View Full Version : Best way to turn chrome gutter rail BLACK?

Bigscreen Bob
02-10-2008, 03:43 PM
Anybody have any experience painting (or vinyl-taping?) the chromed roof gutter railing on a 240 to make it matte black?

I'm assuming it would be unthinkable to try to remove the chrome pieces and replace them with OEM black railing covers (not to mention expensive to buy these from Volvo!)

I'm about to install the all-black flush-mount 1992-style windshield on my 1990 240 wagon, so the chrome around the windshield is going away. With the new windshield, I think the car would look better with a black gutter rail on the roof.

02-10-2008, 03:54 PM
Sand the **** out of them, prime and paint.

02-10-2008, 03:59 PM
i took mine off.. looks much better

with trim


I now have a brand new windshield in the car.. its for a 92 so it has the thin black rubber trim! instead of the huge chrome/black trim

02-10-2008, 04:14 PM
yea, i would say sand them down, with a scratch pad... get as much of the shine off as you can.... going in multiple directions to really rough it up and then going front to back to make a uniform grain... then mask off, prime and paint.

02-10-2008, 04:18 PM
You could also use the trim from a GLE or GLT spec car, which is already black.

Bigscreen Bob
02-10-2008, 04:33 PM
Thanks, guys!

Question for Dauntless -- re the black GLT/GLE gutter trim idea...I've heard it's a nightmare to remove the chrome trim. Assuming I can get that off, any idea how difficult it would be to install the black GLT/GLE black trim on the gutter???

Conversely, if I can find a GLE/GLT parts car, how hard would it be to remove the black trim and keep it usable???

02-10-2008, 05:44 PM
Sand, mask, spray with Krylon FUSION paint.

That stuff sticks with frighteningly good results. I used some Dupli-color trim paint, and it's been chipping ever since.

02-10-2008, 06:05 PM
i've used hockey stick tape. give it a unique look

02-10-2008, 07:39 PM
I agree with FUSION, even if you suck at the prep I bet it would still looks great.

02-10-2008, 07:48 PM
Fusion is for plastic. I have a little experience using it on plastic door trim. Not bad for a rattle can.

02-10-2008, 07:58 PM
It says it works for plastics, because I think most paints suck for plastic but it also says metal and wood on the can. I think

02-10-2008, 08:40 PM
It says it works for plastics, because I think most paints suck for plastic but it also says metal and wood on the can. I think

And you are correct!

http://www.racecarsgalore.com/pics/FusionS.JPG (http://www.racecarsgalore.com/pics/FusionB.JPG)

All of the media hype was about repainting plastic lawn furniture. I guess that marketing ploy worked.:lol: