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I am wanting to paint the grill on my Ram the same color as my truck (Deep water blue) with black inserts. Can someone tell me step by step in detail on how to do this or point me in the direction of a write up that someone has done on it. Thanks
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You will need: 400 and 600 wet/dry sandpaper, epoxy primer (1 or 2 cans), filler primer (if needed), a tack clothe, color paint (2 cans), and clear coat (2 cans). There is a web site that sells color-matched paint and a clear coat that has hardener in it---I can't recall exactly the cost, but it is worth it...~ $20 per can. Do it right the first time!
1---Preparation is the key !!!
2- Scuff the paint with 400 wet/dry using some sort of backer...sanding block for the flat areas, a firm sponge for the nooks and crannies. You only need to remove the "shine" from it...don't over sand!
3- Using an epoxy primer, give it 1 or 2 smooth coats...the epoxy primer should guarantee a good bond between the factory paint and the new color.
4- Once the primer has dried--over night for bets results--you can LIGHTLY wet sand it with 400 or 600 wet/dry being careful NOT to go through the primer. If you notice any chips/low spots, use a filler primer to "fill" them. Allow for proper dry time before re-sanding.
5- Once you are satisfied with the primer coats, clean with a degreaser, and get your area ready for painting. A garage will suffice, but the cleaner and dust-less/bug-less area is the best. Next, use a tack clothe (available from any auto parts store) to GENTLY wipe the grille down to remove any dust, lint, etc.
6- Using SEVERAL LIGHT coats (50% coverage or slightly less), apply as many coats as you need to get an even color coverage allowing 15-20 minutes "flash time" between coats.
7- Give the color coat 30-45 minutes flash time (dry-time) before you spray the clear. Use the same LIGHT coverage and flash time between clear coats....about 3-4 coats is good.
8- Once you are "done", allow 48 hrs or longer before handling and re-installing. If you can set it in the sun during the day, it will cure a little faster.

I used this procedure when I used a spray can to paint my hood scoop on my '10 Ram...the finish is just as smooth (if not smoother) than the factory. Remember, the prep work is CRITICAL !!! I'll look for the web site that I bought my primer and paint from. GOOD LUCK !!! And post some pics when you're done !!!!!
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Go to repaintsupply.com
They have the epoxy primer, color matched paint, and the clear coat with the hardener in it....it's in a separate capsule in the can that you activate using the cap....once you see it, you'll understand

The clearcoat with the hardener is the key to a paint job that will be BLASTED with bugs, road grime....rock chips are still going to happen....maybe using some clear plasti-dip over it would help....kinda like a clear bra, but cheaper and you can remove and re-apply whenever needed.
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You will need: 400 and 600 wet/dry sandpaper, epoxy primer (1 or 2 cans), filler primer (if needed), a tack clothe, color paint (2 cans), and clear coat (2 cans). There is a web site that sells color-matched paint and a clear coat that has hardener in it---I can't recall exactly the cost, but it is worth it...~ $20 per can. Do it right the first time!
1---Preparation is the key !!!
2- Scuff the paint with 400 wet/dry using some sort of backer...sanding block for the flat areas, a firm sponge for the nooks and crannies. You only need to remove the "shine" from it...don't over sand!
3- Using an epoxy primer, give it 1 or 2 smooth coats...the epoxy primer should guarantee a good bond between the factory paint and the new color.
4- Once the primer has dried--over night for bets results--you can LIGHTLY wet sand it with 400 or 600 wet/dry being careful NOT to go through the primer. If you notice any chips/low spots, use a filler primer to "fill" them. Allow for proper dry time before re-sanding.
5- Once you are satisfied with the primer coats, clean with a degreaser, and get your area ready for painting. A garage will suffice, but the cleaner and dust-less/bug-less area is the best. Next, use a tack clothe (available from any auto parts store) to GENTLY wipe the grille down to remove any dust, lint, etc.
6- Using SEVERAL LIGHT coats (50% coverage or slightly less), apply as many coats as you need to get an even color coverage allowing 15-20 minutes "flash time" between coats.
7- Give the color coat 30-45 minutes flash time (dry-time) before you spray the clear. Use the same LIGHT coverage and flash time between clear coats....about 3-4 coats is good.
8- Once you are "done", allow 48 hrs or longer before handling and re-installing. If you can set it in the sun during the day, it will cure a little faster.

I used this procedure when I used a spray can to paint my hood scoop on my '10 Ram...the finish is just as smooth (if not smoother) than the factory. Remember, the prep work is CRITICAL !!! I'll look for the web site that I bought my primer and paint from. GOOD LUCK !!! And post some pics when you're done !!!!!
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Thanks for the detailed steps. Im going to do this when it gets warmer out. I will def. post pics when I get it done thanks!
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Ok a few things I would add. Before the primer I would use some bulldog adhesion promoter. Also if you have a DuPont or PPG store near you they can mix the paint and load it into aerosol cans for you. That will get you a better match than normal rattle cans and isn't that much if I remember. Nice thing about it is that you can take the paint and a touch up brush and test it before loading in the can and adjust it if you need to.
Also if you want to make it easier they sell sanding sponges at paint stores mine are 3m in different grits and they are easier on grills and other areas so you don't need a block or anything to back it. Also get a good wax and grease remover to clean it, will save many headaches. Clean before sanding and again before primer. Clean it really good because and wax or grease will make it a nightmare.
I plan to do the same thing as you but I do it for. Living so I have all the toys to mix and spray my own. I ordered a oem sport grill from eBay because I hate painting chromed plastic.
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