The next generation of GM SUVs debuted this year, and with it came a more athletic build for the Yukon, Tahoe, and Suburban. These new flagship SUVs are perfect for sporty alterations like chrome delete and powder coated wheels.
The Denali lineup comes with tons of features, and tons of chrome. We had to think a little outside the box to cover it all, but we managed to blackout nearly every inch of it.
Badges and Nameplates
GMC recently added black emblems to their official accessory catalog. This takes a lot of the legwork out of tracking down (or making your own) blackout emblems. The one catch is that they still have the chrome outlines. If you’re ok with this (like we were) then these emblems are an easy add that transforms the look of your vehicle significantly with little effort.
Powder Coated Wheels + Brake Calipers
It wouldn’t feel right to replace the wheels on such a high-end vehicle, so instead we brought those into the paint booth. We powder coated these 20 inch polished aluminum Denali wheels in gloss black to match the rest of the vehicle.
We also removed the brake caliper covers and sprayed them with a gloss black high temperature paint. If you wanted these to stand out more you could choose a bright color like yellow or red. Choosing a more open wheel design would also bring more visibility to them.
Our chrome delete packages typically involve covering pieces of the vehicle in vinyl wrap film. That doesn’t always work or make sense for every piece of the vehicle, in those cases we turn to the paint booth.
A great example is the grille. Rather than try wrapping it, we removed the satin chrome grille and painted it gloss black. We also removed the fog light bezels and painted those as well.
The roof rails and bodyside moldings were also removed and painted gloss black to match. The fender vents received a paint/wrap combo to deal with the complex 2-tone design.
We darkened the side marker lights using a new tinted clearcoat technique. This provides a darker lens with the life and durability of automotive paint.
We tackled the remaining chrome with gloss black wrap film. We wrapped the door handles, window trim, rear liftgate applique, and lower rear bumper trim.
The final piece to this build was to tint the front windows to match the 20% tint on the rear. Like most production vehicles, the Yukon has factory tinted glass but it doesn’t cover every window. Typically the front windows of a new car have very little, or no tinting at all.