I am committed to the project of removing all the chrome on our 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The roof rails need to be blacked out. I am not a huge fan of Plasti-Dip, powder coating is expensive and to order the neutral gray version that comes on the Trailhawk are a few hundreds dollars.
The vinyl wrapping projects, so far, have gone fairly smoothly, so I thought I would try this. To avoid my roof rails being a focal point on the Jeep, I decided to go with matte black versus a gloss finish. I bought a 1 ft X 5 ft piece of matte black vinyl. *I am only wrapping the outside portion of my rails.
You will also need a T-30 Torx bit to get the rails off. In the center of the rails, you will find a push pin that needs to be cut off to release the rail. I didn’t feel like it needed to be replaced. Pop the rail off the plastic mount, slide it forward a little bit to release it. Once separated, clean the rail with rubbing alcohol. Get your vinyl laid out, make sure to have a squeegee, hair dryer or heat gun and a cutting tool. This is a very quick project.
When I finished the roof rails, I had left over vinyl wrap. I moved on to the chrome around the step pad on the rear bumper. First, open your life gate. You will want to use a trim too or a flat head to pop up the rubber step pad. You won’t need to take it all the way off but just be able to lift the front up. Next, lift the pad up to expose the chrome trim. There will be two tabs that you use the flat head to life up just a bit. I am pointing to the tab in the picture. Slide the trim out. Clean it well. Mine was covered in layers of dust. After you have it cleaned, rub it all down with rubbing alcohol. Wrap the vinyl around the step and put it back on the Jeep. Step back, pull out your phone and take a few pictures. Admire how much more badass your Grand Cherokee looks for a $10 investment!
Written by: Joe Oehm
Edited by: Andee Oehm