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Painting my factory skid plate!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by loaderman82, Nov 6, 2010.

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What color of skid plate?

Poll closed Dec 6, 2010.
  1. Stock silver with black TRD

    9 vote(s)
    12.0%
  2. Black plate with red TRD

    30 vote(s)
    40.0%
  3. Black plate with Silver TRD

    16 vote(s)
    21.3%
  4. Leave it alone

    20 vote(s)
    26.7%
  1. Nov 6, 2010 at 9:38 AM
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    loaderman82

    loaderman82 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I am going to paint my skid plate this weekend and can't decide which way to go with the colors. What do you think!
     
  2. Nov 6, 2010 at 9:46 AM
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    eskamo23

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    i just did mine yesterday. i painted it with a black bed liner spray from home depot made by rustolieum. turned out great! goin to install it this afternoon after i wax the truck.
     
  3. Nov 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM
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    Rufus

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    If you paint it black, it will not be as visible. I seen them painted and they kinda disappear. It's not really functional, just more for looks. I kept mine stock and put a red TRD decal from sockmonkey on it, but it just didn't stick. Plate is too porous. I even sprayed lots & lots clear coat over the decal hoping it would seal it in place. Looked really good, but only lasted 2-3 weeks before it started peeling off.

    Maybe painting it will give you a smoother surface to work with for better adhesion. Let us know & post pics.
     
  4. Nov 6, 2010 at 10:27 AM
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    loaderman82

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    Not too worried about visiblity, but if I paint it black I will paint the TRD logo on also. Don't think I will go with the stick on decal. Kind of like the idea of the bed liner spray with the red logo painted on, considering that the factory TRD decals on the bed are red.
     
  5. Nov 6, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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    Rufus

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    Hmmm, I'm curious how will you paint logo? I'd like to do this too, if you got any good ideas. What will you use? A TRD template?
     
  6. Nov 6, 2010 at 11:01 AM
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    zeuz519

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    Pics?
     
  7. Nov 6, 2010 at 11:09 AM
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    Rufus

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    You can click on my photos, browse through pics and you'll see pics of TRD logo during application & after.
     
  8. Nov 6, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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    Jigzor

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    Other members have painted the TRD logo on theirs. All ya need to do it create a stencil.


    Black with Red TRD.
     
  9. Nov 6, 2010 at 11:21 AM
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    loaderman82

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    Well, I went out and measured where I wanted it to go and it came out to about 6"x12". I got a TRD logo on the internet and blew it up to right around 6x12 and traced it off on two pieces of paper (cause it wouldn't fit on one) and I am thinking about cleaning the skid plate up and painting the area that the logo will be RED, then taping the TRD logo where I want it and painting the whole plate BLACK. Then after it drys, peel the tape off and the red logo should stand out! That is my theory, and hopfully it works, but I will let you all know!:)
     
  10. Nov 6, 2010 at 12:41 PM
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    Rucas

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    I would do a gunmetal color. I painted my TRD skid black, and after put it back on for a week, I barley noticed that it was there becasue it blended in with the shadows that my bumper created. I ended up selling it because it was a waste.
    my .02
     
  11. Nov 6, 2010 at 12:55 PM
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    Black with red TRD decal :)
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  12. Nov 6, 2010 at 1:21 PM
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    loaderman82

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    WOW, I really like that!!!:drool:
     
  13. Nov 6, 2010 at 1:46 PM
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    Where can I pick up one of the TRD skid plate decals?
     
  14. Nov 6, 2010 at 6:07 PM
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    anyone out there? Someone? Bumpidy bump!
     
  15. Nov 6, 2010 at 8:10 PM
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    BlueXenon

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  16. Nov 7, 2010 at 6:53 AM
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    michaelg589

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    So is this skid plate only for the 09+ tacomas? My 07 doesnt have this
     
  17. Nov 7, 2010 at 7:40 AM
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    loaderman82

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    My truck is an 06 and it has the skid plate. Did you buy yours new? If you didn't, maybe the other owner took it off or something.
     
  18. Nov 7, 2010 at 9:47 AM
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    You are correct. It becomes more confusing because there are some functional skid plates that are beneath the truck that are a part of some packages. Standard with the Off-Road I think. They are not visible without getting under the truck. People see that their truck is supposed to have a skid plate and they don't see this one and think they got ripped off. This skid plate is basically cosmetic and is not standard with any package. You can get it for a few hundred $ (I think) from your dealer.

    FWIW - I negotiated getting one with my truck - just 'cause I think it looks cool.
     
  19. Nov 7, 2010 at 10:00 AM
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    I had one installed on my TRD Sport, didn't pay a dime for it. Didn't even negotiate anything, it was just....there
     
  20. Nov 7, 2010 at 3:29 PM
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    michaelg589

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    Interesting. I've been seeing them on various trucks on here but just assumed it was an 09+ thing. Oh well, I'll proabably end up making one myself someday. I'm a sheetmetal worker so it would only make sense :)
     
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