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Unread 04-08-2012, 10:18 AM   #1
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New jeep, couple simple modifications completed

Hello all,

I purchased this 2000 Grand Cherokee Laredo off a friend. It has rusted out fenders, headlights fogged out so bad you could hardly see. I have modified plenty of cars, and decided to do a couple simple upgrades. Here it is after the new fenders and limited smoked headlights:



And here is a few pictures from the project I undertook last night, consisting of:

Painting Gray Cladding a Gloss Black
Painting the Wheels A Dark Carbon
Painting Chrome Grille Flat Black
Taping off Inner Chrome Rings on Each Grille Opening
Painting Inner Grille Inserts Carbon
Smoking the Tail Lights & 3rd Brake Light





















Finished product. I dont know if I like the grille. I may just end up getting a limited grille from 01-03 and painting it body color or gloss black. I may end up doing the black cladding in body color as well. What do you guys think?












To Do List:
Tint Front Windows to Match Back
Paint Emblems Shadow Chrome/Black
Possible Grille Modifications/Paint Cladding Body Colored

Thanks for your input!

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Unread 04-08-2012, 10:38 AM   #2
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Looks really good I also painted the cladding on mine and it turned out good. If I were you the only thing I would do is to make the rims blacker. Top picture is before bottom one is after.
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Unread 04-08-2012, 10:41 AM   #3
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Do I spot an Sts-v in your garage?
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Unread 04-08-2012, 10:47 AM   #4
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And the Jeep looks 100% better!
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Unread 04-08-2012, 10:49 AM   #5
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What kind of paint did u use sts-v for the plastics? it is black right?
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Unread 04-08-2012, 10:50 AM   #6
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Hello all,

I purchased this 2000 Grand Cherokee Laredo off a friend. It has rusted out fenders, headlights fogged out so bad you could hardly see. I have modified plenty of cars, and decided to do a couple simple upgrades. Here it is after the new fenders and limited smoked headlights:

And here is a few pictures from the project I undertook last night, consisting of:

Painting Gray Cladding a Gloss Black
Painting the Wheels A Dark Carbon
Painting Chrome Grille Flat Black
Taping off Inner Chrome Rings on Each Grille Opening
Painting Inner Grille Inserts Carbon
Smoking the Tail Lights & 3rd Brake Light

Finished product. I dont know if I like the grille. I may just end up getting a limited grille from 01-03 and painting it body color or gloss black. I may end up doing the black cladding in body color as well. What do you guys think?

To Do List:
Tint Front Windows to Match Back
Paint Emblems Shadow Chrome/Black
Possible Grille Modifications/Paint Cladding Body Colored

Thanks for your input!
Looks fantastic the way you did it! The limited/overland grill may be a good add in body color but looks great just like it is in my opinion.
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Unread 04-08-2012, 11:06 AM   #7
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What kind of paint is it? the brand name?
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Unread 04-08-2012, 11:10 AM   #8
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also how did u get that shine? did u have to put a clear coat over it of it is just the way it came out of the can?
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Unread 04-08-2012, 02:27 PM   #9
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very nice. painted my trim black as well came out good but what color and brand u use for the rims. i see them painted everywhere and want to do mine!
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Unread 04-08-2012, 02:34 PM   #10
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very nice. Painted my trim black as well came out good but what color and brand u use for the rims. I see them painted everywhere and want to do mine!
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Unread 04-08-2012, 02:38 PM   #11
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This is probably the first time I've seen a Laredo with black painted cladding and grille and actually liked it. Fantastic job all around. I like your notecard masking technique for the wheels, I'll have to use that next time I paint a set myself.

Likewise on the taillights. Usually people go too dark on them and they just look like black holes. Yours are subtle and tie into the paint scheme very well. Congrats!!
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Love the note cards idea.
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Unread 04-08-2012, 03:38 PM   #13
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Made an average Jeep stand out, it looks great. What did you use on the taillights and brake light? And I def like the grill.
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Do I spot an Sts-v in your garage?
Nice eyes. Yes, here are some current pictures of one of my other rides:





Shooting for 600hp this year.

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What kind of paint did u use sts-v for the plastics? it is black right?
Yes. It is a duplicolor gloss black. It is called "Paint for Plastic." Used it on my sport trac, and it came out awesome as well:



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also how did u get that shine? did u have to put a clear coat over it of it is just the way it came out of the can?
That is the shine straight out of the can. The "Paint for plastic" Series really is an impressive paint.


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very nice. painted my trim black as well came out good but what color and brand u use for the rims. i see them painted everywhere and want to do mine!
Duplicolor Graphite Wheel paint. Available at any Autozone. Also did my sport trac wheels in this color (seen above) and my girlfriends tiburon winter wheels:



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This is probably the first time I've seen a Laredo with black painted cladding and grille and actually liked it. Fantastic job all around. I like your notecard masking technique for the wheels, I'll have to use that next time I paint a set myself.

Likewise on the taillights. Usually people go too dark on them and they just look like black holes. Yours are subtle and tie into the paint scheme very well. Congrats!!
Thanks. I agree, I may be changing the cladding to body color, but I like the black too. And I've used niteshades on tail lights before, and it comes out way too black. The secret to getting a "smoked" tail light is proper usage of Tamiya TS-71. I've done a few lights with that paint and its always came out 100% awesome.

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Love the note cards idea.
Ive been doing this for years on many different cars. Very easy way to spray wheels on the vehicle and not overspray the tire.

Do you guys think the grille looks good, or is it stupid? Im still considering a limited grille, but I like the subtle chrome accents on the grille now.
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Unread 04-08-2012, 03:46 PM   #15
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It looks good now. But body color may better for the grill.
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