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Old 01-31-2014, 12:57 AM
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97 ram 1500 and i cant stand the old faded grey honeycomb like backing in my grill. i originally wanted to remove just the inserts and paint them a gloss black to kind of mimic the sport grill but with the chrome colored outer grill. my problem is it appears that the inserts are plastic welded onto the mounting tabs and the only way to remove them would be to cut the tabs leaving me no way to remount the inserts. has anybody found a way to get them off without cutting them or found a way to remount them after cutting them off?
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I've watched a couple you tube videos showing the grill change outs and they use a tool to pry the tabs out without damaging them.
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another option is masking tape... mask off the chrome you want to keep chrome, and paint away.
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another option is masking tape... mask off the chrome you want to keep chrome, and paint away.
i was gonna do that but i really wanted to prep the plastic really well so the new paint dosnt just chip off and look like crap. i figure with it being on the front of the truck at highway speeds sand and rocks and such would probably tear it up pretty good.
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you can still prep ... just tape before you prep, then unmask and remask before you paint
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Have you thought about using plasti-dip? Since the inserts sound like they are a pain to remove, you could do the following:

1. Remove the grille from the truck (to keep overspray off the rest of the truck)
2. Wash thoroughly with soap & water and let dry
3. Spray the grille and inserts with plasti-dip
4. Wait for the plasti-dip to dry (about 4 hours I think)
5. Use a sharp knife and cut the plasti-dip between the inserts and the grille surround
6. Peel the plasti-dip off the grille surround
7. Install the grille back on the truck
8. Enjoy your great looking grille!

I did basically the same to my truck (2013 Ram 1500), but I removed the inserts instead of the spray & trim technique I described above.

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When i painted mine with the truck bed paint i used plastic adhesion promoter and then used bumper and trim paint, came out nice.
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I like the Plasti-Dip idea! But Doc is also right, using the adhesion promoter after a thorough cleaning, adds alot to the durability of the coating. I used his method for all the faded gray front-bumper-air-dam-trim-crap. It has stayed black and chip-free for a year now.
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thanks for all the ideas guys im going to try and get it done sometime this week ill post some pics along with how i end up doing it when its completed.
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so to update (i know like 2 months behind) i ended up hitting a small deer and pretty much destroyed my bumper grill and hood. luckily when i called my local junkyard they had just got a 98 ram, same color and everything but hit from the side. all in all i got hood, grille, bumper, and all the plastics for $250. anyway i was kind of rethinking my grill idea and since i really like the RBP type grills and such i was wondering if anyone here has made something similar? i just cant justify a $700 grill on a 97 ram with 148k on it so i was thinking id try and make one. i was thinking if i cut out the cross sections of the grill i could mold in some diamond cut gutter guards or something. after their molded how i want and fit nice i could hit them with some bedliner for rigidity so they arnt so flexible and they dont look pushed out/in. after the bed liner i could paint them and then re install. anybody do anything similar? any thoughts or problems you guys might foresee with this idea? i am also thinking about tearing off all the faded crap and trying to color match it to the truck with the paint code specific auto zone spray cans. anyone have any experience with that paint? if so did it match well? did it hold up well?
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