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Can you paint your chrome grill ?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by intense, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Jan 27, 2010 at 2:48 PM
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    intense

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    I want to paint my chrome grill is this possible ? Paint and body man says no way to paint over the chrome part. Has anybody attempted this project ?
     
  2. Jan 27, 2010 at 2:50 PM
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    straycat241

    straycat241 maXXXed out mid travel

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    i have a painted chrome gill i just used a black rattle can from the home depot

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  3. Jan 27, 2010 at 3:19 PM
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    pataco

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    x2^^^^^^just clean good and spray
     
  4. Jan 27, 2010 at 3:20 PM
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    madisonsfinest

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    Isn't it just plastic?
     
  5. Jan 27, 2010 at 3:34 PM
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    neontrail

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    this has been done 100's of times. Just gotta scuff it and TAKE YOUR TIME!
     
  6. Jan 27, 2010 at 3:39 PM
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    Mark C.

    Mark C. If you want it bad, you usually get it bad!

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    Doesn't Krylon make a paint just for plastic? ....I think it's called "Fusion".
     
  7. Jan 27, 2010 at 3:40 PM
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    neontrail

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    yup
     
  8. Jan 27, 2010 at 3:52 PM
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    Rooty

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    I did mine in the body color. You can get factory matched paint in rattle cans at automotivetouchup.com. Just knock the fuax chrome down to the plastic, spray on a couple light coats of adhesion promoter, prime, paint and clear coat. The color matched up really nicely, check out my build (link in signature below)
     
  9. Jan 27, 2010 at 5:20 PM
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    BWro

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    The grill itself is plastic, but the chrome is a metal overlay.
     
  10. Jan 27, 2010 at 5:25 PM
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    Rooty

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    Dude if its metal its thinner than tinfoil. I knocked that shit down to black plastic with some scotch brite in about 2 minutes. Its fuax chrome, a lot of people end up painting it cause it flakes off. Me? I just painted it cause I can't stand chrome :p
     
  11. Jan 27, 2010 at 6:13 PM
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    BWro

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    I just spent the last 3 days peeling the chrome off of my grill. Not as thin as tin foil, about the same thickness as the chrome on a bumper. There was no way scotch brite would have.taken the chrome on my grill off
     
  12. Jan 27, 2010 at 6:20 PM
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    Hmm I don't know what to tell ya, it came right off on mine. Now that you mention it and I think about it I believe I did use sandpaper not scotch brite. Either way it only took a few minutes of prep work before I was shooting the adhesion promoter. Why did you decide to peel it off instead of using an abrasive?
     
  13. Jan 27, 2010 at 6:36 PM
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    I used an old trick from back when i restored my 66 chevelle. I found that if you soke chrome plated items..like arm rest, radio bezel, dash pieces in water and TIDE detergent, it makes the plating come off easier. It did work to a degree, it was the small stubburn spots that required more detail. I too, hate chrome. I am a perfectionist and i will be painting it BSP to match my truck.
     
  14. Jan 27, 2010 at 7:03 PM
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    Interesting. I bet the stuff on the 66 was a lot more stubborn than on your new plastic fantastic grill!
     
  15. Jan 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM
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    How many cans did it take to do the grill? Also does anyone have any ideas on how many cans it would take to do the bumper? I like chrome if it's on black but my truck is impulse red and I'd rather just match the color and paint the Toyota emblem black.
     
  16. Jan 28, 2010 at 11:25 AM
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    It is chrome. Chrome plating is only .0005-.001" thick on plastic. On metal it's around .002 - .004.
     
  17. Jan 29, 2010 at 6:11 AM
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    Painted grill and turned out great. 320 sandpaper, elbow grease, emblem poped right out for sanding, used Duplicolor Adhesion and Duplicolor Plastic and Emblem paint ( Black ). Spray bottle of water for sandpaper, thanks for the tutoring.
     
  18. Jan 29, 2010 at 6:22 AM
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    dexterdog

    dexterdog My pee parts itch

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    I painted my chrome grille. It took one can of paint. I need to re-paint it though since I got a little crazy with the color sanding. I should have put on more clear as well.

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  19. Jan 29, 2010 at 6:23 AM
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    Well done. That looks great
     
  20. Jan 31, 2010 at 7:45 AM
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    I hate chrome! I took my plastic chrome grille and marker lites off this weekend. Ordered black plastic grill for $64 and a black bumper for $58. I painted the Toyota Logo and the marker lights black where there was chrome.
    It takes a lot of prep to paint the chrome and it chips pretty bad on the front due to bugs and rocks. So I am going to replace them with aftermarket replacements.
    The back bumper I will probably paint. It wont see the bugs and rocks as bad
    It costs more but I will only have to do it once.
     
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