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I decided to blackout the chrome on my truck, since that's the only chrome on the whole thing.......easy peasy, right? NO.....of course not!

The first pic is what I was hoping it would look like, the second is what I actually got. Autodip doesn't stick to the plastic chrome on our trucks. That's our $25 lesson for the day :frown:
 

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I thought it was prep as well, this was my second attempt. I used Dawn to clean the grille...the blue Dawn,not the froo froo stuff, then wiped with alcohol 5x prior to spraying it. It still may be a prep issue, but didn't want to risk damaging the chrome underneath by using something else. (in case I wanted to switch back at some point)

I like the black so I may just go with painting it next go round
 

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Autodip = Plastidip?
 

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I decided to blackout the chrome on my truck, since that's the only chrome on the whole thing.......easy peasy, right? NO.....of course not!

The first pic is what I was hoping it would look like, the second is what I actually got. Autodip doesn't stick to the plastic chrome on our trucks. That's our $25 lesson for the day :frown:
Thanks for the advice. Sorry it did not workout for you. I do like the "look" you're going for. Please post again if you find a product that works. Good luck!

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Autodip and Plastidip are competing companies. Plastidip has a matte finish and is rubber based. Autodip has a gloss finish and is vinyl based, and comes in different colors.
 

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I decided to blackout the chrome on my truck, since that's the only chrome on the whole thing.......easy peasy, right? NO.....of course not!

The first pic is what I was hoping it would look like, the second is what I actually got. Autodip doesn't stick to the plastic chrome on our trucks. That's our $25 lesson for the day :frown:
Tip- never post pics that show your license plate info. Just saying!

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Tip- never post pics that show your license plate info. Just saying!

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Why are people paranoid to show their license plate?
Everyone's is already exposed driving down the road. I've posted pics many times showing mine and guess what happened to me... nothing.
I don't get it...

I'm not surprised the paint won't stick to a smooth surface. I think you'll have to scuff it up and ruin it for it to stick. It's just a thin cheap layer, not actual chrome anyway. The black looks nice... I say go for it.
 

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I don't get the license plate thing either.......maybe 100 people will see this here, compared to the couple of thousand that may see it while i'm driving....every day

Thanks for the encouragement for the blackout look.....a poorman's Midnight edition LOL
 

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Is your rear bumper chrome? I got the white bumper with "chrome" grille too but my rear bumper is chrome...
I like the black grille look. When my fake chrome layer starts to pit or peel I'll probably paint it black too.
 

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My rear bumper is black.....2017 S models get the body colored rear bumper.
Nissan could have done me a favor and saved a couple of bucks on plastic chrome by giving me a black grill

I told my wife about painting the grill......"Don't screw it up!" LOL ...she knows me all too well
 

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have you considered trying an adhesion promoter?

https://www.oreillyauto.com/shop/ch...4/paint---adhesion-promoters-19225?q=adhesion

3M doubled sided tape and other products bond better when this is used. Maybe it will stick to the bumper and the autodip will stick better to it.

Also, I don't know if you already know this, but plastidip and autodip go on better in multiple very light layers. You can't just spray it all in one heavy coat. Sory if I am stating the obvious... I am very good at doing that...
 

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No worries on telling about thin layers.

I did spray it in thin layers, that pic is about 6 layers. I saw the issue after 3 layers, but had to spray more so I could peel it off more easily

My intentions were to be able to peel off the coating if I got tired of it and have my chrome grill intact. I guess if I choose to paint it, i'm just going to just go for it and scuff the chrome.....past the point of no return!
 

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I don't know if "Autodip" is any different than Plastidip, but I sprayed my grill with Plastidip a few weeks ago, and it's holding up just fine so far. I didn't even do anything much prep-wise; I only wiped the grill down to remove any loose dust.



Also, I don't know if you already know this, but plastidip and autodip go on better in multiple very light layers. You can't just spray it all in one heavy coat. Sory if I am stating the obvious... I am very good at doing that...
That's good advice for pretty much any kind of spray painting really, and it's usually included in the directions on the can too. I think it's obvious once you already know to do it, but maybe less so if no one has ever pointed it out before.
 

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I had never heard of autodip. Just read about it. Looks awesome but you need a hundred cans of it... it says 12+ coats for winter.. Lol. I did find this. I'm guessing you needed more coats...

Q. Can I apply AutoDip over chrome?

A: Yes, make sure to completely strip the waxes and polishes commonly used to protect your chromed wheels or accessories. Apply a minimum of 4 light coats to create adhesion and proceed with a minimum of 8 wet coats.
 

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Why are people paranoid to show their license plate?
Everyone's is already exposed driving down the road. I've posted pics many times showing mine and guess what happened to me... nothing.
I don't get it...
In this day and age, having a healthy dose of paranoia is a good thing. While driving down a road, your license plate is exposed -- no doubt about that. However, you have to keep in mind that a) it's temporary that a passerby will see your license plate, and unless they have a photographic memory or some other way of recording your vehicle, it's not likely anybody will remember who you were, and 2) the amount of people who will see your license plate is restricted to the folks who are driving in the same area as you.

On the internet, however, those two points no longer apply. First of all, once something is posted to the Internet, it's pretty much always out there for everyone to see. Which leads to the second point: the audience on the Internet is much more than when driving down the road. Billions compared to hundreds, thousands, or even millions.

Still, why does this matter? There are some crazy-*** people out there in this world. Did you know that in most states it is perfectly legal for anybody to request a person's information from the DMV using just their license plate? Worse still, there are companies out there that sell this information too, and they care much less than the DMV about your privacy. That still may not bother you, but take into consideration any family that lives with you.

It's okay if none of that warrants blurring out your license plate. To each their own. But, it is worth thinking about given the facts.
 

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Do the same prep process, and use Plasti-Dip Matte black. Be sure to start with a light dusting coat, then 3 or 4 more coats. Then add a couple coats of their Glossifier. Problem solved
 

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One thing to add, If you or the dealer has used any kind of paint protection / gloss paint product with silicone in it, that can be difficult to remove. If it was a spray on product, that would explain why it would be on your grille.

I would peel it all off, wash once or twice again with dish soap, wipe with IPA a few times making sure you are using new lint free paper towels frequently using a new side and new towel.
 
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