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Old 06-05-2010, 09:16 AM
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Painted Side Vents

Have seen a few vents that can be bought on the Internet and I'm not very impressed. Have seen a few of the custom jobs and really like what I see. Would love to see more. But my main question is how much trouble would it be to just have the original red vents painted black. Would this be the simplest most cost effective, best looking thing to do??
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:19 AM
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Just to make it clear. I want to leave the chrome as is. And just have the red parts painted black
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:45 AM
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it's pretty easy, they pull straight off the truck ans then there is lock washers holding the "red vent" part onto the chrome part. when you get those off the two pieces separate and you can paint each separately or do whatever. then they go on back the same way you took them off. here's my vents painted black but i wanted the vent to be a different color red...
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Oh that's nasty. For a first time do it yourself. What would I need? and any tips on actually painting/kind of paint?
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It's fairly easy process the grilles are plastic so get some rattle paint for plastic at the depot in the color you want clean them scuff them a little with a scotch pad also depot! the trick is removing the vents from truck without cracking them or scratching the truck you can pry them off but it's best to stick your hand behind the fender with the hood open and squeeze the mounting clips then they pop right off once off take a pair of plyers and squeeze the two plastic perches that the speed clips are on then work them off but take your time the perches break easy that it sounds rough but it's not once you get one off you will get the picture!
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Thanks alot for the help guys. Should be a interesting process. I'll ask if I need anymore help thanks.
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The ones I bought were stainless steel, making them a little heavier then the oem plastic. bought them off of ebay. just take your time prying them off and you will be good to go. Good Luck!
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K think I got enough info to get it done. I'll try and get it done next week and post some pics up. Thnx
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Got the vents off painted and back on safely! Popping them out took a little force and removing the metal washer like clamps off of the plastic was scary but slowly got it done. Took about 45 minutes. Thanks for the good tips!
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