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paint exterior side trim?

i have a black 3.7L commander. and i want to get the chrome sidings, but i would prefer not to spend the $350 for them. i was thinking that maybe i could paint them?
1. do they just snap on and off? or is it some special thing?
2. any recommendations on paint or application?

i was thinking i might put a blue glow where it says commander. (if the backside of the trim will allow me to.

lemme know. could really use a tip here.
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I'm not sure how these come off as I have never tried to remove them, yet. But, as for painting them this is how I've done it in the past.........

1--clean trim with soapy water and rinse
2--use rubbing alcohol(<--spelling?) or something to remove any contaminants
3--depending if you want to smooth out the trim, sand smooth then clean with desired solution
4--etch prime, 3 light coats then two full coats will work
5--sand with 600 grit to remove imperfections/ clean with solution
6--spray sandable primer, 3 light coats then 2-3 full coats
7--sand with 600 grit to remove imperfections/ clean with solution
8--spray desired color in 3 light coats and 2-3 full coats
9--sand with 1000 grit*
10--sand with 1500 grit/ clean with solution*
11--spray clear coat, 3 light coats and 2-3 full coats
12--for drying times refer to your spray can instructions
13--use rubbing compound then wax
14--re-install
*--If your paint is metalic, skip these steps #9&10.

That's how I paint trim and various items.
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i have a black 3.7L commander. and i want to get the chrome sidings, but i would prefer not to spend the $350 for them. i was thinking that maybe i could paint them?
1. do they just snap on and off? or is it some special thing?
2. any recommendations on paint or application?

i was thinking i might put a blue glow where it says commander. (if the backside of the trim will allow me to.

lemme know. could really use a tip here.
They just pull off.

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is it a snap off? like clips? or fasteners? or is it like a sticky substance on the back like taped on?
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I could be wrong but I think they are held on by plastic clips that are a part of the actual trim. If so, be careful not to break them or you would have to buy that whole new piece of trim.




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is it a snap off? like clips? or fasteners? or is it like a sticky substance on the back like taped on?
Held on with clips or fasteners not adhesive.

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so you think i should just primer it a few times. and then paint it with the chrome color i want?
is there a paint that will make it you know, weather proof? a protectant?
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so you think i should just primer it a few times. and then paint it with the chrome color i want?
is there a paint that will make it you know, weather proof? a protectant?
clearcoat and polish/wax will protect it as long as your prep work was done right, you'll be fine.
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