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Old 04-12-2010, 07:55 PM   #1
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Black "JEEP" letters on grill

Has anyone done this? It is the only chrome on my Rubi and I don't like it. What would be the best way to black these out?

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Yes, I did it and it looks nice.. You need to take them off with a piece of fishing line. Like sawing through the letter foam backing with this line.. The imprints on the grille give you a good mark as to where to re-install them.. Sand them down with some soft scrub pads, solvent clean and spray paint them..
Then re-apply some 3M outdoor molding 2 sided tape (is a painstaking job to cut the letter contours) Clean the grille surface with some solvent and stick the letters back ...Keep some push pressure on the letters for about 2 minutes..


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That looks saaweet! I considered that but didnt think it would re-stick...this has now been added to my next mods!!
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That looks saaweet! I considered that but didnt think it would re-stick...this has now been added to my next mods!!
I left out the part of scraping off the sticky tape from the letters.. Indeed you need to re apply some NEW 2 sided tape..and you have to trim it around the letters..This is a somewhat time consuming part in this project..
But no pain, no gain...
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Yes, I did it and it looks nice.. You need to take them off with a piece of fishing line. Like sawing through the letter foam backing with this line.. The imprints on the grille give you a good mark as to where to re-install them.. Sand them down with some soft scrub pads, solvent clean and spray paint them..
Then re-apply some 3M outdoor molding 2 sided tape (is a painstaking job to cut the letter contours) Clean the grille surface with some solvent and stick the letters back ...Keep some push pressure on the letters for about 2 minutes..

WOW! Nice looking Jeep.

That is a little more work that I was hoping for, but the results look to be well worth it. I will have to think long and hard about this one.
Thanks for the info.

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WOW! Nice looking Jeep.

That is a little more work that I was hoping for, but the results look to be well worth it. I will have to think long and hard about this one.
Thanks for the info.

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TNX... Keep in mind these kind of minor mods will set your Jeep apart..(granted, it takes some time)
Do it the right way and these letters will not come loose and last but not least, it looks professional..
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Yes, I did it and it looks nice.. You need to take them off with a piece of fishing line. Like sawing through the letter foam backing with this line.. The imprints on the grille give you a good mark as to where to re-install them.. Sand them down with some soft scrub pads, solvent clean and spray paint them..
Then re-apply some 3M outdoor molding 2 sided tape (is a painstaking job to cut the letter contours) Clean the grille surface with some solvent and stick the letters back ...Keep some push pressure on the letters for about 2 minutes..

Very nice looking....

Is that Rescue Green or Natural Green Pearl??
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TNX... Keep in mind these kind of minor mods will set your Jeep apart..(granted, it takes some time)
Do it the right way and these letters will not come loose and last but not least, it looks professional..
x 183727367 Very nicely said and done, sir!
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Very nice looking....

Is that Rescue Green or Natural Green Pearl??
If I am not mistaken, and I often am, it is called Jeep Green.
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Sand them down with some soft scrub pads, solvent clean and spray paint them..
Clean the grille surface with some solvent and stick the letters back

The solvent you refer to, what kind is it. I don't want to melt the paint off.
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Hey Antigoon...looks like ya missed your side marker guards? I went with the light guards on my rig all around too. Like the way they look! Your Rig looks Awesome Buddy!
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Looks decent. I just left mine off all together. I like it that way personally.
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You can get wax & grease remover specifically for this purpose. $5 at O'Reilleys
Wipe it on wet, dry it off.

Also, when you strip the emblem off, you need to remove all of the adhesive from both the vehicle and the emblem. It can be a painstaking process but because your vehicle is fairly new, it may not be too much of a challenge. There are a number of products that will do this. I prefer good old fashioned lighter fluid. It's cheap and it won't harm paint or plastic. Remove as much of the foam as you can then wet it with the fluid it and work the adhesive off.

Use the right tape to put it back on. Household stuff isn't tough enough to hold up the the elements.
3M 3609 - Scotch-Mount™ Molding Tape, 1/2 inch x 60 inch 3M-3609 3M3609 3M 3609

Apply the tape to the back of the emblem and then use an Xacto knife or razor blade to gently trim around the edges so that it won't show when you reapply the emblem to the vehicle.
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Hey Antigoon...looks like ya missed your side marker guards? I went with the light guards on my rig all around too. Like the way they look! Your Rig looks Awesome Buddy!
You have very sharp eyes...
Indeed they haven't been done yet.. For one or another reason I had an issue removing the side marker base..Still got the guards and now you have put me on notice...
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Looks great, also adding this to my to-do list - Thanks
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What's the best kind of spray paint to use??
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Fusion for plastic would be best, since they're plastic.... Not necessary, but if you're buying anyway.... Put some clear over them to protect them from chipping, too.
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Hey Antigoon...looks like ya missed your side marker guards? I went with the light guards on my rig all around too. Like the way they look! Your Rig looks Awesome Buddy!
Got it fixed this morning...But had to use new rivets to re-attach the marker housing to the fender..Now it looks "finished"...
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@Antigoon...They were kindofa pain I thought also! But like the directions say... another set of hands woulda helped bunches...glad ya gottem in place Bud!
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B/c the letters are chrome did you sand the actual letters before hitting them with the spray paint? I would think a light sand would be necessary for the paint to stick properly
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B/c the letters are chrome did you sand the actual letters before hitting them with the spray paint? I would think a light sand would be necessary for the paint to stick properly
Indeed that is a must..... I used some Soft Scrub pads..
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I like that bumper, which one is that and was it hard to install? Would the extra weight of a steel bumper be a bit much for my stock geared manual tranny jeep?
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Looks like the Rugged Ridge XHD bumper....
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I like that bumper, which one is that and was it hard to install? Would the extra weight of a steel bumper be a bit much for my stock geared manual tranny jeep?
This is a Rugged Ridge XHD bumper.. It comes in different options.. see here
As far as the weight is concerned I had some sagging and this was resolved once I got a lift.. I have a 3.21 gear manual transmission and never experienced an issue with that extra weight..(I also have the RR rear bumper, front skid plate and their tubular side armor)
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......resurrecting the thread with a quick question.........

Think black touch-up paint would work w/out taking off the lettering?? I already have a bottle from a previous vehicle I owned.
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......resurrecting the thread with a quick question.........

Think black touch-up paint would work w/out taking off the lettering?? I already have a bottle from a previous vehicle I owned.
If you are an artist in masking off all what you need to mask off (don't forget the inside of the letters...) and can sand the chrome finish down without damaging the grill... Well there is your answer.. My opinion, take them off and do it right..
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x2 on this^^^^ If you don't scuff them it will wear off pretty quickly, and scuffing them without removing them would be quite a challenge. Taking them off is easy as pie, like Mr. Goon said, cutting the tape to re-adhere them is probably the hardest part of the job.... To me the looks make it worth the effort. If I had a JK, I'd definitely do it. In fact, if you don't want to do the trimming, etc, take off the letters, send 'em to me, and I'll send 'em back to you ready to stick on... for a small fee
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looks good

I like it blacked out but my Jeep is black so I took them off, reminds me of the TJ with the Jeep logo off, I am a little sad they didnt keep it on the side like they did for many many years
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