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Unread 04-02-2010, 06:19 PM   #1
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any tips on paint chrome headlight trim?

getting ready to paint my headlight trim from chrome to black. any tips. they are great shape no pitting.

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Unread 04-02-2010, 10:53 PM   #2
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Clean them well with soap and water or glass cleaner, scuff em with 320 grit or a red scotchbrite pad, clean again with glass cleaner. I use a wax and grease remover as a final cleaning, then use a good quality satin black like Rustolem or Krylon if you choose a rattle can.
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Unread 04-03-2010, 01:57 PM   #3
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dont forget the self etching primer and a satin clear coat
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Unread 04-04-2010, 12:23 PM   #4
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project complete, the headlight trims came out great. pictures will be posted later tonight in the current pic thread
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can you also post some pics of how it looks after a few thousand miles, when the paint chips off from rocks/bugs?
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Unread 04-05-2010, 01:24 PM   #6
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sure i can. and i can take the 2 minutes to take them off once they chip after a few thousand miles and repaint them with the same spraycans i have. lol. ive done this many times with front grilles and trims but never with chrome.
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I just painted mine over the weekend.
I only had 220 grit and 320 grit available at the time.
I started out by taking some 2+2 and sprayed down the bezels due to the fact i havent washed the jeep in months...then just went to town with the 220, and then the 320 after it. Make sure everything is nice and scuffed up before priming anything. Gave them a quick wash down with cold water, then I used sandable primer from plastikote, gave both of em 1 coat let it dry and followed up with 1 coat of krylon fusion ultra flat olive green (or whichever color you prefer, black is what you said)
Let em dry and reinstall!!
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i did mine this past weekend also. washed them, sanded with 320, washed them, then i used a self etching primer found in automotive dept. , flat black paint and flat clear coat. as i was told by a few differnet local autobody shops
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can you also post some pics of how it looks after a few thousand miles, when the paint chips off from rocks/bugs?
Well aren't you just a sarcastic little bundle of hatefulness! I think Krylon goes for about $2.97 a can these days, so I don't think touchups will break the bank.
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Unread 04-05-2010, 07:52 PM   #10
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exactly, and the can of paint can be used to paint mirrors, rear window hinges, exterior door handles and many more,
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According to the directions on the Krylon Fusion can, it says no primer is needed: only have to scuff the surface and make sure the finish is dull. I've never tried it though, I wonder if it works?
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ive done it on the bumper to my old ranger, no primer or sanding on the plastic part. paint never chipped at all, people thought it was a brand new bumper,
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Blacking out the headlight rings seems popular,but has anyone painted them body color. Wonder if that would look good? And, yes, I realize that would be a lot more expensive of a way to do it, but just throwing it out there.
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ive done it on the bumper to my old ranger, no primer or sanding on the plastic part. paint never chipped at all, people thought it was a brand new bumper,
That's good to know, thanks.
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