Updated: Nov 14, 2021
A chrome delete is a vinyl wrap that is applied to the window trim or around the headlights of the vehicle to hide the chrome trim. The wrap is made out of a high-quality vinyl, which stretches and conforms to the car's irregular surfaces. Chrome deletes can even be applied to the intricate logo, rims or grill of a car.
Full or partial deletes can be used to accent a vehicle or hide the chrome for a sleek and modern look. Chrome deletes, like their vinyl wrap counterparts, come in a variety of colours and finishes. Ranging from matte black to glossy red, to metallic gold.
If applied properly, with the right materials, a chrome delete will last between 5 to 7 years. Once applied, they require little maintenance. High-quality trim chrome delete manufactures such as 3M and Avery Dennison when removed correctly, leave behind no damage or residue.
The Benefits of a Chrome Delete
Chrome trims are outdated, a chrome delete is an easy and affordable way to update your vehicle's exterior. It’s a cheaper alternative to repainting your vehicle and even boasts protective qualities. They are durable and offer protection against minor scratches, fading, UV damage and acid rain corrosion.
Chrome deletes are long-lasting but not permanent. They are a fun way to change the appearance of your car, without the commitment. They are versatile and completely customizable. The vinyl used for chrome deletes comes in a variety of colours, finishes and even textures. The options and combinations are endless.
The durable surface of a chrome delete is able to withstand water, dirt, grease, salt and even mild acids. Chrome deletes are a fun way to revamp the exterior of your car, without damaging the resale value. It’s much easier to remove the vinyl from a chrome delete than to repaint a car.
What To Look For in a Chrome Delete
Not all chrome deletes use the same quality vinyl. Cheap vinyl can not only lift prematurely, but it can also damage your vehicles original chrome. Be sure to invest in quality vinyl, so that you can make the most of your chrome delete and ensure that it will not leave behind any damage.
When looking to dechrome a vehicle, do your research on vinyl brands. Search for reputable brands such as Avery Dennison and 3M, the two industry leaders in vinyl wrapping. The quality of the product is important, as poor quality vinyl may damage your car.
A good quality vinyl should not leave behind any damage when it is removed. It should be malleable and conform to the curves of your vehicle. Poor quality vinyl will snap, or trap in air bubbles.
Professional or at Home?
Not only is the quality of the vinyl in a chrome delete important, so is the application itself. Poor application of the vinyl on a chrome trim will result in wasted product, and a costly mistake to fix. Vinyl can not be reused once it’s applied the first time, so accuracy is key.