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I’m thinking of trying my hand at some chrome delete using 3M vinyl. Anyone here have satisfying results with either some chrome delete or larger panels? I realize that the best way would be to pay a shop that does this sort of work but attempting it myself is something I’m considering. It’s not so much that I want to save some money (like the old tightwad that I am). It’s more the do-it-yourself part of me that wants to experiment. In a previous life I’ve installed my own camshaft, set up a new ring and pinion in a ZF transaxle, rebuilt my engine and so on. Now, as an old fart, I’d like to modify the look of my LX just for fun.


I’m thinking of darkening the hourglass frame in the front and the trim above the license plate in the rear. These pics are not of my LX but are from the internet.

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I'm sure you can do it. I've tried wrapping trim parts and had mixed luck. I think more patience than I have would help. I have trouble with getting it to lay right over tight bends.
 
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I used 3M 2080 gloss black on the handles and the large chrome piece above the rear gate handle.
Relatively easy. Have good light and a sharp knife.
For the grille accents, rear window and rear taillights, I dipped those.
 

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Thanks for your replies 82SC, CharlieS, mn12. I guess there’s no harm in trying. And there’s the dipping option. I’ll have to look into that too.
 

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I've found Plastidip and the newer Hyperdip to be good DIY choices. I think paint is better overall, but the dip is reversible, so it has that going for it. It makes it easy to experiment. Most recently, I covered all of my chrome with anthracite Hyperdip.
 

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I had a local guy wrap all of the chrome on my 2010 LX570 and I think it looks great. I did not want to attempt myself as some of the chrome surrounds are awkwardly shaped. With the pieces you pointed out, I think you could chrome delete pretty easily.

[Wrap and debadging were top of my list, now I'm playing the 'which wheel and tire' game and still haven't come to a decision in 3+ months.]
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Thanks for your replies 82SC, CharlieS, mn12. I guess there’s no harm in trying. And there’s the dipping option. I’ll have to look into that too.

The dipping option. LOL ! Obviously I’ve been out of it for awhile. Not long ago, I’d heard about “dipping” wheels instead of painting them. And then dipping emblems, including here in this thread. Well, I finally checked out a YouTube video and learned something. There’s no need to remove emblems or grills to dip them. Duh oh :)
 

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For dipping, I find removing the parts and treating them like I'm painting them gives me better results. Sometimes I mask them off right at the edge (not a typical plastidip approach, since you want to have something to peel) when removal is difficult (like the large land cruiser piece across the hatch).

No matter how easy they make it look in videos, I never find the peeling part to go as well as they show it, especially in places like the gaps inside the Toyota emblem (Lexus may be easier though, since it has two larger gaps).

A wooden toothpick makes a good "tool" to facilitate removal.

The good news is that if there is a mess up, you can peel it all off and try again with no penalty.

I like the temporary aspect. I've tried a few colors, and landed on one that I like. Now that I've tried and like the anthracite, I'll probably commit to paint in the same color (if/once the Hyperdip starts to fail).
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I did it with 3M Vinyl. Buy more material than you think you need, buy the plastic applicator tools, use plastic razor blades to trim, have a heat gun handy, but be careful to not get too close with it and overheat the material. If you mess up peel it off and try again. BTW. I did pop the Toyota emblem off and sprayed with Plastidip. Cutting around that would have drove me crazy

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For dipping, I find removing the parts and treating them like I'm painting them gives me better results. Sometimes I mask them off right at the edge (not a typical plastidip approach, since you want to have something to peel) when removal is difficult (like the large land cruiser piece across the hatch).

No matter how easy they make it look in videos, I never find the peeling part to go as well as they show it, especially in places like the gaps inside the Toyota emblem (Lexus may be easier though, since it has two larger gaps).

A wooden toothpick makes a good "tool" to facilitate removal.

The good news is that if there is a mess up, you can peel it all off and try again with no penalty.

I like the temporary aspect. I've tried a few colors, and landed on one that I like. Now that I've tried and like the anthracite, I'll probably commit to paint in the same color (if/once the Hyperdip starts to fail).
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Yes, the temporary aspect is attractive. At first I was thinking of using a color that matches (as close as possible) the Nightfall Mica (dark metal flake blue) of my LX. Then dark grey or the color you used started looking the way to go. I haven’t decided if I want to just do the hourglass grill frame or more or all the chrome.
I did it with 3M Vinyl. Buy more material than you think you need, buy the plastic applicator tools, use plastic razor blades to trim, have a heat gun handy, but be careful to not get too close with it and overheat the material. If you mess up peel it off and try again. BTW. I did pop the Toyota emblem off and sprayed with Plastidip. Cutting around that would have drove me crazy

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If my job turns out as good as yours I’ll be very happy. And dipping some items and “vinyling” others makes sense. I’m under the impression that vinyl can last longer than dipping. It’s good to know that a mess up can potentially be redone.
 
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I had a local guy wrap all of the chrome on my 2010 LX570 and I think it looks great. I did not want to attempt myself as some of the chrome surrounds are awkwardly shaped. With the pieces you pointed out, I think you could chrome delete pretty easily.

[Wrap and debadging were top of my list, now I'm playing the 'which wheel and tire' game and still haven't come to a decision in 3+ months.]
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Did your truck originally have the chrome strips at the bottoms of the doors? If so did you remove them yourself?
 

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Did your truck originally have the chrome strips at the bottoms of the doors? If so did you remove them yourself?
Yes, I removed the chrome door strips and the rear "Lexus" and "LX570" badging myself. The 2008 to (I believe) 2011 model years are just stuck on with adhesive.

I used a plastic pry tool to get a finger under the trim and pulled it off (pull harder than you think). I then used a 3M wheel (decal remover) in a drill to run off the adhesive. Nearly all the adhesive is gone, but i still need to touch up a few places and then wax it once the weather turns nicer here in the PNW.
 

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