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2020 grill emblem tint

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Ghostrider52, Jan 31, 2021.

  1. Jan 31, 2021 at 1:41 PM
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    Ghostrider52

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    Hey all,

    Seen this brought up a few times, but thought I would share. Did a little Sunday project and was very surprised to find that the logo that houses the TSS sensor on my 2020 TRD OR is actually all plastic. That said I painted the grill and used a “dry tint” to matte out the logo. Wanted something a bit different than the PRO grill. Be curious to see what else everyone has done (other than the pro grill obviously).

     
  2. Jan 31, 2021 at 2:10 PM
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    I used dark smoke taillight tint film on my logo. I kept the 2020 SR5 bar Styled grill but changed out the chrome surround of a black one. I think the truck looks better with the black and the logo's shine muted.
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    I Even had it to the dealership yesterday for the 5k service. They said nothing about me adding the film in front of the sensor. I know some people said they have been told about blocking the sensor location at the service department. I've never seen any warning message about it either.
     
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  3. Jan 31, 2021 at 2:16 PM
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    MadKatt

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  4. Jan 31, 2021 at 2:19 PM
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    What grille is that? I like it. It's definitely something different from the TRD Bro grille. The color match logo is cool.
     
  5. Jan 31, 2021 at 2:22 PM
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    here’s the link it’s aluminum powder coated you get a stainless steel backing and paint to your liking I color matched mine. Very durable easy touch up a bit pricey tho.
     
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  6. Jan 31, 2021 at 2:57 PM
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    Got the same 2020 beauty. Any links to the product of tint? or tips to complete? Almost done with a full interior/exterior chrome delete/coverup. Ty in advance :)
     
  7. Jan 31, 2021 at 3:40 PM
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    Would you mind telling us... well at least me just what dry tint is?
     
  9. Jan 31, 2021 at 9:45 PM
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    I replaced my 18 sport grille for the 1st variant of sr/5 grille 2 yrs ago but looking at this 2nd variant makes me want to upgrade to this- the lines all match up, flows real nice with the black plastic between the fogs.
     
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  11. Feb 1, 2021 at 2:09 AM
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    A lot of tints (in my experience) require you to wet it before getting a decent application. This stuff didn’t require that, it was a self adhesive backed tint, almost like a sticker. The cool thing about it was if you screwed up, all you had to do is heat it and it would snap back into its original form and can be reapplied. Took a bit to get all the wrinkles and bubbles out on that curved surface, but ended up pretty nice IMO.
     
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  12. Feb 1, 2021 at 2:15 AM
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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0725RT1QS?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

    This is the stuff I used. With some heat it was much easier to put on. Would definitely recommend some kind of flat tool that helps smooth it out, i used a felt covered application tool (this kit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07W4LQ3PB?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title ).

    Hope that helps, obviously don’t need all that tint but wanted to have more if I wanted to use it on extra stuff.
     
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    Looks really good man
     
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    What paint did you use for the grill? Looks good
     
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    I didn't buy the tool kit but I see it could be helpful. I had the flat squeegee thing from some decals I put on. Other than that I used some felt, an exacto knife and a hair dryer. The stuff is sticky so no need for water like window tint. Heat helps you streach it to fit the contours.
     
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    Did you take the emblem out out the grille to do it?
     
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    When I did mine I was also changing out the chrome grille surround for black. I had the grille assembly off the truck but didn't remove the emblem from the grille.
     
  18. Feb 1, 2021 at 4:49 AM
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    Yes, I already had the grill out anyways so I just pulled it out. No way I could have applied that tint still in the grill IMO.

    I lightly sanded down the surface and then applied a coat of Rustoleum self etching primer. After that I applied a few coats of Rustoleum Matte Black made for car trims (https://www.lowes.com/pd/Rust-Oleum-Matte-Black-Spray-Paint-Actual-Net-Contents-12-oz/50449048). Did seem to work well, it rained overnight and this morning paint seemed to cure just fine. We will see how it holds up.
     
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    Had a guy do a similar application to mine, he used a dark wrap film, said it took a good while to get it smooth but love the way it turned out. With the rest of the truck blacked out, the chrome emblem was annoying.
     
  20. Feb 1, 2021 at 9:38 AM
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    Thanks, it seems to be applied very much like vinyl wrap. Except for the heating causing this product to return to its original flat shape. Vinyl just gets more flexible when heated.
     
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