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Old 05-19-2011, 07:20 AM   #1
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Ive begun to paint my grill insert. I stripped the chrome, painted it with about 5 layers of rattlecan, wetsanded, another coat of paint and then just did the clear coat this morning. The paint is starting to chip along the edges, I was super careful to make sure the surface was clean before each application, but no matter how careful I was I still found debris stuck in the wet paint/clearcoat.

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Old 05-19-2011, 11:40 PM   #2
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If you wet the whole room down before hand and then set up a negative pressure ventilation system (suck the air out of the room) you should find little to no dust in the paint. ..... I used to work in a body shop, haha.

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Old 05-30-2011, 05:59 PM   #3
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finally finished this thing! let me know what you guys think. it was my first attempt at painting and wet sanding, learned a lot and cant wait to install my lift hopefully in the next week or so.

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Old 05-31-2011, 12:20 PM   #6
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Just bedlined mine a few weeks ago
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:21 PM   #7
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Hook up your light bezels too! I'm thinking about stripping the white paint, putting down a layer of liner and then repainting.
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Hook up your light bezels too! I'm thinking about stripping the white paint, putting down a layer of liner and then repainting.
Planning on it
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Looks great, how hard was that to do, since mines already black, I was thinking about doing that to mine, to help with the road debris chipping the paint.
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Looks great, how hard was that to do, since mines already black, I was thinking about doing that to mine, to help with the road debris chipping the paint.
Prep is key, primer first. I did not at first. just gave mine a good sandblast. It started to peel off because I did not primer it. I had to strip it off and start over. All is good. Been painted for about three weeks and no signs of chipping or peeling.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:13 AM   #11
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how big of a pain in the ass is it removing the grill?
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:07 PM   #12
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Not sure bout the op, he mentioned stripping the chrome. I'm assuming he/she like myself just painted the overlay and not the actual grill it self. I replaced my whole grill and hood way back and it was not that hard of a job. I would not remove to paint though. I've seen where people paint it while still on the jeep.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:34 PM   #14
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Yea I painted the insert. Stripping off the chrome was a big pain the A. Im sure there is another way of doing it, but I bought some stripper pads (not those kind) at AAP, the kind that attach to your hand drill. Twelve beers later, I was done

Wet sand after every layer! My edges are already starting to peel so I can for sure say that I will be rhino lining it soon!
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Yea I painted the insert. Stripping off the chrome was a big pain the A. Im sure there is another way of doing it, but I bought some stripper pads (not those kind) at AAP, the kind that attach to your hand drill. Twelve beers later, I was done

Wet sand after every layer! My edges are already starting to peel so I can for sure say that I will be rhino lining it soon!
Yes there is an easier way. Etching primer. I had access to a blast booth at work so I did not need it.

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