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Old 04-22-2014, 11:40 AM   #1
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Blacking out chrome... Any ideas???

Just bought a new jeep, now that I've driven it a while I've come to the conclusion the chome has go to go. I believe plasti-dip will be my best option, but I've heard and read mixed opinions about scuffing the chrome and using a flex seal before the plasti-dip. What do y'all think? Can I just plasti-dip it and be done?

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Old 04-22-2014, 11:42 AM   #2
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never was a fan of the chrome look

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Old 04-22-2014, 12:20 PM   #3
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When I blacked out the chrome on my Harley, I scuffed it up with sanding discs attached to a drill. I then used BBQ paint. It gave it a nice flat-black appearance and never chipped, etc. Its also rust-proof. I have no experience with plasti-dip.
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:42 PM   #4
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I've used plasti-dip on chrome before without scuffing the chrome because I wanted the option if i didn't like it to peel it off without damage to the chrome. If you're not worried about the chrome then scuffing it would absolutely make better adhesion. However, If you do not want to scuff it, plasti-dip bonds pretty well because it sticks so well to itself. If you do it without scuffing just do light coats repeatedly.
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I've used plasti-dip on chrome before without scuffing the chrome because I wanted the option if i didn't like it to peel it off without damage to the chrome. If you're not worried about the chrome then scuffing it would absolutely make better adhesion. However, If you do not want to scuff it, plasti-dip bonds pretty well because it sticks so well to itself. If you do it without scuffing just do light coats repeatedly.
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I don't think I'd want to destroy the chrome for a temporary solution.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:18 PM   #6
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I have found blacking out anything is real easy with a little sanding and truck bed liner, did my fender flares and my windshield hinges, I think it looks nice, will have to post more pics.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:20 PM   #7
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:14 PM   #8
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Thank you all! It'll be a couple weeks before I do the job. But, I don't want to ruin the chrome at first. I may do my fender flares with using the scuffing method just to see a comparison.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:20 PM   #9
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Have you considered selling the chromed parts and buying something that fits your needs better?
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:17 AM   #10
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I agree on getting a new bumper instead. But if funds don't allow it, scuff the surface, prime it then paint.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:04 AM   #11
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Plastic Dip, Cheap, And reversible, if you ever decide you want to sell it, I think the chrome will be worth more. I plastic Dipped my F150 wheels and it looked great until I took it off. The only reason I took it off is because I had a change of Heart after about 6 months.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:14 AM   #12
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could sand it and spray can bed line it. its what i did to my off road lights and it worked really well
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:23 AM   #13
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Have you considered selling the chromed parts and buying something that fits your needs better?
I've looked at doing that, I don't think selling it will go well. A lot of people don't seem to care for chrome. Especially on jeeps, so that would leave me with selling it for cheap, and being a college student I don't have the money to put into all new parts.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:57 AM   #14
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Ive tried the shadow chrome from duplicolor and it sucked. I found out that most "chrome" parts on vehicles nowadays is a cheap plastic overlay, even my old rims on my dodge ram. I used krylon fusion on my TJ headlight rings and it came out great. Depending on what you have in chrome, just treat it like plastic. Plasti-dip works great too but i have no experience with besides seeing what other people do and its reversible. See the before and after on my headlights
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:05 AM   #15
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You don't want a tube bumper like that anyway... Sell it and get a new black one
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Looks like the previously owner liked chrome..(0: You know the old saying when in doubt chrome it out. Anything you do is all cosmetic, honestly it looks fine to me the way it is. I suggest enjoy the jeep nothing needs fixing save money on plastic and put it into gas.
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Another vote for plastidip! I've used it on my truck and on a buddy's wheels. Clean the surface off with isopropyl alcohol first.
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I used spray can bedliner on my chrome mirrors. Cleaned them, and sprayed a few coats. It self levels and came out hard like factory plastic mirrors. I didn't bother sanding and it's held up no problem.
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I used spray can bedliner on my chrome mirrors. Cleaned them, and sprayed a few coats. It self levels and came out hard like factory plastic mirrors. I didn't bother sanding and it's held up no problem.
I personally love using bed liner, did it on my fender flares that were faded and now they look still new. Windshield hinges were rusting so I cleaned them up and sprayed those too, looks awesome.
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To add to my earlier post, if you aren't worried about it being permanent, then definitely use a spray-on bed liner as mentioned. If you maybe will want to go back, or see how it would look before doing something permanent, then use the plasti-dip.
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:43 AM   #21
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plasti dip is awesome

bed liner in a can is awesome to

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