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So I finally got off my butt and took care of two things that have been bugging me for a LONG time, like, ever since I bought my Cruze long.

Driving up behind any Cruze and you see this:



(Over exposed to show the shadows)

Not only is the lower center section of the rear facia not painted black like it should be (the RS kinda gets it right, but not really), you can also see the hideous grey muffler hanging down. Models with the Z-link rear suspension cover this up a little, but it's still there and still ugly.

Here's an overexposed shot showing the "after", and from a little lower angle than the first example. Notice, not only does the facia look 100x better with the center black (this is no secret), but the muffler pretty much disappears:



In my most humble of opinions, this is definitely how the car should have looked from the factory.

Here's a properly exposed shot to better show the look:



I did this with 3M 1080 semi-gloss black vinyl. It was a bit of a pita to get it stretched on properly with no wrinkles since the rear is curved so much, but it works. I painted the muffler and tail pipe with good old Tremclad semi-gloss black after wiping it clean.

Thanks to my neighbors who, at just the right time, had visitors driving a white Cruze so I could just walk out the front door and get a good before/after shot! :)
 

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Looking good!
 

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Curious, did you consider to do plastidip on the facia instead of vinyl?
Yes, but I find plastidip to have a very matte finish that doesn't look very OEM... it sometimes doesn't look very black, almost looking grey because it's so matte. That, and on large flat surfaces it is difficult to get it to look even.

I think PD would be much easier to do, however. The vinyl wrap definitely takes some patience.
 

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I stated this about the rear Bumper and how so many other Makes and Model Vehichle gave an appearance that was way better then the Cruzens rear Bumper as a solid color ...with that delicate touch and patience and a keen eye for detail that rear is a vast improvement over the OE Bumper ...
Wallah a proper looking rear Bumper !
 

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Looks nice with the white paint.

I have Plasti dipped mine and removed it a few times. That's what I love about the PD. I can easily add or remove it based on my mood. After reading your post this morning, I decided to PD my rear diffuser and the front lower grill again this afternoon. Sprayed 3 coats about 30 minutes apart. Completely done about an hour later with only a few minutes of work, and it looks great.
 

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Yes, but I find plastidip to have a very matte finish that doesn't look very OEM... it sometimes doesn't look very black, almost looking grey because it's so matte. That, and on large flat surfaces it is difficult to get it to look even.

I think PD would be much easier to do, however. The vinyl wrap definitely takes some patience.
Looks good! I like the matte finish of plastic dip. Is that removable if you have to get it back to stock for some reason? I do think the blacked out diffuser does make a difference and should of came that way from the factory.
 

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Having an all black car, the PD won't really do much for me. The muffler does need to be black or removed. I'll debate that when I decide if the rear bumper will or won't be replaced with an RS bumper that better hides the muffler and exhaust tip.

My other car did come blacked out from the factory making me question why not our cars? Less paint = savings?

 

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Looks good! I like the matte finish of plastic dip. Is that removable if you have to get it back to stock for some reason? I do think the blacked out diffuser does make a difference and should of came that way from the factory.
Yep, the vinyl can be peeled off if it gets damaged or if you just want a different look.

Check out the Rose Cruze thread if you want to see a Cruze wrapped entirely.
 

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Yep, the vinyl can be peeled off if it gets damaged or if you just want a different look.

Check out the Rose Cruze thread if you want to see a Cruze wrapped entirely.
Cool I was thinking you sprayed it on for some reason. Yeah I bet the was hard to wrap with all the angles. Looks great.
 

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Not sure if I missed it but did you do this with facia on the car or did you remove it? Seems it would be easier to do on a work bench.
 

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Not sure if I missed it but did you do this with facia on the car or did you remove it? Seems it would be easier to do on a work bench.
I have a set of ramps, so I backed the car up on them which gave me an extra 6-7" or so of height to work with. I can't imagine how much more difficult it would be without lifting the car up a little!
 

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I have a set of ramps, so I backed the car up on them which gave me an extra 6-7" or so of height to work with. I can't imagine how much more difficult it would be without lifting the car up a little!
I did my "diffuser" without lifting the car at all, im a small guy but it was still challenging lol
 
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