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Hey everyone, repainting my trim is on the list of things to do next. Moldings, Window trims, and front bumper piece.

My car is a 3F2 Super Deep Red and my biggest debate is either going satin black or gloss black trim. If anyone has pictures of their fresh trim on a super deep red supra to show me and help decide, instead of only using my imagination, it would be greatly appreciated!
Really cant decide whether I wanna go gloss or satin, or maybe even satin black with a gloss clear coat? Not sure how that would turn out. So any advice, info and pics would be amazing! Thanks

P.S. it doesn't bother me at all that gloss black would not be a factory look, so restored to original is not a factor to me. I just want to know what will look best with SDR!
 

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Satin black looks more stock. TOO shiny is not always good.
Besides, the other black on your SDR will look weird.
 

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Satin black looks more stock. TOO shiny is not always good.
Besides, the other black on your SDR will look weird.
My mk2 is already noticeably modified (coilovers and 17 inch deep dish rims) so not looking stock is not an issue at all. And I'll be painting all the black pieces so the idea is that there will be no other black pieces left over to look weird and unmatched haha
But I agree, too shiny is not good. Thats why im hoping to see another SDR with gloss trim to make up my mind! Because I really dont know if gloss black with UV protected gloss clear coat is too shiny or not. Which is why im thinking about Satin black with gloss clear, kind of best of both worlds? not too shiny, not too flat
 

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Gloss x 1 billion for the bumper halo which is factory. The window trim is more a half way between gloss and satin.


IMO you'll have a hard time with maintanence with satin colors unless they are cleared
 

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The original trim was gloss black. Below is a photo of a brand new piece of windshield trim right out of the package. I've placed next to it caps from spray cans in gloss, satin and semi-flat from left to right for comparison (altho caps are never very accurate it was the best I could do on a moments notice). What's interesting is that the little corner pieces are not gloss, but rather I might call those a satin or maybe somewhere between a satin and semi-gloss. But all of the rest of the original trim was gloss when it was new. Hope that helps you to decide.


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I went ahead and did all of mine with SEM Trim Black Ultra in Satin. I think it looks really good and not out of place at all.

I wasn't aware the original trim was Gloss otherwise I probably would of done that. Still, I don't regret going with Satin at all.

Main thing is to prep everything really well. Be sure to use self-etching primer on metal pieces and adhesion promoter on plastic coated pieces.

The pieces that had most of the plastic coating chipping off of the metal I found was best to grind/sand all of the coating off to bare metal, make sure its somewhat smooth, then hit it with the etching primer then paint.

Also if there is any rust spots under the trim (I had some under the rear quarter window triangle trim piece) grind/sand all of the rust off, clean really well with some metal prep then coat with POR-15. It will get hidden again from the trim but the rest wont be eating at the metal overtime unseen!

Oh and mask off rubber seals obviously.

Hope this helps!
 

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Black will be the best trim repaint idea if you haven't decided which one to consider. Make sure to keep us posted with this modification.
 

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I went ahead and did all of mine with SEM Trim Black Ultra in Satin. I think it looks really good and not out of place at all.

I wasn't aware the original trim was Gloss otherwise I probably would of done that. Still, I don't regret going with Satin at all.

Main thing is to prep everything really well. Be sure to use self-etching primer on metal pieces and adhesion promoter on plastic coated pieces.

The pieces that had most of the plastic coating chipping off of the metal I found was best to grind/sand all of the coating off to bare metal, make sure its somewhat smooth, then hit it with the etching primer then paint.

Also if there is any rust spots under the trim (I had some under the rear quarter window triangle trim piece) grind/sand all of the rust off, clean really well with some metal prep then coat with POR-15. It will get hidden again from the trim but the rest wont be eating at the metal overtime unseen!

Oh and mask off rubber seals obviously.

Hope this helps!
Any pics? I'm planning to paint my window trims also.
 

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The original trim was gloss black. Below is a photo of a brand new piece of windshield trim right out of the package. I've placed next to it caps from spray cans in gloss, satin and semi-flat from left to right for comparison (altho caps are never very accurate it was the best I could do on a moments notice). What's interesting is that the little corner pieces are not gloss, but rather I might call those a satin or maybe somewhere between a satin and semi-gloss. But all of the rest of the original trim was gloss when it was new. Hope that helps you to decide.


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There's actually many shades of gloss in between what I'd call gloss black and flat. There is no standard for "satin" either, its all relative. I'd call the stock paint for the moldings a semi-gloss. If you buy a can of rattle can gloss black and spray a piece of trim, you will notice it is far shinier and glossier then the oem paint. And if you put a clear coat on it, of course it will take it to a whole other level of gloss and depth. So what I did when I restored a mk2 last, is I bought a can of professional grade (it needed to be mixed and reduced) gloss black acrylic enamel single stage paint, and I bought a can of Flattening Agent. For every batch of parts I had to repaint, I would find a mint original, and mix up a small batch of paint, and experiment adding flattening agent to the paint till I got a mixture that looked right. Time consuming, but its really the best way if you want it to look really original. We had brand new oem window moulding, and a couple other bits new, so I needed it all to match as I had to repaint the unobtanium ones. The SEM stuff will probably be close enough for most, but I'm always skeptical of the UV protection any rattle can paint has, in my experience most of it fades within a couple years if your car lives outside. SEM stuff is better then most for sure though (should be, its 2x the cost).
 

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That would be the ideal way, but most people aren't going to have a mint piece to match against. If just buying rattle cans at the hardware store, you'll want to spray a test. Some labeled gloss will come out semi-gloss and some labeled semi-gloss are closer to a satin. And it can be affected by the temperature and humidity when you paint, i.e. how fast it flashes. But unless your Supra is gloss black to begin with (too flat and it will stick out and look weird against the real gloss black paint), then you can pretty much pick what you like, take it to the local car show and unless Seamus or I show up, nobody will ever guess that it isn't original that way. ;)
 
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