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Old 08-06-2018, 07:05 PM   #1
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Join Date: Nov 2011
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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Old 08-07-2018, 06:38 AM   #2
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1998 Outback Sport


Nicely done.
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Old 08-07-2018, 02:57 PM   #3
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Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Boise, ID
2005 WRX Sedan
Crystal Gray Metalic


Originally Posted by HCAutoDetail View Post
Nicely done.
Agreed. Nice job.
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Old 08-31-2018, 11:16 PM   #4
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Join Date: Jul 2008
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: The OC
1996 Impreza RSTi
V8 EJ207 Aerosim Carbon


Trim black is the best spray paint I have ever used. Once it cures for two days its very hard and wont flake off.
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Old 03-04-2019, 12:41 AM   #5
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Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Lake Worth, FL
2006 WRX Wagon
Obsidian Black Pearl

Default Amazing!

Was looking to try this trim paint on this exact trim piece. I have the same problem with mine. Glad to see it came out good for you! I was worried since that trim is a little more glossy than other trim pieces, but regardless, it came out great.
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Old 07-26-2019, 12:54 AM   #6
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Would Plasti-dip produce the same results?
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