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Old 02-01-2019, 05:45 PM
 
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There are several different brands of plastic chrome-like tapes sold on the internet.
On the marketing pictures they look good.
But, do they look good in real life?
Did anyone put this on new or better car, or is it only for boosting the value of a $1000 car to look like a $2000 car?
I m thinking on putting this on the perimeter of a black plastic grille on a ford mustang, but not sure. It may look dodgy in real life or something. Or it may peel off or flake off after few months on the sun. The Bullitt Mustang comes with a plastic chrome rim around its black grille, that looks good, I am trying to imitate that.
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Old 02-02-2019, 04:48 PM
 
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I wouldn’t waste the money
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Old 02-02-2019, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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This did give me a huge flashback to ca. 1980, when prismatic metallic tape and sheets were put on EVERYTHING, especially everything automotive and mural van.

I can't think of any material available to the DIYer that would last very long in such an abusive location, and for what any esthetic opinion is worth, thumbs down.

Can you get an OEM or aftermarket grille with the look you want? A Bullitt replica, for example? Lots of stuff made for Mustangs. Wouldn't be cheap but at least it would be more durable and probably better finished.
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Old 02-02-2019, 06:03 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I wouldn’t waste the money
Same here. If anything use Plastidip and make it black, but nothing cosmetic is going to double the value or even make it look double in value.
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Old Yesterday, 02:52 PM
 
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I dont want to double the value. Especially that this is a new car.
Rather, I want to have more chrome on it. In recent years, the fashion trend on mustang is "black", so they don't put any chrome on it in the factory. The 1969 mustang had lots of chrome on it, the new one does not. I want to combine the modern design with classic chrome style. But Im worried about the quality of these additions.
There is a Bullitt style chrome-rimmed black grill from one company, its a little pricey for a decorative element about $500, and it has no chrome pony on it, I would have to buy a chrome pony elsewhere and attach it to the grille. The tape is $15.
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Old Yesterday, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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...this is a new car.
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There is a Bullitt style chrome-rimmed black grill from one company, its a little pricey for a decorative element about $500, and it has no chrome pony on it, I would have to buy a chrome pony elsewhere and attach it to the grille. The tape is $15.
Well, then, tape away.
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Old Yesterday, 03:12 PM
 
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Hey, you can spend $15 on silver tape, and make a $1000 car look like a $950 car. Or, if I understand that you have a brand new car, you can make a $30,000 car look like a $950 car.


Add some 28" wheels with 9 series tires, and neon lights underneath, and you're all set for life as a lonely guy.
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Old Yesterday, 03:23 PM
 
Location: BFE
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I've used chrome bumper paint. Results were surprisingly good.
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Old Yesterday, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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I've used chrome bumper paint. Results were surprisingly good.
Depends on the plastic and prep.

OP might want to price a replacement (plain, black, boring) grille before doing things that might ruin it.
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Old Yesterday, 11:37 PM
 
Location: BFE
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Everything depends on the prep.
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