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To those with painted grills

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I'm seriously thinking about having my chrome grill and rear brow painted black. Got an estimate of $297.00 from a body shop. His concern was that i may experience chipping of the paint after riding around. If that's the case, i'd rather just paint the two pieces myself, instead of burning $297. My question to those who have painted their grill; Have you experienced any paint chipping? If so, how long after painting did it occur?

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Hello all,

I'm seriously thinking about having my chrome grill and rear brow painted black. Got an estimate of $297.00 from a body shop. His concern was that i may experience chipping of the paint after riding around. If that's the case, i'd rather just paint the two pieces myself, instead of burning $297. My question to those who have painted their grill; Have you experienced any paint chipping? If so, how long after painting did it occur?

As always, thanks in advance for your responses
No chipping, 1 year after painting and 1 Chicago winter
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Re: To those with painted grills

Well since you said you wanted to paint them black why not spend a few extra dollars and buy the Altitude edition parts? Perfect quality and will never chip and this way you have the original parts to either sell and make some money back, or keep to re-install someday if needed. Last benefit is no down time of removing parts and taking them to a body shop for painting. If you buy the Altitude parts it would just take an hour or so to swap and your done. Just a thought.
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Well since you said you wanted to paint them black why not spend a few extra dollars and buy the Altitude edition parts? Perfect quality and will never chip and this way you have the original parts to either sell and make some money back, or keep to re-install someday if needed. Last benefit is no down time of removing parts and taking them to a body shop for painting. If you buy the Altitude parts it would just take an hour or so to swap and your done. Just a thought.
I originally was going to go this route. Honestly, i figured i'd just have it painted to save some cash. Going to revisit this thought before i make my final decision.
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No chipping, 1 year after painting and 1 Chicago winter
Thanks for the info Slawek65!
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Re: To those with painted grills

No chipping at all on mine after a year.

Check with Scott at Scotts Paint and Performance (vendor here) - I don't remember exactly, but I don't think it was that expensive through him (I had front and rear done, plus side trim and had my taillights tinted...)
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I painted mine... Started with a light sand on the chrome followed by a coat of primer and a couple coats of flat black spray paint. Held up pretty well after a year but there were minor chips that had the chrome showing thru.

It started to bug me to I had everything professionally painted. They pretty much did the same thing I did but put on a flat clear coat to make the grille more robust. Hopefully it will hold up. I took the pieces off myself and had it done for $200 in San Fran.

The best thing to do is remove the chrome completely. You can use brake fluid and put the grille in a bath of the stuff. After a couple days the chrome will be removed. I think you can also you chlorine bleach. There are some YouTube videos out there detailing the process.
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Re: To those with painted grills

Thanks for the info all! I'm going to end up just getting the "alttitude" grill and back brow from justforjeeps. Just don't want to take a chance in spending money on something that might not hold up. Thanks again for your responses.
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Re: To those with painted grills

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Well since you said you wanted to paint them black why not spend a few extra dollars and buy the Altitude edition parts? Perfect quality and will never chip and this way you have the original parts to either sell and make some money back, or keep to re-install someday if needed. Last benefit is no down time of removing parts and taking them to a body shop for painting. If you buy the Altitude parts it would just take an hour or so to swap and your done. Just a thought.
FYI - The altitude parts, at least the rear brow, WILL CHIP and be ugly. Ask me how I know. I've had my GC Altitude for 2 months and already have a chip on the rear brow. No idea how it got there, but the paint looks quite thin and I now have a ~1/4" diameter chip exposing a very light gray plastic or fiberglass material. Looks terrible.

Think the dealer has a touch-up paint specifically for this area?

I may end up using plasti-dip or similar on this part. I'm guessing it would end up looking similar enough to the bumper insert.

At any rate, I wouldn't assume a front grille would be any better.
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