I owe praise for the phrase from The Traveler . I first heard this from him when we spoke a few times about how much we both disliked the chrome grill on our trucks.
After doing a bit of research over the past few days and working up the courage to do it - I decided to take the steps necessary to get rid of the chrome in an inexpensive way.
I bring you a detailed write up on how to Plasti-Dip your entire bumper & grille on my 2012 Toyota Tacoma V6 PreRunner.
First step things first; supplies needed:
(6-8)Cans of Plasti - Dip Spray[This is found at Home Depot]
(1) 7 Foot Painters Drop
(1) 24 Foot Roll of Painters Paper
(1) Roll of 2" thick blue painters tape
(1) 12oz bottle of rubbing alcohol
(3) Microfiber Towels [1 for application, 1 for buffing, 1 for drying]
$Cost estimate: $50.00-$60.00 USD~ @Home Depot
Stage 1: Clean the application area
Rinse the area thoroughly. Ensure you get rid of any previous dirt / mud that may be caked on the bumper & grille. Once done you can dry (or wash; depending on how you feel the cleanliness of your truck is) and move on to prepping.
Stage 2: Prepping the application areas & Disassemble of grille
Apply generous portions of alcohol to both yourself (BEER!) and the chrome pieces on the truck. Rub the cleaning alcohol thoroughly (the alcohol from the bottle onto the truck) to ensure you remove any grime that may be on the chrome. Once done with this buff out and dry. Ensure you tape off all areas along your tailgate and bumper (I suggest covering the plastic top). Place drop under bed of truck and ensure you cover the work area to avoid possible dripping from application of Plasti-Dip.
To remove grille please follow the instructions; up to and not including cutting of course. I found this walkthrough to be the most detailed for whatever model you have (Credit to Grillecraft & their detailed techs for a great write up):
[Optional for 2012-2013 for easier painting] Once grille is removed. Flip on backside and remove 10 screws. Once screws are removed carefully pop tabs out in a similar fashion to the initial grille removal.
Stage 3: Coating
Ensure you take your time and apply even coats. This process can be repeated as many times as you wish - but allow 30-45 minutes in between one full even coat.
Please be advised: If you spray too closely the Plasti-Dip seems to bubble up very fast ruining the coat you just applied. Take your time and ensure you do long steady strokes across the grille, bumper, and any other items you decide to do (I removed my emblem on front).
Stage 4: Coating Again...
I continued to coat evenly on the bumper a total of 8 coats (following by my 30 minute break marker in between each even coat, which turned into a beer per break - was a gracious day!). I applied 3 even coats to the grille, and 3 even coats to the emblem. I ended up using a total of 6 cans.
Stage 5: Completion
Follow the steps of reassembling your grille and removing all of the painters tape and cleaning your work area. I suggest allowing a good 1-2 hours of drying before putting the grille back together.
Thank you and post any questions you may have.