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: plastidip - great for de-chroming your grille!

23rd March 2009, 09:13 PM
Just figured I'd pass this along. I found out about it on another forum while looking for a way to de-chrome my Mini. This stuff is awesome! You can spray it right over the chrome, with no other prep than just cleaning. And if you don't like it or mess up, it peels right off leaving the original finish unharmed. Plus, it seems to be more resilient to chipping than regular paint. It's basically a spray on rubber coating. I had painted my Saab grille with regular paint and wheel clearcoat and it chipped horribly. I sprayed over it with the plastidip and it seems to be holding up fine, although I never sanded out the old chips (being lazy and just wanted to see how well it worked), so I have to re do it. It has a nice matte black finish. I think they make it it red and yellow too. I got it at Home Depot, and I believe Lowe's has it as well.

26th March 2009, 10:38 PM
Do you have any pictures? I am researching options to paint my chrome trim and was thinking of painting it. But perhaps this may be a better idea.

27th March 2009, 11:03 AM
i just spray painted mine with Rust-loem flat black Anti-Rust and it is holding up pretty nicely.

27th March 2009, 03:13 PM
I stripped all the chrome off of mine, sanded it smooth, did some custom work to it, and then painted it bodycoloured.

So far so good. There are a lot of layers of white and clear on there

27th March 2009, 03:16 PM
I stripped all the chrome off of mineWhat's the best way to do that? Sandpaper?

27th March 2009, 06:13 PM
I sanded mine down, used some adhesive promoter, and then used engine enamel black paint. Unfortunatly I was behind a truck the other day which kicked up a rock and chipped my paint. I'm going to take it off again De-wing it and spray it body colored I think... not sure yet.....

but this is what it looks like right now:

27th March 2009, 09:21 PM
What's the best way to do that? Sandpaper?

Mine as peeling in places.. a steady hand with a razor blade finished the job
27th March 2009, 09:46 PM
If you are going to use paint on the chrome, you def. need to sand it first, but use a 'self-etching' primer and you wont have all the chipping going on. Ive found, through many years of using spray paint, that rustoleum makes the most durable paint in a spray can.