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Old 01-01-2006, 07:24 PM   #1
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Default A question on how i can get rid of chrome detailing on my 97

i was wondering if anyone in here could help me with this. i have a black 97 bonneville SE. i am about to tint the windows and i am looking for an all black looking for the car. but on my car i have these chrome 'detailings' (i dont know the word for it) that i really would like to get rid of.

here are 2 pictures of my car how it is right now:






now this is how i want it to look (without chrome detailings) :




does anyone have an idea how i could get rid of the chrome pieces and make them black? would i need to replace them? could i paint them? any help would be greatly appreciated
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On my '95, all of the trim molding on the bumper started to fall off!

I know that you can get molding for the bumpers. Probably can get replacement molding for the molding on the doors too I would guess. Not sure what you would do above the doors.

I'm sure that there are a lot of folks who are a lot more expert at this than me who will chime in soon.
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alright thanks. anyone else?
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for the window molding, you'd want to get the SLE/SSE/SSEi molding, which is what the pictures are of the "you want" pictures. For the rest, I would suggest painting it yourself since the other bumpers don't have the same molding. Not sure how you would go about painting it, but that'* what I would do.
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thanks for the advice. anyone know how to go about painting?
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clean, sand, clean, prepsol, mask, paint, clear. Basically.
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When I first started thinking about cosmetics for my green 95 SE, I started to look at other cars. Just about everything new had no chrome. They either had trim in same/similar color to the car, or black. I wanted to see what my car would like with black. Particularly because the chromey/plasticy trim on the front and rear bumpers was shot.

I went to Poop Boys or Advance Auto and got a roll of multi widths of black pinstriping $8. There was plenty to cover all of the trim you have circled. I picked up an extra roll of 2" for the extreme turn in the rear window.. any turns call for improvision.

It took me an afternoon, a razor knife, and a plastic thingy to really press the tape into grooves. But it came out great with a minimum of cuts on turns. You really have to be right up on top of it to see where a cut was made.

Again, I was more interested in seing what it looked like. But I have no problem leaving the look as is, until I can get to paint it.

Maybe that has a place in your plans. There are manyi widths so edge cutting is an absolute minimum, and you get real fast at it as the afternoon goes on..
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You can take out the door and fender molding with a flathead screwdriver, and a heat gun if it'* stubborn.
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clean, sand, clean, prepsol, mask, paint, clear. Basically.
don't wanna sound like too much of a "noob" but could anyone explain this process to me in detail? also could you tell me the tools i will need?
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clean, sand, clean, prepsol, mask, paint, clear. Basically.
don't wanna sound like too much of a "noob" but could anyone explain this process to me in detail? also could you tell me the tools i will need?
Clean; wash with dist soap and water to remove all dirt and waxes
Sand; wet sand with 400-600 grit sand paper
Clean; repeat step #1
Prepsol; ...im not to sure what he is taalking about there this isnt something i have ever used or heard of it
Mask; mask off around all edges with masking tape and then tape news paper around all the areas that you just masked around (leave no gaps in the tape)
Paint; use a gloss black areosol paint, keep can 6"-8" away from the surface your painting and dont put on to much paint at once!
Clear; not requered with a gloss color coat
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