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Painting Billet Grille?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by CUtigerfan, May 10, 2010.

  1. May 10, 2010 at 5:40 PM
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    CUtigerfan

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    Well my plan to buy a different truck fell through and now I have an itch to do something to the one I have. The grille on the 1st gens had grown on me but recently every time I look at it closely I want to get rid of it.

    I found a few cheap billet grilles on eBay for around $40 but they're all chrome. I've been working on getting rid of all the chrome on my truck so it would look fugly with a chrome grille on the front. Has anybody ever painted one of these black and had it turn out OK? I really want to try this but have a feeling it would be hard to paint these grilles.
     
  2. May 10, 2010 at 5:44 PM
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    shitroc

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    i seen a pic of a 2nd gen on here that had a painted billet grille, it looked good to. i would imagine it would be a PITA to sand down all the chrome out of a billet grille
     
  3. May 10, 2010 at 5:46 PM
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    I get out of school in 3 weeks and will have plenty of free time over the summer. The time it will take to sand and prep doesn't really bother me. I just want to know if anyones tried this with good results.
     
  4. May 10, 2010 at 5:50 PM
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    SkyHighTacoma

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    I have painted one and it came out good. But the paint may chip over time. But easy to touch up with paint. And sanding isnt to bad just get it scuffed up real good and clean it of with alcohol. Its not hard. :cool:
     
  5. May 10, 2010 at 5:50 PM
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    I have a 2nd gen with a billet grill I painted black. It was actually really easy, I just washed it off real well then went over it with primer then gloss black. It turned pretty good, but recently I noticed a few chips where rocks had taken the paint off so I washed it real well again then went over it with 3M Rubberized Undercoating in black. Now I don't have to worry about the rock chip problem.

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  6. May 10, 2010 at 5:52 PM
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    X2 about the undercoat spray! And nice Taco. :D
     
  7. May 10, 2010 at 5:55 PM
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    oh, well perfect then lol
     
  8. May 10, 2010 at 5:59 PM
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    When I painted my chrome bumpers black I did the usual sanding, then hit it with adhesion promoter: http://www.automotivetouchup.com/spray-paint/adhesion-promoter.aspx before the black paint.

    Got it at Advance Auto, not the same brand (think it was by 3M) but same idea. It's holding up pretty well, even managed to push the bumper in an inch hitting one of those damn concrete / steel posts used to keep someone from driving through a liquor store window, and it only scuffed the black but didn't scratch it off.
     
  9. May 10, 2010 at 6:01 PM
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    Just get it powder coated then you wont have to worry about rock chips.
     
  10. May 10, 2010 at 6:54 PM
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    Whats the texture like on the undercoating? Its hard to tell from your pic. That sounds like it might be a better alternative since the finish would be flat.
     
  11. May 10, 2010 at 9:36 PM
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    I wanted a little more black on my truck so I lightly sanded the grill (didn't spend that much time) and painted it black. I get little chips now and then, but use a black marker to touch it up.
    Matt

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    Do it it took 5 minutes
     
  13. May 11, 2010 at 12:31 AM
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    It feels rough and has a rough look up close. :)
     
  14. May 11, 2010 at 3:04 PM
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    I'm thinking I might try some undercoating on it. I think it would look better with the flat finish. Would just sanding to rough it up and then wiping down with alcohol be good enough or should i try to prime it?
     
  15. May 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM
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    MINE WAS ALLL CHROME. sanded it down reallly good, primed and painted it flat black along with all the badges
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  16. May 11, 2010 at 3:21 PM
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    I just painted mine black as well. It looked good up until the rock chips came. But at least you can only see them close up.
     
  17. May 11, 2010 at 9:23 PM
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    I didnt prime it. You can if you want but I dont think you really have to.
     
  18. May 11, 2010 at 9:51 PM
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    I just washed mine. I sprayed a couple coats of black primer and then black enamel. No chips so far.
     
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    I plastidipped mine and it came out really nice. It's lasted me a long time and if you mess up you can always remove it. Its a suggestion I mean... I had a chrome billet and didnt like it so plastidipped it black
     
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