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Old 11-16-2007, 01:21 PM   #1
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removing the chrome from headlight trim rings?

anyone have any tips on how to get the chrome off the headlight trim rings of a TJ? i'm assuming the rings are made from plastic, and i have read that EZ off oven cleaner, comet and a tooth brush or muriatic acid are some methods used to remove chrome from plastic. anyone ever use one of those successfully?

In the end i want to paint my bubbling chrome rings black. i think a wire brush would score the plastic under the chrome.
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Old 11-16-2007, 01:25 PM   #2
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i dont know about the process you speak of, but i know this is what you want in the end.

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Old 11-16-2007, 01:26 PM   #3
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I just roughed mine up and painted them. Cheaper than the 30 dollar bezels from QT.
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Old 11-16-2007, 01:33 PM   #4
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Yeah. scuffed mine with sand paper... self etching primer and three coats of flat black spray paint. Look great.
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Old 11-16-2007, 01:39 PM   #5
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Mine were metal. I scuffed them up with steel wool and then sprayed them with self etching primer and then two coats of Krylon black hammered finish spraypaint. The nice part about the hammered finish is that when they get chipped, I just spray a little paint on a q-tip and touch it up. You can't tell there was ever a blemish in the paint.
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Old 11-16-2007, 01:52 PM   #6
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i dont know about the process you speak of, but i know this is what you want in the end.
thats what i'm going to end up with, only i'll have somethign to do tomorrow, save a little $ and not have to wait a week for shipping.

thanks for the info all, maybe i'll just scuff them up.
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:14 PM   #7
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I did it too with a sand paper I used a pretty fine grid just to turn it flat,then painted and thats it,The black still looking good after 3 months.
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Old 11-18-2007, 09:51 PM   #8
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all i did was scuffed mine down with a gray scotch brite pad, cleaned it really well with wax and grease remover, and hit it with some adhesion promoter just in case i missed anything when i was scuffin, then sprayed it with flat black paint, turned out pretty nice, got a couple chips in them now cause i got stuck behind a gravel truck but other than that they're holdin up...heres a pic


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Old 11-19-2007, 12:15 AM   #9
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did the same as everyone else, scuffed them with steel wool and 2 coats of black Krylon fusion spray. check out the thread I think its called "headlight Bezels"

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