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Old 04-23-2006, 08:41 PM   #1
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Thumbs Up Blackout trim tape with PICs...

Okay been raining most of the weekend but I picked up some blackout tape from the local Pep Boys for a few bucks figure I give it a try since the sun came out for a few hours. Honestly does not look to bad let me know what you think. I only did the 2 pieces by the front glass for now may do the sides next.
This stuff pretty thin and easy to tuck under rubber trim and such and just trim up with the razor blade once its on with no air bubbles under it.
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Old 04-23-2006, 08:43 PM   #2
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that looks really good. i am actually suprised. very nice.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:57 AM   #3
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im curious to see if its gonna shrink/expand when its baked out in the sun
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Old 04-24-2006, 02:44 AM   #4
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yeah wonder if its going to last. but looks good so far
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Old 04-24-2006, 03:58 AM   #5
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Wow! It actually looks really good. I think I just might try this on mine. Let us know if it starts to shrink or peal. Does it stick to the chrome pretty good?
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Old 04-24-2006, 04:02 AM   #6
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would this work on a coupe? only because the rear-most part of the chrome trim on the coupe is wider at the curve.
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Old 04-24-2006, 04:25 AM   #7
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better than electrical tape for sure!

nice DIY
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Old 04-24-2006, 06:54 AM   #8
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Yeah hard to say if it will shrink any, I will keep you all updated on it. I think as long as you don't stretch it to much as you apply it it help with it shrinking much at all, as for how well it sticks to the chrome it stuck really well, plus this is probably as strong if not as strong as the pinstripe that holds up real well on cars in general and for under $4.00 how could you go wrong
Check out the first pic it has as pic of the package I used with its deminsions so not sure what the width of the coupes trim is but this should let you know if its wide enough.
Ewwww electrical tape that stuff got to come off after a week or so once it gets warm out.
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Old 04-25-2006, 12:32 PM   #9
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I used to have an xi and used that tape as well but eventually in the sun the tape shrinked. I reapplied it again and it happened again as well. All in all it took a while to put on an xi but it was cheaper than getting black trim.
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i dont think it woulda work on a coupe since thats 3/4" and a good section of the trim is bigger than 1 1/4" at the curve past the door
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Old 04-25-2006, 05:37 PM   #11
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i dont think it woulda work on a coupe since thats 3/4" and a good section of the trim is bigger than 1 1/4" at the curve past the door
The first picture appears to indicate that the tape is one inch and three eighths wide. This is usually larger than three-quarters, or even five quarters.

But anyway, I just measured my coupe trim and it's about 1.75 inches wide all the way in the back. Unless this tape is also made in larger widths, it probably wouldn't be useful on a coupe.
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Old 04-25-2006, 05:42 PM   #12
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^^^^ damn!! well i guess ill have to pay for the real deal trim then.
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Old 05-03-2006, 01:51 PM   #13
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I found this tape in Canada @ Canadian Tire - was surprised to see it on the shelf, but for 5.99$ can't go wrong. I have a sedan, so I'll post pix on how the rear part of the trim goes soon.
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Old 05-03-2006, 06:42 PM   #14
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So far the tape has held up really well. It still looks like the day I installed it and we get several days of 100 degrees plus in Norcal over the summer.
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:16 PM   #15
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anyone know if the tape comes in wider sizes?
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Old 05-07-2006, 12:22 AM   #16
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It does not come in larger sizes, so far as I can tell. What coupe people need is 3M Scotchcal blackout tape. The glossy black is part # 72793. Hard to find, but if you google, you should find someone who will sell it to you. It is very expensive (~$30/roll), but it comes in strips several inches wide, if needed.
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Old 05-07-2006, 07:50 PM   #17
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where did you get it?
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Old 06-02-2006, 09:59 AM   #18
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Yeah hard to say if it will shrink any, I will keep you all updated on it. I think as long as you don't stretch it to much as you apply it it help with it shrinking much at all, as for how well it sticks to the chrome it stuck really well, plus this is probably as strong if not as strong as the pinstripe that holds up real well on cars in general and for under $4.00 how could you go wrong
Okay been a little over a month since I put this stuff on and we have had a few very hot days of the car sitting in the sun and heat baking and this stuff still looks as good as the first day I put it on, just in case any one may be interested. Guess I might go and see about doing the other trim around the windows next.
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Old 06-02-2006, 01:48 PM   #19
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Is it hard to get the trim off?
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Old 06-02-2006, 02:06 PM   #20
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is there a chrome tape? lol
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