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Old 05-19-2017, 09:42 AM
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My De-Chroming Progress...

I figured I would start a thread here regarding the de-chrome process I have recently started. The plan is to use SEM Trim Black Euro Jet on all OEM chrome pieces.

Stage 1 of this is a test on the chrome grill rings. I removed them, sanded with 220 grit, then smoothed with a green scotch brite pad. Cleaned thoroughly with rubbing alcohol and DupliColor prep spray. Sprayed each piece with 3 coats of DupliColor Adhesion Promoter, followed by 4 coats of SEM Trim Black. Not installed yet because full hardness is not achieved until 48 hours after painting...1 more day to go.

End result:
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I will be following this same process for the roof rails, window trim, fog light bezels, door handles, and tail light bezels. The roof rails and window trim will be done with SEM Trim Black Charcoal Metallic to break up the all black look a bit.

More pictures and progress will be added as I move along with this.

Any questions or feedback are welcome.

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I figured I would start a thread here regarding the de-chrome process I have recently started. The plan is to use SEM Trim Black Euro Jet on all OEM chrome pieces.

Stage 1 of this is a test on the chrome grill rings. I removed them, sanded with 220 grit, then smoothed with a green scotch brite pad. Cleaned thoroughly with rubbing alcohol and DupliColor prep spray. Sprayed each piece with 3 coats of DupliColor Adhesion Promoter, followed by 4 coats of SEM Trim Black. Not installed yet because full hardness is not achieved until 48 hours after painting...1 more day to go.

End result:
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I will be following this same process for the roof rails, window trim, fog light bezels, door handles, and tail light bezels. The roof rails and window trim will be done with SEM Trim Black Charcoal Metallic to break up the all black look a bit.

More pictures and progress will be added as I move along with this.

Any questions or feedback are welcome.

Jeff
I'll be interested to see how this comes out, especially the window trim. I had all my chrome pieces wrapped in Nov/Dec and my trim looks like crap cause of the winter here. (I'm in Utica, not far from you!). Surprisingly, my door handles and the lower bumper facia aren't too bad.
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:09 PM
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Re: My De-Chroming Progress...

This SEM paint is amazing stuff, super durable and dries very evenly. I couldn't wait any longer so I put the grille rings back on...

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Hard to tell in that light, but look good so far. What else are you planning to paint?
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Re: My De-Chroming Progress...

I'll be painting everything that is currently chrome. Roof rails and window trim will be a charcoal color...door handles, mirrors, tail light bezels, fog bezels will all be black like the grille rings.

I also bought some of their satin paint to test out. Textured plastic has a greyish color to it typically so I'm curious to see if this stuff will provide a "deeper" black as advertised.
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Re: My De-Chroming Progress...

I really feel the front JEEP emblem needs to be removed.
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I really feel the front JEEP emblem needs to be removed.
Or painted black
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Or painted black
Yeah I'll consider that...just don't want too much black. IF it stays on maybe I'll do charcoal to darken it slightly.
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Looks sharp, nice work
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Thank you. Mirrors and roof rails are next once my driveway can be driven on and the weather cooperates again.
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Re: My De-Chroming Progress...

Industrial, nice work (and details) looks good. I will be following your changes with much of the same mods to my wk2.

Did you take the bumper cover off to remove the grill rings or did you use the method where you slide a piece of thin plastic behind the rings to release the clips?

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Old 05-23-2017, 02:42 PM
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Re: My De-Chroming Progress...

Thanks man, I actually used trim sticks to pry off the rings. It's really easy, once you get one side loose, go to the other side, then just pull the bottom edge out toward you and down a little and they come right off.

Sanding and prep are the hard parts, the rest is cake.
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