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Old 06-20-2013, 05:02 AM   #1
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Questions about simple appearance mods!

Just purchased my 2013 IOM ZL1 and am definitely going to be making some suddle changes to the appearance. Have a few questions!

First one: want to change the chrome taillight bezels to black. Best way to do this?

2: would like to remove the rear bowtie completely, what's involved?

3: matte black exhaust tips... Pros/cons? Will it fade?

4: change the good bow tie on the front to black or cf.... I know I can buy em online but anybody have any suggestions for best quality/pricing?

5: change the chrome camaro lettering the black, best place to find the lettering?!?

Thanks C5, go on a number of forums and usually people are quite cynical and the typical keyboard warrior type. You all have been pretty awesome so far. Appreciate the input and advice!!
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:03 AM   #2
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Number 4 should say gold, not good!
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:24 AM   #3
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Get some plasti-dip for color change and fishing line for rear bowtie.. And as for the rear bezels sand them down and paint them when a can spray .
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:24 AM   #4
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Go to the do it yourself section on the main page and it walks you through all of the changes you would like to do.
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:40 AM   #5
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Cool sounds good! Thanks! Fishing line for the rear bowtie? Is it as simple as it sounds?
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:41 AM   #6
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Sportyb24 love the matte paint by the way. Looks awesome!
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:13 AM   #7
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Emblempros has the black camaro emblems
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:16 AM   #8
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Thanks again! Question about the rear bowtie, does it have posts or is it just stuck there with adhesive? I have a 13'
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PM ZLterminator, he has his removed. I saw his car at davenport when mine was there.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:42 AM   #10
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Cool sounds good! Thanks! Fishing line for the rear bowtie? Is it as simple as it sounds?
Tried the fishing line way, big pain in the butt. The glue/adhesive remains and then you spend 20 minutes cleaning. Best way I found and it takes only minutes with no clean up afterwards. Hair dryer on med heat, use a plastic tool (or credit card) and gently pry an edge of the bowtie or letters, let the heat hit where you are starting to lift. You will see the adhesive stick to the back of the bowtie, nothing will be left on the car. If it starts to stick to the car, slow down on the lifting, should take five minutes tops, or about two minutes per letter if you debadge the Camaro letters on the sides.

The bezels, Plasti-Dip all the way. You're getting the best of both worlds. If you ever want to go back to stock, it peels off. Very very durable and will last several years easily. I bought black replacement ones for mine, but could've saved $$ if I'd known about Plasti dip at the time.

I'm going to blacken my ZL1 Badges today using Plasti-dip. Dipyourcar has great how to videos on Plasti-dip.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:44 AM   #11
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Thanks again! Question about the rear bowtie, does it have posts or is it just stuck there with adhesive? I have a 13'
The rear bowtie is glued only, no post. Front bowtie is a pain to remove, trying to fit your fingers in between the grille is a pain. Lots of vinyl layovers or Plasti dip.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:32 AM   #12
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Get some plasti-dip for color change and fishing line for rear bowtie.. And as for the rear bezels sand them down and paint them when a can spray .

is your whole car plastidipped?
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:39 AM   #13
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Sportyb24 love the matte paint by the way. Looks awesome!
Thanks!! Someone already answered the rear bowtie question so good luck on the work at hand.. Just make sure and take it time ..
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is your whole car plastidipped?
No my car is wrapped..
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No my car is wrapped..

what color was your car originally and what does a wrap like that cost?
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what color was your car originally and what does a wrap like that cost?
Wraps cost around $3,500 depending on where you live and how extensive the wrap is.

And to the OP:

1) plasti-dip or paint them. Can also buy pre-painted ones from a vendor

2) fishing line and Goo-Gone, very easy to remove

3) would need to paint them with high-temp paint. If done properly it won't fade.

4) You can buy pre-painted ones from vendors. I know tjk_art (is his username) sells carbon fiber bowties - might want to hit him up

5) use fishing line and Goo-Gone to remove the chrome lettering. Can buy matte/gloss black lettering from Emblem Pros (one of the forum sponsors)
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what color was your car originally and what does a wrap like that cost?
I'll guess $3k at least. Buddy had this done.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:08 AM   #18
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The best way to remove emblems is fishing line or dental floss and goo gone.....the people that have a tough time are just being impatient. LET THE GOO GONE DO IT'S WORK..Trickle it over the emblem and then WAIT 30 MIN. The fishing line will cut thru it like it's butter. Sometimes if it's a small emblem, I can just pull it off.
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Plastidip FTW
agreed - rear bezels are the perfect application for plastidip..if you don't like it, peel it off. See the vids at dipyourcar.com for how to PD.....it's amazing how the stuff self levels, you don't need to be a great painter! My bezels with PD:
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what color was your car originally and what does a wrap like that cost?
It was victory red and wrap was $3700 and some tax!!
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Just purchased my 2013 IOM ZL1 and am definitely going to be making some suddle changes to the appearance. Have a few questions!

First one: want to change the chrome taillight bezels to black. Best way to do this?

2: would like to remove the rear bowtie completely, what's involved?

3: matte black exhaust tips... Pros/cons? Will it fade?

4: change the good bow tie on the front to black or cf.... I know I can buy em online but anybody have any suggestions for best quality/pricing?

5: change the chrome camaro lettering the black, best place to find the lettering?!?

Thanks C5, go on a number of forums and usually people are quite cynical and the typical keyboard warrior type. You all have been pretty awesome so far. Appreciate the input and advice!!

Goo gone, fishing line or plastic putty knife and blow dryer, etc to remove rear bowtie.

Using the right high temp paint or get the powdercoated , the exhaust tips should hold up, get double walled, and they dont get all that hot.

You can paint or plasti dip the front bow tie yourself. Just pull it off, sand, prime, paint, clear, etc.

People either plasti dip, or buy new letters on the fender.
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BlackmambaZL1. I called my local custom exhaust shop on that very question. I figured black caliper or header spray paint. Shop told me they use BBQ spray paint. Cost like seven/eight bucks tops. Can take heat temps up to 1,800 way more than enough. I'll be removing my rear bumper to really be able to get the exhaust tips and the backside of the mufflers. They show too much from behind. The BBQ spray paint is a flat black, perfect for the look I want. Also just used it on my Strut Tower Brace Brackets. Going to use a different color on the bar itself. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:09 PM   #24
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Wow.. You guys are awesome thanks! I have never been the type of guy to work on my car, I'm handy and more than competent with tools, just never had a ride I cared about enough to do something to. Can't wait to get home in a couple weeks and do some of these, thanks again! I will post pics as I go!
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:29 PM   #25
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Wow.. You guys are awesome thanks! I have never been the type of guy to work on my car, I'm handy and more than competent with tools, just never had a ride I cared about enough to do something to. Can't wait to get home in a couple weeks and do some of these, thanks again! I will post pics as I go!
I'm a Girl, did/helped my husband on most of the mods so far. Just got a new daily driver, Subaru Crosstrek, and first thing we did was Plasti-Dip the Body Side Molding. It was white and it did help to break up all the white, but it didn't really have that pop. Here's a pic, and yes I know this is the Camaro forum, I'm certain somebody will chime in with a reminder.
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