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brad12kx 07-22-2011 12:03 AM

Mod 13 - Black Chrome the Rams Head badges
 
Since my truck had to go to the body shop for some cosmetic surgery, I figured it would be a great time to Black Chrome my Rams head badges. :)

Here is the stuff used in the process -
http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/a...-StuffUsed.jpg




Here are the badges as they came off the truck. The tailgate badge is sitting face down on some foam so I could clean the remaining tape off it. Using a combination of a paint scraper and 3M Adhesive Remover, I was able to clean it up in about 15 minutes. Wasn't sure at first, but can attest that the adhesive remover is completely safe for use on these plastic badges :smileup:
http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/a...ome2-Start.jpg




After cleaning the back of the tailgate badge, I spent about 30 minutes cleaning the face of both badges. As with all painting, prep work is the most important thing. I used Duplicolor Grease & Wax Remover, and meticulously cleaned every little crack using a micro fiber cloth and Q-tips. After a good cleaning, I blew them dry with an air hose, and polished them with a micro fiber cloth. Here they are ready for paint -
http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/a...eady4Paint.jpg




I applied 2 coats of Duplicolor Shadow Base Coat, spraying from 4 angles to ensure uniform coverage. I waited 20 minutes between coats. Here they are after the second coat, waiting for the Clear Coat -
http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/a...-BaseCoats.jpg




I let them set for 2 hours (don't need to wait that long, but the lunch bell rang, and I took an extended lunch), then applied the first 2 light clear coats 20 minutes apart. Waited 30 minutes, applied 2 heavier coats 20 minutes apart. After 2 hours of drying, I set them out in the sun to bake for a few hours -
http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/a...rome5-Done.jpg


Interestingly enough, they look like different colors in the pic....might have been the light angle, as they look identical in color/shade in the non-photographic world. :4-dontknow:


All I need now, is a truck to attach them to. :D

The Codes 07-22-2011 12:31 AM

Dude I think those look totally sick, if I had a 3G or 4G ram I would def do that to my badges.

RedRam10 07-22-2011 12:33 AM

Nice paint job and prep work. Good explanation. Points when I can.

brad12kx 07-22-2011 12:40 AM

I am pretty stocked with how they turned out. At least they will be good and dry by time I get to put them on the truck. Maybe Monday..... :)

916Timmy 07-22-2011 01:30 AM

That does look good! I want a set for mine, but I am going to order the 2011 tailgate Ram without Dodge on the top....match the front! I can put the, on mine for a while while you wait for a bed!!

:rep:

jcasey10 07-22-2011 08:00 PM

Wow, Brad, that looks great! Awesome job on that!!

brad12kx 07-23-2011 12:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 916Timmy (Post 573644)
That does look good! I want a set for mine, but I am going to order the 2011 tailgate Ram without Dodge on the top....match the front! I can put the, on mine for a while while you wait for a bed!!

:rep:

If I had know this prior to giving them to the body shop to install, I'd have sent them to you to try out!.......NOT! :gy:

Quote:

Originally Posted by jcasey10 (Post 574171)
Wow, Brad, that looks great! Awesome job on that!!

Thanks! I'm very pleased with the results. I just hope they look good on the truck.



Now the tough one. If the badges look real good on the truck, do I even consider doing the same to the rims and exhaust tips.... :4-dontknow:
I think I need to find a second set of rims. If I don't care for the look, I could always sell them, or use them for winter tires.....:thk:

jdubsss 07-23-2011 01:22 AM

they look AMAZING

rep for those!!

E.L.D. 44 07-23-2011 08:48 AM

Great write up brad! I love how those turned out. Reps to you!

CajunDodge 07-23-2011 09:01 AM

Those look awesome Brad, nice job and great write up! Now I just need to find me a 4th gen tailgate badge! :smileup:

- Cajun


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