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painting stock chrome grill?

can the stock XLT chrome grill be painted black to match my truck or do i need to purchases a new primed one?

i know it can be painted but will it look right or cheap? I can use my dealers body shop
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why dont you buy a new grille thats already painted from the dealer. i did. sorry no pictures. its the same grille that comes with the 05-07 xlt sport package. i gave the dealer the vin # from a truck that had that package. i went on ebay, found a truck with that package, and copied the vin #, simple. had the grille in 3 days after ordering. no hassle.
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why dont you buy a new grille thats already painted from the dealer. i did. sorry no pictures. its the same grille that comes with the 05-07 xlt sport package. i gave the dealer the vin # from a truck that had that package. i went on ebay, found a truck with that package, and copied the vin #, simple. had the grille in 3 days after ordering. no hassle.
how much did that run you
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painting over the chrome may look good for abit, it'll flake or get knocked off by bugs/rocks...then the chrome shows thru... order one painted to match, save alot a hassle.

I taped up most of the chrome on my OBS grille, painted it black, it done the same as mentioned above.

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i payed $260.00 shipped. may seem like a lot, however you save time and prep and like mentioned early you take the risk of the paint peeling. if you decide to do your bumpers then i would recommend that you get them powder coated (gloss black) i did. You then can sell your chrome grille and offset some of the cost.
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i payed $260.00 shipped. may seem like a lot, however you save time and prep and like mentioned early you take the risk of the paint peeling. if you decide to do your bumpers then i would recommend that you get them powder coated (gloss black) i did. You then can sell your chrome grille and offset some of the cost.
I found a factory black grill on ebay for my 2005. I cant remember what I paid for the grill. But after I installed it on my truck I posted my factory chrome grill on ebay and got more money for my chrome grill than I paid for the black grill. If I were you I would keep looking and find a factory grill the color you want. I just dont think the paint will hold up if you paint the chrome grill.

Powercoating the bumpers is also a good idea. My buddy has a 2004 that came with the bumpers painted to match the body from the factory. Today his bumpers look like crap from driving on the highway. There are tons of rock chips on the bumper that is now starting rust where the chips are.

I powder coated my bumper gloss black and there isnt a single chip or blemish on it after 1 year.

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