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Color matching grille

The chrome on my Lariat grille is bubbling and it's only a matter of time until it starts flaking. I want to scrape/peel/sand all the chrome off and repaint it to match my body which is black.

I've read about lots of people color matching but I would like to see if anyone has had experience removing the chrome. I don't want to get into this project and realize I've ruined my grille

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You will need to sand it off, spray a plastic adhesion promoter, prime it, sand again and then paint to the color of your choice.

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You will need to sand it off, spray a plastic adhesion promoter, prime it, sand again and then paint to the color of your choice.
Thanks for the reply. I've read lots of people doing this on top of chrome or to a new grille they purchase from the dealership. Should I expect the chrome to come off just that easy? There's no 'damage' underneath it to the plastic of the grille?

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Sanding it with a DA air powered sander does take it right off. But the plastic gets scratched since your using sand paper so that's where priming and re sanding with a higher grit sand paper while wet gets rid of the imperfections. Here is a great thread showing some steps and tips for sanding it...

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The chrome on my Lariat grille is bubbling and it's only a matter of time until it starts flaking. I want to scrape/peel/sand all the chrome off and repaint it to match my body which is black.

I've read about lots of people color matching but I would like to see if anyone has had experience removing the chrome. I don't want to get into this project and realize I've ruined my grille
My chrome was bubbling as well. Peeled the chrome to reveal unharmed plastic underneath.

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I always sandblast the chrome off before painting chrome grilles... however there are many grilles that are inexpensive that are ready for paint in the aftermarket realm... LKQ has them

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I've read somewhere that easy off oven cleaner will pull chrome off of plastic parts. I don't want to tell you to do it and then it screw up your grille, but it's something maybe you can research a little to see.

Other than that, you can buy a factory painted grille from a ford dealer. The fx4 or the xlt sport grille should come in the black you've got. I use tascaparts.com when I buy parts like that.

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After a slight meeting between my truck and a tree I decided to go the route of painting mine instead of replacing it. I tried easy off and one person even suggested brake fluid. Neither worked. Took some time but I ended up peeling the chrome off with an exacto knife a set of bull nose pliers and. It took forever but under the chrome coating is a primed ready to paint grill.


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