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Old 07-03-2016, 03:58 PM   #1
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***Don Nguyen | Blacked Out Chrome Trim Vinyl Wrap Pictures***

Old thread: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...=734930&page=9

New thread for me to post pictures of the various types of cars that I have blacked out the chrome trimming (window trims, grills, etc) on.

I may occasionally post pictures of customers' cars who have bought materials from me to DIY for their cars as well, for those who are not local enough to me to have me personally work and do the installation on their cars.

Feel free to ask any questions or PM me directly if you have any specific questions. If there are any specific request for pictures, you can also easily try searching on my site at http:www.WannabeRacer.com or if you can't find what you're trying to look for, let me know.

For this silver/grey BMW M3 E93 convertible I blacked out the chrome/brushed aluminum around the windows and rear convertible lid piece with my matte black vinyl material. We went with the matte black to match the mirror bases on the car. I think matte black goes well on medium toned colored cars like grey and silver.

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Old 07-03-2016, 03:59 PM   #2
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Overview:
- Gloss black front grill
- Gloss black window trim and rear trunk bar
- Tinted / smoked rear tail lights

For this black Mercedes Benz C63 AMG coupe, I blacked out the chrome trim pieces around the window, front grill, and rear trunk bar in my gloss black vinyl material, to give it a factory finish/look, similar to the black optics package that is available for these cars now. I also lightly tinted / smoked his rear tail lights as well. The chrome pieces were not all completely blacked out, which still gave the car some contrast. The work done gives the car a nice subtle change without making anything look after market. Most people would think that the car came this way from the factory. The owner of the car drove out to me in Anaheim Hills / Orange County from Pasadena to get the vinyl work done.

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Old 07-23-2016, 11:17 AM   #3
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Overview:
- Gloss black window trim vinyl wrap
- Gloss black front grill wrap

Most people usually say that most vinyl wraps usually look the best on white or lighter colored car, but that is not the case, especially when it involves wrapping or covering up the chrome trim pieces on a car. If anything, the chrome accents on the car probably stand out even more so on a darker colored car than a lighter one. For this Lexus IS350 F Sport sedan, the owner had me vinyl wrap both the chrome window trim and front grill in my gloss black vinyl material. The owner of the car was from Riverside and came out to me in Anaheim Hills / Orange County to have the work done. As you can see in the side by side before and after picture that I have back to back, the change is subtle, but still improves the overall look of the car quite dramatically.

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Old 07-27-2016, 11:11 AM   #4
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Overview:
- Gloss black lower front bumper lip wrap
- Gloss black window trim vinyl wrap
- Gloss black lower rear bumper chrome trim wrap
- Gloss black trunk handle bar

Mercedes, and even a lot of newer cars in general, have for some reason decided to add a constantly increasing amount of chrome to every next generation of car that is produced. For this particular Mercedes Benz E63 AMG sedan, he wanted to have the chrome on the lower front bumper, side window trim pieces, rear trunk handle, and lower rear bumper chrome blacked out in a gloss black vinyl finish. The owner of the car was from Inland Empire / Rancho and came out to me in Anaheim Hills / Orange County to have the vinyl car wrap work done. We didn't completely black everything out and still left some chrome pieces on the car so that the car still retained some contrast.

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Old 08-09-2016, 11:39 AM   #5
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Overview:
- Gloss black window trim vinyl car wrap

Had some requests for some more close up pictures of the area where the trim meets the rubber weather stripping. For this grey Audi A5 coupe, I blacked out the chrome window trim on the car with my gloss black vinyl material. The owner of the car came out to me from Los Angeles / Torrance area to Anaheim Hills / Orange County to have the vinyl work done. We went with gloss over matte to blend with the tinted windows better and also match the black optics package that Audi now offers on some of their cars.

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Old 08-17-2016, 11:56 AM   #6
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Overview:
- Gloss black window trim wrap
- Gloss black front grill surround vinyl wrap

Even with this fairly stock white Lexus IS350 or IS250, after blacking out the chrome window trim and front grill, it really cleaned up the look of the car. The blacked out chrome trim pieces compliments the rest of the car fairly nicely. The owner of this car was from Cerritos and came out to me in Anaheim Hills / Orange County to get the vinyl work done. For this particular car, we also went with the gloss black finish over the matte black finish for the chrome pieces.

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Old 08-17-2016, 03:28 PM   #7
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The side window trim is one of the only things on any of my cars I will probably leave chrome... It gives it a more executive feel, and not only shows off the sporty shape of the windows, but also looks less budget-model if you get where I am coming from.

This is strange because I usually hate chrome and black everything out, such as my kidney grilles.

Oh well, nice work for sure Don.
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The side window trim is one of the only things on any of my cars I will probably leave chrome... It gives it a more executive feel, and not only shows off the sporty shape of the windows, but also looks less budget-model if you get where I am coming from.

This is strange because I usually hate chrome and black everything out, such as my kidney grilles.

Oh well, nice work for sure Don.
Sport packaged cars actually usually come with gloss black window trim as standard. Although, I have heard of people wanting to keep/maintain their chrome window trim for the same reasons you listed though, so it is not completely unheard of, haha.
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Overview:
- Gloss black wrap on rear window piece

Vinyl wraps can be used to restore factory pieces as well, such as on the rear the trim piece on the convertible top of this Mercedes SL500. More commonly, you'll see this issue with the B pillars and such on most cars. The owner of the car came out to me in Anaheim Hills / Orange County from around south Oceanside / San Diego to have the vinyl work done. Everything else on this car was in fairly clean and good condition, except for these rear trim pieces, so the results afterwards made a subtle but a positive big change in the car's overall appearance.













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Old 11-02-2016, 11:54 AM   #10
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Overview:
- Glocss black to black out chrome door handles

I do vinyl wraps that most other shops or craigslist wrappers would not want to try or would try unsuccessfully. I had previously blacked out all of the other chrome pieces and roof for this Maserati Quattroporte. However, the owner finally decided that the final remaining chrome door handles had to go as well. I don't know why manufacturers still offer so much chrome on their cars, especially on an entire door handle like this, but that's what I am here for. The owner of this car was in Irvine / Orange County, and I came out to him to do the work on his car.













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Overview:
- Carbon fiber lower front bumper lip vinyl car wrap
- Carbon fiber grill surround vinyl wrap
- Plasti dip grill black out

A returning customer of mine brought his Mercedes Benz E class sedan to have me black out the chrome on the front and rear of his car. For the front, I vinyl wrapped the lower front bumper lip and also the grill surround in the 3M 1080 gloss carbon fiber vinyl material. However, the center of the front grill was plasti dipped a matte black finish. In addition the other front, I also wrapped the top center portion of the rear spoiler and also the chrome trunk bar in the same 3M 1080 gloss carbon fiber vinyl material. The owner of this car was from Beverly Hills Los Angeles and came out to me in Anaheim Hills / Orange County to have the vinyl work done on his car.

























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Old 01-12-2017, 09:34 PM   #12
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Overview:
- Gloss black window trim
- Gloss black rear trunk bar
- Tinted / smoked rear tail lights

For this black Mercedes Benz S550, I blacked out the chrome window trim, rear trunk bar, and also lightly tinted the rear tail lights. The changes to the car cleaned up the lines of the car greatly and really worked well with the tinted windows and black wheels. It was almost a must needed to do thing for this car. The car still maintained some of the factory chrome pieces, so that it still provided a good balance and contrast to the car. The owner of this car was from Los Angeles / Beverly Hills and came out to me in Anaheim Hills / Orange County to have the vinyl work done.













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Old 02-09-2017, 11:43 PM   #13
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Overview:
- Gloss black roof rack rail vinyl wrap chrome delete
- Gloss black window trim vinyl wrap
- Gloss black door handle chrome delete
- Tinted / smoked rear tail lights
- Debadged rear trunk emblems

Quite a bit of work was done on this black Audi Q5 SUV. The large chrome roof rack rails that run along the length of the roof and the chrome window trim on both sides of the car make up a fairly good portion of the overall surface area on the car. By wrapping just these chrome pieces in my gloss black vinyl material alone completely cleaned up the lines of the car, making it look more aggressive and giving it a cleaner look as well. I also blacked out the chrome on the top of the door handles and rear trunk lid lower chrome bar. To finish things of in the rear, I lightly smoked / tinted the rear tail lights and debadged the emblems. The owner of this car was in Newport Beach / Orange County and came out to me in Anaheim Hills to get the vinyl work done.















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- Gloss black lower rear bumper vinyl wrap

Working with the existing contours and shape of the factory pieces on a car, it is possible to provide a nice contrast/accent, while maintaining a fairly factory look the car. This is good for those who want to make your car look different from all of the other similar cars on the road, without going too extreme or marking the car look too modified. For this Lexus GS300 Sedan, I worked with the lower rear contours of the bumper and wrapped that area in a gloss black vinyl material. This created a nice subtle effect that changed up the look of the car. The owner of this car came out to my shop in Anaheim Hills / Orange County to have the vinyl work done.











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Old 03-06-2017, 01:20 AM   #15
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Wow !! Great job on the white w212 e63. The window mouldings on the black one look great also. I think going darker on the black w212 tinted windows would really set it off !!!! I may end up shipping you my grille and front lip off my w212 to have them wrapped and dipped the same way you did on the white one.
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Yea, let me know what you want to do with the grill. I am actually trying to figure out a east coast trip to NJ/Boston/DC, so if that happens and you're able to make it out to me, then that's something we can possibly get done then a well.
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- Gloss black window trim vinyl wrap

Simple things such as wrapping the chrome window trim on this Mercedes Benz C300 in gloss black vinyl can completely change the look of the car. I know vinyl wrapping isn't for everybody, especially with all of the different finishes/colors out there these days, but I am sure the majority of people can agree that black trim over chrome on most cars really cleans up the lines of the car. There may be a few who still favor chrome, but there's a reason why black trim comes as standard on most top level/tier cars from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, etc. The owner of this car was from Newport Beach and came out to me in Anaheim Hills / Orange County to have the vinyl wrap done on their car.











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Very nice work, you know anyone out in NY that does work like this?
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Very nice work, you know anyone out in NY that does work like this?
Unfortunately I don't know anyone out in NY that does wraps. Only way I could really help out is that I also sell the same materials that I use to do these wraps, for those who aren't local and wanted to DIY.

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- Plasti dip grill
- Plasti dip front / rear badges
- Smoked tinted head / tail lights
- Blacked out lower front bumper / side panels / rear bumper silver trim line vinyl wrap
- Debadged rear trunk HSE emblem

For this black Land Rover Range Rover HSE, I think if most people saw only how the car looked like after I did all of the vinyl wrap and plasti dip work, most would probably have thought that the car came that way from the factory. However, the before/after pictures show everything. The black wrap, plasti dip, and light tinting done completely changed the look of the car to give it a sporty look and feel, while maintaining a very factory look. Some people describe this as an OEM+ type of look. The owner of the car was located in Beverly Hills Los Angeles and brought the car out to me in Anaheim Hills Orange County to have the vinyl wrap and plasti dip work done.





















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