What I'm going to do is paint mine solid white with the silver for the 2 tone on the inner bars and vertical side vents. I turned my ford emblem into a monster logo earlier.
The silver will go on the inner horizontal bars and the chrome with be sanded and colored. It's fading anyway. Sand thoroughly, good primer, several coats of rustoleum white enamel and several coats of clear after the color and it should hold up fine. Just take your time. I thought about an 05 swap too but I'm like you. I may do the headlights though. Those are nice and you can do the bake method for white lenses.
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