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Cowl Removal / Replacement

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by PolishAndWax.com, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. Jun 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM
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    PolishAndWax.com

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    Has anyone replaced the cowl (plastic piece under the windshield wiper arms) or possibly removed it and repainted it? I searched the 1st Gen forum but didn't find anything.

    Mine is badly faded but new ones are close to $400! I was thinking about trying to polish off the oxidation or maybe lightly sand it and then paint it (after removing it, of course).

    http://www.toyotapartszone.com/oem/toyota~panel~sub~assy~cowl~55700-04240.html
     
  2. Jun 3, 2012 at 8:13 PM
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    Somewhere in the "what have you done" thread is both TacoMX and I doing it.

    For an abbreviated visual, check my build. Here: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st-gen-builds/98326-madjik-mans-laugh-him-build-3.html#post4979728

    Mine was so faded it was light gray. It's simple to remove, take your time with the clips, they tend to break. I cleaned mine first, dried it, lightly sanded it with 320 grit, wiped it down with a duplicolor prep wipe, then primed and painted it.

    I painted my wiper arms too while I was at it.. .they were a bit faded and chipped.
     
  3. Jun 4, 2012 at 5:54 AM
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    ^Thanks.

    Surprisingly, my wiper arms are in perfect shape. But my cowl piece looks like yours did before you painted it.
     
  4. Jun 4, 2012 at 6:51 PM
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    I have always had good luck with Krylon Fusion paint for plastic. It's like $5 a can. No sanding or primer is needed. Just scrub it down with degreaser and dry it first. Satin black would make it look the most original.
     
  5. Jun 4, 2012 at 7:18 PM
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    Thanks. I'll take before & after pictures and post them here.
     
  6. Oct 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM
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    The bulk of this project was cleaning this thing. What a pain getting the crud off between the louvers.

    Anyway, I used Krylon Fusion Satin Black. No sanding or priming. We'll see how long it holds up.

    Cowl After.jpg
     
  8. Oct 28, 2012 at 9:04 AM
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    Looks good.

    Mine just went through a brutal Colorado summer, read: intense UV, and it still looks like the day I painted it.
     
  9. Oct 28, 2012 at 9:18 AM
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    View the build. Too much to list.
    I would have used an adhesion promoter before the krylon, but looks good.
     
  10. Oct 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM
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    Cheers.

    Has anyone tried painting their faded mud flaps? I was thinking of doing that next with the Satin Black. After that, maybe my fender flares.

    One of my side mirrors needs painting as well, but I'll use gloss black for that.
     
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