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question about powder coating grill

I would like to powder coat my bumper and grill which is currently chrome. I do have a question about the grill though. Is it just a chrome sticker on the grill? It is starting to bubble up in quite a few places along the top. So would that mean that its probably plastic rather than metal? How would I go about prepping the grill? I don't want to start the project and then start banging my head. I'd prefer to save some money by doing prep work myself before I bring it to a powder coating place. My truck is the dark blue, wish it was black but I'm sure the color matching bumper and grill would look a lot better than the chrome.
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Believe it is some type of sticker as it peels rather than chips. I have the FX4 package on my truck which comes with a color-matched grill and it is plastic so I'm guessing your chrome grille is the same with just a chrome sticker/vinyl. As far as prepping goes, get the chrome off and then sand it down. I'm not even sure how well powder would hold to plastic. Might not even be worth powder coating the grille.

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You can't actually "powder coat" a plastic grill. Powder coating requires a metal that can conduct electricity in order for the powder to stick to the item as it is "charged". Then it is simply baked on. Painting might be a better option.
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IF YOUR "chrome" is starting to de-laminate, there isn't much you can do... if its under warranty take it in,,, if not find a new grill,, i just sold my chrome grill for $200.....


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Believe it is some type of sticker as it peels rather than chips. I have the FX4 package on my truck which comes with a color-matched grill and it is plastic so I'm guessing your chrome grille is the same with just a chrome sticker/vinyl. As far as prepping goes, get the chrome off and then sand it down. I'm not even sure how well powder would hold to plastic. Might not even be worth powder coating the grille.
thats some funny stuff right there.....


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Paint, powder coat, it's all the same to me. Guess paint is the better option. Ha!

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You can buy an aftermarket black grille for relatively cheap. Should be fine with a blue truck.

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sounds like a new black grill is in my future then. Still want to get the bumper powder coated. Will that just stick to the chrome or do they have to sand it off first?

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sounds like a new black grill is in my future then. Still want to get the bumper powder coated. Will that just stick to the chrome or do they have to sand it off first?
just did mine,,, you want to clean them really good.... powder-coater will sand blast them to scuff em up and you are good to go...


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Paint, powder coat, it's all the same to me. Guess paint is the better option. Ha!
i guess that's why i dont chime in on subjects i don't know anything about,,,, it just creates confusion and more questions..


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