60 grit sand paper, orbital sander for most of the grill (Point of no return). Ruffed up the inside of the slots by hand.
Once sanded I washed it off and used a degreaser to clean it once again.
After that sprayed it with "Bed Liner" spray. I did numerous coats....Make sure you spray evenly and you don’t have to cover everything in first coat.
My only recommendations are make sure you aware when you are getting close to the bottom of the can. It will tend to spray splotchy when it gets close to empty.
As for as the weather stripping. The first time I masked it off. But when I took the tape off and you could still see the original color of the grill. So then I just coated stripping and all and seemed to work better. The "Bed Liner" spray actually peels right of the stripping so this made for a cleaner look in the end.
Any pictures you have of the process would be awesome.
What brand of paint did you use?
Last, from one to ten on a scale of a beginner screwing this up, what would you say my chances are?
I could only find two different kinds of spray "Bed Liner" here locally. Rust-Oleum (Walmart ,Lowes & Home Depot) and Plasti-Kote (Tractor Supply). I ended up going with the Plasti-Kote.
On a scale of 1-10, 1 being easy I would say this is a 2-3. The key is making sure you don’t spray too much too quickly. If you follow the directions on the can it's not hard at all(Shake, shake shake). There is not a lot of dry time between coats which makes this nice also.
I have read that you don’t want to sand too much of the paint off. I am not sure if this is true or not. I sanded to only remove the gloss look from the grill. With the orbital sander and hand sanding only took me about 10 mins. I think the purpose of the sanding is to ruff up the gloss so the spray will adhere to it.
Additionally if you don’t want to spray the JEEP logo you can use a heatgun\hair dryer and some dental floss to remove the logo.
Side note: I did the same with the Dealership License plate holder. I sanded the dealership off and sprayed.
Skip all o that you can remove the entire front grille in all of 2 minutes with a flathead screwdriver... 6 two piece push-in clips across the top and the bottom just pulls out... pop out the turn signals, remove the lenses, and just lay it out on newspaper and go to town
'71 DJ-5 (that isn't a typo)
'10 JKU Sport RHD
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mmm I dont think I had a silver plastic piece in the middle of the bumper.
Interesting . . . . Looking at Jeep's website, it looks like the Sahara is the only 2011 model that has the middle silver piece in the bumper--the Sport and the Rubicon appear to have full black bumpers. You can see the piece I'm referring to in my profile pic (2010, though not a Sahara).
By golly you're right . . . on Jeep's website, whether for 2010s or 2011s, the silver piece only appears on Saharas.
Except it also came on all of the Mountains, even though it doesn't appear that way on the website (where you can still "build your own" 2010). If you Google "Jeep Wrangler Mountain" and look at the images of the various Jeeps on the lots, you can see the silver piece in all of them. I think it works on the Mountain because it matches the gray grille, but the all black works great on the OP's vehicle.
Apologies by the way to all for hijacking this thread . . . .