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Old 09-25-2012, 08:04 PM
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I just spent the better part of 3 1/2 hours cleaning, taping and prepping my grill. It took so long because I was just doing the cross in the middle, so I had to tape it very carefully to get all the curves just right. I also used WAY more news paper than I need for fear of over spray. After all that I did 5 coats, waiting 15 minutes in between. 10 minutes after the last coat I started to remove the tape. It went well until I got to the points of the cross. What did I do wrong?? Please help!!!
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:26 PM
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I see what you mean.. I plan on doing the same so I'll be keeping an eye on what may have happend.
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First of all, I commend you for your elaborate prep work.

I've found that to get clean edges, you have to peel the tape while the plastidip is still wet. Makes it tough to get all of the coats you need. I just don't wait as long in between coats. I lay them down pretty quickly, then peel the tape ASAP. Seems to work pretty good.
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You would of had to do the whole paint job in one shot, not wait for it to dry between coats, plasti dip is like paint, but its not paint, so you can't cut it with tape the way you would paint. you basically put on the equivalent of your 5 coats in one pass, then un-tape before plasti-dip dries. You should remove the grill from the truck and put it on a level surface, paint downwards and hope you don't get to many drips


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Yep, need to do it before it dries. I know, it goes against what you think you are supposed to do.... multiple coats and all. I had same trouble with it on another project.
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A second thought with the edges the way they are maybe a little overspray might be for your benefit? Maybe if you spray overthe edges when you peel the overspray up it will all tear at the corners and be even. I could be wrong though just an idea.
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You would of had to do the whole paint job in one shot, not wait for it to dry between coats, plasti dip is like paint, but its not paint, so you can't cut it with tape the way you would paint. you basically put on the equivalent of your 5 coats in one pass, then un-tape before plasti-dip dries. You should remove the grill from the truck and put it on a level surface, paint downwards and hope you don't get to many drips


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That was perfect, things!! I ended up watching a bunch of their videos which is kinda good and bad! I now know how to fix the problem yes, but I also got a lot of ideas for projects!!! One thing though, how do I get the grill off?
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Remove the top shroud taking care when pulling out the 4 plastic tree darts that hold on the plastic piece on top of the radiator. It is easy to rip the heads off them, sway them side to side as you pull up, a puller is best when removing them. Put some masking tape on the bumper cover to protect it cause when you pull the grill out at the bottom it can hit the top of the bumper and you will scratch it as the bottom of the grille pops out. So now at the top, remove the 4 bolts holding the top of the grille, then gently lean it towards the front. Reach behind the grille and use a long screwdriver to GENTLY lift the big plastic clips (one on each side) at the bottom that are holding the grille in. Pull the grille's bottom towards the front to disengage, this is where it will come forward and may scratch your bumper cover, so hopefully you put some tape to protect it. Once you get a hang of it, you will not need to tape it since you know where it can hit. That's it.
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Remove the top shroud taking care when pulling out the 4 plastic tree darts that hold on the plastic piece on top of the radiator. It is easy to rip the heads off them, sway them side to side as you pull up, a puller is best when removing them. Put some masking tape on the bumper cover to protect it cause when you pull the grill out at the bottom it can hit the top of the bumper and you will scratch it as the bottom of the grille pops out. So now at the top, remove the 4 bolts holding the top of the grille, then gently lean it towards the front. Reach behind the grille and use a long screwdriver to GENTLY lift the big plastic clips (one on each side) at the bottom that are holding the grille in. Pull the grille's bottom towards the front to disengage, this is where it will come forward and may scratch your bumper cover, so hopefully you put some tape to protect it. Once you get a hang of it, you will not need to tape it since you know where it can hit. That's it.
You've been a ton of help in many different areas. Thanks!! I'm very new to this forum and I definitely appreciate people like you taking the time to help. Thanks again!!
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