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    2014 B8.5 Chrome Delete - what to do with side blades

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    Hi Everyone,

    I've had 2014 Monsoon Grey S4 for over 5 years now and I'm getting bored of the alu-optic look that came with the car. I've decided to convert it (mostly) to black optics - going to swap out for an OEM black optics grille, vinyl wrap the window trim in glossy black, and change out my wheels. Going to leave the side mirrors because I like the look.

    The one thing I don't know what to do with are the aluminum colored side blades. Once I change the window trim to black and the wheels to something darker, the side blades won't match. Here are my options:
    - leave as is
    - wrap them in black vinyl (or some other color) - but it won't match the body. Would this look okay? Has anyone out there had success wrapping the blades?
    - buy new blades and get them repainted to match the body. (obviously most expensive)

    Thanks in advance for any input!
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    2014 B8.5 Chrome Delete - what to do with side blades

    I would do the gloss black vinyl like the window trim. I have a phantom black car with alu side blades so I like how they give some contrast as is. I think the black blades would do the same for your grey car.

    Iíve already wrapped my window trim and think it would be pretty easy to do the blades.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jcpowell View Post
    I would do the gloss black vinyl like the window trim. I have a phantom black car with alu side blades so I like how they give some contrast as is. I think the black blades would do the same for your grey car.

    Iíve already wrapped my window trim and think it would be pretty easy to do the blades.


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    saw a bunch of videos on youtube but any links to wrapping instructions that you recommend or tips based on your experience? want to wrap my window trim as well but new to the whole process.

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    I have a moonlight blue/ aluminum combo. Its my McDonalds, I'm lovin it

    QUESTION, whats holding them on? my driver side is ever so slightly loose. the passenger side is held on firm.

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    it's a combo of clips and double sided tape

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    Quote Originally Posted by enycelilc View Post
    saw a bunch of videos on youtube but any links to wrapping instructions that you recommend or tips based on your experience? want to wrap my window trim as well but new to the whole process.
    I watched this wizard about 100 times to see his technique for going around a curve. By the time I was done I had that horrible song on replay in my head
    https://youtu.be/9-GWmfDnDhs

    Itís really not hard. Get a little tool kit like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0719J99HL..._xVsWBbWSETA5Z

    Also, I tried two different brands of vinyl. The shadowline trim brand I found to be really hard to work with unless you keep constant heat on it. The vvivid brand off Amazon was much easier to apply without any flaws.

    Vinyl:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LX0C32T..._sYsWBbJ99Q0ZN


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    Quote Originally Posted by jcpowell View Post
    I watched this wizard about 100 times to see his technique for going around a curve. By the time I was done I had that horrible song on replay in my head
    https://youtu.be/9-GWmfDnDhs

    Itís really not hard. Get a little tool kit like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0719J99HL..._xVsWBbWSETA5Z

    Also, I tried two different brands of vinyl. The shadowline trim brand I found to be really hard to work with unless you keep constant heat on it. The vvivid brand off Amazon was much easier to apply without any flaws.

    Vinyl:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LX0C32T..._sYsWBbJ99Q0ZN


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    thanks man! this is really helpful



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