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Old 12-12-2010
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Painting My Grill,Recommend A Paint ?

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
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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.
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I've always had good luck with Krylong Fusion paint every time I've used it. No matter what paint you use, if it's on the grille it'll get chipped and beat up.
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Yeah That's what I was thinking !
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Get Krylon Fusion for plastic. I painted my grille with it 2 years ago now and it only has 1 chip and that's from me spraying it too hard with the hose.
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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.
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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.
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I used 220 grit sand paper and Rustoleum Auto paint, then hit it with a bunch of clear coat.
Looks great
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I used 220 grit sand paper and Rustoleum Auto paint, then hit it with a bunch of clear coat.
Looks great
I used like 3 or 4 coats on mine too. defiantly helps when you get a big stone chip, cause you can sand down the area a little bit, and throw some more clear on there and its good as new.
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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!
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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.
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im wanting to do the same thing whats the best for a gloss white i want to paint all my plastic accents
(sorry for the thread jack)
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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
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I also used Krylon Fusion satin black, but first hit it with some adhesion promoter. It's held up real nice.
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I agree with the Krylon Fusion. Even if you dont sand it (which is highly recommened), this stuff just seems like its permanent.
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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
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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.
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