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Old 11-21-2014, 11:33 AM
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Post How to Plastidip all of the exterior chrome

So I've had a few members asking me how exactly I plastidipped all the chrome and didn't see a 'how to' anywhere on JG yet (though I might not have looked that hard). Anyway here is the video I followed, very well explained:

It took me about 5-6 cans to do the front grill, rear hatch piece, window trim, and the side trim pieces (bought the plastidip at Lowes). I chose not to do the roof rack and emblems just out of preference. For the front grill and rear hatch piece, I just popped those out and sprayed them on some newspaper in my garage (both pieces are held in by plastic clips that are fairly easy to pop out with a screwdriver or something similar, and it's easier if you have two people to pop out the front piece). The window trim and side trim pieces I just masked off with painters tape and newspaper. I did 4 layers of plastidip on everything. When you are all done and it has all dried, you can wipe off the excess over spray that got on the jeep's paint with a microfiber towel, but be careful, I was a bit hasty and nicked the trim with the towel which ended up causing some very small flakes of the plastidip to come off on the window trim, it wasn't bad enough for me to redo the whole side but just be careful. Also I was told by my brother not to drive through automatic car washes, he had some of the plastidip come off on his, just wash it yourself at a self wash place.

FYI, I highly recommend you buy one of these spray can handles: Can-Gun1 2012 Premium Can Tool Aerosol Spray - Spray Paints - Amazon.com I did the front and rear pieces without this and by the end my last coat was pretty inconsistent due to my fingers being so worn out and barely able to press the spray button.

Posted some pictures of the process below (sorry didn't take any while doing the front and rear pieces).




Be sure to leave a good 1/2 to 1 inch gap between the trim and masking tape, this is vital:



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Re: How to Plastidip all of the exterior chrome

That looks great. Glad to know it is actually a pretty simple process to plastidip. Now I'm really thinking about doing it to my JGC
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Re: How to Plastidip all of the exterior chrome

Awesome look!!
What rims tires are you running there?
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Re: How to Plastidip all of the exterior chrome

Thanks guys, they are procomp 7036 17x9 rims 0 offset
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Re: How to Plastidip all of the exterior chrome

Great look! I'm definitely going to do mine. Would the plastidip hold up if I were to do my chrome mopar nerd bars? I hardly ever actually step on them but they still take a beating. I've heard people on JG plastidipping their rims too though...thoughts?


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Re: How to Plastidip all of the exterior chrome

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Great look! I'm definitely going to do mine. Would the plastidip hold up if I were to do my chrome mopar nerd bars? I hardly ever actually step on them but they still take a beating. I've heard people on JG plastidipping their rims too though...thoughts?


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Thanks man, yea my roommate plastidipped the rims on his Miata and they held up fine, I'd guess it should hold up for the mopar bars but I just don't know, I googled it and looks like plenty of other folks have tried it on their nerf bars. Worst case you lose $20 and a few hours of work plus you could always just peel it off if it starts to chip too much
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Re: How to Plastidip all of the exterior chrome

my chrome is pealing in one spot on my roof rail Im kinda mad since its a 2013. if i plasti dip that whole thing would it cover it up or would you still be able to notice you think? Thanks for the input....
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my chrome is pealing in one spot on my roof rail Im kinda mad since its a 2013. if i plasti dip that whole thing would it cover it up or would you still be able to notice you think? Thanks for the input....
Plasti dip should be able to cover it up for sure.
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Re: How to Plastidip all of the exterior chrome

look AMAZING good job!!!! im about to plasti dip my chrome window trim, just quick question, did you cover windows all the way up to the chrome trim?? the word around is that you leave an inch or so to overspray on actual car so you can peel it off nice and easy but im confused about the actual window part of the car. thanks
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look AMAZING good job!!!! im about to plasti dip my chrome window trim, just quick question, did you cover windows all the way up to the chrome trim?? the word around is that you leave an inch or so to overspray on actual car so you can peel it off nice and easy but im confused about the actual window part of the car. thanks

Thanks! Do the same thing on the windows as you do on the paint and leave that inch or so gap on the edge. I was a little worried about the windows too when I did mine, but it will peel right off. The inch gap is vital to a clean edge when you peel it off
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Re: How to Plastidip all of the exterior chrome

so leave an inch gap on both sides of the window trim? how many coats did you use? 1 cAn enough? and how long whole process take u?
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Re: How to Plastidip all of the exterior chrome

Yep inch gap on both sides of the trim. I'd recommend 3 coats minimum (two cans) and the spray handle I recommended in my earlier post (your finger will thank you). The thicker the coat, the easier it will be to peel off a clean edge and the longer the plastidip will last. A thicker coat also makes it easier to remove down the line if you ever want to pull it all off.
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