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Old 06-08-2008, 11:43 PM   #41
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Really Interested in attempting this!!! How has the matte black paint held up in the rain? Also whats brand of paint did you guys use???
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Old 06-12-2008, 01:06 AM   #42
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I am currently working on this project. I just painted my grill matte black and probably on saturday I am going to remove the trim and paint it as well. I don't trust my taping skills enough to mask everything off and paint it. Removing it seems to be just as easy as taping everything off. I used some kind of super etch primer I bought from autozone, has a green cap, and am using professional Rustoleum matte black spray paint. My grill came out great. The only thing that might look kinda weird for me is that my windows are not tinted yet, but I think that will be my 2 year anniversary present for my car.
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:55 PM   #43
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to the OP, so how's it holding up so far? I'm gonna do this with SEM paint next weekend...just wondering if it's worth it...i dont want it falling apart on me a few months down the road

I'll be taking off my trim since it's easier to do on a sedan becuase it's held on by clips, unlike the Coupe's

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Old 06-12-2008, 07:43 PM   #44
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that looks great! I really need to do that to follow through on my blackout look
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Old 10-02-2008, 04:30 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by redronin View Post
i should caution you. i did this the exact same way a few years ago. It looked amazing for about 1 year. after the winter, water seeped into the edges and minute imperfections in the paint, froze, expanded.... you see where this is going

the paint now looks like utter crap, and the car is actually in the bodyshop right now eating a >1k hole in my wallet for new gloss black window trim alone...

i really hope you have better luck than i did
I really wish I would've read this before I did mine. Did you take any pics of the aftermath by chance?

How's everyone else's holding up(especially for people dealing with harsh winters and salt)?
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:53 PM   #46
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bump since im doing this on the weekend.. good luck to me
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:28 PM   #47
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I would love to do this since it's a pain in the ass to remove the trim on a coupe... but the weather here scares me...

Anyone live in bad weather and try this?
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Old 05-05-2009, 04:48 PM   #48
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Very nice! I will do the same here shortly!! I will post pics! Thank you!
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:55 PM   #49
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I like it alot, good diy.

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    Old 05-07-2009, 08:20 AM   #50
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    Wisconsin winters plus expressway driving made for a lot of chips in my painted trim. I'm going to redo them this weekend and use an adhesion promoter plus a semi-gloss clear coat on top to see if it holds up any better. I think I'll end up buying another set of trim and having them powder coated for a long term solution.
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    Old 02-12-2010, 07:14 PM   #51
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    anychance these pics can get reupped?
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