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Did/do you polish/wax your color matched grille?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Chronism, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. Dec 22, 2010 at 6:17 AM
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    Chronism

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    Went out to the truck this morning and the way the light hit the front of the truck made me think of something I didn't think of when I installed my color matched grille...

    Should I polish/wax it as I do the truck body itself? It looked a bit duller than the hood when I looked at it in this light. I know that other parts of the body that are plastic are polished/waxed, but wasn't sure if the same applies to a painted grille? Would there be any adverse effects to polishing/waxing it?
     
  2. Dec 22, 2010 at 6:22 AM
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    macgyver

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    I wax every painted surface and I wax the windows. why would you wax everything else but not the grill?
     
  3. Dec 22, 2010 at 6:23 AM
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    Yes sir. Polish and wax to your little heart's content. I've noticed that my grill dulls up faster than other parts as well.
     
  4. Dec 22, 2010 at 6:24 AM
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    Glad someone else does this too. My neighbors always look at me strange when I'm waxing my windows and wheels.
     
  5. Dec 22, 2010 at 6:42 AM
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    I polish mine with gravel.
     
  6. Dec 23, 2010 at 4:48 PM
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    I guess my real question I was trying to ask is whether I need to polish/wax the grille initially after installed or do they come clear coated when ordered after the fact through Toyota?
     
  7. Dec 23, 2010 at 5:01 PM
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    this might go over some people's heads, but whatever...

    i've noticed some cars have single stage paint on the mirrors and grilles - plastic items that are color matched depending on the model. mazdaspeed3 is one in particular that i know of that uses single stage paint on the mirrors. i wonder if the paint on these grilles is single stage? i wiped mine down with instant detailer, checked for fine scratches, and applied the sealant i use (optimum opti-seal)

    i should have hit it with my buffer real fast to see if color comes up on the pad, but i didn't. oh well, i will after the winter ; )
     
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