Hey, I think I'm gonna try painting My grill. I just always assumed it wasnt a good idea to paint em cause no spray on paint would hold up to the front end road abuse it would see.Sand,Wind.Salt. I'm going from grey to black but don't want to do it if half of it's goona flake off.Can anybody recommend a good tough paint to Me ? Thanks
To do my rollbar (chrome) and my fender flares (same material as grill i'm assuming) I just used some 120, then 330 sand paper, some scotch pad, wiped it off with some Wax and Grease remover. and used Rustoleum, don't brush it casue you will leave brush marks, use a spray can.
There is a also a good paint for something like that (if you're looking for flat finish) called bumper paint. IIRC, it only comes in black, silver, and gray, but I've had very good luck with that. The key to having a paint job that won't chip as easy is just making sure you've done very good prep work, and don't put it on too thick.
Another vote for Krylon Fusion. The grille on my '03 Ranger got faded (as they all do) and I used the aforementioned paint with very good results. It's been 2 or 3 years at least and it still looks great w/ very few chips. Clean the grille very good w/ a prep agent that removes all oils, waxes, and debris prior to painting, and as said before, use light coats. No sanding is required w/ the Fusion paint.
I am just about to paint all the plastic fender trim and bumper trim. I did the same on my 01 Xterra i used to have. I found that the best to use was the Black BBQ high heat spray can paint. The stuff stuck like no tomorrow...and best of all, it help up to any and ALL dings i encountered on the trails. I swear by this now. It was super easy to do. Just applied several light coats. Really let it dry and set in. I found i didnt need to sand. It may not be the correct way. But i had such a great experience that i am going to do the same with my new Ranger!
Krylon Fusion is what I used on mine.
Sanded everything down to 600grit, washed, wiped down with alcohol, let dry & sprayed. Let each coat dry a few hours & light wet sanding with 800grit, after 3 or 4 coats it looks like new.
So far, mine is holding up really well.
I did my front valiance with krylon fusion black last spring and it has held up great. **knock on wood**
All about prep really. All i did was wash with warm soapy water then spray it down with brake cleaner and made sure it was dry then painted it with a few light coats then let it dry for a few hours in the sun
krylon flat black is all ive ever used (armrest, splash guard, bed liner, rear bumper cover, frame, rims, grille) 1. sand 2. wash. 3. dry. 4. paint light and quick coats in a warm and windless environment. easy as that. my rims have been in tip top shape for over 6 years now. jsut plan on respraying at random intervals to ensure clean crisp color
Fusion... again.... I didn't sand and I just masked off the grill and did 3 light coats letting it dry inbetween per the recommended times.... Meant to clear coat it after, but liked the outcome so I didn't bother .... held up great.