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Should I change grille on 2009 Tacoma or have it painted?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by atea, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Jul 28, 2008 at 7:45 AM
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    atea

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    I just got a 2009 Tacoma, reg. cab with black exterior. The upper grille is "argent" (Toyota description)--kind of tan-green-gray in color. Not too fond of this color. I'm trying to decide whether to have the upper grille painted black to match the body or buy an after-market grille. Any suggestions? Any disadvantages of having the upper grille painted black? Was quoted $125 to have it painted. Thoughts/comments are appreciated.

    Jim
     
  2. Jul 28, 2008 at 7:54 AM
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    zombot

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    get it painted black to match.. i think that's a decent price if they do it properly for ya.
    disadvantages?
    doubt it, unless they use a crappy paint that comes off with the dead bugs you wash off.
     
  3. Jul 28, 2008 at 8:13 AM
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    Brunes

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    GO DIY!! Duplicolor makes a wheel paint that is pretty high quality and fairly heavy duty.

    Go match the black of the body...or get a low gloss/satin to give it a tone on tone look.

    Take the grill out- clean it really well- Sand lightly with a 2000 grit paper (not so deep that it'll gouge into the plastic)- Wipe with alcohol wipes- Paint many light coats (spray light amount on and give it 30 mins or more to dry, then do another light layer)- and then decide if you want to clear coat or not. If you do-Paint it on the same way.

    Insted of 125 you are into it for 20 bucks in paint and a few hours. And if you don't like it you can still take it in and get it done professionally.

    And yeah- I say paint that bad boy DIY for now- and if you find an aftermarket grill you like-You can.
     
  4. Jul 28, 2008 at 10:30 AM
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    thanks for the advice.

    Jim
     
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