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De-Chrome methods, pros and cons

I'm in the beginning stage of researching how to remove all the chrome from my 2014 JGC Overland. Right now I'm looking into the pros and cons of various methods.

If this thread ends up with some useful information on a variety of options, I'll summarize here in an updated OP.

What I know so far:

1) Plasti Dip

Pros: Cheap, Easy, DIY, removable
Cons: May not wear well, needs to be redone

2) Vinyl Wrap

Pros: Cheap, removable
Cons: A bit harder to do without experience, tedious, may need to hire a pro

3) Paint

Pros: long lasting
Cons: prep work, possibly permanent, should hire pro

Any other methods I should know about? Any differences you've had in your experience to the pros and cons I've listed?

Thanks!

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Old 10-09-2015, 05:01 PM
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Re: De-Chrome methods, pros and cons

Depends on your budget. If you want to do it right you will purchase oem painted parts. For example door handles and mirror caps can either be purchased new from a mopar parts store, or possibly traded with a Laredo owner, or purchased used online.
The rest of the chrome will need to be removed and painted for best results.
The other options are also good, but mainly if you want mediocre results on a lower budget.
I always figure plastidip is good as a temporary thing to see if you will like the mod. Then if you do then have it professionally painted.
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Re: De-Chrome methods, pros and cons

I'm getting ready to do the same

Do you guys know if the chrome parts can be painted over?

I bought some carbon fiber parts to replace the chrome mirrors and the rear step

I also ordered the black rear emblem and Srt bezels..but I'm really trying to figure out the best way to get the window trim
And handles blacked out
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Re: De-Chrome methods, pros and cons

I had my window trim vinyl wrapped by a professional shop for $400. They do it without removing anything. It looks great, I would say just as good as paint and it is easily reversible. They also told me it should last at least seven or eight years.

I considered painting until I discovered some of the window trim pieces, front and back, are not easily removable for paint preping and cannot be purchased separately. I think the rear pieces come as part of the window in the MOPAR parts list.

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Re: De-Chrome methods, pros and cons

That looks good

I'll have mine wrapped as well then

Now I just need to figure out what to do with the door handles

Thanks for the info
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Re: De-Chrome methods, pros and cons

This is a task that 2 of my buddies and I are tackling right now...one has an Overland, the other a limited and my SRT. So far here is what we have done and the "plan" for each!

2014 Overland:
Front tow-hooks removed and replaced with covers from j4j.com (less than $20 and took 30 minutes)
Black rear Jeep emblem (painted over chrome with matte black)
De-badged all other emblems

To Do:
Door handles, mirror caps, window trim, upper grille rings, fog light bezels, lower valance, rear step pad and tail light bezels. He plans to paint the majority of these matte black (window trim will be wrapped or painted gloss black to match the door panels in-between the windows)...while the others will be replaced with OEM painted PX8 pieces. He is the least involved and will probably take a couple years at his current pace


2014 Limited:
De-badged
Rear Jeep emblem replaced with OEM (PX8)
Tail light bezels replaced with OEM (PX8)

To Do:
Door handles, mirror caps, window trim, upper grille rings, fog light bezels, lower valance and rear step pad. He is going to replace all parts with OEM if possible. We are looking for painted door handles used or in exchange (silver to match the car). Mirror caps will be exchanged for non-painted (Laredo?) or will be painted PX8. The remaining pieces will be purchased new/OEM to replace the chrome.


2014 SRT:
De-baddged
Rear Jeep emblem OEM (PX8; pics below)
Upper grille rings OEM (PX8; pics below)

To do:
Window trim = Will wrap this in semi-gloss black to get as close to the PX8 as possible without looking cheap
Lower brake duct rings = Will either bite the bullet and buy the OEM for $300+ or paint them PX8 (still mulling over the idea of color-matching them to my wheels, a dark-gray metallic)
Luckily there is a lot less to do on mine as I HATE the chrome that is plastered all over the majority of WK2's (personal opinion; to each their own!)

Rear Jeep emblem is easy; used thick tape and a microfiber to wedge a screwdriver in-between the rear cargo and the emblem. Two tabs and 2x tape hold it in. Took 30 minutes total as you will need to remove the excess adhesive...I also cleaned it off with alcohol prior to adding the new emblem to ensure it will stay snug against the paint

Emblem off; note where the two tabs are



Installed:




The first grille ring was took some patience...but after working around the ring I found that if you work out the bottom two corners, then up the sides, you can then pop them off via the top corners...did not damage any tabs as I took my time, also used a sunglasses soft case to put the trim tool inside so I did not scratch anything...take a look at the pic below so you can see what they look like off:




Installed (why they put chrome anywhere on the SRT is beyond me):




Let's get some more info going on this thread as I know there are a lot of people that want the same thing...NO CHROME!
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Now I just need to figure out what to do with the door handles

Thanks for the info
Easy, like I said above...buy them. Brand new factory painted for your vehicle for less than $400. Go to any online mopar parts vendor and they are available. I personally like allmoparparts.com
You can even purchase entire new Laredo mirrors factory painted, then just swap mirror caps. If you select the most stripped down models the entire mirror assembly is only like $130 each. Then swap mirror caps and sell the entire assembly you just bought to recoupe the money.
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perfect!

Thanks for the help

Just followed your link and it's only 268$ for 4 painted handles
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perfect!

Thanks for the help

Just followed your link and it's only 268$ for 4 painted handles
Oh wow that's cheaper than I thought. Its at $307 for all four bright white handles so your color must be a little cheaper....lucky haha. I priced bright white mirrors as well and they are at $150 and $137 for left and right complete mirror. Then like I said above you can resell the complete mirror once you get the painted cap off and recoupe some of the money. Really not bad when you think about it. All brand new OEM painted parts for less than $600 bucks. No screwing around at a body shop and hoping they do an acceptable job painting over the chrome. And you get to keep or sell the original parts.
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Re: De-Chrome methods, pros and cons

Yep...my jeep is "true Blue" so I guess its a little cheaper color to buy parts for ...

Looking forward to getting rid of all the chrome...I have a set of 22" Lexani R4 wheels in black coming as well ...so I can ditch these chrome Spider Monkeys
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