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Trying to remove the chrome lining on air vents

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by Joe C, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. Oct 14, 2016 at 11:59 AM
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    Joe C

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    Anybody knows how to remove the chrome lining on the air vents on a 15 tundra?
     
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  2. Oct 14, 2016 at 12:39 PM
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    Yes same situation here tired of the sun reflecting on it
     
  3. Oct 14, 2016 at 12:41 PM
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    The center by the shifter i got it out
     
  4. Oct 14, 2016 at 3:46 PM
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    After wondering this myself for a while, and then seeing this thread, I decided to go at it.

    It was a lot easier than I expected.

    1) Gently pry up the instrument panel register subassembly.

    2) Remove the three Phillips head screws.

    3) using your fingers, gently lift the 3 side locking tabs.

    That's it.

    I haven't done the other ones yet, but I assume it won't be much harder.

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  5. Oct 14, 2016 at 4:19 PM
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    No worries! Thanks to Joe C for reminding me to get off of my keister and figure this out. While I had this trim piece out just now, this is what I did:

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    Now time to take the dog on a walk and pick the kids up at the pool.
     
  6. Oct 14, 2016 at 4:56 PM
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    looking good
     
  7. Oct 14, 2016 at 5:10 PM
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    Looks great! Thank you. This has been on my list. What type of paint did you use?
     
  8. Oct 14, 2016 at 5:12 PM
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  9. Oct 14, 2016 at 6:49 PM
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    In the words of Imorton Joe...u shall ride eternal shiney and chrome! Looks great good job
     
  10. Oct 15, 2016 at 9:49 AM
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    No worries BRNG ITT I didn't know that everybody wants to do this. Thank you for the share.
     
  11. Oct 15, 2016 at 9:51 AM
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    If I have to paint it what kind of paint that is good or adhere to it.
     
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  12. Oct 15, 2016 at 11:05 AM
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    nice job, I couldn't wait to get rid of the chrome trim. The 2 center trim pieces are a little more difficult and time consuming. 3/4 of the dash has to be removed to get the one on either side of the radio.
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  13. Oct 15, 2016 at 11:23 AM
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    Where and how did you make your shifter look like that!! That looks so cool, looks like you have a manual tundra :thumbsup:
     
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  14. Oct 15, 2016 at 7:06 PM
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    Looks good planning to dechrome those vents and gear panel, cant stand the glare anymore..
     
  15. Oct 15, 2016 at 9:43 PM
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    Joe, how did you get this out? I Plasti Dipped the cup holder and want to do this too.
     
  16. Oct 15, 2016 at 9:49 PM
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    I wrapped the ac vent bezels with pressure wrap to get rid of the chrome
     
  17. Oct 16, 2016 at 3:57 PM
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    :popcorn: Someone needs to make a sticky with all the interior disassembly information.
     
  18. Oct 16, 2016 at 5:12 PM
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    I'm curious as to how you made your shifter knob look like that as well!
     
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    That's pretty much all there is to it! Took the pieces off earlier. Wish I would have seen the linked video first. Lol. There are 18 plastic clips on the gray bezel piece that hold it on. I will get all of my photos and try to put together a DIY thread for all of the chrome trim pieces for future one stop shopping.

    Thank you ChucklesToy for the video.
     
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    I've always thought this was funny. Guys that buy nice trucks look for ways to get all the chrome off (me included sometimes), meanwhile guys that buy basic trucks without ANY chrome are looking to upgrade some of their trim to add some chrome.
     
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    I find it funny too, but I think it is a balance and sometimes there is just too much chrome on certain models. I like the balance of the Platinum as well as the badges (or lack of them). In the case of the center console, I wouldn't mess with it except that the reflection on a sunny day is very blinding and distracting.
     
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    The motivation for me was the blinding sunlight reflection off the cup holder surround. The minimum amount of 3m textured pressure wrap was a 1' piece cut from a 4' roll, so for about $25 I had enough to do over 30 cup holders. The AC bezels were the easiest, the Toyota emblem in the middle of the steering wheel the most difficult (really not happy with the results of this).
     
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  26. Oct 20, 2016 at 3:13 PM
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    How did you pull the silver thing by the shif knob the one that you painted.
     
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    Awesome! What kind of black did you use to paint that dash?
     
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    dupli color truck bed liner.
     
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    It’s been over a year and a half now. Holding up pretty well. Zoom in and you can see the texture that matches the factory stuff on each side of the head unit
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