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Finally Color Matched my Grille

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by dysfunctnlretard, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. Oct 10, 2009 at 10:30 AM
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    dysfunctnlretard

    dysfunctnlretard [OP] Hi

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    I used Noe's writeup (PreRunner05) which was great and helpful. I sanded the entire thing down, taped it up (I suggest taping the vents despite its tedious nature) and began painting. I ordered my paint from Automotive TouchUp. Their shipping is super slow, they didnt even ship out the item untill 3-4 days after I had ordered which pissed me off because I was driving grilleless. Despite the wait, however, I think its well worth it. I know its hard to tell on the picture but the paint matched up perfectly. The difference in tones on the picture is due to the fact that I waxed my truck this week and the grille is yet to be waxed. Pics:

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  2. Oct 10, 2009 at 10:50 AM
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    Looks awesome Manny. :cool:
     
  3. Oct 10, 2009 at 10:53 AM
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    Looks good, maybe not quite as glossy as one from the factory though.

    Edit- nm, read the wax thing, maybe thats it :p
     
  4. Oct 10, 2009 at 10:59 AM
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    how do i post a full sized image on this thread? i wanna show u my grille
     
  5. Oct 10, 2009 at 11:01 AM
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    here it is

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  6. Oct 10, 2009 at 12:21 PM
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    ImpulseRed008

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    Looks nice... Was yours black or chrome to start?

    Did you clear coat it?
     
  7. Oct 10, 2009 at 7:23 PM
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    How much paint did you use?
     
  8. Oct 10, 2009 at 7:44 PM
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    dysfunctnlretard

    dysfunctnlretard [OP] Hi

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    Mine was chrome to start. I sanded it down with 120, 240, then 400 wet. It came out super smooth in the end. I used one can of paint to do 4 coats on my grille and 3 coats on my emblem. I barely
    had enough paint (still have some left in the can). I applied clear coat using DUPLICOLOR ACRYCLIC ENAMEL. I only did 3 coats of the enamel because the manufacturer recommends waiting a week to add any
    additional coats. I'll be adding more coats later.
     
  9. Oct 10, 2009 at 7:58 PM
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    Great, thanks...
     
  10. Oct 10, 2009 at 9:13 PM
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    after all your clearcoat's are on, wait 48hrs and use polishing compound to bring out the gloss in the clearcoat.
     
  11. Oct 10, 2009 at 10:13 PM
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    You can also try wetsanding with 1000-2000 grit wetsandpaper, then polish. Would make it as glossy as the factory paint.
     
  12. Oct 10, 2009 at 10:19 PM
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    dysfunctnlretard [OP] Hi

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    Polishing Compound? Isnt polish abrasive which would scratch the enamel? Not saying your wrong just trying to understand the product
     
  13. Oct 10, 2009 at 10:20 PM
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    dysfunctnlretard [OP] Hi

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    Would sanding just get all the imperfections out? I was trying to find paper that fine but couldnt find it in my area, I may just order online.
     
  14. Oct 10, 2009 at 11:18 PM
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    Nice work, I'm awaiting the final results...looks good so far!
     
  15. Oct 10, 2009 at 11:29 PM
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    Yea me too. I wanna wash my truck and wax the grille to see how it comes out. im just waiting for the paint to settle in a little and fully bond/dry.
     
  16. Oct 10, 2009 at 11:44 PM
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    Looks great for a formally chrome grille. Good job.

    Grille Emblem....looks like exact color match.
     
  17. Oct 11, 2009 at 1:30 AM
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    My local walmart has 1000 and 2000 wet/dry in the automotive section near the bondo and fiberglass stuff. Maybe try there before ordering online.
     
  18. Oct 11, 2009 at 1:56 AM
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    Wet sanding will take out some imperfections. Basically, you wrap it around a wet sponge and sand lightly. It will take down the high points and level them to the low spots, creating a glossy finish. It will eliminate the textured/orange peel look. Watch some demos on youtube, it really does work.
     
  20. Oct 13, 2009 at 2:04 PM
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    damn man looks awesome still trying to decide if i wana do it on my truck. and im pissed i went back to that junk yard and that effin grill was busted up!!
     
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