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    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:

    2005 Chevy Silverado W/T
    4X4|4.8 with some mods (has only slightly more pull than a 5.3)|Auto|4 door ex cab|Cooper Discoverer AT/3's in 285-75/17's on Helo 842's|Cooper Discover M+S 265-75/17's on Devino DV349's|Flowmaster 40 Single in Dual out with custom bent pipe from the end of the cats back|2" Procomp leveling kit|Custom made center console|Custom dyno tunes|Air Raid CAI|Air Raid Throttle Body Spacer|Apex brand topper|Kenwood Head Unit with Kenwood speakers|Painted mirrors/grille|Debadged except front emblem|Bilsteins front and rear
    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
    Also have a 1992 Ford Ranger with a lot of stuff done to it. Currently waiting for a bit of a rebuild.


    "The only woman I'm pimping from now on is Sweet Lady Propane. And I'm tricking her out all over this town."

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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.
    2005 Chevy Silverado W/T
    4X4|4.8 with some mods (has only slightly more pull than a 5.3)|Auto|4 door ex cab|Cooper Discoverer AT/3's in 285-75/17's on Helo 842's|Cooper Discover M+S 265-75/17's on Devino DV349's|Flowmaster 40 Single in Dual out with custom bent pipe from the end of the cats back|2" Procomp leveling kit|Custom made center console|Custom dyno tunes|Air Raid CAI|Air Raid Throttle Body Spacer|Apex brand topper|Kenwood Head Unit with Kenwood speakers|Painted mirrors/grille|Debadged except front emblem|Bilsteins front and rear
    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
    Also have a 1992 Ford Ranger with a lot of stuff done to it. Currently waiting for a bit of a rebuild.


    "The only woman I'm pimping from now on is Sweet Lady Propane. And I'm tricking her out all over this town."

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