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GRILL DE-CHROMING

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MXscott14, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. Oct 6, 2011 at 1:59 PM
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    MXscott14

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    Took all the chrome off my grille, now time to color match it. Here is how it's done.

    Thing you need- Water,High PSI Pressure Washer,Toyota Tacoma with Lame Chrome Grille,Beer.

    Step1: Take chrome grille off tacoma.
    Step2: Sand any edge of the grille until it is black color.(sometimes you don't have to do this step)
    Step3: While using a 15-25 degree tip begin to blast at the edge on the grille. Sometimes you can just blast the middle.
    Step4: You will see the chrome beginning to peel up and fly away. (thick tinfoil like)
    Step5: Keep working at it until you get all the chrome peeled away,i used needle nose pliers to pick out the tiny pieces in the cracks.
    Step6: Post your picture on this thread!

    Hope this helps!

    BEFORE Paint[​IMG]

    AFTER Paint [​IMG]
     
  2. Oct 6, 2011 at 2:02 PM
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    epa4wd

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    Nice how did you take the chrome off?
     
  3. Oct 6, 2011 at 2:05 PM
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    MXscott14

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    pressure washer lol
     
  4. Oct 6, 2011 at 2:06 PM
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    ha nice! Wouldn't have thought of that! :)
     
  5. Oct 6, 2011 at 2:10 PM
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    nice...kinda looks like digital camo in the pic
     
  6. Oct 6, 2011 at 2:11 PM
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    haha does anybody know a ballpark price that i can get this color matched for?
     
  7. Oct 6, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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  9. Oct 6, 2011 at 6:26 PM
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    Body shop will charge $75-$125 to color match it.
     
  11. Oct 6, 2011 at 6:39 PM
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    Someone who worked for my mechanic a few years ago told me that a good way to strip chrome plating off these types of grilles is to give it a brake fluid bath. Soak it for a while and the stuff just peels off. Does that sound right? I've never tried it.

    (Now that I think about it... he may have said tranny fluid. Hmm...)
     
  12. Oct 6, 2011 at 7:16 PM
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    It might work. I've used oven cleaner to strip chrome of plastic before. Someone has to be a guinea pig ;)
     
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    I don't think tranny fluid would work, maybe brake fluid as it's caustic. The trick there is it may deform or soften other parts of the grill it comes in contact with. The stuff leaves spots and discolors auto paint so it's pretty strong.

    I thought of sanding or otherwise removing chrome from my grill too, but then it would just be rattle can paint on top. I'm not skilled enough with spray paint to match the factory-painted hood.
     
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    I have this feeling if you left brake fluid on it, it would start eating the plastic too...
     
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    im in FL where would a good body shop be, if anybody is around here...lol
     
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    Macco, had two done for $45 each. Good quality too.
     
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    How long did it take to get the chrome off with the pressure washer. I think im about to give it a shot.
     
  19. Oct 7, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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    [​IMG]This started out as ome chrome had a body shop sand prime (h.d. yellow primer) and shoot ome 040 for 80 bucks, I did the cut out and mesh came out good. Jim
     
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    DEAR TACOMA WORLD.

    OP IS A FUCKING GENIUS!

    It works. Just have to get under an edge of the chrome and it starts to peel right off. Its like a foil coating.

    ITS WORKING!!!!!!!!
     
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