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Hello Everyone!

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 :grin2:

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. :nerd:

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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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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bumping this to see the finished results.

I've done all but:
- the rear chrome band with the ATLAS
- the VW logo front and rear
- roof rails
- chrome rear bumper scuff guard

I'm mostly curious about how you went about wrapping the roof rails

Also, wrapping the faux exhaust tips was a PITA...I may end up taking them off and rattle canning it gloss black
 

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I did the back with plastidip. I don't like chrome at all so did all black. On that note, does anyone know how to remove the front grille properly. i know there are some clips on bottom but don't have details on how they fit in and don't think i can see them until it's off. And as I was going to add pictures I realize I didn't take any proper ones all completed. Will all later today. But I'm very happy with the look.
 

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Does anyone know if the lower body chrome pieces (driver’s and passengerlower door) and the lower bumper chrome pieces are replaceable with factory body colored inserts?

I really cannot stand the look of these and unfortunately the chrome has been spotted and pitted since shortly after I started driving the Atlas.

The dealer had a local detailer work on cleaning up the chrome and they worked on it for awhile (they had it in their shop for a day and a half). The back strip with the ATLAS name and the front grill chrome did clean up well from the spotting, however the lower body chrome pieces on the driver’s side and passenger side doors is still tarnished and spotted.

I am meeting with the warranty manager next week and I would like them to replace all of this chrome with body colored inserts as I know they exist on other Atlas models. The sales manager said that would be a long shot, but to discuss with the warranty manager to see if it’s possible.

I forgot to mention that this is a 2019 SEL Premium 4 Motion in gray metallic with black 20 inch wheels.

Any help would be appreciated.
 

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I dipped my wheels and wrapped my window trim (first time wrapping) I used Vivvid from amazon it has air release which made it super easy to use. I got the tape that is a inch wide so there was not too much I had to cut off before tucking it under. I also dipped my exhaust tips as well. Currently the car is getting repaired for a deer and they are painting the lower portion of my CS which is gray plastic black. My car is white the black wheels and trim looks great with the tinted windows!
 

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I dipped my wheels and wrapped my window trim (first time wrapping) I used Vivvid from amazon it has air release which made it super easy to use. I got the tape that is a inch wide so there was not too much I had to cut off before tucking it under. I also dipped my exhaust tips as well. Currently the car is getting repaired for a deer and they are painting the lower portion of my CS which is gray plastic black. My car is white the black wheels and trim looks great with the tinted windows!
 

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Just bought my 2018 white atlas! Do you have pictures of your vehicle? Looking to tints front/back grille and lights - along with rims.
 
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