If you own a car, you want to keep it looking new. But there’s a big difference between keeping your car pristine with regular maintenance and replacing the old parts with new ones that will make your car look new again. Many people turn to professional restoration services when they want their cars repaired or restored, but they don’t know how to do it themselves. The good news is that there are plenty of ways for even the most novice DIY-er to take their car from its current state into an entirely different one – but only if they’re willing to invest a few hours into the process! Here are the steps involved when you want to dechrome your vehicle:
- Buy every official exterior trim part for your year and model car.
- Use a local parts store or online retailer to buy parts for your car.
- If you choose between buying used or new, it’s best to buy new because it will be less expensive in the long run.
Buy a chrome cleaner and wax
To dechrome, you need to use a chrome cleaner and wax to get the most out of chrome. The first step is to remove all of the old chrome. This can be done with a soft rag or by wiping it down with water. Next, apply a thin layer of wax to protect against scratches and scuffs that may occur during normal wear and tear.
Replace the door handles, mirror caps, and door trim
The first step is to remove the parts. This can be done by undoing a few screws and pulling on the pieces. Be careful when doing this, as there are likely to be small parts attached to other parts. These may be loose and could get lost if you pull too hard or forcefully snap them into place. If they do break off while you’re working on them, don’t worry! You can always glue them back in place with epoxy or super glue later down the road (once we’ve covered cleaning).
The next step is installing your new handle/door trim pieces! Again, ensure everything fits properly before moving forward; if not, then go back and re-do these steps until everything fits together nicely like it should have been initially designed for installation purposes.
Once installed properly, clean up all remaining residue using rubbing alcohol wipes or similar products available at any local hardware store near where ever you live; now that car has been dechromed, you no longer need those old dirty parts anymore.
Replace the grilles with black ones
- Take the grilles off and clean them with a damp cloth.
- Apply black paint to the plastic pieces, being careful not to get it on your car or yourself! You can use spray paint if you like, but I recommend using a brush to get an even coat of colour across each piece of plastic (there are small gaps between them).
- Once completely dried, reattach these pieces onto your car’s headlights and tail lights so that they match up with one another again!
Remove the badging from your car
The first thing to do is remove the badging from your car. You can do this in several ways, including using a hair dryer, spatula or scraper to pry off the badge. If you don’t have access to these tools but still want to remove them yourself, heat up the glue with an iron until it softens enough that you can peel off your old one by hand.
Dechroming your car can be expensive, but it’s a one-time investment that will pay off in the long run. Dechroming your car is not just about the time you spend on it. It’s also about the money you’ll pay for parts and tools, as well as for chemicals, labour and other materials.