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DIY Chrome Delete with Plasti Dip

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by KFORE, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. KFORE

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    After receiving quotes upwards of $1,000 for a professional vinyl chrome delete, I decided to do my own with 2 cans of black plasti dip, some masking tap, and a few garbage/plastic bags. Total cost: $35. Total time: 6 hours.

    Most of the effort is in the masking of the car, which took about 4 hours of total effort. I was being extra careful (probably too careful as plasti dip is very forgiving), and it was fairly tedious. It wasn't hard, just... time consuming.

    The biggest tip I can give if you're planning on going the plasti dip route is making sure to apply the right kind of coating. I kept hearing to put super thin coats on to prevent streaks and runs, and while that is good advice, I took it too literally. I put pretty thin coats on the driver side and it ended up making me put 8 coats on for things to look nice.

    For the passenger side, I decided to put thicker coats on, and after the 2nd coat, everything looked good. I put two more coats on for good measure, but this method proved to be much quicker and I got less texture. You don't want super thick coats, but thick enough that the trim is quite wet but not pooling up.

    I also did the handles, which came out really nicely, but we'll see how they hold up with a lot of use over time.

    Anyway, here are the results...

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    Let me know if you have any questions! I'd be happy to answer anything and help people save a ton of money on this. Also, if you've done this yourself, any updates on how well it holds up?
     

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  2. Thomas Edison

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    How long do you think it will last? You didn't do the fender chrome?

    Looks good btw.
     
  3. KFORE

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    Not sure. From what I hear, it can last a few years depending on how well it was applied. Even if I had to do this once a year, it will still be worth it to save so much money compared to a pro vinyl install (which I've read only lasts about 3 years). Still coming out way ahead with this approach. I will definitely follow up this thread over time to see how well it holds up.
     
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    Good job OP!! Looks great !!
     
  5. Thomas Edison

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    I wonder if you could ceramic coat it, not sure if that's a stupid idea or not.
     
  6. PoitNarf

    PoitNarf The Clown Prince of Crime

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    Looks great! Definitely pops on the white Model 3. I’m very tempted to attempt this myself. How did you do the Tesla logo on the hood?

    I second taking care of the fender AP camera housings, just looks weird with that little bit of chrome leftover. Are you going to do those with the vinyl stuff like RPM Tesla sells?
     
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    The logo on the front was done with the same technique. Just mask out a square around the logo, overspray a bit, then peel off the excess.

    I'll do the camera housings as well, I was just tired after 6 hours worth of work :p
     
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    Looks great! Did you have any problems keeping the overspray out of the door handle recess? Did you push the handles out when spraying them to get the edges? Also, is this something that can be removed or is it more or less a "no turning back" situation?
     
  9. Paik4Life

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    I'm considering doing this, but wonder if it's easier to just take off some parts of the trim instead of trying to mask it all.

    ~Paik
     
  10. moonfresh

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    Wow! Looks great! Are you going to lower it? I think M3 sits too high. I've seen a red and black one lowered--looks much better. But I would love to see a white one lowered with deleted hubcaps.
     
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    @moonfresh .... + @JohnC
     
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    Did you do the inside of the door handles as well or just the surface?
     
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    Curious how the base of the rear view mirrors look. Looks like they were not folded when spraying. How does the base look when folded? I can imagine that being overlapped with different coats as you spray to get it when folded and unfolded. That, and the door handles are what's stopping me from trying this. Would love to try this if I can figure out a nice way to get those areas.
     
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    Would be interesting to plasti dip the black plastic skirt on the model x, think it could be done in the same fashion?
     
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    Looks great OP! Thanks for sharing the photos, looking forward to periodic follow-up updates.

    How does plastidip fare with car washes by hand?
     
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    Following.
     
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    Which plastidip color you use? Straight black?
     
  18. KFORE

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    Yep, straight black.
     
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    I didn't spray in the folded position yet. Plan on doing that this week. If the handles don't fare well over time, I'll just vinyl those.
     
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    Just the surface.
     

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