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Old 15 Oct 2017, 12:34 am
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That new chrome trim looks sweeeet!

I think you were pretty lucky that it was still available.

It looks like it should have always been there and was worth every penny you paid for it, that was a great price for what it solves and adds to your 'vert!

How is it held on, with 3M tape? And it's actual stainless steel, should last a long time! Being such long pieces, I would have been worried about it getting damaged in transit, but it looks great!



That's odd how the drivers trim piece looks so much worse than the rest, almost like they are made out of 2 different types of materials.

The same trim on my PT is starting to look like yours did. Not quite as bad yet, and I keep trying different products on them like Armor All or Mothers Back-To-Black. Then they will look fine for a while, then need to be treated again. May just need to replace them.
Each part has 2 strips of 3m tape and it was very easy to install. I just took my time.

The pieces at the doors are rubber and the rest is painted steel. The rubber has not worn well in the weather. Nothing I tried would bring them back. I did not price just replacing the door parts but figured they would just weather again.

Now to replace the flaking chrome clad wheels.
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Old 15 Oct 2017, 12:37 am
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I just ordered my set. Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed.
I worried a little about damage coming across the pond but they were well packed in the original box and shipped by air freight. They also arrived quicker than I expected.

I am very happy with this purchase.
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Old 15 Oct 2017, 08:35 pm
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I worried a little about damage coming across the pond but they were well packed in the original box and shipped by air freight. They also arrived quicker than I expected.

I am very happy with this purchase.
That makes me feel better. I was waiting until you got yours before I pulled the trigger on mine. Thanks for doing the research for us and being brave enough to be the guinea pig on these. You are a gentleman and a scholar in my book.

For everyone else, I paid 140 British pounds for this trim set. The shipping cost of 59 pounds came afterward in an email from "Pete" just as SantaGuy described. According to the good folks at Paypal, the total for everything cost me $264.58 USD at today's exchange rate. That's a lot to spend for some trim. But my original trim looks pretty shabby compared to the rest of the car. So I'm expecting a nice bang for my buck.

PS: I emailed Pete and asked him how many sets of these he had. I will let you all know in case somebody else wants to take the plunge.
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Old 16 Oct 2017, 12:17 pm
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I got an email back from Pete today at the PT Company in the UK. Looks like he's got a source for these convertible chrome kits and will be keeping some in stock.

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Your order was shipped today. Thanks for the photos of you convertible, looks good - I like the hood centre section and that it is a Turbo model which, unfortunately, we do not have here in the UK.

We always have at least six of the chrome top trims in stock, I consider it to be the best chrome accessory available for the convertible it looks like an original factory part.

Best regards,

Pete

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Old 25 Oct 2017, 02:52 pm
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Hey, hey, hey....

Look what I just got in the mail.

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Old 25 Oct 2017, 04:03 pm
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Hey, hey, hey....

Look what I just got in the mail.

That came pretty quick
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Old 25 Oct 2017, 05:02 pm
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That came pretty quick
Yep, it actually showed up last Friday after we'd already left town. There was a hand-written thank you note inside too from the good folks at PTCompany.co.uk. They really seem to be a classy outfit.
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Old 03 Nov 2017, 09:30 pm
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Today was my Friday off from my day job and I didn't have a big environmental side project to do. So it was time to get this chrome beltline thing done.

The original black convertible trim on my PT Vert was starting to look kind'a rough and wasn't quite up to "Handy" standards. So it was time for a change.




The rubber trim on the doors looked the worst. I'd tried lots of different treatments but there was basically no hope of making them shiny again.




There were also a few nicks in them from one of the previous owners.




And there was what looked like a few light dings in the back trim piece. Not sure how the previous owners did that.




The new chrome trim kit is from GAP (German Auto Parts). And everything looked great. Even the plastic that the pieces came in looked to be high-quality.




In the kit, there was this little bag of alcohol wipes and four tubes of adhesion promoter with little application pads. The directions on how to use these was on the bag. Funny, but using this stuff was not mentioned in the main directions that came with the trim.

It turned out that there wasn't enough alcohol wipes to remove the polish from the old trim. I'd put on several coats of stuff back when I first cleaned up the car after getting it. To get all this off, I used a bottle of 95% isopropyl alcohol and then wiped back over it with the wipes that came with the kit. This alcohol also helped remove some pine sap you might have seen in an earlier photo.

The adhesion promoter smelled like old toxic model airplane glue. But it went on thin and dried quickly. It was about 75 degrees and overcasts today.




The trim pieces were very nice the quality actually seemed better than the original black factory trim.




Before installing the trim on the doors, I needed to loosen the mirrors so the door trim could slide up under them. The cover just pops off and then there are three 8mm bolts.




After cleaning the old trim with alcohol and then prepping with the adhesive promoter, the actual installation of the chrome trims is very easy. I needed to align it on the bottom first when installing it. This gave the straightest continuous lines.




And this stuff looks GREAT!. It is likely better looking than if the car had come with chrome trims from the factory.




Once finished, this trim looks as though it came on the car. There's no sign it was added after the fact. Fit is perfect. And it appears to be real chrome and not just polished nickle or stainless steel.




When I bought this trim kit, I kind'a felt bad because I spent this much on something I thought wouldn't matter much on a silver car. But truthfully, it makes the car look almost brand new. I'm very happy with how it turned out.

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Old 05 Nov 2017, 02:08 pm
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The new chrome trim kit is from GAP (German Auto Parts). And everything looked great. Even the plastic that the pieces came in looked to be high-quality.

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The trim pieces were very nice the quality actually seemed better than the original black factory trim.

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And this stuff looks GREAT!. It is likely better looking than if the car had come with chrome trims from the factory.

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Once finished, this trim looks as though it came on the car. There's no sign it was added after the fact. Fit is perfect. And it appears to be real chrome and not just polished nickle or stainless steel.

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When I bought this trim kit, I kind'a felt bad because I spent this much on something I thought wouldn't matter much on a silver car. But truthfully, it makes the car look almost brand new. I'm very happy with how it turned out.
Exactly how I felt about my chrome headlight trim pieces. They were also made by GAP, and fit perfectly. It was a perfect snap fit over the lenses. I agree that it looks like it came with the car...

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Old 12 Nov 2017, 01:45 am
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When I bought this trim kit, I kind'a felt bad because I spent this much on something I thought wouldn't matter much on a silver car. But truthfully, it makes the car look almost brand new. I'm very happy with how it turned out.

I agree. I didn't want to spend that much money when I first bought the PT but when the door trim started to look really bad I thought it would make a difference. WOW! What a difference. And they look great on your silver vert.
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