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Besides, the whole blacked out look has been done to death. A bit like paneling in living rooms in the 60's.
So tell me what's been done to death more. Chrome that's been used on cars since the first Model A or blacked out which has been popular less than 10 yrs?

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Just curious as to why you guys dislike the chrome on the mirrors so much?

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Old 05-19-2015, 05:57 AM
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Re: What did you do to your WK2 today?

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So tell me what's been done to death more. Chrome that's been used on cars since the first Model A or blacked out which has been popular less than 10 yrs?
A better question is to ask yourself why Chrome has been around since the first model A? The blacked out look is coming up on minute 14 of it's 15 minutes of fame. It's already dying off. In a few short years will be a lot like the pop music is today compared to the 50's and 60's. Gone forever, and totally forgotten. Today, every major city in the nation has an "oldies station" that plays music from that era. Do you think in 40 years people will be listening to Snoop Dog or Puff Dick and all the rest?

It's much the same with the whole blacked out thing. First off, it's got a very limited appeal right out of the starting gate. Black is a total b!tch to keep clean. And as I pointed out, in hot sunny climates they've got limited appeal, and even less longevity due to fading and temperature issues. In short, they're not practical.

Chrome has always had universal appeal. From the days of the Model A, as you pointed out, all the way to the present. It's durable, and looks good, and stays looking good for a long time with a minimum of care. Look at these flat black Harley's you see every once and a while. They look like someone ran out of money and can't afford to get them painted. Flat black paint is nothing but a dirt magnet that's all but impossible to keep clean. Even in very high gloss clear coat, they show every single speck of dust and dirt.

I'm not saying they look "bad". Actually, many look really good when they're all cleaned up and freshly washed. But how many people in rainy, temperate climates can keep them looking nice all the time? As I mentioned when I had my black Vette in Chicago, it was an almost impossible task to keep it clean. Blacked out vehicles are a lot like sexy strippers. Great to look at, but too high maintenance to own.
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Network, those are beautiful! Have you got a link to where you got them?
I ordered them through a third party seller on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It took over 3 weeks to get them since the came on the super slow boat from China, but for $40 I was willing to wait. They say they're only up to 2014, but the body style didn't change for 2015.

You could probably find something similar on E-Bay, but I'm not a big fan of buying from there any more than I have to. At least with Amazon, they're pretty good about standing by the customer, even when they aren't the seller.

If you want OEM, you can find them as low as $80, but you have to shop around. MOPAR sells them direct for around $100 or so.
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A better question is to ask yourself why Chrome has been around since the first model A? The blacked out look is coming up on minute 14 of it's 15 minutes of fame. It's already dying off. In a few short years will be a lot like the pop music is today compared to the 50's and 60's. Gone forever, and totally forgotten. Today, every major city in the nation has an "oldies station" that plays music from that era. Do you think in 40 years people will be listening to Snoop Dog or Puff Dick and all the rest?

It's much the same with the whole blacked out thing. First off, it's got a very limited appeal right out of the starting gate. Black is a total b!tch to keep clean. And as I pointed out, in hot sunny climates they've got limited appeal, and even less longevity due to fading and temperature issues. In short, they're not practical.

Chrome has always had universal appeal. From the days of the Model A, as you pointed out, all the way to the present. It's durable, and looks good, and stays looking good for a long time with a minimum of care. Look at these flat black Harley's you see every once and a while. They look like someone ran out of money and can't afford to get them painted. Flat black paint is nothing but a dirt magnet that's all but impossible to keep clean. Even in very high gloss clear coat, they show every single speck of dust and dirt.

I'm not saying they look "bad". Actually, many look really good when they're all cleaned up and freshly washed. But how many people in rainy, temperate climates can keep them looking nice all the time? As I mentioned when I had my black Vette in Chicago, it was an almost impossible task to keep it clean. Blacked out vehicles are a lot like sexy strippers. Great to look at, but too high maintenance to own.

So your points are ...

1. Chrome looks better than black.
2. Chrome is easier to keep clean than black
3. Black is trendy.

With that logic you must use snail mail instead of email.
I mean it's been around for years and the internet is a trendy thing those kids use to communicate. It'll die off eventually.

Real chrome in an environment that contains salt is a lost cause. It will start to peel and pit in a matter of months. Unless you're referring to the quality chrome-like mirrors, grille, and emblems used on our Grand Cherokees. Nothing says class and quality like a chrome overlay.

There must be a fair amount of buyers that like black given every car made comes in black and all major car manufacturers offer some type of black out package.

I guess you checked out a few years ago and retired to Arizona so any change must be hard to accept.
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They were debadgeing and dechromeing in 1925 as evidenced by this cool looking Model T. Especially running the optional 21 inch wheels. Just needs some tint to complete the look. 🙀🙀🙀


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Re: What did you do to your WK2 today?

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I ordered them through a third party seller on Amazon.

Amazon.com: For Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011-2014 12 13 Door Sill Guards Set 4 Pieces New: Automotive

It took over 3 weeks to get them since the came on the super slow boat from China, but for $40 I was willing to wait. They say they're only up to 2014, but the body style didn't change for 2015.

You could probably find something similar on E-Bay, but I'm not a big fan of buying from there any more than I have to. At least with Amazon, they're pretty good about standing by the customer, even when they aren't the seller.

If you want OEM, you can find them as low as $80, but you have to shop around. MOPAR sells them direct for around $100 or so.
Thanks. The ones I've been finding on line run right around $100.00 or so. For $40.00 you stole them! I've got a similar set for my F-150, and they've been on for years and still look good. I'm going to get them for the Grand Cherokee as well. Are they the same kind of "Peel & Stick" type of adhesive?
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Re: What did you do to your WK2 today?

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So your points are ...

1. Chrome looks better than black.
2. Chrome is easier to keep clean than black
3. Black is trendy.

With that logic you must use snail mail instead of email.
I mean it's been around for years and the internet is a trendy thing those kids use to communicate. It'll die off eventually.

Real chrome in an environment that contains salt is a lost cause. It will start to peel and pit in a matter of months. Unless you're referring to the quality chrome-like mirrors, grille, and emblems used on our Grand Cherokees. Nothing says class and quality like a chrome overlay.

There more must a fair amount of buyers that like black given every car made comes in black and all major car manufacturers offer some type of black out package.

I guess you checked out a few years ago and retired to Arizona so any change must be hard to accept.
Look, all this kind of stuff is personal preference, nothing more. Cars are a lot like women in that regard An individual likes what they like. It's as simple as that. If you like the blacked out look, then go for it if it makes you happy. I've had a black car, and I found out first hand what a PITA they are to keep clean. I now have 2 white vehicles which are easy as hell to keep looking good. Especially when it doesn't rain for weeks on end.... Sometimes months.

And as I stated twice before, black is not a good choice where the Sun shines well over 300 days a year, and it can get to over 115 F. in the Summer. I honestly can't think of another combination that would be easier from a maintenance standpoint, than white and Chrome. When you get older, believe me you think about those things, because they become more important. Washing cars has long lost it's allure for me.
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Thanks. The ones I've been finding on line run right around $100.00 or so. For $40.00 you stole them! I've got a similar set for my F-150, and they've been on for years and still look good. I'm going to get them for the Grand Cherokee as well. Are they the same kind of "Peel & Stick" type of adhesive?
Yep - same 3M stuff.

As I noted, they aren't OEM, so the type style is a bit different, especially on the front panels that say "Grand Cherokee". However, it isn't visible directly beside the real logo, so it's not really noticeable.

Having said that, if you're someone who worries about that sort of thing, I'd pony up for OEM.
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They were debadgeing and dechromeing in 1925 as evidenced by this cool looking Model T. Especially running the optional 21 inch wheels. Just needs some tint to complete the look. ������


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They were debadgeing and dechromeing in 1925 as evidenced by this cool looking Model T. Especially running the optional 21 inch wheels. Just needs some tint to complete the look. 🙀🙀🙀


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Haha, are you sure this wasn't a more recent trend on an older car?
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