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Removed and plasti-dipped my chrome grille inserts today, looks like the Altitude version now.... wheels next! I'll take some better pictures over the long weekend.

 

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Thanks, I like it - got to do badges, roof rails and wheels next. Wish I could afford to do powder coat

To get the chrome insets out:
  • Reach through narrow gap in bumper under grille
  • Feel for plastic tabs above
  • Push to loosen each piece
  • Use plastic pry bar or masking tape covered flat head screwdriver
  • Pry out bottom clip
  • Move to sides to pry out clips
  • Pull down to free top clip
I have bruised knuckles to show for it!
 

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Looks sweet!! I don't like Chrome, that's y I took off my badges. If I had known about Plasti-Dip before that I would have just painted them. I like the way it came out.
 

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Thanks, I think I may go the extra chrome route , don't like bruised knuckles.
More sore than bruised :)

The other option is to mask them off and paint them in place, but for these I thought it would be better to get them off. For the roof rails and badges i'll have to do in place.
 

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which plastidip is that? The Flat Black Vinyl or the Black Rubber Coating?
 

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^Wow that's a lot of $$
For the emblems and roof rack it should be easy. From what I have seen just mask off around the emblem, paint, let dry and the extra around the stuff should just peel off and separate around the emblems and roof racks. If the parts are separate the plasti-dip will come apart nicely like u cut it with a razor. It seems to be harder to get a clean edge when there is one surface.
 

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That looks great! Next to VHT, Plastidip has to be the best stuff ever put in a spray can! I'm anti-chrome myself so I can appreciate the work you put into it! :)

- Cherokee
 

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Thanks for comments, some more pics



 

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take the headlights apart and do them black too, that's the last detail to make it look like an altitude. it changes the whole front end of the car. we have a deep cherry altitude here on the lot and it looks sexy!
 

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Would love to do that but it's a bit beyond my ability i think! And replacement parts would be $$$

I saw a red altitude on autotrader and it looks smart, difference being the gloss black which i like more, especially the wheels
 

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Would love to do that but it's a bit beyond my ability i think! And replacement parts would be $$$

I saw a red altitude on autotrader and it looks smart, difference being the gloss black which i like more, especially the wheels
there aren't any replacement parts involved. you just put your headlights in the oven to losen the glue, take them apart, paint them, and put them back together with a strong glue. my father did it to his tacoma and everyone thinks they're factory, including the body shop that worked on his truck after his accident. they were confused as to why they couldn't find speedway blue headlight replacements, only chrome :rotfl:

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With replacement parts I was more thinking if I could just buy the altitude part no. headlights to swap out, that would be expensive

Does painting the housing reduce the light output by removing the reflective surfaces? Would HIDs make up for it?
 

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I know I'm reviving a very old thread...

Picked up a 2012 black sport 5spd last week and am looking to do the grille in gloss black or maybe gunmetal for some mild contrast. Has anyone has tried to sand/prime and paint the grille inserts? I figured the plasti dip would require similar prep as paint to get it to stick to a glossy plastic surface :dunno:

If the grille goes well, may try to do the badging to match. I already did the tint in front and weathertech floormats, but its time to start making my own True North version!
 

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looks nice and might do it myself, but the cool thing is you could had left those on and sprayed the plasti dip on it and pulled off what wasn't needed.
 

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I already plasti dipped the all the chrome on my 2012 limited 4x4. It came out great, again its just the headlights left. I'm wary of the angry wife if I use her oven to bake my headlights. The dealership here can't find a part number for the black bezel headlight assembly.

 

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Hey, sorry to hijack your thread, but I was just wondering if anyone could tell me how to remove my headlights so I can paint the inside housing black? I've tried looking online and I can't seem to find any step by step instructions and from what I can see, it looks like I have to remove my front bumper to get at the headlights? I'm a newb so any help would be really appreciated.

thank you
 

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It appears you have to remove the front bumper cover to remove the headlights, when we had the front bumper off to install my winch it looked like there was a bolt under the housing that needed to be removed.
 
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