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Expected cost for partial chrome delete

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by CricTic, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. CricTic

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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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  2. effinb

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    That would not be unusually high in Los Angeles. The mirrors are apparently a PITA to do correctly.
     
  3. r0xx0r

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    It can be a DIY project for cost saving. ~ $90 with vinyl or $40 with plastidip. Easy to do except the folding mirrors.
     
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    Has anyone done a good video or write up of the process? Do I need anything special other than the vinyl and a hair dryer?
     
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    You will need micro squeegees, a good 30° knife and possibly 3M cutting tape; all of which can be found on Amazon.
     
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    I'm all for DIY but, some times its better to pay the price.
     
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    Just use a permanent marker pen.
    Or even better, use a whiteboard marker. Then you can reverse it whenever you like with a simple wipe.
     
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  8. r0xx0r

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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.
     
  9. S3XY

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    I was quoted $750 for a full chrome delete so you're in the ballpark.
     
  10. rhaekar

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    $450-500 in San Diego.
     
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    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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