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Old 10-22-2012, 07:31 PM
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Re: Plasti Dipped Grille

Yea I didn't think it was suppose to be rough, sorry for all the post I'm tired and have had a strange day lol. So I guess I need to decide, I guess if I went on ahead and bought the chrome insert now, later on if i wanted to go back to the chrome grille I could buy some auto grade black paint and paint the insert black.
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Re: Plasti Dipped Grille

For those of you trying to remove the chrome overlay (plastic chrome) on the grill to REPAINT it, You DO NOT need to remove the whole front bumper and grill. There are 8 clips on the top of the plastic chrome overlay you release from the grill itself. (you must open your hood to access).
Once you have all 8 "popped out", you can pull from either corner of the chome overlay (start near the headlight and pull forward), and the intire piece will come off.
You DO need to pull pretty hard, but all 8 of the bottom clips will release without having to individually work on them. Just MAKE SURE all 8 top clips are disingaged prior to pulling and prying...



There is a black plastic covering you will need to unclip (4 total clips in order to pull the grill forward a bit to get your hand back there). It will be a tight squeeze, but use a flat head screw driver to pry the prongs holding the chorme overlay clips in place apart (hope that wasnt too confusing). What I did was using a paneling tool (you can buy one at any auto parts store for like $10) to pry the front on the chrome over lay away from the grill on the front on the grill (I used this toop to prevent scratching or dinging anything). Simultaniouly use the flat head screw driver on the back of the grill to release the overlay clips.

basically you need to pull the overlay away from the front of the rig as you relealse the clips. As you move on to the next clip you can place something in the space you create between the overlay and the grill so it doesnt clip back into place. (maybe a small piece of wood)

let me know if that works. one you get the top you can pull from the corner by the light and the whole bottom with come out.

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Old 10-23-2012, 07:05 AM
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Ok some input needed black plasti dipped grille with a custom chrome diamond vertical insert or a black vertical insert on the black? will be done by ablaze not the mesh insert the diamond cut one thanks help needed with this decision! lol
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This is my attempt at photo shop lol. (pic in the post is the first time I plasti'd the grille) I like the look of this, but I want the diamonds vertical instead? Any thoughts? Oh BTW I took your guys advice on the technique I was using and now I have a super smooth finish. Thanks for the tips guys!
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I want the diamonds vertical instead? Any thoughts?
I agree it would look better if the diamonds were vertical
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This is my attempt at photo shop lol. (pic in the post is the first time I plasti'd the grille) I like the look of this, but I want the diamonds vertical instead? Any thoughts? Oh BTW I took your guys advice on the technique I was using and now I have a super smooth finish. Thanks for the tips guys!
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Hey man that is awesome!!! thanks for doing that. That's definitely what i want!!!
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Hey man that is awesome!!! thanks for doing that. That's definitely what i want!!!
No problem. I think it will look great. I did something like that on my Montero, and will probably do it again on the Jeep.

There's a lot of different styles of grill mesh out there. Don't buy the cheapest stuff you can find, some of it is pretty ugly. Some are flat, some have more dimension to them, some are woven. It also varies by size of the diamonds, some are tall and thin, some are almost as wide as they are tall.

I got my raw material from customcargrills.com. Just remember, it's the first thing people will see on the front of your Jeep.
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Ah man I wont I'm getting it done by a vendor on here Ablaze Grilles... awesome work.
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It shouldn't be that textured.

This stuff isn't like regular spray paint. Make sure to shake the can for at least a minute before you spray. First coat should be night and light...just a dusting of paint. Let it dry for at least 20-30min. Then do the next coat. Shaking a good minute before you apply and waiting for 20-30 to dry.

Also, make sure you clean the nozzle before you spray each coat...can get a little blocked up. I always spray onto some cardboard first to make sure the spray is as even as it can be.

I had some discoloring on the plasti-dip once...i think it was because i didn't shake well enough and there was also a lot of moisture in the air that night...think it didnt react well. The good thing is you can just pull it all off and do again.
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Hey Rich thanks, I have since redone my grille and got the desired smoothness. I didn't think it was suppose to be textured that's why hit the forums up lol. Back to Rally, the diamond mesh you copied out of the pic will be done by Ablaze grilles, once i make my mind up lol.
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Re: Plasti Dipped Grille

Can someone shed a little more light on how to remove the chrome grille. I have the hood open and see how the chrome insert snap into the black snaps. Are you guys sticking a long screwdriver from the side and prying open the black snaps or attacking it from the top ( through the slits) and pushing down on the chrome inserts?? I can't figure it out. Which clip should you start with? Thanks guys
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