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painting the platinum grill

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by Motor71, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. Feb 10, 2017 at 2:38 AM
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    Motor71

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    anyone painted the insert of a platinum grill? if you did, did you sand it down first or just went with a cleaned insert? and what paint did you use? I'm deciding between the linex or a color match from duplicolor
     
  2. Feb 10, 2017 at 6:34 AM
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    I just cleaned mine well, rubbed with alcohol and sprayed it with plastidip. I sprayed 4 coats of black and then 2 coats of metalizer. It came out really nice and has held up for about 1.5 years with no issues.
     
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  3. Feb 10, 2017 at 6:58 AM
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    Could you post some pictures?
     
  4. Feb 10, 2017 at 7:46 AM
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  5. Feb 10, 2017 at 8:18 AM
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    thx, but i don't know if i wanna plastidip it....Plastipped other things before and it didn't turn out as good as i had hope for.
     
  6. Feb 10, 2017 at 8:27 AM
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    How difficult was it to get the back side of the horizontal slats painted evenly? I've plasti-dipped wheels and emblems before but never a grill. I was debating on doing my Platinum as well.
     
  7. Feb 10, 2017 at 8:29 AM
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  8. Feb 10, 2017 at 8:30 AM
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    Not difficult at all. I took the grill off where I could clean and prep it well.
     
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    I guess that might be another project for the weekend then. Swapping the chrome handles and mirrors out tomorrow.
     
  10. Feb 10, 2017 at 11:26 AM
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    Plastidipped mine as well. I still go back and forth on whether or not I like the Pro grill or this more.
     
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  11. Feb 10, 2017 at 11:29 AM
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    Just painted my Limited (same grille) insert this past weekend. Haven't installed it yet but it turned out way better than I expected.

    Lightly sanded it down then used SEM Trim Black prep and paint in satin. https://www.semproducts.com/manage/html/public/content/techsheets/NGTB_TrimBlack_0616_WEB.pdf

    Ended up doing 7 or so light coats but it turned out dang near perfect....and I am pretty OCD about stuff like that.

    Edit... pics aren't showing up, I'll get the fished product up tomorrow.
     
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  13. Feb 17, 2017 at 8:00 AM
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    Here is my finished grille all painted....[​IMG]
     
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  14. Feb 17, 2017 at 8:06 AM
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    Wish I had the limited/platinum insert instead of the SR5 one

    Kyle
     
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  15. Feb 17, 2017 at 11:33 AM
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    I was going to paint mine but the silver is kind of looking good to me.. was it hard removing the insert?
     
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  16. Feb 17, 2017 at 11:34 AM
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    Following!
     
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  17. Feb 17, 2017 at 12:23 PM
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    It isn't hard but it's a little tedious to get started. All you really need is a flat blade screwdriver (after removing the couple philips that you will see on the back of the insert that screws to the surround) and pry the little tabs free.

    Best advice I can give is lay it face down on a blanket so you don't scratch it and start prying loose the tabs in a upper corner of the grille. You will have to pry a couple and push/pull at the same time. Once you get the first couple the rest are a breeze as you will kind of know what you are trying to accomplish.
     
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  18. Feb 17, 2017 at 1:59 PM
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    it was difficult for me, after a few broken tabs i just gave up.
     
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