikin' chrome!

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Yes. That's why I haven't done the grill and the lettering on the doors, etc. yet...too much tedious taping to do. Hopefully this summer I'll get motivated to do more.
Grill rings are surprisingly easy to dip. Use a plastic drop cloth from a home improvement store($2) and drape/tape it over the whole hood and tape it off around the edges. You want the entire front of the car covered for overspray protection. Grab a pair of scissors and cut out a rectangular hole that is slightly bigger than the grill. Tape the border of this hole to the body giving you about a 1 inch gap around the entire grill. Use painters tape to cover up as much of the honeycomb grill as you can. I used an exacto knife to push tape down into some of the harder gaps. Since you already have the entire hood protected, you can use the same technique with the fog lights(cover the lens with tape), tow hooks, and bottom chrome valence. Dip everything like you normally would and after your last coat, the tape on the honeycomb will peel off as one sheet as long as you have a gap between the honeycomb and the rings. I promise it isn't as difficult as it seems. With ZERO dipping experience, I did a full chrome delete in two days.

The only thing that didn't work out 100% was my handles and that's just because they have started to lift up around the edges from repeated use. Has anyone had better luck with vinyl on the handles?
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Re: Chrome? I don't need no stikin' chrome!

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Grill rings are surprisingly easy to dip. Use a plastic drop cloth from a home improvement store($2) and drape/tape it over the whole hood and tape it off around the edges. You want the entire front of the car covered for overspray protection. Grab a pair of scissors and cut out a rectangular hole that is slightly bigger than the grill. Tape the border of this hole to the body giving you about a 1 inch gap around the entire grill. Use painters tape to cover up as much of the honeycomb grill as you can. I used an exacto knife to push tape down into some of the harder gaps. Since you already have the entire hood protected, you can use the same technique with the fog lights(cover the lens with tape), tow hooks, and bottom chrome valence. Dip everything like you normally would and after your last coat, the tape on the honeycomb will peel off as one sheet as long as you have a gap between the honeycomb and the rings. I promise it isn't as difficult as it seems. With ZERO dipping experience, I did a full chrome delete in two days.

The only thing that didn't work out 100% was my handles and that's just because they have started to lift up around the edges from repeated use. Has anyone had better luck with vinyl on the handles?
I was advised by my vinyl guy not to do the handles for the same reason, it will start to lift with use. Seems the only alternative is to actually replace the handles or have them professionally painted. Unfortunately, removing the handle for replacement or painting looks to be major surgery. The procedure manual from the body shop I checked with shows everything coming out of the inside of the door, just to get to the handles. They quoted me $600 just for the labor. I do plan to ask a few more places though.
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Re: Chrome? I don't need no stikin' chrome!

I have always used spray on rims, but they DO make Plastidip in jars/cans that I use for dipping tools. (socket wrench handle, sockets, pliers handles etc)

Sold at home depot or menards.

anyone ever try just using a paint brush and the jar version to do the lettering. ("jeep" or "grand cherokee" lettering on the vehicle... ???
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