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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-06-2018, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Question Black out chrome

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We purchased a brand new SEL V6 Premium 4Motion Red with black wheels. My wife wants to blackout all the chrome/trim. She already picked out the vinyl she wants, but now I get the fun of doing this. I have done this before, but I had a cheat sheet on how to cut all the trim patterns (G37). I don't suppose anyone has done this and has a measurement template I can use?

If not I'll be spending my weekend measuring and creating templates to blackout the ride.
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The youngsters call this 'Chrome Delete' and I'm planning to do the same thing. Too bad we don't live in the same city or else we could figure this out together.
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The youngsters call this 'Chrome Delete' and I'm planning to do the same thing. Too bad we don't live in the same city or else we could figure this out together.
I never liked that term and I won't ever use it. My wife came home for lunch and I was able to do some measurements. I am pretty sure I will Plasti-dip the rear splitter black and then the "fake" exhaust tip I'll do a Pearl Black. She likes shiny things

The roof rails I am debating if I should try and wrap those or dip them. Wrapping them I would try and lay the seem on the inside under the wider part where it narrows on the bottom. I am no expert wrapper, so if I have the material I might try. If I dip it, I would expect to get a year out of it and have to it again, so long term if I can wrap it I will try.


MEASUREMENTS: (adding extra material to trim off)
Lower Bumper Trim: 111" x 2"
Trunk door trim: 56" x 2
Trunk Bumper guard: 49" 4"
Rear Logo: 5" x 5"

Front Logo: 7" x7"
Top Grill line: 43" x 1"
2nd line: 2 rows of 18.5" x 2"
3rd row: 2 rows of 18.5" x 2
4th row: 42" x 1" (1" is not much excess)
Head light piece: 2 rows of 18" x 2"
Lower front splitter: 65" x 8"
Fog Lights: 12.5" x 6" (will be fun trying this 360 wrap)

Lower Front Window trim: 35" x 1" (2 rows: 1 for each side)
Upper Front Window trim: 49" x 1" (2 rows: 1 for each side)
Lower Side door trim: 76" x 2"
Rear door upper trim: 36" x 1"
Rear door Lower trim: 42.5" x 1"
3rd row window lower: 25" x 1"
3rd row upper: 27" x 11" (you just need 11" for the back so you can get more precise if you has less material like 27" long and after 23" measure 11" down)

Roof Rack Rails: 90" x 6"

Total: ~28 sq ft

I hope I didn't miss anything, but now the fun part begins...how big of a sheet do you need and will you have enough to make all of these exact cuts. You might have enough area, but not enough space. Does anyone have a program for this?

The longest run is 111", so a 5' x 10' sheet should do it AND leave extra to try and wrap the Rear Splitter.

If my Math is right
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Sounds nifty. Post pics when done, please!

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You've done your homework!

The exhaust tips are definitely not 'fake' though (maybe the better term is exaggerated) and are connected to the exhaust system, which will get hot. Will plastidip survive exposure to that level of heat? Seems like powder coating would be the way to go for those.

Are you planning to wrap on-body or remove the trim pieces, wrap, then re-install?
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You've done your homework!

The exhaust tips are definitely not 'fake' though (maybe the better term is exaggerated) and are connected to the exhaust system, which will get hot. Will plastidip survive exposure to that level of heat? Seems like powder coating would be the way to go for those.

Are you planning to wrap on-body or remove the trim pieces, wrap, then re-install?
I have the V6 SEL Premium 4Motion (top model fully loaded) and I assure you the exhaust tips are fake. The exhaust pipes are under the car and vent under the rear splitter. The Fake exhaust is chrome trim around black plastic. I put my hand in the exhaust to see what wrapping would be like and I hit plastic and thought what! Then I looked under the car and sure enough the exhaust is hidden under.

But to answer your question IF the exhaust tips were real, YES Plasti-dip would handle the heat since it is no moving parts. It would last about a year.

I would wrap the trim and everything else as is. That's how I do it, I am not creating more work. Just tape off the paint and have a SHARP blade.

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I'm a huge fan of plasti-dip. I have recently done my mirrors on my car (2015 Camaro) and they are holding up great to bug splatter, pressure washers, and scrubbing. I would have zero concern about using plasti-dip to do a 'chrome delete' on any portion of the Atlas. If you haven't already, check out https://www.dipyourcar.com/ for some great options on pearls and glossifiers to really dress up the final product.
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