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Model S owners who have blacked out chrome trim/handles/etc

Discussion in 'Model S' started by rory breaker, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. derekmw

    derekmw Member

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    Sorry I should have been more specific. I only wrapped the chrome on the side skirts/door sills to try to match the non-painted side skirts.

    I do agree with what someone told you that a wrap won't stick well on the actual side skirts since the surface is not smooth. The chrome part I did I hope holds up but I won't really know until more time passes (I just wrapped these chrome surfaces last week).
     
  2. HebrHmr

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    I had the work done in Houston. PM me if you want me to refer you to him. Cost was $1750 + new badges but that included some vinyl work and paint/installation of a spoiler (not pictured) . I don't know what he'd charge for just the paint and I'm assuming I got a discount for multiple jobs. It was also a lot more work than he originally anticipated.

    He disassembled and prepped the chrome. He's a Tesla certified shop as well. It's a huge job to do it right but I only wanted to do it once.

    I don't have final photos since my car is still getting a lot of other work but here's some in progress of the paint.
     

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  3. benjiejr

    benjiejr Technogeekextraordinaire

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    Oh, okay, thanks for the clarification. That's exactly what I did and it's holding up well.
     
  4. benjiejr

    benjiejr Technogeekextraordinaire

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    @HebrHmr that looks great! I can imagine it's a TON of work to paint all that chrome properly so I think what you paid is very good considering you had some other vinyl and spoiler work done too. Houston isn't too far from me so I might consider that! Please PM me the info at your convenience. Thanks!
     
  5. virtualsmack

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    hi all. the installer i want to work with says that he can fully wrap most of the chrome pieces, w the exception of the tesla logos and tesla wording on the trunk.

    for those pieces, he would either wrap it and a hairline amount of chrome would show, or i'd have to plasti dip it w another vendor.

    for those who blacked out chrome and wrapped the logos/wording, do you have a small amount of chrome showing and is it noticeable?

    thanks
    Gabe
     
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  7. m2140

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    Here my white model S. I used Plasti dip in red and black. Logos went in red, all chrome trim in black and i added a red venial stripe accent.

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  8. HebrHmr

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    I can't see wrap working on the badging at all. RPM Tesla has precut vinyl for the logos and trunk trim lettering but you would have chrome showing on the edges. A lot of people do it this way. The model badging you'll need to either plastidip or order new ones and paint.

    I painted it all black and got dark red vinyl for the front logo and trunk trim. I ordered new badging to be painted because once removed it would be very difficult to reattach with fresh double-sided tape. See #62 for pictures. Doesn't have the vinyl on yet.
     
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  9. UnpluggedP

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    '14 & '15 W/ Refresh Fascia + Side Skirts + Chrome Delete

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  10. virtualsmack

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    in addition to confirming that most logos are plast-dipped, i also learned today that the trunk trim has changed on recent models to be more pronounced/raised so the tesla wording can't be fully wrapped. i guess previous models could be wrapped but the latest versions need to be left exposed chrome or painted.

     
  11. virtualsmack

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    anyone have pics of matte black trim on midnight silver (or at least call out which specific pics were matte b?)

    debating between satin and matte black and would love to hear some opinions. thx!!
     
  12. R Titus

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  13. DA808EV

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    I had this done to my first MS, see pic in avatar. Makes a huge difference especially since I had my 21s powder coated black as well.

    I had it professionally done and will be doing it again to my next MS.
     
  14. MDinFL

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    I used the RPM Tesla products on my car. Red logo on the frunk, CF on the side indicators, handles and B Pillars. Red "TESLA" lettering on the chrome trunk trim. I like the look. My avatar picture is before I did anything.
     
  15. m2140

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    I initially used the RPM decals and just did not like the look. The whole logo was not properly covered and just looked off, like a sticker. The rear Tesla lettering was also really small and edges started to separate after the first couple of washes.

    I switched to plasti dip red and the change is night and day. It just looks better like it came from the factory and not stickers. Highly recommend fully wrapping or plasti dip over the RPM decals any day.
     
  16. Drone Flyer

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    Not my cup of tea! I like the car with the chrome just the way it is thank you very much!
     
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  17. Pezpunk

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    just picked mine up. here's a link to the pictures: Model S Photo Gallery

    i blacked out the trim and color-matched the door handles.
     
  18. vtach

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    EvoAuto, I see you are from Jacksonville, FL. Your car looks phenomenal. I am wondering where you have done your xpel wrap, tint, chrome and gloss for your car. Thanks in advance.
     

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