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It begins to look more like a Chevrolet Cruze now don't you think? I personally like the Chrome on the front - you immediately can tell it's not a Cruze. With it black like that you probably have to do a double take :)
Yeah, I was gonna comment "I turned it into a Cruze". It's all personal taste... but I just think the chrome makes it look like cheese. Probably has to do with the color: I think the chrome looks better on darker colors but on white, I just don't like it at all.

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Yeah, I was gonna comment "I turned it into a Cruze". It's all personal taste... but I just think the chrome makes it look like cheese. Probably has to do with the color: I think the chrome looks better on darker colors but on white, I just don't like it at all.

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Yes, well on white there is little contrast with the Chrome...black does give more contrast.
 

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I actually like it but my 2017 has ACC and couldn't do that or so I'm told.
 

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I actually like it but my 2017 has ACC and couldn't do that or so I'm told.
You can do it with ACC, the layer of plastic that gets laid down is far too thin to affect the sensor.
 

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Yeah, I was gonna comment "I turned it into a Cruze".
That's just silly. You did a very good job though. Nice sharp lines around the bowtie.

You can do it with ACC, the layer of plastic that gets laid down is far too thin to affect the sensor.
More like rubber actually and it is very thin. You'd be surprised how thin 6 coats of dip can be unless you peeled it off afterward.
 

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I wonder if anyone has just plastidipped the bottom chrome--I've been debating doing just that as I don't like the full-on grin--but I'm even less a fan of the Cruze similarity by doing both. Fortunately, the Volt and Cruze look absolutely nothing alike from the back or side.
 

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Really don't like the faux chrome on the front so I took an evening last night to Plastidip. Came out pretty good. I can post a video if anyone is interested since I took video clips during the process.

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I did the same with my 2014. I think it looks so very much better than the stock grill.

I also added the carbon fiber look to both front and back bowties. Makes both ends look more "finished".
 

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Well, that pretty much settles that - no need for me to photoshop mine when I now have examples of the same color car with the plasti-dipped grille. Looks like that'll be a project for the spring.
 

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Well, that pretty much settles that - no need for me to photoshop mine when I now have examples of the same color car with the plasti-dipped grille. Looks like that'll be a project for the spring.
Spring might be good: by then I'll know if my car wash rips off the Plastidip. I'm concerned that it could peel it up around the bowtie because that's the only place that has open edges. And yes, I use a carwash. :) I used to do nothing but the two bucket method myself until I went and got old and we got a Tommy Wash near us. Gets the cars spotless and never a scratch. BUT I'm concerned about the high pressure and the Plastidip.

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Cans are only $5 at Walmart, you could do the grill several times on 1 can. If it would peel off, you aren't really out anything. If it doesn't, your car will look much better!

Beware that the "finish" isn't nice and smooth like a car finish. It is more like a softer textured surface. They claim it handles car washes just fine.

For $5 or $10 (paint + glossifier), you have much to gain, but little to lose!
 

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Cans are only $5 at Walmart, you could do the grill several times on 1 can. If it would peel off, you aren't really out anything. If it doesn't, your car will look much better!

Beware that the "finish" isn't nice and smooth like a car finish. It is more like a softer textured surface. They claim it handles car washes just fine.

For $5 or $10 (paint + glossifier), you have much to gain, but little to lose!
True, but the way I did it, I'd lose a lot of time. Between the masking, spraying coats and waiting, and removing the mask around the bowtie, I'd say I spent probably 2.5 hours on it. That is, including the 20 minutes between each coat.

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I'm actually partial to how Plasti-dip looks, especially on our bowties with the texture they have molded into them. I did mine just in time for the GM Silent Cruise this year (Wednesday before the Woodward Dream Cruise) and my friend who was also there was really impressed with how the texture looked with the matte finish. It also goes down extremely even, so it really has a nice surface finish.

The steel wheels on my Cobalt and Cavalier are/were plasti-dipped, and I never had an issue running them through the high-pressure touch-free car washes. I did the grille on my brother's '01 Century and he hasn't had any issues, either (though I don't know how often he gets it washed in the winter), so I wouldn't be too worried.

I will say, I did not like the glossifier much - and it does wear off within a year or so. The aforementioned Buick grille was something I sprayed with the glossifier, and it always felt tacky - even months after, with a wash and wax. It's since gone away mostly, is no longer tacky, and now just looks like mostly normal Plasti-Dip.
 

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I'm actually partial to how Plasti-dip looks, especially on our bowties with the texture they have molded into them. I did mine just in time for the GM Silent Cruise this year (Wednesday before the Woodward Dream Cruise) and my friend who was also there was really impressed with how the texture looked with the matte finish. It also goes down extremely even, so it really has a nice surface finish.

The steel wheels on my Cobalt and Cavalier are/were plasti-dipped, and I never had an issue running them through the high-pressure touch-free car washes. I did the grille on my brother's '01 Century and he hasn't had any issues, either (though I don't know how often he gets it washed in the winter), so I wouldn't be too worried.

I will say, I did not like the glossifier much - and it does wear off within a year or so. The aforementioned Buick grille was something I sprayed with the glossifier, and it always felt tacky - even months after, with a wash and wax. It's since gone away mostly, is no longer tacky, and now just looks like mostly normal Plasti-Dip.
I didn't snap to it was the glossifier giving it that tacky feel. I know better for the next time!
 

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