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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:04 pm    Post subject:  Need insight on replacing/painting exterior trim Reply with quote

I'm interested in matching the black trim to the color of my white 02 Impala. But since I'm inexperienced in vehicle painting/trim, how would I need to go about this?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:22 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Some people paint the rubber trim (sand, prime, paint) but most get the already painted trim from junk yard and paint that instead. The rubber trim will look different and chip easier .

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:45 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

your going to need primer, sand paper, color matched spray paint, masking tape, newspaper to cover parts you dont want painted.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:08 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

when painting flexible parts like the rubber strips. The use of a Flex agent should be used to allow the paint to stick better and minimize chipping.

I use Kleanstrip ETPO123B Bulldog Bond-Flex-Tie Coat, 12 oz. Aerosol can.
It is about $20.00 bucks per rattle can. It is also in regular form is using spray guns to paint. Google the above discription as it is available from many web sites and most Paint supply stores.

You clean and sand the area to be painted. Then spray the flex agent as per instructions before paint. It can take the place of Primer if not filling scratches and the paint is not too transparent.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Would I take it off then sand/paint it?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:15 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Most people don't take it off because it's a pain. From what I remember people saying, it's riveted on. I'd just mask around the trim, then get a whole bunch of newpaper and tape that to basically the whole side of the car, or at least a foot or two up and down from it.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Don't Take it Off! From experience, it's not worth it. Paint it while it's still on.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:05 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Did you ever do this? Curious to see how it came out? I came across a 2002 Impala LS that's going to be my new DD after some motor work so I'm trying to get it looking top notch before then. The exterior trim is severely faded. I was thinking of spraying it black with spray paint but I'm unsure of the outcome... Anyone do this yet?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:19 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Did you ever do this? Curious to see how it came out? I came across a 2002 Impala LS that's going to be my new DD after some motor work so I'm trying to get it looking top notch before then. The exterior trim is severely faded. I was thinking of spraying it black with spray paint but I'm unsure of the outcome... Anyone do this yet?


I've used plasti-dip on my trim, but unfortunately it's started to peel from washing it. Sad

There's also trim dye you can use as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:28 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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billy101 wrote:
Did you ever do this? Curious to see how it came out? I came across a 2002 Impala LS that's going to be my new DD after some motor work so I'm trying to get it looking top notch before then. The exterior trim is severely faded. I was thinking of spraying it black with spray paint but I'm unsure of the outcome... Anyone do this yet?


I've used plasti-dip on my trim, but unfortunately it's started to peel from washing it. Sad

There's also trim dye you can use as well.


I did the plasti-dip on my 2001 trim as well. And is peeling in a couple areas from washing as well. I tried the trim dye too, was not too pleased with the results. Looking for a more permanent solution to this never ending problem. I'm trying to get everything done RIGHT, the first time. I hate messing with stuff constantly because I half ass it the first time around and then do it the right way the second time around.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 1:35 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Most people don't take it off because it's a pain. From what I remember people saying, it's riveted on. I'd just mask around the trim, then get a whole bunch of newpaper and tape that to basically the whole side of the car, or at least a foot or two up and down from it.


its not riveted on. It's double sided taped on. A lot of people leave it on the car, I would personally take it off

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

How would one go about painting the exterior trim? I'm looking to spray mine black, but unsure of how to go about it. Do I need to sand it down first? Should I get a plastic flex/bonding agent before I spray it?

Help!?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:33 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

What is the easiest way to remove the trim if i decide to go that route? If its not riveted i'd imagine its easier than what I've read on some topics. This forum needs a sticky or howto for this process
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:32 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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What is the easiest way to remove the trim if i decide to go that route? If its not riveted i'd imagine its easier than what I've read on some topics. This forum needs a sticky or howto for this process


i've read of people cutting off the plastic "rivets" basically melted plastic over a hole so it won't fall out. From what I've read as well you can just cut the plastic rivets off and re-install them with small screws but to be careful not to screw through the front of the trim.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:28 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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What is the easiest way to remove the trim if i decide to go that route? If its not riveted i'd imagine its easier than what I've read on some topics. This forum needs a sticky or howto for this process


i've read of people cutting off the plastic "rivets" basically melted plastic over a hole so it won't fall out. From what I've read as well you can just cut the plastic rivets off and re-install them with small screws but to be careful not to screw through the front of the trim.


That's on the trim/woodgrain on the INSIDE of the car. The OUTSIDE trim is just double sided taped on. I've taken part of mine off and replaced before when I had to repaint a door. It isn't too difficult, but i cant speak for the trim on the bumpers

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