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Old 09-21-2005
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faded honeycomb grill.

Being in florida everything takes a hit from the sun. My honeycomb is going grey! I basically want it to be pitch dark like my waag bar. What kind of paint will be the best to use? 2nd easiest way to take it out?
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from what i hear krylon fusion and i would go with a satin black. not glossy but not flat kinda inbetween
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a member on here (Pickupman92, unless i misspelled it) painted his black... looked great. im sure others have done it as well. but yeah, i think what zach mentioned would be it.

as for taking it out.. you can either tape off everything near it, and spray it while its on the truck, or, take everything off around it. its not hard to take everything off, just remember to be careful, and remember where all the screws go, lol.

EDIT: i guess i could tell you how to take it off (it might help, lol). bare in mind, this is off the top of my head, so i might not be exact with the number of screws everywhere, etc... overall though, you'll get it!

first take off the 3 top plastic covers over the 2 headlights and the grill... i think there's like 8 or 9 up there.. after they're all off, go ahead and release both headlights by removing both retaining brackets on each headlight. after the headlights are out, take out the corner lenses by removing both bolts on the inside (where the headlights were, you'll see them in there). after the corners are out, examine the grille shell, and notice that there are 6 (i think!) clips all along the bottom of the grill shell.. here's where to be cautious. basically, gently, but firmly, pull each clip out, starting from one side, and working to the other. if the metal clips themselves stay in the car, its alright, continue on till you get all 6 clips out. once they're all out, BAM! you've got it! the entire grill shell will lift off of your truck now. if any of the metal clips stay in the header panel, remember to get them off, and place them back onto the grill shell for remounting once you're done!

from here, you can easily tape off the piece of truck that came off, and leave just the honeycomb grill exposed to paint. or, you can seperate the grill itself from the grill shell. i didnt do that, so im not sure how.. but, when you get the grill shell off, you'll notice that the honeycomb grill is basically clipped into the grill shell.. if you dont wanna bother messing with those clips, then taping it off would be easy enough!

hope that helps any!!! if you need anymore explination, shoot.. ill try to remember! there's also a few other people on here that'll know what your talking about as well.

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If you need another one for any reason I have a non-faded one sitting in my closet that I'm trying to sell.
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i got mine painted at a body shop.... then again it was free. you can go see how much theyd charge you, i mean they can just do it after doing a black car
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Anyway I could paint it without taking it off or too risky? And when i take it off will the waag bar will be in the way
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I used the satin black fusion as mentioned, and just taped it all off. I sanded most of it, that was a pain. then washed it off, and used my air compressor to dry it. THen i just hit it with a few coats, let it air dry. My problem was the next day it poured, and some spots actually came off, i just cleaned it, dried it and painted it again.
Looks just as good as when i did it.
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yeah my little bros trucks did that.
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Mine faded and I bought a replacement, painted black, on ebay for $10. Taking the grille shell off of the truck isn't bad. Getting the grille out of the grille shell is a PITA. It's about 8 clips that are hell to get out. My advice, is to paint the grille by itself, out of the grille shell. Clean it up really well with windex, then several light even coats. Good luck with it.
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