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Old 03-07-2012, 10:47 AM   #1
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I am looking to remove all of the chrome trim on my white platinum 2012 Focus Ti HB. I want to remove this to cover it in a black Di-Noc film to achieve my goal of a Stormtrooper look (blackout headlights, taillights, blackout emblems, black chrome trim, etc.).

Does anyone have tips on how to remove, and most importantly, not damage the chrome trim while removing? Thanks!!


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Old 03-07-2012, 11:02 AM   #2
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As has been noted on other threads, it is VERY difficult. You must remove the inner door panels, and get around the window regulators to access the clips that retain the trim. You must also try to pop them up and out while avoiding the window glass. I am not sure how one could get to the clips for the trim on the body panels, without just prying on the trim. Maybe they used slide clips? Wouldnt that be nice. I looked at fordparts.com, and could not find the clip style used on this trim.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:06 AM   #3
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I am looking to remove all of the chrome trim on my white platinum 2012 Focus Ti HB. I want to remove this to cover it in a black Di-Noc film to achieve my goal of a Stormtrooper look (blackout headlights, taillights, blackout emblems, black chrome trim, etc.).

Does anyone have tips on how to remove, and most importantly, not damage the chrome trim while removing? Thanks!!
I like the chrome piece. I think it looks good on the White Plat.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:16 AM   #4
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Why not just tape over them? I'm sure you could find a professional pinstriper that could do a good job. Or even scuff them up and paint them.
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I would try to cover them in a vinyl or something so if you had to sell the car, you could peel the black off. Plus, that chrome piece might be covering a gap , so if you removed it, you would need to put something back into the spot. Not sure
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:36 PM   #6
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I would try to cover them in a vinyl or something so if you had to sell the car, you could peel the black off. Plus, that chrome piece might be covering a gap , so if you removed it, you would need to put something back into the spot. Not sure
I think OP wants to remove it to colour it black, and then reinstall it.

If so, as it's been mentioned, I would personally try to treat it while it's on the car. Vinyl would be the best option, as you won't risk spraying the car black. If you take your time, you should be able to cover it nicely as it is a pretty narrow piece.
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:52 PM   #7
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^ or you can be ghetto-fab and use electrical tape :)
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:46 PM   #8
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I am actually planning to use DiNOC matte tape on the chrome trim and could in theory do it with the trim still on the vehicle. I thought it might be easier to take it off but it doesn't seem so!

Does anyone by chance know how to remove the entire front grille assembly from the vehicle? I think it will be easier for me to do the DiNOC with the grille off of the vehicle and I am also trying to figure out how to remove the front Ford badge from the grille and the rear Ford badge from the hatch. Any help?
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my advice before doing anything permanent...TRY PLASTI-DIP!!! If you overspray, just cut the excess with a toothpick, and the spray on the chrome will stay for at least a year if not more. It will likely give you a dark gun metal lool unless you do three or more coats. The stuff is a blast! Plasti-dip your wheels, chrome, badges, bezels etc!!

One note, if you tape it off, you have to peel off the tape when its wet, or it will come off with the tape...many people will just spray it on everything, and cut way the excess with a toothpick/plastic pick, and peel the excess away!
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:50 PM   #10
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Well, I have to find a solution that is easily removable. The car is actually a lease right now but I will probably buy the vehicle.... but just in case, I need an easily removable solution.
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