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    What is the common ways to black out your window trim.

    I know that vinyl is one way but I have heard that only really works for about a year or two? Is there a more long term way? Remove trim, powerder coat?

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    Plasti-dip? Probably the worst looking and least durable, but it's an option!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustyrizzo View Post
    What is the common ways to black out your window trim.

    I know that vinyl is one way but I have heard that only really works for about a year or two? Is there a more long term way? Remove trim, powerder coat?
    I am doing this to my Camry this week using DYC emblem kit. Will send you pics. Should work fine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rustyrizzo View Post
    What is the common ways to black out your window trim.

    I know that vinyl is one way but I have heard that only really works for about a year or two? Is there a more long term way? Remove trim, powerder coat?
    Had mine wrapped in Satin black.
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    What have you all been quoted price-wise for wrapping the trim? Iím planning on having it done this winter, but not sure what to expect for pricing.

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    $250-$400 anything beyond that you're getting robbed


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    Quote Originally Posted by PR.138 View Post
    What have you all been quoted price-wise for wrapping the trim? Iím planning on having it done this winter, but not sure what to expect for pricing.
    Mine was 275 so yeah that 250-400 price range is good. Contact a couple different shops about it. I went with the cheapest since its only small and black.
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    Perfect, thanks guys. That sounds reasonable. Hopefully the place near my house quotes me somewhere in that range so I donít have to look around too much.

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    Best Way To Black Out Window Trim?

    People paying hundreds for something any novice can do, is beyond me..

    I did mine 2 years ago with the following items off Amazon and it has held up very well. I use a power washer on my car when I detail it every other week, hasnít peeled off yet.

    For anyone wanting to save hundreds, hereís some quality vinyl film & precision knife.

    3M 1080 G12 GLOSS BLACK 5ft x 1ft (5 Sq/ft) Car Wrap Vinyl Film https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007EEU58W..._Y5cdCbTR7FNCQ

    VViViD Stainless Steel Precision Cutting Knife with Lockable and Replaceable 30 Degree Acute Angle Blade Specially Designed for Automotive Vinyl Wrap Material https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014GC2YLA..._29cdCb5RMMABK

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    I disagree that Plastidip will look like shit. If you take your time (I spent roughly 2.5 hours total) it can look very good. I realize the picture isn't an up-close but it is an option that can come out nicely if you have a little patience. Wrapping certainly can produce a nice result as well but for someone who doesn't mind taking a little time to try something themselves, it's a viable option.
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    Vinyl is probably your cheapest and best quality route if you DIY. Mine took me about three hours but most of that was getting the hang of it, if I had to do it again it would go much faster. I did gloss black (on black car) with Vivvid brand vinyl off amazon and a little tool kit. Still looks flawless after a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rustyrizzo View Post
    What is the common ways to black out your window trim.

    I know that vinyl is one way but I have heard that only really works for about a year or two? Is there a more long term way? Remove trim, powerder coat?
    Vinal tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcpowell View Post
    Vinyl is probably your cheapest and best quality route if you DIY. Mine took me about three hours but most of that was getting the hang of it, if I had to do it again it would go much faster. I did gloss black (on black car) with Vivvid brand vinyl off amazon and a little tool kit. Still looks flawless after a year.
    +1 on this. I also used this stuff and wrapped the trim. Looks OEM to me and I love it....however, I stupdily removed the metal from the rubber part of the trim and now I can't get it back on lol. I only did this on the lower door pieces thinning it would be easier to wrap.

    Anyone else make this mistake and if so what is the best way to reconnect it with the rubber trim pieces? Should I remove the rubber as well to snap the metal back on?

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    I had mine done in vinyl last year for $150 and I got what I paid for. I highly recommend finding a reputable shop and even checking out their other work first.

    If you attempt to DIY, I have found that 3M is much better than the Vivid stuff. YMMV

    Dip has come a long, long way. I wouldnít rule it out if you have a solid shop locally.


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    I really donít see a reason why youíd pay anyone to do it unless you just donít have any free time, guy quoted me $700 lol..told him to kick rocks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jcpowell View Post
    I really donít see a reason why youíd pay anyone to do it unless you just donít have any free time, guy quoted me $700 lol..told him to kick rocks.


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    I personally find vinyl work to be a gigantic pain in my balls. To each their own


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    for you guys that did the vinyl yourself, did you use the std 3m vinyl or the 3m air release stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpk1996 View Post
    for you guys that did the vinyl yourself, did you use the std 3m vinyl or the 3m air release stuff?
    Link I posted is for air release channels. Definitely recommend this option for minimizing any bubbles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PR.138 View Post
    Perfect, thanks guys. That sounds reasonable. Hopefully the place near my house quotes me somewhere in that range so I donít have to look around too much.
    where are you planning on getting it done? i still need to do mine as well. thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmoreS4 View Post
    I had a detail shop wrap mine.




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