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    Default Painting front grille

    Has anyone painted the factory front grille with the chrome insert? I want to go to white all around. Any help would be great. Its a 04 silverado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karz4life87 View Post
    Has anyone painted the factory front grille with the chrome insert? I want to go to white all around. Any help would be great. Its a 04 silverado.
    I painted mine on my 01 Silvy. Mu truck is black with a lot of chrome, including a billet grill insert. I decided to black out the entire front as the billet was getting kinda dull.

    1st thing I did wad remove the grille completely and power washed it front and back. If you dont have a power washer you can use a stream sprayer on your water hose. I let it dry and removed my billet inserts to paint separately.
    Then use some 800 grit wet/dry sandpaper to de-gloss the areas you'll be painting. It doesn't take much sanding, you just want to "rough up" the surface a bit. I then have the whole grille a rub down with denatured alcohol to remove any dust and oils left over.

    Mask off any areas that aren't going to be painted, then spray the grille with adhesion promoter following the directions on the can. This will really help the paint stick and help prevent chipping and peeling. After that I used Krylon Fusion gray primer in several light coats. After the 4th coat I lightly sanded the primer with 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper before applying the finish coat.

    For the finish coat I used Krylon Fusion gloss black, also in several light coats about 3 minutes apart. I let the grille dry overnight, then applied Krylon high gloss clear coat. What I have found works best on the clear coat is 2-3 light coats about 5 minutes apart, then wait about 10 minutes and apply a heavy "wet" coat. After that don't do anything else to it, move it or anything for at least 1 hour. Although the clear coat dries in about 10 minutes, give it the extra time to harden a bit, which it will continue to do for about 10 days.

    Hope this helps!

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    hmcall thank you for all the info. That should be a great help. Ill let you know how it goes. thanks again

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    Yup. I painted mine. I did basically what hmccall did also. Here's a couple of pics of it done and on the truck:

    It did look like this:

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    Planned mods not in order
    2 inch lift|Custom front/rear bumper|hitch tire carrier|roof basket on topper, bars on cab|finish center console build|install Midland CB|Power options|Tint|Custom made raised bed in the bed of the truck|Lund LunarVisor
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    liking the look of it, however i want the chrome insert piece all white as well. Im not a huge fan of chrome, ive been getting it off my truck since the day i bought it. haha

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    Yeah, I've been thinking of painting that part too, but we'll see how it looks after I do a couple of other things. My original plan was to have my bumper, wheels, and grille thing all chrome, but that always changes, lol.

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    lol yea i know what you mean. But im looking to go more with the black and white theme. Black wheels, Black grille, rest of it in white. Im looking to get i t painted a nice perl white.

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    im thinking of goin "storm trooper" with my truck too. White body, black everything else. what would you guys recommend for the chrome bumper. I would like to avoid painting the chrome bumpers. do the z71 tahoes come with a plastic cover for the bumpers? i think i've seen something like that.
    @jimmeh i noticed you have the brute force AEM intake with a k&N cone filter. whats up with that? Is the AEM filter no good?

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    I am actually looking at getting the SS front bumper. Theres a company out here in colorado that sells them brand new ready for paint for $76 and getting it painted once i get the truck painted. i love the storm trooper look. I also got some blue for a little bit of accent lighting and the bow ties are going a nice blue as well.

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    I took my billet grille insert out and painted my grille black wanting to go all black with just a little chrome. Now thinking about painting the insert black
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