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Painting grill

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Rellik01, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. Jun 24, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Rellik01 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2011
    First Name:
    Windermere, Florida
    2012 TRD Sport 4x4 White
    Bull Guard powder coated white, chrome aftermarket tail lights,Led interior lights, Factory roof rack, Bug deflector, Factory tow package, Garmin GPS, Viper 5901 alarm with auto start, Weather tech window wind deflectors, , 3" Tube steps powder coated white, CB Radio, Radio Scanner.
    Would like to paint the black portion of the grill to colormatch my superwhite truck. I have adhesive promoter, paint and clear coat. any tricks or tips you can advise would be appreciated. BTW , I picked up an extra grill in case I srrew it up real bad.
  2. Jun 24, 2012 at 8:26 AM
    Dadic 78

    Dadic 78 Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    First Name:
    Edmonton, AB CANADA
    08 Double cab TRD
    And since you've got a '12, it's gonna be tough. The honeycomb portion of the grill is going to be hard to paint.

    You'll need to sand the black areas with some 500 grit sand paper. Rule of thumb: Paint doesn't stick to shiny. So get it nice and dull with the 500. The honeycombs are gonna be tough to sand... Use a combination of elbow grease, 500, and red scotch-brite pads to get them scuffed.

    Once scuffed, I'd hit it with primer. Several light coats, ensuring you get inside all those little honeycombs.

    Once primed, sand it again with some 600, and a gray scotchbrite pad.

    Then apply your white paint. (light coats). Then clear.

    Take lots of pics, so we can see how it goes! Good luck!

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