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What to use to paint grille?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Triangleacre1, May 4, 2011.

  1. May 4, 2011 at 5:00 AM
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    Triangleacre1

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    I know there is threads out there on this. I am asking for links to the threads that you think show the best method and material used to paint the grille. If you have any knowledge yourself please share it. I want to paint the chrome around the black insert black to match it. I am also going to look for the threads that tell how to take all this out correctly.
     
  2. May 4, 2011 at 5:03 AM
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  3. May 4, 2011 at 5:13 AM
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    I was cheap and PlastiDipped my grill and it came out great! It's also not perminent so if you dont like it, just peel it off. Mine has held up just fine with more than 300miles of highway travel.
     
  4. May 4, 2011 at 5:38 AM
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    plasti dip and you dont have to take it off the truck
     
  5. May 4, 2011 at 5:39 AM
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    do it once and do it right and scuff up the paint with sandpaper and primer and paint it
     
  6. May 4, 2011 at 5:51 AM
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    Plasti dip mine.
     
  7. May 4, 2011 at 5:58 AM
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    Hey BFA, did you a specail type of paint or just straight black paint?
     
  9. May 4, 2011 at 6:04 AM
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    Plasti-dip! I prefer it because if I ever plan on selling it(or upgrading to a better tacoma in other words) I can just peel off the plasti-dip and return it all to stock. Looks great and is very cheap+easy.

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  10. May 4, 2011 at 6:05 AM
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    i usually choose rustoleum enamel of some sort get whatever finish you want satin semi-gloss or high gloss i think youd have the best results with the semi-gloss. and your basic primer would work as well.. put a couple of coats of each and try and let it bake in the sun to cure and then you will be good to go. just be sure to scuff up all the chrome so it adheres

    btw i never got around to painting my grill but i did paint the rear bumper before i took it off. its the same process for painting any chrome though
     
  11. May 4, 2011 at 6:09 AM
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    You can also go to partsgeek.com and order a replacement in black. I did and it cost me 35.00 shipped.
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  12. May 4, 2011 at 6:12 AM
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    How easily would you all say the Plasitdip chips? I was told that rocks from the road can chip it easily
     
  13. May 4, 2011 at 6:16 AM
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    No easier than if you paint it... the stuff is pretty durable. Plus if you paint your grill and a rock hits it, you have to sand it all back down, re-primer it, then re-paint it.

    Plastidip you just clean the surface with alcohol, spray, let dry. Done.
     
  14. May 4, 2011 at 6:30 AM
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    Meatman I just went to that site and it looks more dull then the one as the one u got. Is that because of the computer picture or did u paint yours at all?
     
  15. May 4, 2011 at 6:32 AM
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    buying the black grill is the wat to go so you dont ever have to worry about chipping and stuff and youll have the chrome grill if you ever wantto put it back to stock
     
  16. May 4, 2011 at 6:33 AM
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    Thanks thats what I was thinking. The one on that site is pretty cheap its only $25.
     
  17. May 4, 2011 at 6:43 AM
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    I did paint mine with Fusion paint for plastic and put a clear coat on it. if it gets hit by a rock or chips it will be not that noticable as the crome. besides if you want to go back you always have the origional. BTW the side markers came off of Amazon with black trim paid 9.00 ea. with free shipping.
     
  18. May 4, 2011 at 9:18 AM
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    kmok Plastidipped ma Hootus!

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    I plastidipped mine. Very easy to prep and it is holding up way better than when I painted it before with krylon fusion paint. I've had mine on for a few months now and I drive a good amount of freeway miles with no chips at all.
     
  19. May 4, 2011 at 10:22 AM
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    I just used rustoleum paint and clear. For primer I used a primer sealer. Any kind of spray paint will work pretty much as long as u do the prep work. And I just painted the trim on my side markers too not worth spending money for new ones.
     
  20. May 4, 2011 at 4:40 PM
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    The top of my grill was cracking and exposing the plain plastic under the chrome. I peeled the chrome off with a very sharp knife, sanded it with progressively finer sand paper, and hit it with flat black.Shoulda used primer, but its black, haha I was in a hurry to get it back on the truck also.
     
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