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Old 27th December 2015, 15:12   #1
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Default DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors

This is not technical DIY; it does not require any technical skills - but it does require craft skills. This is an aesthetics oriented DIY.

I recently bought an Aspire Ambiente model. For those who don't know, the base model interiors have been stripped of all the bling - chrome trims, glossy paint, etc. Before buying the car, I had decided to replace each of these parts from Ford Genuine Spares to bring the car up to spec with higher models.
After buying the car I discovered that I would have to buy whole assemblies to replace a minor part. Needless to say, that would be too expensive. So I started hunting for cheaper options.

This is my final goal.
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-fordfigoaspire45.jpg
Pic from the official review.

First on my list was the Chrome Ring on the AC vent.

Found this listing on ebay.com (not ebay.in)
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http://m.ebay.com/itm/4mm-CHROME-TRI...806?nav=SEARCH
Since delivery was only within the US, I paid $8.68 (Rs.568) via PayPal and got it delivered to my cousin's place in the US. She was to leave for India in 10 days so that was good for me.

Later I found that the same item is available on Aliexpress and ebay.com from China based sellers that deliver to India (might work out cheaper). I got the package on 18th Dec.

Its a 3 mtr long PVC strip with chrome in the front and 3M foam tape at the back.
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-chrome-trim.jpg

Installation is theoretically easy - just measure, cut and stick. In reality it needs a bit of skill and finesse. I got it perfect only in the last application

Now let the pictures do the talking.

THE UPGRADE

AC Vent - Before:
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-ac-vent-old.jpg

AC Vent - After:
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-ac-vent1-chrome.jpg
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-ac-vent2-chrome.jpg

Dashboard - Before:
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-dash-old.jpg

Dashboard - After:
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-dash-chrome2.jpg
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-dash-chrome.jpg

Gear Shift Console - Before:
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-gear-shift-old.jpg

Gear Shift Console - After:
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-gear-shift-chrome.jpg
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-gear-shift-chrome2.jpg

Window Roller - Before:
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-roller-old.jpg

Window Roller - After:
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-roller-chrome1.jpg
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-roller-chrome2.jpg

PROBLEM AREA: For circular areas where 2 ends of the chrome strip meet there is a problem - the joint will not be clean as seen below:

Vent with original chrome:
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-chrome-org.jpg

Vent with stick-on chrome:
DIY: Chrome highlights for the interiors-chrome-fault.jpg

The seller suggests putting Fevibond for this but I avoided it. Fevibond is very corrosive and I did not want to risk my dashboard for it.

NOTE: This will not stick on certain soft textured areas like the steering wheel.

I have a couple of more places that can be chromed but I ran out - maybe in the future. The best thing is that if you don't like the look you can always peel it off without any damage to the original surface.

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This is very cool stuff,

although might require several tries before getting it right.

I have done the same thing with carbon fiber finishing, looks pretty lame though

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Innovative idea indeed. But, in my opinion you could have without the strip around the gearshift console. Doesn't look good at least in the picture you have posted.
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Please check this one out. Its a 10 mm thick 20 metres chrome trim ( its 10 mm thick mind you) for Rs 599=00 at rediff.com shopping:

http://shopping.rediff.com/product/2...lle-s/12354733

And a video on you tube:

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Cool stuff! please let me know how is adhesive tape holding, i had bought the same chrome from amazon for my xuv but the adhesive tape couldn't even last one day.
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Cool stuff! please let me know how is adhesive tape holding, i had bought the same chrome from amazon for my xuv but the adhesive tape couldn't even last one day.
The one I got is holding on tight, but this was bought in the US. I was specifically looking for ones having 3M tape only.
You also have to be careful with the surface - textured surfaces will peel off.
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