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Old 09-01-2008, 01:27 PM   #1
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PROJECT: chrome window trim to matte black "shadowline" •pics•

I vinyled my chrome window trim today with matte black "shadowline" vinyl. You can buy it off ebay for ~$25 just search "shadowline trim". Obviously this is for a sedan but there are DIYs on how to remove the trim on coupes.

I removed the trim so it would be easier to apply. Simply open the doors and pull downward on the trim and it'll begin releasing from the clips. Don't pull too hard...just use a slow steady force and the trim will begin to pop off from the mounting clips. I started in the middle of the upper trim arc and worked towards the front and then towards the back. When you get towards the back you kinda have to lift the trim up and out towards you to remove it from the last few clips. Make a note how it comes out because you'll have to reverse this procedure when you re-attach the trim later.





Upper trim removed...


Start wrapping the trim, pulling tight so the vinyl stretches and is applied smooth.


Don't worry if it starts bunching up because when you pull on it it'll stretch and the wrinkles will come out as you work along. If you do get an air bubble underneath you can simply lift it back up and pull tight again then stretch it around the edges and secure it underneath. The vinyl has a high adhesive to it but it also can be lifted back up and repositioned easily if you make a mistake or need to work a wrinkle out.




Keep going. It takes some patience but the result is worth it.


All done! Remember, just go slow and work out wrinkles that may form as you apply the vinyl. You don't have to heat this vinyl...it has a nice stretch to it as is and is fairly easy to work with.


The roll has enough vinyl to do all 6 trim pieces (2 upper arcs, 4 lower window). NO MORE FADED CHROME TRIM THANK GOD!!!
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:29 PM   #2
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looks clean, lets see some pics of the car...
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:29 PM   #3
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Looks good. May have to consider this as an option for going black trim.
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:30 PM   #4
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sweet. i saw your thread replacing the lower four pieces and i was wondering about the big arcs...

I'll probably be doing this eventually. thanks for the write up.
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:37 PM   #5
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Nice work,... lets see it on the car now... I have some of that roll myself may have a go...

From the pics so far its looking sweeeeeeeeeeeeet
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:43 PM   #6
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that's really nice! i might give it a go
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:39 PM   #7
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Thanks for the DIY. Any pics on the car?
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:49 PM   #8
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I'll try to get pics of it on the car later guys...my camera battery is recharging.
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:20 PM   #9
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Nice work. Looks much easier with the trim off. When khuuster did my vinyl, it took him forever...we had to do it over two days. Poor guy...lol.
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:22 PM   #10
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wow. I really need to find time to do this mod on my car. It really is such a clean mod, thanks for the pictures.
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:44 PM   #11
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one of the best mods ive done
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:44 PM   #12
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looks good, but if you removed the trim you might as well have painted it.
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Old 09-01-2008, 07:14 PM   #13
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how did you remove the lower window part? great work.
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Old 09-01-2008, 07:58 PM   #14
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Looks good, although I'm pretty sure shadowline trim is glossy, not matte (mine is glossy).
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:09 PM   #15
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I really need to do this b/c my trim looks like shiat
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Looks good, although I'm pretty sure shadowline trim is glossy, not matte (mine is glossy).
The ZHP has a glossy trim and the M3 has a matte trim.
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:02 AM   #17
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The ZHP has a glossy trim and the M3 has a matte trim.
I bet its easier to keep clean too
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:23 AM   #18
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Im confused..I thought you bought OEM black trims and put them on already?
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Im confused..I thought you bought OEM black trims and put them on already?
Nah not the top trim pieces. They jumped up in price to around $130 EACH SIDE so for $25 I did it myself.

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looks good, but if you removed the trim you might as well have painted it.
I've heard stories of paint eventually chipping so I just vinyled it. It's a lot quicker too. The vinyl has a 9-yr outdoor life rating so we'll see.
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Would this be matte black or glossy? Nice job, you didn't had to use the soapy water crap did you ?
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