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Hey all, so once it actually starts to get a little warmer and non-snowy here in the DC area I plan on modding my truck quite extensively and wanted to get everyone's thought and opinions.

I am going to get the platinum style wheels in black and plan on getting rid of all the chrome; particularly, I will have the door handles and lower chrome molding on the doors color matched w/my truck (diamond white) and all the other chrome bits and pieces (hood trim, vents, roof rack, window trim, trunk piece where the badge sits, etc) done in black. I will also be adding a black mesh grille.

Since I've found the wheels in both gloss and matte black, I am now trying to decide which ones to get and whether I should plasti-dip the chrome pieces matte (if getting the matte black wheels), or have them painted over gloss black (to match the gloss black wheels). I've talked to my body shop and my buddy who works with several shops and they all said that painting over the chrome will be tedious and very labor intensive (read: expensive) and it may not last. I've also considered the plasti-dip route with their gloss coating over.

Would appreciate any thoughts and insight...thanks, in advance!
 

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I have a diamond white one too and got the 24" replica platinum wheels. Get the gloss ones. I regret getting the matte wheels. The matte ones I got get dusty really quick. I am looking to get mine powder coated this year.

I also plasti dipped all the chrome black.


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The Plastidip won't last on the door handles and the running boards. It'll start to peel off after a couple of days of use. A good alternative would be to get some black primed handles from ebay. They're not that expensive. And just use regular paint on the running boards.
As far as taking it to a car wash, everything has held up except for this last time I took it. It peeled off the dip from the letters on the passenger door. Everything else is still intact.
After getting it washed I apply tire shine on the Plastidipped parts including the wheels and it looks great for two days. Then it picks up a good amount of dust.


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That gold is terrible. Good call going away from that. :) If you are going black go with gloss... will look much better. I agree with the others above, avoid Plastidip where you touch (handles, running boards, etc) because it will peel.
 
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