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Old 02-10-2011, 12:56 AM
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HOW TO: Paint chrome trim

This subject has been brought up multiple times and I didn't see a thread about it in here yet, so I thought I'd describe the process.

Supplies:
Wax and grease remover
self etching primer
sandable primer
base coat
clear coat
various grits of sand paper
3M body cladding tape



Remove cladding:
Easy enough with the correct tools. Just be weary of the locating clips (the ones with just a hole instead of a slot) as they are hard to remove without breaking the trim. Its easiest to unclip the rest and just slide the trim off of these last clips. They are the middle ones on the front doors and the front ones on the rear doors. If you do break a clip mounting spot on the trim its an easy fix as I will describe later.

Pop out all clips but the locating ones:



Slide the trim off of the locating clips:

Middle one on the front



Front one on the back



Remove locating clips from door (much easier this way!):



Now is a good time to fix a broken clip mount and apply the new 3M tape at the rear of the front trim.



To fix a broken clip mount, us a soldering iron and a tip you wont miss. Melt the plastic back together.



Next, clean with wax and grease remover. I cannot stress this enough. If there is any residual wax on the trim, the paint will not stick. You must remove all wax BEFORE you sand, as sanding will just embed it into the metal.

Sand the metal (200 or 320 should do) until the surface is no longer a mirror:



Clean with wax and grease remover again (once again clean as much as you can. I even used a toothbrush in the lettering)

Next, prime with self etching primer. Once that dries, prime with sandable primer.



Use some 400 or 600 grit sand paper to clean up any blemishes.

Next its on to the base coat. I got mine at a Sherman Williams auto paint store. I used the Sherman Williams paint code available here on WKJeeps and had them mix me up 2 rattle cans (cost was just under $100).

I did 3 coats. I then fogged over the last coat to give a consistent metallic appearance.



Lastly I applied 3 coats of clear. I used a more expensive clear as I plan on color sanding and buffing later.

I also removed the rear bumper to access the rear chrome strip. I wont elaborate on the process as its quite simple and self explanitory after the bumer is off. Instructions for removing the rear bumper are available here. As far as the rear sonar sensors go... I sanded very lightly, applied a very thing coat of self etching primer, followed by 2 coats of color and 1 of clear. Hopefully the rear sensors will still work once reassembled. I'll have to report back on that one.

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Re: HOW TO: Paint chrome trim

Reinstalled:



A little detail work:



Finished!



Now on to the rear hatch handle (red), door handles (black), and roof rails (black).
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Re: HOW TO: Paint chrome trim

nice work
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Re: HOW TO: Paint chrome trim

great writeup! i just painted my chrome tailgate trim using the same process! +rep
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Re: HOW TO: Paint chrome trim

cool...best color too!
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Re: HOW TO: Paint chrome trim

Great how to
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Re: HOW TO: Paint chrome trim

FYI-automotivetouchup.com can send you any color, any paint code in a spray can for less than $20 per can
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Re: HOW TO: Paint chrome trim

100 bucks for 2 spray paint cans???

other than that, the chit is nicely done!!!

your sensors will still work with paint.....mine do

(I have to redo 2 of mine come spring time because the paint chipped for some reason!!)
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Re: HOW TO: Paint chrome trim

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cool...best color too!
Agreed. Thanks for the inspiration!

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100 bucks for 2 spray paint cans???

other than that, the chit is nicely done!!!

your sensors will still work with paint.....mine do
Yep, sensors work just fine. Almost wish I'd put more clear on them now.

The paint was Sherman Williams premium stuff. They had to mix up a pint to make the 2 cans. I'd much rather spend more to get real 2 stage paint from a reputable/knowledgeable store than to order online. Personal preference really.
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Very nice write-up. +rep!
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Re: HOW TO: Paint chrome trim

Very nice write up!

Can you remove the rear bumper chrome strip with out removing the bumper?
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Re: HOW TO: Paint chrome trim

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Very nice write up!

Can you remove the rear bumper chrome strip with out removing the bumper?
Nope... Unfortunately you must remove the entire bumper, then remove the core, then the reverse sensors, and finally you can remove the trim.
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