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Old 06-03-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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Cowl Removal / Replacement

Has anyone replaced the cowl (plastic piece under the windshield wiper arms) or possibly removed it and repainted it? I searched the 1st Gen forum but didn't find anything.

Mine is badly faded but new ones are close to $400! I was thinking about trying to polish off the oxidation or maybe lightly sand it and then paint it (after removing it, of course).

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Old 06-03-2012, 08:13 PM   #2
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Somewhere in the "what have you done" thread is both TacoMX and I doing it.

For an abbreviated visual, check my build. Here: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st...ml#post4979728

Mine was so faded it was light gray. It's simple to remove, take your time with the clips, they tend to break. I cleaned mine first, dried it, lightly sanded it with 320 grit, wiped it down with a duplicolor prep wipe, then primed and painted it.

I painted my wiper arms too while I was at it.. .they were a bit faded and chipped.
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:54 AM   #3
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^Thanks.

Surprisingly, my wiper arms are in perfect shape. But my cowl piece looks like yours did before you painted it.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:51 PM   #4
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I have always had good luck with Krylon Fusion paint for plastic. It's like $5 a can. No sanding or primer is needed. Just scrub it down with degreaser and dry it first. Satin black would make it look the most original.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:18 PM   #5
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Thanks. I'll take before & after pictures and post them here.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:08 PM   #6
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:26 AM   #7
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The bulk of this project was cleaning this thing. What a pain getting the crud off between the louvers.

Anyway, I used Krylon Fusion Satin Black. No sanding or priming. We'll see how long it holds up.
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Looks good.

Mine just went through a brutal Colorado summer, read: intense UV, and it still looks like the day I painted it.
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I would have used an adhesion promoter before the krylon, but looks good.
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Cheers.

Has anyone tried painting their faded mud flaps? I was thinking of doing that next with the Satin Black. After that, maybe my fender flares.

One of my side mirrors needs painting as well, but I'll use gloss black for that.
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