After doing some research in this forum I tried two methods of blacking out my window trim. The first product I used was Plasti Dip. The second was 3M Scotchprint 1080 gloss black vinyl.
I decided to post some pictures of my endeavors so you can make a comparison and decide for yourself which route you would like to go if any of you are thinking of doing the same thing.
Plasti Dip Prep and Process
Plasti Dip Results
I didn't like the way the color looked against the gloss black paint of my IS. The texture was also a bit too rough. I found that it peeled pretty easily after just one window cleaning so I decided to remove it.
On to vinyl I go...I chose to use 3M Scotchprint 1080 gloss black for the window trim, grill, and mirrors. The pictures below are my finished results.
I am very pleased with the way the vinyl turned out. I applied the vinyl with the trim still on the car. It was very helpful to have the correct tools such as a heat gun and a felt covered squeegee. The gloss black vinyl is a pretty close match to the paint. The real test will be how it holds up over time. I will keep you all posted about its durability.
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Good job! i had my grille surround vinyl wrapped and it held up well through all conditions for a long period of time. I just recently removed it cause i wanted to go back to the chrome. It was showing no signs of peeling off, and I have to agree it matches well. Im not a fan of platidip, its too dull and looks cheap. I put it on my emblems and peeled it right after, but thats just my opinion of course.
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Nice post. I definitely like the vinyl better also. How much was spend on the vinyl and how long did it take you?
I bought a 60"x60" piece of vinyl for $80 at Auto Vinyl Solutions. Based on the drawing below the current layout gave me a few chances to get it right. The rear window has to be covered with one piece so you don't have any seams. Because of this you will need a rectangle at least 18" x42". I took some large format paper, taped it to my car and traced the dimensions of the trim with a pencil and cut it out. I used this for my template when I cut the vinyl pieces. You will also need two 2.5" x 52" strips for each door. If you are a vinyl master you could save some money and get a 48"x60" sheet. It took me 10 hours because I am meticulous and made a few errors. I already had the strips and rear window shapes cut out so I am not including prep time. If you are highly skilled you could finish the job in 3-6 hours with everything cut out and ready to go.