- - Painting the Chrome
01-07-2013 11:25 PM
Painting the Chrome
So, coming the 26th I'm going to be doing an exhaust and coilovers on my 2012 Ti and I wanted to do a few other visual things to it while it's in the garage and we're working on it. Basically, I wanted to black out my tail lights using the Nite Shade stuff that was talked about in a recent topic but that seems relatively straight forward.
I also wanted to get rid of basically all the chrome on the car. I wanted to black out the chrome on the fog light bezels, the front whiskers, the badges and the chrome under the windows on the door but I'm just not sure what the best way to go about it would be since i've never done any car painting before.
I guess my question would be, how do I go about doing all of this? What would be the best way? Any tips would be appreciated since this is really the first time i've painted stuff on a car before.
01-07-2013 11:36 PM
Tape it and plasti-dip it. The chrome beltline is attached, removing it would give you some nastiness underneath. So, just tape it off and plasti-dip it.
That or you can cover it in vinyl, but you'd have to cut it to fit.
01-07-2013 11:53 PM
I'd use vinyl for the whiskers and beltline. For the rest, paint.
01-08-2013 03:37 AM
Vinyl is the way to go for the whiskers and the window chrome...
01-08-2013 06:52 AM
Tape it. it is very common thing to do in Mini Cooper community. here some of the tape I use.
I've personally done everything except for the badges, as I can't decide if I want to paint them or just get rid of them. My whiskers are the only thing that are vinyl. I actually remove every piece of chrome trim to wrap it in vinyl, but even after hitting it with the heat gun, after a while the corners started pulling up. So I pulled them all back off and Plast-dipped them. Haven't had any issues since, including the fog light bezels. So my advice would be to Plasti-dip them.