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Old 11-14-2011
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2003 Ranger Grill Painting

My grill has turned yellow and I want to paint it gloss black. Is there a how-to on how to remove the grill? I want to do this without breaking anything.

EDIT: I like pickles

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Its pretty simple... a few screws on the top and then there are clips at the bottom that will pop out... at least thats how it is on my grille. Go out and take a look for yourself, you'll be able to figure it out
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On mine it looks like the grill and the plastic pieces under the headlightd are all one piece. Those are hell to get off without breaking.
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tip of advice don't do it when its cold i did that and the plastic is brittle
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And Pickles is now dancing at Legends bar every Thursday night in Syracuse NY.
from 6 to 8 PM.
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spray wd-40 on the clips and be careful
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its easy
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Just did my grill and lower valence on my truck last week. I used the krylon fusion satin black. Looks awesome once its all back together. Prep is key. Washed all the parts with soap and simple green. Let them dry. Wiped down with denatured alcohol a few times at let dry over night. Then sprayed numerous light coats.

The grill was easy to get off, I just used a slim flat head to push the clips on the bottom off.

The valence gave me problems. It would have been easy however three of the bolts that hold it to the chrome bumper had rusty clips that just broke when i tried to loosen them. So this meant that the bolt and whatever was left of the clip just kept spinning. So i had to take off the entire bumper and chisel the bolts to pieces to separate the bumper and valence.
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Just tape it off. No need to take it out.
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I may have to take it out cause my offroad lights are in the way.
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Gotcha. Are you trying to take it out while the grille shell is still on the truck?
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I just took the top screws out and feed newspaper infront of the offroad lights. Then taped it off. Worked for me.
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I removed the whole section (grille, and plastic piece that goes under the headlights) and carefully masked it off and painted my faded out grille in satin black. Not too hard, just don't try to unclip the section while its cold.

I spent some time with some fine scotchbrite and wax/grease remover in all the openings on my "honeycomb" 4x4 grill and ended up with a rag full of dirtiness before I tried to paint it, the extra time is worth the effort.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/exterior-semi-tech-39/03-fx4-grille-revived-111415/
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Just tape it off. No need to take it out.
What he said. I did this on both my 2000 and my 2011 Rangers. Worked great. Take your time taping and use Fusion Satin block. No sanding needed. Just clean the gtrill and paint. Do light coats and let dry 15 min between coats. Get decent coverage and wait 7days for that to dry. Clean with a damp rag and give it one final coat. Looks great.

This is the grill on the 2000 I had....

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I did mine recently, it takes a little force to get the grille out of the tabs. I sprayed it with Dupli Color Bedliner, holds up perfectly!
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My '03 Ranger's grill faded to grey about a year ago, it took a little force and made me nervous taking it off, but for my truck it actually just snapped out of place, there were just a few clips holding it in, and with a little pull it popped right out, I used a semi-gloss black and came out great, looks brand new ever since... My bumper also faded to grey and re did that with the same color block also. Once you are done the grill easily pops back into place. Hope that helps.
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