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Anyone used this to make a "homemade" grill?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by kwhorne, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. Mar 23, 2011 at 2:53 PM
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    kwhorne

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  2. Mar 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM
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    Yeah that mesh will do but you'll have to etch it with something acidic to paint it (because its galvanized) We used to use white vinegar to etch sheetmetal before we painted it. Just generously wipe it down with the vinegar, let set a min. or 2, rinse with clean water, repeat process, dry off & paint...
     
  3. Mar 23, 2011 at 3:07 PM
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    thanks, I am going to try and make it happen tomorrow - I will post pics and let ya'll know how it goes..
     
  4. Mar 23, 2011 at 3:08 PM
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    I did that on my 2000 S-10. It came out OK! It dents easy and is a pain to bend exactly where you want it to. I suggest you buy at least twice as much as you think you need. With the amount of time and aggravation it took me to do mine right it was well worth buying the actual aftermarket grille which i did after 3 weeks of having my homemade one on my truck.
     
  5. Mar 23, 2011 at 3:15 PM
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    be careful on the cutting because anything thats too aggressive of a cutting wheel or blade will make bits and pieces sheer off.
     
  6. Mar 23, 2011 at 3:15 PM
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    Oh hell yeah, go for it , REPS for thinking outside the box dude, we don't have enough members do that, I ALWAYS think this way, I think it'll look good just take your time....;)
     
  7. Apr 3, 2011 at 11:21 PM
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    So how did that mesh work out for you I just had bought the same stuff the other day haven't started my grill yet just wondering how yours came out
     
  8. Apr 3, 2011 at 11:30 PM
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    I have it and I plasti dipped it to make it look a bit thicker.
     
  9. Apr 3, 2011 at 11:54 PM
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    I think this is a good idea for sure
     
  10. Apr 4, 2011 at 5:21 AM
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    I used that stuff on my old 71 pickup, it looked great but with the big grill on that truck it was easier to fit.
     
  11. Apr 4, 2011 at 5:31 AM
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    LOL. I think about it everytime I'm in Home Depot and walk past it. Glad to see I'm not the only one. Want to see some close up pics though of how it came out.
     
  12. Apr 4, 2011 at 9:10 AM
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    Im pretty sure i used the same stuff. I got mine from lowes though. I works real well but a little to revealing for me. I have Hella's behind it and didnt want to hinder the light output but, this stuff I think may be a little to open. From a bit of a distance it doesnt even look like I have mesh there at all. Im thinking about trying the mesh from customcargrills.com but am nervous that my lights wont shine through that well. Here is the only pics i have to show what it looks like. And yes the radiator and all that stuff behind the grill is painted black in these pics. But the mesh is so open it still stands out. It is very cheap and it does work, you get what you pay for.
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  13. Apr 4, 2011 at 9:26 PM
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    this is my perforated steel grill i made for around 85 dollars. 25 for the metal, 10 for powder coating, and had someone fab the sides for me for about 50.. i need to finish my build page on it which ill do tomorrow.

    2011-02-16_23-41-13_611.jpg
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  14. Apr 4, 2011 at 9:30 PM
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    Well I painted that same mesh hoping to start work ok the grill Saturday found some steel nut I need to blast it clean it was in my scrap pile o had out side so its all rusted
     
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    Nice !! Pics when you do bro' !!

    on another note I have a friend that used to live in Cottage Grove, small town huh ?
     
  16. Apr 4, 2011 at 9:33 PM
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    crap bolted and welded together....
    Looks like it could work OP

    I used just some expanded steel that matches the side triangles perfect.
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  17. Apr 4, 2011 at 9:50 PM
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    i used a sheet from customcargrills.com. post a pic when you get done i wanna see how it comes out i also have a 98 extended cab.

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  18. Apr 4, 2011 at 10:00 PM
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    i used that on my grill. works and looks fine. i primed and painted it
     
  19. Jul 15, 2012 at 9:07 AM
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    Not a 1st gen but..

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    home depot mesh.

    tore my hands up! be sure to wear gloves when working with this stuff.

    also somewhat hard to form the shape you want. precut, bend to where it will fit inside grille, go ahead and start attaching one side, then use something to beat it from the back-side to the shape you want. I used screws and washers to hold mine in, then primed and painted. looks decent, not perfect. but $8 vs $200 for a grillcraft
     
  20. Jul 15, 2012 at 9:17 AM
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    I have it too ...I derped it
     
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