Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com
 
dave@hennessey
Go Back   Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com > Technical Camaro Topics > Camaro DIY & HOW-TO instructions & discussions

Camaro DIY & HOW-TO instructions & discussions All DIY projects & discussions

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-10-2009, 01:45 PM   #1
themossman
Apprehensive Optimist
 
themossman's Avatar
 
Drives: '10 SS/RS SIM
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: JAX
Posts: 1,386
DIY - de-chroming and painting tail light trim rings

I decided to begin the process of ridding myself of all the chrome on the car...step one was the tail lights trim rings.

I needed a couple of bits of material....

600 and 800 grit sandpaper
Dupli-color CP 199 Adhesion Promoter
Dupli-color DA 1605 Flat Black

I pulled the trim rings (pain in the rear, but did not have to remove bumper...http://camaro5.com/forums/showthread...ght=tail+light ...also...the rear looks AWFUL with the trim rings out...you can clearly see the 'slots' where they belong).
Used 600 grit paper to sand the trim rings...was satisfied when they began to look like brushed aluminum.
Cleaned thoroughly, let dry. Masked off tabs.
Applied 2 light coats of adhesion promoter...10 minutes between coats and 30 minutes before color.
Applied 2 lights coats of flat black, followed by a medium coat (10 minutes between coats)

Let dry and there were some bad spots...I had the spray can too far away and the paint was 'drying' before it even hit the trim ring.

So....waited for 24 hours and wet sanded the rough spots out with 800 grit.
Satisfied, I applied two more coats of flat black. I then followed with clear coat...which gave a glossy appearance I didn't like. I then went over the clear coat with a final coat of flat black.

I'm satisfied with the results...







__________________
Car is for sale --->http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=158486
Current Summary:
Engine:Phase One-(All work by Vengeance Racing): Custom Cam, AR Headers, ported throttle body, ported intake, custom tune, dual valve springs, hardened push rods, under drive pulley, thermostat, Vararam CAI, C5R timing chain, Melling oil pump catch can, breather, MagnaFlow Sport Axle Back
Suspension: Pfadt Sport Sway Bars, Pfadt drop springs
Other: MGW Shifter, Custom Paint
my build journal ---->http://camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30057

Last edited by themossman; 10-10-2009 at 04:45 PM.
themossman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 01:53 PM   #2
2032Ceta
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro/2009 Nissan Rogue
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 89
Damn...that looks awesome. I cannot stand the chrome crap on my car...
__________________
(SOLD) 2010 Camaro 2SS/RS, Manual, IOM, Black Interior, 21" Wheels, GFX (Painted), Car Cover, IOM Engine Cover, Camaro Trunk Mat, Hockey Stripes (still waiting for my trunk monkey)

2010 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
2032Ceta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 01:54 PM   #3
Chewy
My boredom isn't safe
 
Chewy's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 SS Camaro
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 1,254
Send a message via AIM to Chewy Send a message via MSN to Chewy
Nice job bro. I'm curious whether flat black or gloss black would look better on CGM.

(there is a DIY section lol, probably gonna get moved)
__________________
Chewy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 01:55 PM   #4
Blood
 
Blood's Avatar
 
Drives: 2003 Silverado z71 1500
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 272
Damnnn dude really? that looks awesome. Is there anyway I can take it to someone to get done, because I dont know how to do that stuff well lol.
Blood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 02:04 PM   #5
themossman
Apprehensive Optimist
 
themossman's Avatar
 
Drives: '10 SS/RS SIM
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: JAX
Posts: 1,386
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2032Ceta View Post
Damn...that looks awesome. I cannot stand the chrome crap on my car...
I have a feeling the emblems will get pulled and painted to get rid of the little bits of chrome as well....

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chewy View Post
Nice job bro. I'm curious whether flat black or gloss black would look better on CGM.

(there is a DIY section lol, probably gonna get moved)
Missed you this AM!! You going out to the cruise-in this evening???

The flat black would probably look better IMO...they look 'natural' like other black parts on the car (fog/DR lights trim, lower rear valence, etc) If the car was black...glossy black would probably look good, otherwise I think it would be a distraction.

As far as DIY section....I thought this one more appropriate under cosmetic mods...that's where I went searching for help....
__________________
Car is for sale --->http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=158486
Current Summary:
Engine:Phase One-(All work by Vengeance Racing): Custom Cam, AR Headers, ported throttle body, ported intake, custom tune, dual valve springs, hardened push rods, under drive pulley, thermostat, Vararam CAI, C5R timing chain, Melling oil pump catch can, breather, MagnaFlow Sport Axle Back
Suspension: Pfadt Sport Sway Bars, Pfadt drop springs
Other: MGW Shifter, Custom Paint
my build journal ---->http://camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30057
themossman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 02:18 PM   #6
franknbeans
Whipped
 
franknbeans's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 CAMARO
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Pittsburgh-ish - PA
Posts: 4,141
looks nice.. will be a winter project for me.
__________________
The "ManCard"

franknbeans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 02:51 PM   #7
Batman0837
 
Batman0837's Avatar
 
Drives: '10 CGM 2SS/RS # 71394
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Middletown, DE
Posts: 365
Very nice! Will be looking to do something similar when I get my CGM...
Batman0837 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 02:59 PM   #8
rickerda
 
rickerda's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro 2LT RS
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Chester VA
Posts: 513
I've seen several post where people removed the taillight trim and I liked it. But I like that much better.
rickerda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 03:32 PM   #9
Infern0
Bring It
 
Infern0's Avatar
 
Drives: '10 Camaro 2SS/RS LS3
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: North Virginia
Posts: 1,657
So money and you don't even know it.
Infern0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 03:38 PM   #10
DarricSS

 
DarricSS's Avatar
 
Drives: '10 Camaro SS
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
Posts: 1,047
That looks awesome! Way better than using weather stripping...good job!

How do the bezels pop out?
__________________
2010, SIM, 2SS/RS, LS3, CGM Stripes
DarricSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 03:41 PM   #11
teamlowes48
NFIRNO
 
teamlowes48's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Inferno Orange Camaro
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Hazel Green Al
Posts: 332
would you mind sharing the product brands with us. I you know what works why test another brand? Thanks
__________________
Jason Barnes
Hazel Green Al.
teamlowes48 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 03:43 PM   #12
Chris-10
Tri-County Camaro Tampa
 
Chris-10's Avatar
 
Drives: 2ss/rs vr 6m
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: New Port Richey,fl
Posts: 2,656
great job looks good, i'll be adding this to the list to do when my car gets here
__________________
My build thread.click the pic. COTW 10/24/11
Chris-10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 03:45 PM   #13
dmo
 
dmo's Avatar
 
Drives: 2SS RS
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 86
Send a message via AIM to dmo
That is a sharp piece of DIY modification. I painted the front emblem a flat black but noticed when I removed the crappy plastic chrome it started to deteriorate on the underside and return to a regular plastic. I have an option coming down the pipe line later in the year to replace them with custom billet logos.

Back on topic... the tail chrome pieces on my black camaro would look pretty slick how you did it or with a glossy finish.

I've also been wondering what my car would look like with the body paint a matte black
__________________
dmo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 03:54 PM   #14
Revo1
Don't Like it? Suggit.
 
Revo1's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 2SS/RS
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Fresno, CA
Posts: 14,857
You know what- I thought I was gonna hate it, but it actually looks really good... Nice job, looks very clean. If this catches on, these would be pretty easy aftermarket parts to produce in plastic... Probably start seeing them in a variety of colors, to match the car maybe?
__________________

"Tops off, tach up baby- loud and proud!"
A Camaro lover from day one- 1996 3.8 V6 Camaro, to 1996 5.7 LT1 Camaro Z28, to the sold 2002 5.7 LS1 Camaro SS, and NOW, a [I]6.2 L99 VR 2SS/RS: XS Power stainless full exhaust, Airaid CAI, BMR drop springs and sways, custom tune by Cal Speed- 411rwhp
Revo1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 03:56 PM   #15
black34v6
 
black34v6's Avatar
 
Drives: ?????
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wandering the Earth presently
Posts: 259
I plan on getting mine painted the color of the car - I think the trim rings would look awesome color-matched (would just make the car look that more "Assembled" - GM should provide a color matching option for all the black trim on the car like they did with the 4th gens (could color match the mirrors and the headlight / foglamp area).

looks way sharper when you dont have flat black there.
__________________
black34v6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 04:14 PM   #16
JayhawkSS
Autobot
 
JayhawkSS's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro 2SS/RS
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Overland Park, KS
Posts: 253
Looks sweet dude. Personally I like the chrome when its not over done. Will be putting on my chrome bowties soon!
__________________
2010 Camaro 2SS/RS | Silver Ice Metallic
LS3..Black Leather..Sunroof - Delivered! 06/27/2009
ROCK CHALK!!!
JayhawkSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 04:22 PM   #17
DTM
DTMphotography
 
DTM's Avatar
 
Drives: 10' Camaro SS
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 586
not haaalf baaad
__________________
2010 2SS/RS: 12.77 @ 111mph (muffler delete) - SOLD
DTM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 04:28 PM   #18
Edge.128

 
Edge.128's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro LS
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,067
Very nice!!
Edge.128 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 04:40 PM   #19
aldaran
 
Drives: 2000 Camaro & 2005 Silverado
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 199
Planning on getting SIM so this really looks good. I might order an extra set in case i mess them up. This looks really awesome!
aldaran is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 04:44 PM   #20
themossman
Apprehensive Optimist
 
themossman's Avatar
 
Drives: '10 SS/RS SIM
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: JAX
Posts: 1,386
Someone requested info on how I removed the trim rings....

http://camaro5.com/forums/showthread...ght=tail+light
__________________
Car is for sale --->http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=158486
Current Summary:
Engine:Phase One-(All work by Vengeance Racing): Custom Cam, AR Headers, ported throttle body, ported intake, custom tune, dual valve springs, hardened push rods, under drive pulley, thermostat, Vararam CAI, C5R timing chain, Melling oil pump catch can, breather, MagnaFlow Sport Axle Back
Suspension: Pfadt Sport Sway Bars, Pfadt drop springs
Other: MGW Shifter, Custom Paint
my build journal ---->http://camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30057
themossman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 06:06 PM   #21
Havok1327
 
Havok1327's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro IOM 2SS/RS
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: St. Peters, Missouri
Posts: 293
Great job. I was just talking to my wife about doing this to ours and I think you've convinced me. thanks for the write up.
Havok1327 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 06:11 PM   #22
buddylok
 
buddylok's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro 1LT (IOM)
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Coquitlam, BC Canada
Posts: 455
Send a message via AIM to buddylok Send a message via Skype™ to buddylok
great job! I think I will do that too.

thanks for the info !
__________________
__________________________________________________ ______
If you live in Canada, British Columbia with a 2010 Camaro.

Please join my facebook group:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=101509818230
buddylok is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 07:33 PM   #23
SSRS2010
SS/RSVIN04274
 
SSRS2010's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 CAMARO.
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Las Cruces NM
Posts: 1,363
SSRS2010 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 07:50 PM   #24
Greenspock
 
Drives: 2SS/RS Black/black
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: WA
Posts: 83
Nice. Thank you!
Greenspock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 07:56 PM   #25
teamlowes48
NFIRNO
 
teamlowes48's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Inferno Orange Camaro
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Hazel Green Al
Posts: 332
how about the brand of products you used?...
__________________
Jason Barnes
Hazel Green Al.
teamlowes48 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:41 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.