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Painting Faded Grill

Well, paid off the Ranger a while back, and thought that, as my first mod, I would paint the grill because it was a little faded. I had no idea as to just how faded it was until I took that sucker off!

Here it is, still on the truck:
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and here's a close-up after I removed the Ford emblem. Really shows how faded it is:
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so I go it cleaned up, and picked up some paint. Hope to get to it this weekend.
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in to see the results
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What paint did you get? I painted mine about a week ago. I used Krylon Fusion Satin Black. Put on a few coats let it set for an hour and put it back on. Its holding up great and its already been through a few car washes.

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good idea, i know it will turn out great
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I'll be hitting mine up with a fresh coat of Krylon Fusion Satin Black also.
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I got the Krylon Fusion Satin Black as well. Searched the forums, and it seemed to be the overwhelming choice.
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So when are you going to start painting cause you know that we're gonna need some pics of this.
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I'm planning on starting tomorrow, weather permitting. I've been on vacation all week, and it's rained like crazy every day. If it rains, I may just pull the Merc into the driveway, and paint it in the garage, wife permitting.
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you'll love it when you get done. just make sure you spray it from every angle. that honeycomb is a pita. mine looked so much better after i did it. looked so good i continued to remove all the gray from my exterior with crylon fusion, bedrails, rear bumper cover. etc
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OK, got it painted today. Used both cans of the Krylon. I think it turned out pretty good (especially for my first attempt at using spray paint). I got a little heavy handed a couple of places, but overall it turned out really good.

Here it is after a couple of coats:
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And here it is after I finished.
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I'll let it dry for a bit, get my lights wired, then get it back on and post some more photos.
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OK, got it painted today. Used both cans of the Krylon. I think it turned out pretty good (especially for my first attempt at using spray paint). I got a little heavy handed a couple of places, but overall it turned out really good.

Here it is after a couple of coats:


And here it is after I finished.


I'll let it dry for a bit, get my lights wired, then get it back on and post some more photos.
Looks much better. Give it about an hour to 1 1/2 and it should be good to put on.
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Looks great. Give it plenty of time to cure. A rock chipped mine right after I put it on because I didn't give it enough time. Can't wait to see it on the truck.
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lookin good
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The waiting is the hardest part. Says it's chip proof in 7 days, but don't know if I can wait that long!
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i did mine this week :)

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makes such a difference! i figured i was going to break it trying to get the mesh out so just taped it off. good job on your part! i also made my ford emblem black. get some pics of it on your truck!
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this is the best thing i did to my truck
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makes such a difference! i figured i was going to break it trying to get the mesh out so just taped it off. good job on your part! i also made my ford emblem black. get some pics of it on your truck!
I had to tape everything off too. I was too scared to break the grille to pull it apart.

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The waiting is the hardest part. Says it's chip proof in 7 days, but don't know if I can wait that long!
I put mine on about an hour after I painted it and mine still looks like I just painted it.
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There were a couple of times that it seemed like I was going to break it trying to pop it out of the surround, but I just slowed down, and worked it free. Glad I did, cause I suck at taping for paint.

I want to see your ford emblem painted black!
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Got the lights wired up and aimed last night, then got the grill back on. Couldn't tell much in the dark, so I had to wait until this morning to take a good look at it. Looks pretty good so far, but I'll have to wait until the sun burns the fog off to get a really good look at it.

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Here are some better pics.

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