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2012 & 2013 Tacoma Grill

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by TRD2013Chris, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Nov 26, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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    TRD2013Chris

    TRD2013Chris [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So the new front end grills bother me somewhat . Replacing it with grillcraft looks like a pain in the ass.

    Has anyone painted their plastic grill to match the color of their truck? If so post some pictures. Im wondering how it would look gloss black to match my Black Sand Pearl.
     
  2. Nov 26, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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    jdm.obp

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    order a colormatched from Camel Back, then sell your chrome one. The difference will probably be the same as you would spend on supplies to DIY.
     
  3. Nov 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM
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    Its the TRD sport so there is no chrome . Its the center flat black plastic insert
     
  4. Nov 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM
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    Yes, the center section is black. I just replaced the charcoal base grill on my 2012 with a color dealer replacement, wasn't cheap though
     
  5. Nov 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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    Bump. c'mon someone has to have painted their grill to match
     
  6. Nov 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM
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    Can you post pics?
     
  7. Nov 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM
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    Didn't paint mine but I did do a swap from chrome to painted from Camelback Toyota. The whole thing is easy to remove (there are directions and pictures on here) and the center section can be separated fairly easily. I would separate the two for painting. If you do that, seeing that your location shows CT, it would be best to remove the grill then place it in your house to warm up before removing the center section. The center section is held in place with plastic tabs and the warmer the plastic is, the less likely you will be to break them.
     
  8. Nov 28, 2012 at 2:40 PM
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    ahh good thinking. I was going to heat up the garage with the bullet heater to about 80. Well i bought the matching color Black (202) and plastic adhesive primer . Well see how it looks. Going to take some before and after pictures b.c i can not find any 2012 or 2013 painted to match truck color. Ordered paint yesterday so hopefully friday or sat it will be here
     
  9. Nov 28, 2012 at 2:47 PM
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    Not mine but another member on the board. Probably wouldn't look bad in black.
     
  10. Nov 28, 2012 at 5:16 PM
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    Ugly....IMHO
     
  11. Nov 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM
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    Anytime fogs, bkack emblems, horns, and blacked out center caps
    To much white. Needs the contrast of the black center on the grill. IMO
     
  12. May 13, 2013 at 8:38 AM
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    Did you get it painted out in gloss black?
     
  13. May 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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  14. May 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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    did the grillcraft last weekend, took less than an hour
     
  15. May 13, 2013 at 9:20 AM
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    I think that White Tacoma grill looks great on the white truck. To each his own.
     
  16. Nov 25, 2013 at 7:39 PM
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    At first glance I thought that white grille was for a Highlander or Rav 4. I had to do a double take. It's definitely unique but not my cup of tea.
     
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