Originally Posted by kmarei
i was reading the thread and thinking the same exact thing
as long as you are repainting them even if the ones sent it had any scratches they would end up looking great
and then the housing would be OEM not aftermarket
i'd send in mine as is
you send me a repainted one in return
and you would not need to track which one was from which buyer
since you are sending out a different one anyway
This is a route we've also considered, but unfortunately the problem lies in the chrome finish of the OEM pieces. The finish is quite tough, and does not prep well. Simply scuffing the finish leads to paint that will chip from the sidemarkers over time, but sanding all the way through the piece requires hours of labor and prep time, which increases the cost.
For this reason, we've found that the best possible route is to start with a plastic trim piece. The finished painted piece is more durable, and higher quality.