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Old 01-15-2010, 08:56 PM   #1
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The dechroming process has begun!



Decided on a whim today that I was going to begin the dechroming process on the Jeep...so I picked up some 000 extra fine steel wool and some Rustoleum plastic spraypaint (their version of "Krylon Fusion" I assume...all I know is the Depot didn't have Fusion and I was busy so I wasn't making a detour to Walmart). I removed my chrome headlight bezels and grill inserts, scuffed em up real good with the steel wool, cleaned em up real good and then sprayed em with 2 coats of paint allowing them to dry for 20-30 min between coats. Then allowed them to sit for 30 min to an hour before I reinstalled them so I wouldn't end up with fingerprints in the paint. I was at work and needed to head home so they only had an hour to dry in the heated barn...so hopefully they fully dry okay tonight since it's sposed to get down to around 30*F. I'm figuring they will...it just may take more than 24 hours.

Next up...new front bumper...and new door handles!

Oh and I also went ahead and hit my hinge nuts on my doors with PB Blaster...waited bout an hour and then broke them free and removed them. I've heard how much of a PIA they can be over the winter so I figure it'd be better to remove them now than round off the heads come spring when I'm ready to take them off. lol

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Old 01-15-2010, 08:59 PM   #2
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Did the same to my headlights. I like the look!

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Old 01-15-2010, 10:46 PM   #3
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i painted mine a few weeks ago and i love how it looks. i went from a shinny looking front end to flat black. it wasnt as shinny as yours though.
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Old 01-15-2010, 11:26 PM   #4
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i painted mine a few weeks ago and i love how it looks. i went from a shinny looking front end to flat black. it wasnt as shinny as yours though.
I was debating between flat black and gloss black... I was leaning toward gloss black because I wanted it to match the rest of the paint, but I also like flat black because if you get any runs/imperfections in the paint, it's not usually as obvious. Of course, Home Depot ONLY had gloss black with their Rustoleum plastic paint...so debating it was a moot point anyway. lol
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Of course, Home Depot ONLY had gloss black with their Rustoleum plastic paint...so debating it was a moot point anyway. lol
A satin or flat clear coat would dull the shine.
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Like it!! :thumbs up:
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:00 PM   #7
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The headlight bezels look awesome. I plan on doing what you did, using the same glossy paint. Great job.
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Looks great man!! Chrome is for H2s anyways, not Jeeps.........
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..and all I'm doin is tryin to add more chrome.....
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..and all I'm doin is tryin to add more chrome.....
Wanna buy a bumper? LOL
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:25 AM   #11
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No I'm good. chrome everywhere. Just added a chrome fuel filler. I hate the black out/wheels trend. Chorme looks good on silver. The hinges really set things off!!

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