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Blacking Out All Chrome

hey guys i got the idea from another buddy of mine to black out all m ychrome since m ytruck is forest green black bumpers and black grills and al lwud look fairly better.

what method wud i use on the metal chrome?

what about the plastic grill?

any feedback wud be much appreciated =]
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Plastic you could use the krylon fusion paint if you didn't want to just buy new pieces. I used it on my bedrails and it's fantastic.... not sure about the metal though, sorry
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the best way to remove chrome off a bumper so that you can paint it, is to sandblast it. for a front bumper and back bumper, Id say $140-$200 is 'reasonable' to blast them.... Make sure you have the backs of the bumpers done as well. If you go this route, MAKE SURE you tell who ever does it, that you want them CLEAN not just 'dusted off'

Dusting off, a term used in this industry is quickly going over the piece and knocking off the loose stuff, with out actually getting the metal really clean. The down side to this, is if theres a fair amount of rust build up, the spores could come back to haunt you, and it usually will. However if its pretty clean, this isnt a problem.

Being that you live in Florida, you can use rattle can primer as a first coat, however your going to want to invest in a decent primer and spray is 'professionally' This will give you the best bond between the metal and the topcoat. The problem with sandblasting in a high humidity area, is that once your done blasting, and the metal is bare steel, you literally can sit there and watch it rust just while sitting in the air. It is IMPARATIVE that you get a coat on this stuff ASAP or you wasting your time.

If it were me, doing the blasting, and painting, id do $140 for both pieces. I would clean both. Then I would prime with your choice of primer. If it is something for ME I would use an Emron 2 part primer. and then top coat it with Emron. this way it could sit in the ocean for a year and not rust =)

I however have never blasted chrome. However being that chrome is a coating on steel, I imagine you can blast it off.

Glass bead and coconut shells probably wouldnt touch it, the media I would start with is pool sand, if that didnt work Id use black beauty.
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hmmm
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I powder coat over clean chrome all the time, never had any durability issues. You can choose flat black or gloss black with a clear coat, or hammertone, wrinkle, or satin too. Whatever you want. But this can be pricey.
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I say just paint it. If it doesn't hold up then paint it again. Maybe scuff it up before you paint though.
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yeah i would sand it down then rattlecan over it. if it doest work you can strip it down and get it done right.

good choice though. not a fan of chrome myself. the only chrome i have on my truck is the badges. which i would like to get rid of
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yeah i would sand it down then rattlecan over it.
It will come off in no time. I did this to my 93 bumpers and it didn't take long at all to start peeling off. That was just with normal driving and not taking it off road.
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ya i was thinkin jus scuffing it up and spray paintin it primer them gloss or flat black the rest...
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powder coat it, most places around here guarantee it to stay for life
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powdercoat will be your best bet.
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or Line-X or equivalent
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i painted mine i hate chrome...

i just used my palm sander on the front bumper and the grill to scuff it up then cleaned it with some paint thinner, used some cheap paint i dont even know what it is but its holding up pretty well...

there is a chip or 2 on the bumper, a few little ones on the grill, and where i have my KC' headlight the metal on the back for the wire rubbed that off but cant see it really unless you move the wires...

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I got rid of all my chrome for black on my truck as well

The bumpers on mine were rotting out so I just bought new ones and got them painted, you can find them for less than 100 bucks each if ya look around

I painted the chrome plastic trim over the grill with krylon fusion last summer and haven't seen a scratch yet. I scuffed it, cleaned it with wax n grease remover, then about 4 coats of paint and 3 coats of clear. Looks great
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i think im gonna go with lone ranger and paint it and use sum clear also
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I blasted the chrome off with pool sand, then painted with engine paint. This was on the air cleaners and pulleys for my Ghia, but the same rules apply.
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for your grill all you need a scuff pad scuff it really well and clean it really well a glass cleaner works well i used rattle can or all my black in my truck my truck and eric's look the same almost he just has a different color on the top side both black bottoms bumpers and grill




Eric how far from the PA border are you?
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for your grill all you need a scuff pad scuff it really well and clean it really well a glass cleaner works well i used rattle can or all my black in my truck my truck and eric's look the same almost he just has a different color on the top side both black bottoms bumpers and grill




Eric how far from the PA border are you?
Uh, not too sure haha. I just moved to NY about a month ago. I lived near Pittsburgh my whole life up until this point. The place where I'm at now is about 500 miles from Pittsburgh, drove the ranger 9 hours up

Depends what part of PA your asking about too, I'm on the east end of NY state, north of Albany, little south of the adirondack mtns
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