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These are the before and after photos of the exterior paint & vinyl work I've completed on my own.

The bottom pics are from Sept 2020 (day driven off lot) and the top pictures are current (Oct 2021)

The sun and shadows are different between the 2020 pics and the 2021 pics, but the mods are still viewable.

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They actually came factory being somewhat darker with having the black bezel. To cover the corner/amber portion I purchased from crux motorsports


I like them because you can tell it's pretty decent vinyl and it's easy to apply with them being pre-cut. It also makes the amber pretty much non visible, but does show through some when turn signal is flipped. So people can still know you're turning at least.

The 3rd brakelight and the rear reflectors blackout I purchased from the same place and they went on just as easy with also being pre-cut.

I would not however recommend their side window trim chrome delete film. It is pre-cut, however (at least for me) I prefer using a full sheet for the back cargo side window trim due to the large curves involved.
 

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Thanks

They actually came factory being somewhat darker with having the black bezel. To cover the corner/amber portion I purchased from crux motorsports


I like them because you can tell it's pretty decent vinyl and it's easy to apply with them being pre-cut. It also makes the amber pretty much non visible, but does show through some when turn signal is flipped. So people can still know you're turning at least.

The 3rd brakelight and the rear reflectors blackout I purchased from the same place and they went on just as easy with also being pre-cut.

I would not however recommend their side window trim chrome delete film. It is pre-cut, however (at least for me) I prefer using a full sheet for the back cargo side window trim due to the large curves involved.
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They actually came factory being somewhat darker with having the black bezel. To cover the corner/amber portion I purchased from crux motorsports


I like them because you can tell it's pretty decent vinyl and it's easy to apply with them being pre-cut. It also makes the amber pretty much non visible, but does show through some when turn signal is flipped. So people can still know you're turning at least.

The 3rd brakelight and the rear reflectors blackout I purchased from the same place and they went on just as easy with also being pre-cut.

I would not however recommend their side window trim chrome delete film. It is pre-cut, however (at least for me) I prefer using a full sheet for the back cargo side window trim due to the large curves involved.
Awesome! Definitely going to order them so thanks for the link! How hard were they to apply? I don’t have much experience applying that kind of stuff lol
 

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No worries. I love sharing info back and forth with others on here and with other Cherokee owners I know. It's the best way to figure things out for what we want to do ourselves.

Honestly with them being pre-cut, all you pretty much have to do is line them up and then use the felt edged squeegee they include and press it out. Just don't use the squeegee on it until you're certain it's exactly positioned how you want, and it's pretty workable if you need to pull an area up and reset it. But once you use the squeegee and press it on, you can still remove it but the film will most likely be damaged or torn in the process.

Myself personally, when I'm applying any tint or any vinyl, I like to be able to be eye level with it when first lining it up in place. So without having a lift in my garage, I simply used a 2-step stool and sat on it while I got it in place. So if you're standing there and you're having any issues getting it lined up exactly right, try using a chair or stool or something and see if that helps you with being eye level with the headlamp.
 

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No worries. I love sharing info back and forth with others on here and with other Cherokee owners I know. It's the best way to figure things out for what we want to do ourselves.

Honestly with them being pre-cut, all you pretty much have to do is line them up and then use the felt edged squeegee they include and press it out. Just don't use the squeegee on it until you're certain it's exactly positioned how you want, and it's pretty workable if you need to pull an area up and reset it. But once you use the squeegee and press it on, you can still remove it but the film will most likely be damaged or torn in the process.

Myself personally, when I'm applying any tint or any vinyl, I like to be able to be eye level with it when first lining it up in place. So without having a lift in my garage, I simply used a 2-step stool and sat on it while I got it in place. So if you're standing there and you're having any issues getting it lined up exactly right, try using a chair or stool or something and see if that helps you with being eye level with the headlamp.
Thanks again! Just put my order in! I’m getting my windows tinted soon so if they show up before then, I’ll see if my guy can do them. If not, I’ll take a swing at it. Definitely looks sweet. Especially since I have the latitude/altitude package and dark grey metallic!
 

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I will have to look into the light tint.

I actually painted my chrome window trim with enamel paint.

I had a buddy of mine professionally tint the rear tails, brake light, and reflectors.

All other chrome on my StinGrey was deleted by sourcing emblems from a Altitude edition.

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What did you use for the sides of the taillight assemblies (not the reflectors)?
 

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What did you use for the sides of the taillight assemblies (not the reflectors)?
The taillight sides, crux does not offer and I was told they have no current plans to do so. So I found these on ebay. They're not nearly the quality of the crux film, bit they serve the purpose (at least until I can find something better.


Once you click above, it will take you to the motorskinz eBay store. Then just search for your vehicle. Again, I am not putting myself or my words or full support behind this product as it is not exactly what I am looking for. For me, it just serves the purpose adequately enough until I do find something closer to what I want.
 

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Thanks again! Just put my order in! I’m getting my windows tinted soon so if they show up before then, I’ll see if my guy can do them. If not, I’ll take a swing at it. Definitely looks sweet. Especially since I have the latitude/altitude package and dark grey metallic!
Dumb question, I received the precuts a few weeks ago but haven’t had the time to get them on. Did you have to use a heat gun to get these on? Or just clean the lenses and throw them on?
 

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I cleaned the area very well and let it dry completely. I then used a heat gun and warmed up the area on the lense just a tad. Then put them on in place and once they were on and precisely where I wanted them, I heated them up again just a tad to help promote adhesion. Don't heat them with the tint on until they are exactly where you want them because for obvious reasons they're not going to adjust too well without damaging them
 

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These are the before and after photos of the exterior paint & vinyl work I've completed on my own.

The bottom pics are from Sept 2020 (day driven off lot) and the top pictures are current (Oct 2021)

The sun and shadows are different between the 2020 pics and the 2021 pics, but the mods are still viewable.

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I finally was able to get the stock 18's painted today and yesterday as we've had weather in the mid 50's here in ohio. So I took advantage of the temps and finished them here at home.

I think with the color scheme I've already established, that the black wheels were a necessity. However I wasn't going to pay the over $400/wheel for the factory black. This is literally about the 6th vehicle between the ones my wife and I have owned through the years in which I've painted the wheels. And not since the very first set I did have I had any issues whatsoever with flaking, chipping, bubbling or cracking.

I tried a new wheel paint this time than I've normally gone with but and I think I'm pretty impressed with the quality and the look.


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I finally was able to get the stock 18's painted today and yesterday as we've had weather in the mid 50's here in ohio. So I took advantage of the temps and finished them here at home.

I think with the color scheme I've already established, that the black wheels were a necessity. However I wasn't going to pay the over $400/wheel for the factory black. This is literally about the 6th vehicle between the ones my wife and I have owned through the years in which I've painted the wheels. And not since the very first set I did have I had any issues whatsoever with flaking, chipping, bubbling or cracking.

I tried a new wheel paint this time than I've normally gone with but and I think I'm pretty impressed with the quality and the look.


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Now, all need are some good tires...Looking good!!!😎
 
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