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Everything posted by kevinfranklin

  1. I backed into something and broke ONLY the clear exterior plastic...…….so am I in for a $300 total replacement, or can I somehow just replace the exterior plastic?
  2. Taillight shell broken

    Would have cost $700 for part and install at the stealership, but I found one on eBay for $350, and install looks easy. Thanks for the advice everyone.
  3. Door handles and mirror covers

    I'm looking to get the black 3M covers for my chrome handles, so does anyone have positive or negative reviews if you've had them a few years? There are several vendors on eBay, and I can't seem to tell the difference between any of them, so I was going to just go with the cheapest unless someone has guidance otherwise.
  4. So I'm wondering if anyone's had issues using painter's tape (when masking off for buffing, etc) on Plasti-dipped parts. I definitely will want to mask off things like my door trim when I buff every couple years. IOW, can good painter's tape (3M) pull the Plasti-dip off?
  5. Window trim part number help!

    I get some privacy error when pinging those previous links....... and I can't find a "GmPartsGuru" website. So what are a couple favorite options for GM parts that folks use frequently?
  6. Rear U-bolt torque spec?

    I agree....... we'd appreciate links to quality aftermarket U-bolts from anyone whose done the research. thanks!!
  7. bug/stone deflector

    So does anyone have the matte-finish Aeroskin II version with the extra lip on the top? I see member CUPTON has a similar one that doesn't have the lip, which I might go with.....
  8. So none of these pictured so far appear to be the latest matte black Aeroskin II I saw in a local shop that has an "extra" ramp-ridge across the front..........that supposedly helps to push bugs/rocks/crap up just a little bit more to avoid the windshield. Anyone have one of those and like it or hate it?
  9. Carl, you and I have PM'd back and forth a couple weeks ago, and I'm still interested......... but was wondering if you ever filmed a video of the actual gauge face swapping process. I just want to make 100% sure I'm comfortable with tearing into it before ordering. BTW, did you post pic's of the carbon fiber gauges installed? That's the style I was leaning towards. thanks!
  10. bc-chris' 2014 Silverado SLZ Z71

    So did you put anything (PD glossifier, clearcoat) over the Plasti Dip after you were done with the color? I finally got to working on my emblems and didn't add anything as a final coat. Now it seems like if I rub the wrong cloth over them, they might get fuzz stuck in the dip, but they're still just a few days old, so maybe they'll continue to harden?
  11. Gas Pedal Flex Solution

    Looks like you took the whole assy out, so was that difficult? And I think what you're saying is you removed screws (2 of them?), and added in a washer in-line, between the 2 black sections.....is that right?
  12. So, whoever has added vinyl to their plastic trim pieces, any suggestions/hints as to how to make good, wrinkle-free corners? I used heat, and had to experiment around to try and figure out when to use heat, where to use it, etc. If I used too much, the vinyl would get flimsy and wrinkle. If it was too cold, I couldn't "work it" enough to work out the wrinkles. Any and all suggestions are welcomed!
  13. Yep, exactly.......so I can pop off JUST the silver trim part, leaving all the interior "guts" as-is?
  14. bc-chris' 2014 Silverado SLZ Z71

    So what's been your experience with the Plasti Dip on the front tie? Does it clean off ok, or have nicks/cuts in it from road debris that will require a re-apply? Same question for the side trim, although I bet that lasts a lot better, due to it's location.........
  15. So has anyone found a good video of removing just the silver trim piece that goes AROUND the side air vents on a 2014+ ? One of Jorge's vid's mentions it in passing, but I'd like to remove it to vinyl wrap it, but don't want to pop out the side/fuse panel, then pop out the entire vent assy, only to find I can't separate JUST the silver outer part so I can wrap it easily. I also would rather not try to vinyl it in place......... Thoughts or suggestions?
  16. Free Exhaust Mod!!

    Actually could have used 4, and super tiny fingers as well, but oh well. ;)
  17. Free Exhaust Mod!!

    Man, I wish mine was as accessible as yours appears to be! I used this same screw in this same location, but on my 2017, I have MUCH less "access" to get the nut on the screw. So I had to simultaneously: 1) hold the valve in just the right open position so I could turn the screw 2) hold the nut in the perfect orientation with some needle nose pliers 3) turn the screw until it caught the nut.
  18. Ok, so it's basically "locked down" in the highest/most-towards-your-seat position, it sounds like? I have mine all the way out/away (I'm 6'5") so will this method probably not do as much for me?
  19. So the tie you added is the black one that runs "up" and over the metal hanger, and then over and around the entire housing? And does this still allow the pedal fore/aft positioning, or do you not have the adjustable pedals?
  20. Interior trim pieces

    Nicely done! So did you just apply it to the cleaned pieces, or did you use heat at all? And when "popping" the trim pieces off, did you use a plastic tool and just start at the bottom (less visible if damaged) and work your way around each one?
  21. Yeah, I'm interested in any additional "solidifying" or anchoring of the whole accelerator parts to whatever they can be anchored to. Any more input, pics or comments on what this might actually be referring to??
  22. One of those Magic Erasers sold by the bald guy with an earring and white tee shirt works pretty well too.
  23. Interior trim pieces

    I REALLY like that CF, so are there any good videos out on YouTube (or maybe a build thread on this forum?) about how to remove the various plastic parts? I looked and found a couple that didn't impress me, but could probably eventually find several that cover everything I'd like to remove and cover.
  24. Debadged truck pic request

    I'm new to debadging, so is there a good "how to" thread on this forum, or should I just trust YouTube? Mostly just carefully prying off the letters and then it's on to tackling the adhesive, either by careful peeling, or that wheel-thingy?
  25. So for single chip repair, did you use the squeegee or just the dab-and-wipe method? I'd envision the squeegee eventually getting the level of the paint "even" with the rest of the surrounding paint (after a few coats)...... but then when you wipe the blending solution on it, maybe it would still remove some of what's in the chip, leaving the chip edges.

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