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Old 11-08-2010, 09:55 AM   #1
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My first MOD on my 2011 Rubicon

I saw this MOD from another thread and really liked the looked so I went for it.....
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:57 AM   #2
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Hell yeah! I was wanting to do that but I'm scared lol! How you do it? Give details please sir.

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Old 11-08-2010, 10:07 AM   #3
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Looks good....thumbs up from me! I saw a JK with the exact opposite grill this past weekend......CHROME. It made me want to cry!
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:12 AM   #5
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Looks good....thumbs up from me! I saw a JK with the exact opposite grill this past weekend......CHROME. It made me want to cry!
Oh Yeah no kidding! There's one about 10 mins away from my house that for sale. Chrome everything with 20's!!! Ugly as heck! Lol! Its been there for about 4 months now!
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:14 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:59 AM   #7
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Looks Sweet!
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?
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:06 AM   #8
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Thanks for the details bro. Just might put this towards the top of my list.
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:09 PM   #9
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Sorry no pics of the process.

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.
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:21 PM   #10
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Looks sweeeeet. At first, I thought it was the soft top roof, but then I caught on to the grill. Looking good.
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Looks real nice its got a mean look to it
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:50 PM   #12
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Masking?

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
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:51 PM   #13
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Sorry for the misunderstanding... I didnt Mask the grill. I took the grill off.... I masked the weather stripping attatched to the grill
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:21 PM   #14
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That really looks good.. Wonder how it would look on stone white..
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:21 PM   #15
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Looks BA! I especially like it on silver.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:07 PM   #16
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Looks great! Welcome to the Jeep addiction boss!
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A long expensive addiction.....
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:15 PM   #18
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Nice! I love that look--it's like the Mountain edition (gray grille) but made more aggressive by virtue of the color and texture.

Did you also take off the silver plastic piece in the middle of your bumper? That looks good too. All around good looking rig.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:50 AM   #19
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mmm I dont think I had a silver plastic piece in the middle of the bumper.
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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).
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:27 AM   #21
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I was under the impression that the Sahara was the only model to have that silver accent in any year... maybe someone wanted a sahara without it and the dealer traded em out or something?
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:47 AM   #22
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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 . . . .
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"•High-gloss mineral gray grille and bumper appliqué" - Jeep.com

They did It's the same dark color as the grill so you don't see it until you look, but it's there... Learn something new every day...
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:35 AM   #24
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I have a black JK ... maybe I should paint my grill..... Silver?
Actually.....that would probably look BA.
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:19 PM   #25
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ThAt really looks good. I'd love to do that but I think hubby would crap if he saw me out in the garage sanding the grill lol
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I'm so tempted to bedline my grill and wheels, yours looks GREAT!
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:18 PM   #27
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Dam that looks nice. I need motivation to do my grill and wheels.
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I saw this MOD from another thread and really liked the looked so I went for it.....
Nice job!
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:08 AM   #29
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This is the updated pic.

Though I have removed the "RUBICON" decal from the front of the hood.
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