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post #1 of 15 Old 04-19-2007, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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painting chrome grill?

Anyone ever had any experience with painting a chrome(plastic) grill? I have seen some done that chip after a while. I have access to a bead blaster to clean it up first. I want to paint it black when I do my bumper, just don't want it to peel and look like crap after a few months. Any suggestions?

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I have done this. I recommend that you use scotch brite or a very high grite sand paper like 1200grit. Sand all areas that you can sand. Then prime wet sand and then seal with a primer sealer and then shoot with color. I have yet to have a plastic grill chip. Also I recommend to prevent chipping to put a clear coat on it as well. Plus the clear coat will give it a nice highgloss shine.

2 coats primer, 1 coat sealer, minimum of 3 coats color, and minimum 3 coats clear coat. That is my normal rule of thumb.


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Sound good, will do.

You da man BigC! Thanks for the fast reply. ...now go back to work!

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Sound good, will do.

You da man BigC! Thanks for the fast reply. ...now go back to work!
I am at work. I am working as well I can multi task. I task the inmates to do this and to do that and what ever else I need done then I sit and observe them do it.


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dont know if this is the route you wanna go through but you could always buy the working grill that is a flat black ... this would only work of course if you painted your bumper in flat black.....
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Big country, yeah I always let the trustees do all the work while I observe...lol...been doin it for years. On a twelve hour shift I probably only actually work maube 1 or 2 hours. Gotta love those trustees.

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Anyone ever had any experience with painting a chrome(plastic) grill? I have seen some done that chip after a while. I have access to a bead blaster to clean it up first. I want to paint it black when I do my bumper, just don't want it to peel and look like crap after a few months. Any suggestions?
I have a blue painted grill on mine amd would like to have a chrome grill for mine I think it would look better with the billet inserts to bad that we are not closer we could swap out

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I am at work. I am working as well I can multi task. I task the inmates to do this and to do that and what ever else I need done then I sit and observe them do it.
I worked in a prison here for almost 5 years as a C.O. Only way I'm going back is if I get locked up in there.

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I have a blue painted grill on mine amd would like to have a chrome grill for mine I think it would look better with the billet inserts to bad that we are not closer we could swap out

I'd swap ya in a heartbeat if we were closer.

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I'd swap ya in a heartbeat if we were closer.
Ranch, make sure you scuff the crap out of the chrome! if you dont it WILL chip, also make sure that you use a quality primer and shake the crap out of the can before you spray it. i painted alot of chrome pices in auto body class, it was a pita to make it stick for any lengh of time, Also get a tack rag and wipe it all over the chrome before you spray the primer! you can get them at Advance Auto Parts or any auto body supply shop. if you cant get them let me know i have a ton i can mail some to you if you like.

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