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beardedbrethren 01-05-2013 02:06 PM

Operation De-chrome
 
Well, the previous owner had an obsession with chrome. Hinges, grill, bumpers, light covers and fuel door.

Some before and afters. I was happy with the way it came out. Thanks to those that have posted theirs for me to get some good pointers and ideas.



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Jaxon1023 01-05-2013 02:10 PM

Looks a ton better! Took it out of the 80's lol

TJspeed 01-05-2013 02:13 PM

Are those 17"

beardedbrethren 01-05-2013 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by TJspeed (Post 3186272)
Are those 17"

19'' MotoMetals

Boulder City Boulders 01-05-2013 03:40 PM

Looks like a Jeep again! Nice work!!!!

Redrammer99 01-05-2013 03:42 PM

Looks great!!!

whiteyj 01-05-2013 03:52 PM

Looks good.

Ebxgsxr 01-05-2013 04:39 PM

great job

Brew 01-05-2013 09:58 PM

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Originally Posted by beardedbrethren (Post 3186288)
19'' MotoMetals

I can't even imagine what tires for 19" rims must cost.:whistling:

Nice job on the de-chroming. I laugh every time I see the "chrome accessory" page in Quadratec.

wmdavis007 01-05-2013 10:36 PM

Soooo much better. Looks great :thumb:

beardedbrethren 01-06-2013 11:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Brew (Post 3188013)
I can't even imagine what tires for 19" rims must cost.:whistling:

Nice job on the de-chroming. I laugh every time I see the "chrome accessory" page in Quadratec.


I'm not sure the cost on them, the PO is the one who purchased. I am more of a stock ruby alloys with big nobby tires. I really dig that look, but thats not really in the budget atm.

beardedbrethren 01-07-2013 08:56 AM

Should I remove the Steps on side?

Todd H 01-07-2013 09:03 AM

The Jeep I'm buying this week is pretty chromed out as well. I thought about replacing the chrome but yours looks pretty nice painted. Did you get a local body shop to paint it or did you do it yourself?

SinisterWarWagon99 01-07-2013 09:11 AM

Much improved. Good call.

beardedbrethren 01-07-2013 09:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Todd H (Post 3194021)
The Jeep I'm buying this week is pretty chromed out as well. I thought about replacing the chrome but yours looks pretty nice painted. Did you get a local body shop to paint it or did you do it yourself?

Did it ourselves with some Flat black and Matte gloss.

Todd H 01-07-2013 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by beardedbrethren (Post 3194048)
Did it ourselves with some Flat black and Matte gloss.

Cool. Any problems with it flaking off? I'm tempted to just sell the bumpers to someone local and buy black ones.

beardedbrethren 01-07-2013 09:54 AM

Aslong as you put enough coats of clear on it it should stand up to some, but not all nicks. I actually bought a stock bumper incase it did, just wanted to try my luck at painting the old one first.

krisbman 01-07-2013 10:40 AM

Paint doesnt stick to chrome no matter what you do

Phil.Dye 01-07-2013 11:33 AM

Even if you have to repaint it 17 times a month I would still say it was/is worth the effort. Chrome and Jeep = words I can't type here because someone would be offended. Your rig looks about 100 without the shiny stuff.

SinisterWarWagon99 01-07-2013 12:11 PM

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Originally Posted by phil.dye
even if you have to repaint it 17 times a month i would still say it was/is worth the effort. Chrome and jeep = words i can't type here because someone would be offended. Your rig looks about 100 without the shiny stuff.

x2

beardedbrethren 01-07-2013 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by krisbman (Post 3194310)
Paint doesnt stick to chrome no matter what you do

This is probably true if you are very rough on it. I sanded it pretty well in hopes that it would. *fingers crossed*

krisbman 01-07-2013 12:19 PM

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Originally Posted by beardedbrethren

This is probably true if you are very rough on it. I sanded it pretty well in hopes that it would. *fingers crossed*

Good luck bro.

beardedbrethren 02-08-2013 08:30 PM

Update : Got New Wheels and tires installed today. Will post pictures tomorrow in the sunshine.

damndirtydog 02-08-2013 08:55 PM

Looks awesome! Like a shot of testosterone. Can't wait to see pics of the new wheels.

I Stand Alone 02-08-2013 09:06 PM

I also have the chrome grill. What is the best way to make it NOT CHROME! Any specific prep or paint work best?

Thanks
I Stand Alone

beardedbrethren 02-08-2013 09:18 PM

Mine was a chrome grill cover, I just removed and scuffed it up with some sandpaper the best i could.. Layers of primer and then layers of Flat black. After that i went over it with a Matte Clear coat.

bdavid 02-08-2013 11:04 PM

Looks great. Nice looking tj

beardedbrethren 02-09-2013 09:57 AM

"New to me wheels" and brand new Cooper STT 285/70/17. Its my DD so these will be much better, the ride is alot smoother and I'm enjoying them.

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beardedbrethren 02-09-2013 09:59 AM

Next on the agenda, I've got an SRC bumper and black hinges on order probably delivered mid next week. Got some interest in trading my hard top for a soft top + hardware so I'll be getting that going soon. Its New Mexico so a soft top will be more enjoyable for me.

I Stand Alone 02-10-2013 10:32 AM

Now you have to paint the rims black.
I bought a set of 16" steel jeep liberty rims for my winter tires and painted them black, I really like the look. I used gloss black and maybe should have used matte.


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