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Best method to paint TJ grill? (pics)

Hi all...my grill is pretty beat up and I want to bedliner it. I'm a newbie painter at best and am not sure the best method to tackle this. It looks like a PITA to remove the grill so do you think I should carefully mask, work around the winch and spray it, get some paint-on bedliner or buck up and remove the grill? I'm really just looking for some advice. Thanks in advance!







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When I did mine, popped the hood, blue painters tape around the whole thing. Stuff some newspaper behind the grill. Go to town, light even strokes
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I'd take the winch off, remove the headlight bezles, and unbolt the metalcloaks and open the hood. Then it would be very easy to paint it without removing it. You could probably just mask around the metal cloaks too. But if you want to do it nice, probably best to unbolt them. You'll probably have a hard time working around the winch though, so I'd remove that for sure.


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Thanks guys. I think I'll unbolt the winch, remove the headlight bezels, mask the hell out of everything around it, sand, primer and spray. I just needed a little encouragement! Thanks again.
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Pull it. It only takes a couple hours and you can get EVERYTHING clean first and then paint it. Then re-install and the finish product will be better.

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a good sanding and prep is key! take your time and nice light easy strokes you got it!

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I took a stab at it and I'm pretty happy with the results. The grill had some pretty bad dings and dents under the rust and they're still there, but I think it looks a hell of a lot better. I took a wire wheel to the real bad rust, then sanded, primed and sprayed on 3 coats of Rustoleum bedliner. Out of pure laziness, I didnt remove anything including the headlight bezels as the the lights themselves seem to stick out too far, preventing me from accessing the torx screws. Not sure why, but I taped around them and it came out great.

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So you just masked everything off? Looks pretty good, from that distance. Got any close up pics?

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Yup, just masked everything. No overspray and using drop sheets, it was much less of a PITA than I anticipated. Again, the grill itself is far from perfect but it looks much cleaner IMO and considering I'm a complete newbie at painting anything, I feel like it was a success. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

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It definitely looks good for just masking and spraying around everything. Obviously I haven't seen it in person, but I can't see any overspray or anything in the pics. Well done.


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It definitely looks good for just masking and spraying around everything. Obviously I haven't seen it in person, but I can't see any defects in the pics. Well done.


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Thanks. There really aren't any flaws in the paint job itself (to my pleasant surprise!), just the beat up grill underneath.

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And you didn't also paint the bezels???? Came out good though.
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And you didn't also paint the bezels???? Came out good though.
I really wanted to, and still do, but like I mentioned above I can't gain access to the torx screws holding them in and gave up and just masked them. I've only owned the Jeep for a couple weeks so I'm not sure what the PO did but the lights themselves cover up the screw heads and I can't seem to get any clearance to get a tool in there. I've seen pics of other TJ's headlights and it seems normal ones are more recessed in the bezels than mine for some reason, making normal access to the screws a lot easier. I know I'll eventually need to figure it out but got impatient.

EDIT: I do have HIDs so maybe that's why they sit differently in the housing. Still frustrating not knowing how I'll ever be able to get them off though.
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