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Has anyone done a chrome delete using Plastidip?

VishalB

Member
Oct 23, 2019
10
1
London
Hi,

I'm looking to chrome delete my Model 3 and was wondering if anyone else has used Plastidip to do this?

I'm curious as to how the spray would reach all areas around the mirror especially.

Thanks,
 

SoCal Cal

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Aug 24, 2017
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SoCal
It will be very difficult to adequately spray the entire mirror assembly while it is attached to the car. It's easier to do when the entire assembly is separated from the car (with much less masking), but then you have the problem of not being able to fold the mirrors. I haven't figured out a solution to do this yet. There is a video floating around where the rotating mirror assembly is rotated toward the front of the car and popped off the chrome base, but there is very little slack in the wiring to allow meaningful separation, at least in my experience. I was successful with the driver's side mirror, but not the passenger side.

The door trim comes off fairly easily except for the rear angled piece attached to the small windows and the side cameras are easy to pop out, as well.

The badges were sprayed over when I dipped the entire car and I just put some decals over those.
 

VishalB

Member
Oct 23, 2019
10
1
London
It will be very difficult to adequately spray the entire mirror assembly while it is attached to the car. It's easier to do when the entire assembly is separated from the car (with much less masking), but then you have the problem of not being able to fold the mirrors. I haven't figured out a solution to do this yet. There is a video floating around where the rotating mirror assembly is rotated toward the front of the car and popped off the chrome base, but there is very little slack in the wiring to allow meaningful separation, at least in my experience. I was successful with the driver's side mirror, but not the passenger side.

The door trim comes off fairly easily except for the rear angled piece attached to the small windows and the side cameras are easy to pop out, as well.

The badges were sprayed over when I dipped the entire car and I just put some decals over those.

Interesting, thanks for your help mate!
 

Perscitus

Member
Jan 29, 2019
898
617
New York
Forget plastidip that is 2010 era tech - you want liquid ppf/wrap.

Look into Sprayshield and Autoflex Express and paint booth equipped installers (example ProDipperNYC). Many Model 3s, other Teslas and other Make/Models doing chrome deletes this way (all surfaces including our mirror housings or the oversized BMW Lexus grills)
 

VishalB

Member
Oct 23, 2019
10
1
London
Forget plastidip that is 2010 era tech - you want liquid ppf/wrap.

Look into Sprayshield and Autoflex Express and paint booth equipped installers (example ProDipperNYC). Many Model 3s, other Teslas and other Make/Models doing chrome deletes this way (all surfaces including our mirror housings or the oversized BMW Lexus grills)

Awesome thanks mate ill check it out
 
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VishalB

Member
Oct 23, 2019
10
1
London
Hi Guys!!!

Thought I'd share how it came out:

Prep:

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And the dipping begins:

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And done:

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Really happy with the results.

There are a few touch ups needed but I'll be waiting till the summer to redo those its as the winter isnt the best time to plastidip I've learned.

Few tips:

- Keep the PlastiDip can in warm water before using (paint comes out much smoother)
- Be so so so careful with your taping as if its too much on the edge it ends up pulling off the PlastiDip when your taking it off
- Some areas, you can keep a gap between where you want to dip and the tape (about an inch gap) - let it go onto the paint work as once its dried its very easy to peel off the car's paint work - This is better than taping right onto the edge of the chrome bits

Such an awesome way of chrome deleting.
 

adaminfl

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Nov 2, 2019
48
34
Wellington, FL
My .02 as someone who's car is literally getting a chrome delete as we speak. DO NOT SKIMP HERE. This is not the place you want to save money and use some cheap spray on material. You spent $50k+ on the car, do it the right way.
 
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