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Old 01-20-2014, 09:42 AM
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How does this look?

At first I was set on leaving the grille stock in color, but after coming across this video, I'm thinking a paint-to-match border will be a nice touch. I know that painting the grille border is a popular look, though has anyone else tried it on the Platinum Edition? What is the best method to get this done?

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Old 01-20-2014, 09:54 AM
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I like the border look, I might go that route when I do mine. I painted my Dodge grill by myself and it didn't seem to hold up more than a couple years. I think for the ford I'm going to take it to a body shop and just let them do it and get bumpers done at the time. Ive been hearing alot about the plastic or vinyl wrapping, that might be a better option as long as they can match the color.
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:11 AM
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I've heard someone say that they bought an unpainted border from Ford rather than painting over their original. I'm not sure what the benefits are in doing that, except maybe to ensure the paint holds better. I will look into this plastic/vinyl wrap method.
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:23 PM
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I think buying the one from ford just cuts down on prep time, thats what I think my problem was on the dodge, I didnt spend the time and sand the chrome right off. Dont wanna get to crazy sanding though and lose the shape of the grill right. Plus you can only get paint on so thick with a spray bomb. I think a good quality body shop will get the paint on thicker and get a nice coat of clear over it to.
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:50 PM
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Yeah I'm going to try getting a cheap outer grille piece and have it professionally painted.
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I wrapped mine in vinyl but eventually plan on getting a paint ready one and getting it painted.

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How much was the vinyl wrap and how well did it match the paint?
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How much was the vinyl wrap and how well did it match the paint?


I think enough to do it would only be like $50 if that. I think the last time I ordered some it was $1xx to get enough to do my bumpers too.

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Holy **** color match was gooood! Im gonna look into that, as long as it lasts a year or 2 it might be a better alternative to buying new grill and bumpers. I wonder if you can spray bomb some clear or something over it to protect it.
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Ha yeah I was pretty surprised how good it matches. I wouldn't worry about clearing it. It's stronger than paint since its stretchy. If you're concerned though 3m sells a clear vinyl that's made to protect paint from rock chips. I need to get some of it to put on my lower doors. I have probably a 20 rock chips from my tires.

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