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Old 08-06-2018, 07:05 PM   #1
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Default Do you have chrome faded trim?

So I picked up this 04 wrx for a really good deal about a month ago. One thing that kept bugging me was this:
The black trim on both sides of the car had faded to reveal a horrible chrome piece of plastic.
All you need is a can of SEM trim paint:

I used 1000 grit sandpaper since it is such a smooth surface and a phillips head screwdriver.
You can remove these pieces. They are held in with 4 screws under the rubber molding. The worst part is breaking them off from the upper trim piece. I think they were just glued together.

These looked horrible on the car!
Anyways get to sanding and cleaning and you are ready to start painting. Lay down a light coat first to give the later coats something more to grab onto.
I had some issues with cloudiness because a satin black over smooth plastic shows all of your imperfections. I heated them up with the wife's hairdryer before I laid the last coats. I think the heat helped it to lay more evenly. Who knows. I had to use a ton of coats to get it how I wanted it. Going back to sand out imperfections and trying to fix the cloudiness. At last this is how they came out:

Now... lets see how long they last! Haha
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