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Just finished my BHLM and painted grille.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by dexterdog, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. Nov 25, 2009 at 4:23 PM
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    dexterdog

    dexterdog [OP] My pee parts itch

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    And boy are my arms tired. First off I would like to say I really like the look and it's a decent 10 footer and even a five footer job but I would not do it again(anytime soon, atleast) and I will probably end up buying a painted grille off of trdparts4u.

    Before(not the best picture for reference)......[​IMG]

    After......[​IMG]

    Much more to follow as soon as I win the lottery or rob a bank.
     
  2. Nov 25, 2009 at 4:25 PM
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    senor taco

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    Looks great!
     
  3. Nov 25, 2009 at 4:28 PM
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    JTaco386

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    Looks awsome! I would like to do this to my truck, is there a write up on it?
     
  4. Nov 25, 2009 at 4:35 PM
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    Incognito

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    A whole lot better, looks great!
     
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    Great job! It was worth it!
     
  6. Nov 25, 2009 at 4:46 PM
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    Rooty

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    Looks pretty good man,

    I'm getting ready to do both of these myself. What paint did you go with? The aresole can from automotivetouchup.com? If so, how did you prep the chrome on your grill? Did you just sand it and use their adhesion promoter?
     
  7. Nov 25, 2009 at 6:39 PM
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    dexterdog

    dexterdog [OP] My pee parts itch

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    Yes, and the paint matches pretty good. My only issue is that the clear that I used was not the best and I need to wet sand and buff but I am not sure the three coats of clear was enough. We'll see.

    Also, I separated the chrome surround from the main part of the grille and that was a pain in itself but I found it was easier to prep and I didn't have to mask off the rest of the grille.
     
  8. Nov 25, 2009 at 6:41 PM
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    dexterdog

    dexterdog [OP] My pee parts itch

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    At the top of this page is a column labeled "mods & tutorials". That is where I got the instructions for the BHLM.
     
  9. Nov 25, 2009 at 6:43 PM
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    derekabraham

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  10. Nov 25, 2009 at 6:43 PM
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    Nice!! i like the symbol painted
     
  11. Nov 25, 2009 at 6:48 PM
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    Did you use their aresol clearcoat as well? Also you didn't answer my chrome prep question!

    Thanks
     
  12. Nov 25, 2009 at 6:49 PM
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    im glad you kept the factory grill,looks great!
     
  13. Nov 25, 2009 at 6:51 PM
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    Lookin' good boss!!
     
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    wow nice any issues with the baking and resealing
     
  15. Nov 25, 2009 at 6:52 PM
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    p.s nice rims
     
  16. Nov 25, 2009 at 7:00 PM
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    No, I didn't use their clear. I only bought the basecoat from them. I figured I could buy the clear local without paying the big dollar shipping cost. As far as prep, I just sanded until the chrome was dull and used two coats of adhesion promoter per the website instructions and then applyed the basecoat.

    Actually, that was the easiest part. The only issue I had was that the newly painted headlight insert touches on the clear lens and it slightly melted. You can't really tell without really analyzing the headlights.

    Also as someone else had mentioned before, it is tough to get the lens back on to the newly blacked out chrome surround without chipping the edges. I sprayed three coats of Krylon Fusion plus let it cure inside my house for fourteen hours and I still got some chips on the edge.
     
  17. Nov 25, 2009 at 7:01 PM
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    :woot: looks awesome!
     
  18. Nov 25, 2009 at 7:09 PM
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    thanks fo da tips!
     
  19. Nov 25, 2009 at 7:21 PM
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    Very nice... I've got the headlights done, but still need to do the grille surround.

    How much paint did you use? Was one can enough?
     
  20. Nov 25, 2009 at 9:12 PM
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    Rooty

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    Hey one more question, was one can enough for yah, how much was left over?
     
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