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Old 06-19-2016, 09:22 AM
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Time to lose the chrome

The title says it all. I bought the Overland because I wanted all the gadgets, but the over use of chrome is too yuppie for me. Yes, the Jeep looks good, but it looks like every other soccer-mom-mobile out there. It's time to start taking the chrome off. I intend to do the mirror caps, fog light rings, grille rings, emblems, tail light rings, and maybe even the window trim. This is just the first piece, and more of a "test run" than a final result.

I say test run on this because I didn't replace the chrome trim yet, I just painted it. It took a little work, but nothing too serious. I suspect it will peel with time, so I didn't get too crazy about it. That said, I did try to do it well enough that it will last a little while. On the parts that are planned to be lasting I'll sand blast rather than sanding, so the paint is much less likely to peel.

I started by sanding the chrome, so the paint had a "rough" surface to stick to. I hit it with 100 grit, then worked to a finer grit to eliminate swirls and lines. Again, I didn't get to crazy taking it to a really fine grit because that would defeat the purpose of roughing the surface.

Once I was done sanding, I taped it off and got to work. I was originally planning to use gloss black, but after putting on the base I decided the matte looked pretty good. So instead of gloss I used matte black so it blends with the rest of the plastic trim.

Attached are a few photos of the process. If you notice on the image with the close up of the tow hook area, you can see how the sanded trim looks more like satin than the shinny hooks. When sanding the chrome you have to get rid of all the shine, or the paint will peel very quickly. Even sanded, I'm not sure I expect it to last very long.

Anyway, attached are few photos to show some prep, and the finished product.

Like I said, this is just the start. I'm going to do more, but that's the biggest piece that needed attention. Always start with the project you're dreading first, then it's easier to move forward because the worst part is over. When this inevitably starts to chip/peel I plan on replacing it with a OEM insert from a Limited/Altitude/etc that isn't chrome. You know.... like they should be.
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:34 AM
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Re: Time to lose the chrome

Looks good - keep us posted how it holds up.

Just a heads up, if you opt to swap out that front piece, that gloss black front lip is $600+ from the altitude. The black textured from the Laredo is like $60 if I remember when I replaced it on Limited
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Old 06-19-2016, 06:27 PM
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Re: Time to lose the chrome

A self etching primer will help prevent peeling. It slightly "eats" or etches into the metal.
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Yeah, selfetching primer is about the only way I know to get it to hold longer than a day without blasting it.

Thanks for the tip CrimsonKing. So apparently even if someone wanted gloss, they should buy the Laredo part and paint it gloss. That's a crazy mark up for some gloss paint.
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