Painting my grill?

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  1. jeepchic79

    jeepchic79 Full Access Member

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    So my silver kj has a chrome grill which imo is awful because well who puts chrome with Silver? Maby it's me so can I paint that thing or will it chip and look horrible? Because I will just buy one if it's going to look like trash lol
     
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    I don't think paint will stick to chrome much. So you'll have to buff or grind it.

    Have you searched for replacement grills? Did some of the other models have a non chrome grill. If so, junkyard for one of the others, which would be cheap and just bolt in the same way.

    Also, after market. Online search. I don't know if there are any out there.

    Or rattle can. But rattle can usually looks like rattle can, but ...
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    Well I can buy a flat black one probably less hassle I do need the under housing anyways too . Just debating if I want black or another color
     
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    Find someone who wants a chrome grill and ask them to swap. You could do it on the spot wherever you find them, I don't think it requires any tools.
     
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    That's a great idea! Mine just snaps a little bit of a pain in the a** I use a flathead screwdriver and hope every time lol
     
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    Swapping is a great suggestion. That'll save you a ton of time if you can find someone. Or just buy a silver grille from a junkyard. Doing a proper paint job will be 6-10 hours of work. I painted the chrome grille on my BMW last year and it has been holding up well, but it did require a lot of work. Prep the plasti-chrome to remove all the gloss, prime it, lay down the colour, clear it with a 2-3 coats of clear, and then let it sit off the vehicle for at least 2 days to harden up. Adding up all the drying time and such it actually took a lot longer than I expected, but the result was very good. Getting all the supplies will certainly cost as much or more than a silver grille from the junkyard.
     
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    Ive got a jet black Liberty that came with the black grill. I swapped it out for a chrome grill. still have the black one.
     
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    I just went through this with my Khaki '06. The grille was so old and brittle some road ice shattered portion around the passenger headlight...even damaged the support. As a daily driver I needed to fix it quickly and cheaply. Ordered both pieces from Partsgeek.com. Expecting a 7-10 shipping timeline but they were on my doorstep within 24 hours! Aftermarket so they were not perfect fit but only noticeable to me. I went with Herculiner I had lying around and it is holding up fine. Rockauto has the painted grilles for twice what you pay for unpainted...but considering time and labor, may be worth it.