1) Big shout to Edrin55 and w8n4mud on their thread about Line-X'ing the front skid plate. Awesome idea.
2) I am by no means talented, handy, nor am I an artist. Im sure 99% of you could do this better than I just did.
3) I didnt measure, sketch, think, etc. I just started and finished...so dont nail me for the imperfections.
So I wanted to redo my OEM Front Skid Plate because I really didnt think the Aluminum worked well with my white Tacoma. I wanted it to be black, but the black almost disguised it underneath, and I really like the look of the skid as much as I like the functionality.
At first I did a spraypaint of rubberized undercoating. I did a terrible job and it looked like crap, so I powerwashed it off (with the help of some graffiti remover) and started from scratch. I figured if I did a stencil and spraypainted that the paint would be all over and how would I hold down a stencil over the Line-X? Meh...do 'er by hand.
First I had my local Line-X guy spray the face side on his suggestion. He suggested I just spraypaint the back with a good black paint that would last the elements.
Next I cut out a stencil I had done of the TRD and laid it out where I wanted it. I decided to spread out the letters a little so its not exactly like the true logo. Dont care. I also didnt measure, tape, etc. so its probably not perfect when it comes to level, spacing, etc. Meh. Its Line-X...if I dont like the paint, some stripper will take it right off without harming the coat.
Then I used a sharpie to trace around the letters. This worked twofold...since the ink would leak onto the stencil, I knew where I had already outlined so I didnt have to go in order. With a small brush I used some modeling paint to do the lettering outlines...
Then on to do all the letters...
And on the truck for a test look. The white is more pronounced in person. Its almost hard to see in the pics.
I havent decided If I will fill the letters in (original intention) as I kind of like the hollowed out look. If I were a more patient man, Id also add the "Toyota Racing Development" or maybe "Off Road" but the cutting of the stencils would take more time than I care to invest at this point.
Sorry I dont pics of it installed yet...I just finished this like 10 minutes ago lol. The whole project took maybe a half hour. Hope you like!
UPDATE....filled in letters...