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Expected cost for partial chrome delete

CricTic

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Mar 21, 2014
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I have a black M3 with 19" sport wheels on the way, and I was considering doing chrome delete on the window trim and mirrors only (not the badges or door handles). Basically take the chrome down a notch, but not eliminate it completely.

It's been hard to find a local shop that will do the work here in Austin. I finally found a place but they quoted me $500 to vinyl wrap the window/mirror chrome. That ... seems high? I dunno. I do know that I'm having a hard time justifying $500 just to make the car a little blacker. If it was $200 or so I would pull the trigger, but maybe I'm just dreaming. Do you guys think $500 is a fair price for what I wanted done? Are there any good DIY options that don't preclude me from going through a touchless car wash?
 
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r0xx0r

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Jul 9, 2016
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I'm all for DIY but, some times its better to pay the price.
Right :)) If you are a perfectionist and don't want any ugly spot (that only be spotted when you stay close to the car), professional services are the place to go. DIY needs practices and might have to redo many times to get the good one.
 

S3XY

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Nov 24, 2015
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I have a black M3 with 19" sport wheels on the way, and I was considering doing chrome delete on the window trim and mirrors only (not the badges or door handles). Basically take the chrome down a notch, but not eliminate it completely.

It's been hard to find a local shop that will do the work here in Austin. I finally found a place but they quoted me $500 to vinyl wrap the window/mirror chrome. That ... seems high? I dunno. I do know that I'm having a hard time justifying $500 just to make the car a little blacker. If it was $200 or so I would pull the trigger, but maybe I'm just dreaming. Do you guys think $500 is a fair price for what I wanted done? Are there any good DIY options that don't preclude me from going through a touchless car wash?
I was quoted $750 for a full chrome delete so you're in the ballpark.
 

WATTS-UP

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Apr 28, 2014
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Right :)) If you are a perfectionist and don't want any ugly spot (that only be spotted when you stay close to the car), professional services are the place to go. DIY needs practices and might have to redo many times to get the good one.


I have my three foot rule, if you can't see the ( ugly spot/screw up ) from that distance then you did a good job. Many my not agree.
 

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