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post #1 of 14 Old 07-07-2019, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice on chrome grill or painted

Since I don’t actually know how the 5 came from factory I wanted to ask a series of scheme questions. I’ve have a chrome WS hinge, fresh air intake grill, SS mirrors, chrome hood hinges, and a mostly chrome grill. Question is obviously preference but thought someone might chime in and say something nostalgic and help me make a decision on keeping the chrome grill which I like either painted or repair what the PO messed up IMO.

Also the wheels I’m keeping and need to paint as well.

Thanks for your 2 cents in advance!

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post #2 of 14 Old 07-07-2019, 01:57 PM
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When I bought my Jeep it had a chrome grill, mirrors, cowl vent, and front bumper. After the “restoration”, I bought a new chrome grill overlay but decided not to use it since I did not put any other chrome parts back on and I thought it looked better painted. If you plan on installing more chrome or SS parts it might look better. I liked it with but was better without on mine.
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It's all personal preference. I "de-chromed" mine and went with black trim on flat desert tan.

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None of the "chrome" parts are stock.

Likely everything is stainless steel except the grille.

Personal opinion is shiny bits are just that.

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Thanks everyone. Big decision this week.

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Thanks everyone. Big decision this week.
Maybe just put it together with the parts you have minus the grill cover and see what you think. I mean, it's your Jeep. But maybe it will save you some money until you get it running because most if not all other parts can be swapped out without major problems.

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The 'Chrome' Grill cover is easy to put on later. Just take out the headlights and turn signals. Attach the cover and put the lights back in.
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The 'Chrome' Grill cover is easy to put on later. Just take out the headlights and turn signals. Attach the cover and put the lights back in.
Nice to know. I had never even considered one so I never looked into it.

fourfauls, I think that pretty much sums up my thoughts. Do what you want or can afford for now and you can modify as time/money/desire dictates.

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My last CJ had all blacked out trim. This current one has a mixture of stainless, black, and painted trim pieces. I will more than likely black it out as well since black on white looks good and I already have black wheels. It's all personal preference. If I had a red or black jeep, I would put stainless all over it.
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No chrome..please.

Free advice from the oldest guy on the forum.

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Put some jewellery on it!!!!! It only really works if your chrome is in good condition but even just headlight trims makes a CJ sparkle.

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Put some jewellery on it!!!!! It only really works if your chrome is in good condition but even just headlight trims makes a CJ sparkle.
bling-bling?

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bling-bling?
The opinion poll has now closed, thank you for your input.

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