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Billet Grille concern..

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Karo, May 26, 2010.

  1. May 26, 2010 at 1:16 AM
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    Karo

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    Does anyone know a way to touch up a Billet Grille? I'll try to upload some pics tomorrow, but my major concern was that its aluminum and its beginning to chip off at some parts. Its not visible really, only when you get up and into the trucks face.
     
  2. May 26, 2010 at 1:19 AM
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    RelentlessFab

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    Had tons on the old Taco's.... new Tundra is pretty stock
    you mean like chips in the black paint on the grille?
     
  3. May 26, 2010 at 1:44 AM
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    huh? i mean there are strips of aluminum coming off revealing a gray-colored plastic grill underneath
     
  4. May 26, 2010 at 1:51 AM
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    Had tons on the old Taco's.... new Tundra is pretty stock
  5. May 26, 2010 at 1:54 AM
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    ya like that one
     
  6. May 26, 2010 at 1:58 AM
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    Had tons on the old Taco's.... new Tundra is pretty stock
    In that case, I dont really think there's much that you can do aside from eliminating the chrome by sanding it and painting it.... maybe someone else will have an idea. Sorry to say, but since you're saying the chrome finish is peeling off the plastic, only option I see is smoothing where its chipped off and then just covering it with paint.
    If you've bought the grille recently, maybe try and get a warranty claim from the manufacturer or seller?
     
  7. May 26, 2010 at 2:08 AM
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    thanks for your help Eric, I really dont think i can sand out all of the bars on the grill individually and repaint them, i dont think i have the patients for that. ill probly end up buying a real grill, as this one was a gift given to me about 3 years ago from my gf. I'll post some pics in 9-11 hours and you be the judge of whether or not it needs to be taken care of (aside from the dirt/dead bugs on it)
     
  8. May 26, 2010 at 2:14 AM
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    I would just sand it down and paint it black. Wouldn't even take long, just sand the front.
     
  9. May 26, 2010 at 3:43 AM
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    x2..If yours is like mine, aluminum on the front with black backing, just surface sand the "aluminum/chrome" to get it smooth and the gloss off.(#300 grit sandpaper). You don't have to sand the black areas between the bars. 2 coats of Adhesion Promoter, 2 coats of black semi gloss acrylic enamel, 2 coats of clear..Mine has held up for 3 mos, no chips, matches the truck..Very easy to do..

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  10. May 26, 2010 at 10:49 AM
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    ^ that is exactly what I did to mine also.
     
  11. May 26, 2010 at 12:28 PM
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    Is that all you did. Seems to easy. I was planning on getting a billet grill also but wasn't sure if i could paint it myself. If its that easy I will sure give it a try. You should write a how to also. I like the grillcraft but its pricy, but looks better than a chrome grill. I can get the billet on ebay cheap and just paint it black. Grill looks awesome.
     
  12. May 26, 2010 at 1:39 PM
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    Had tons on the old Taco's.... new Tundra is pretty stock
    My grille is just a cheap ebay billet aluminum insert for the stock grille that I painted black. All it takes is a light sanding, primer and paint. Easy as pie!
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