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BLACK07 06-08-2009 04:22 PM

Body Color Matched Grille and Bumpers
 
I have a black 2007 SLT that I just bought about a week ago. I got a really good deal on it but I also really like the look of the Sports with the body matched grille and bumper (especially the all black ones :-) ) So I was wondering how hard it would be to paint the chrome ones? It seems like it would be a lot cheaper than buying new black ones. Is that something anyone here as done themselves and could give me some pointers? or should I just take it to a paint shop?

chithead 06-08-2009 04:38 PM

That's a good question. I have debated on this myself. Anyone done it yet? Anyone?

03 Hemi 06-08-2009 04:56 PM

I'm wanting to do the same thing with my grille and bumpers. I'm not sure about painting the over the chrome, but I did look into buying replacement primered ones. LMC has the grille shells for around $100 and it comes black.

BLACK07 06-08-2009 05:00 PM

Yea I looked into that. I just seems like sanding the chrome and re-painting it would be a lot cheaper. I guess I'll do some research on painting chrome and see what I can find.

BLACK07 06-08-2009 05:06 PM

I just found this.

http://www.longislandcustoms.com/tec...ver_chrome.php

a pretty good step by step in painting over chrome.

This website has a few different sites listed that also have tips (including the one I liste above)

http://answers.google.com/answers/th...id/332587.html

If anyone tries it out. let me know.

chithead 06-08-2009 05:36 PM

If I remember right, they did it on an episode of Trucks! but that Stacey guy used a scratchpad to get the chrome surface rough so that the primer and paint would stick. He did say that not much sticks to a shiny chrome surface.

Quiet Lunatic 06-11-2009 03:41 AM

been done on bikes for years painting chrome requires an acid spray that will etch the chrome and provide a good surface for primer to stick without peeling.

snostyle 06-11-2009 06:12 PM

i believe the acid spray is for chromed metal. should be able to scuff up the chrome plastic so there's no shine and shoot primer and paint over that

13MWZ 07-02-2009 08:48 PM

Tried it. I sanded the crap out of my chrome grill, used self-etching primer and plastic paint. Even clear coated it. It chips like crazy. I have re-done it twice already. Maybe I'm just horrible at painting. I plan on spending the $300 when i can and get one already painted.

As for the bumper, I sanded the crap outta that too, then used that DIY bed liner stuff on it. It held up good for a while but started flaking off. I took the bumper off and striped all the plastic off of it, took it to a local powder coater and had him powdercoat it black gloss. It came out looking great. After a few road trips, about 8k miles later, and many many gravel roads it still looks great. They put 3 coats on it and it cost me $100.

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h2...z/CIMG0248.jpg

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h2...z/CIMG0247.jpg

donjohnk 07-02-2009 11:11 PM

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Originally Posted by 13MWZ (Post 67068)
Tried it. I sanded the crap out of my chrome grill, used self-etching primer and plastic paint. Even clear coated it. It chips like crazy. I have re-done it twice already. Maybe I'm just horrible at painting. I plan on spending the $300 when i can and get one already painted.

As for the bumper, I sanded the crap outta that too, then used that DIY bed liner stuff on it. It held up good for a while but started flaking off. I took the bumper off and striped all the plastic off of it, took it to a local powder coater and had him powdercoat it black gloss. It came out looking great. After a few road trips, about 8k miles later, and many many gravel roads it still looks great. They put 3 coats on it and it cost me $100.

thats not a bad idea... hmmm/


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