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I finally got time to move forward on blacking out the trim on my Deep Sea Tucson Hybrid and it went really well. Links to the materials I used are below.





1- I tested 'gloss' and 'matte' over the doors first, decided I liked 'gloss' better. In the image the rear door still has the 'matte' above it, probably take me 10 minutes to swap that for gloss.

2- The larger rear piece takes some careful work to stretch and mold it to the non-flat area. It didn't work for me first time with a lower cost material (TECKWRAP) but what you see in the image above is my first try with the better 3M 1080 material. No bubbles or scratches to the gloss.

3- I believe this piece is plenty big to do all the silver trim plus rear logo and have extra for other things:

4- I used this 3M knifeless cutting tape and it worked just fine after I spent some time practicing with it. Applying this tape and getting it stuck down in the correct location is worth the time you spend doing that. I used a Leatherman to grasp the cutting string, trimmed the green carrier right at the edge of the black film, then held the end down with a finger on each side of the line and 'snapped' to start the cut, then pulled it low so the line cuts flat without trying to pull the film away.
 

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Did you take before pictures? it would be cool to see how they look at different angles before and after the install.

Thanks for sharing anyway, looks great and I think I'll probably use your advice if I ever actually get my Tucson lol
 

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Did you take before pictures? it would be cool to see how they look at different angles before and after the install.

Thanks for sharing anyway, looks great and I think I'll probably use your advice if I ever actually get my Tucson lol
here's a good 'before' image:

 

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Great writeup. Thanks for sharing. Not my biggest priority, but thinking of doing something like this on my silver HEV just to add a splash of color to the exterior. I'm also going to be adding some red accents in the interior. Got to break up all that black.

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You could have used something called plasti dip to do the silver column on the back of the vehicle. Comes in aerosol cans.
I think that using air release wrapping film is the best method for changing the appearance of trim/emblems and similar areas that are not removable. a big advantage being that it can be easily removed without leaving any marks or evidence that it was ever there. cheers.
 
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