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Pics from yesterday, somewhat clean after all the ice and snow.





Today after a little bedliner, gonna do the mirrors, handles and rear bumper next weekend I hope. I thought 2 cans was enough for the bumper and grille but it barely did 2 coats.




Got one little run on the bumper where I got too close at first I need to touch up, it is barely noticeable.
 

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looks great man. are you going to match the rear bumper also? I am going to stop by and see how much to rhino line mine tomorrow.
 

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Gonna do every piece of chrome. I used to work at a place that does Rhino and at employee cost they wanted $300-400 to do all of it with me removing everything. If this doesn't hold up I will have it Rhino'd.
 

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It will hold up. I had to do a little touch up on the handles, but that's about it. Good job.
 

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I am doing the Mirror Caps, Door Handles and Rear Bumper next weekend.
 

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looks badass brutha. a headlight mod will set that front end off.
 

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Yeah I gotta do that too since my passenger side got full of moisture. I think when the ice storm came the freezing water broke the headlight seal.
 

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It looks good. You're making me think I should have bedlined my grille instead of color matching it.

 

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Has anyone bumped, brushed up against, or scratched anything they have bedlined yet? How is all of this bedlining holding up, or will hold up is what I want to know.
 

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Mine has held up just fine. I used one of those scrub pads that's located in the auto paint section (looks like a scotch brite pad) to rough up the old paint, and then washed it with soapy water. I then laid down a tack coat that I let dry for about 8 hours before I applied the final two coats.
 

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Mine has held up just fine. I used one of those scrub pads that's located in the auto paint section (looks like a scotch brite pad) to rough up the old paint, and then washed it with soapy water. I then laid down a tack coat that I let dry for about 8 hours before I applied the final two coats.
No primer is needed? I would be doing the Chrome bumper, and plastic mirrors.

So you havent taken your fingenail or scratched it yet to see if it chips off?
 

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No primer is needed? I would be doing the Chrome bumper, and plastic mirrors.

So you havent taken your fingenail or scratched it yet to see if it chips off?
I've scratched it with my fingernail, and nothing has chipped off. I've even run it through the automated car washes several times. I didn't use primer.
 
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I scuffed with a 3M stripping pad, then wiped down with reducer and primed and bed lined.
 

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Dumb questions but I am about to do this and wanting to do it correctly. Did you just mask the front end off before bedlining or did you remove the grill/bumper? Also, would you suggest removing the door handles or just masking the doors/windows off and spraying them while still on the truck? I'm getting ready to "black" mine out as well and want to do it correctly. If you removed the grill/bumper... was it hard? I'm also thinking about bedlining the entire front bumper and grill and going with bedlined bushwhacker pocket style flares... I had them color matched but I like the bedlined/blackedout look... I'm guessing you can buy the 3m stripping pad at Auto Zone... what kind of reducer and primer did you use?

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Also, where did you get the little black inserts/caps for the fog lights on the front bumper? Those are fog lights aren't they lol...
 

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Pics from yesterday, somewhat clean after all the ice and snow.





Today after a little bedliner, gonna do the mirrors, handles and rear bumper next weekend I hope. I thought 2 cans was enough for the bumper and grille but it barely did 2 coats.




Got one little run on the bumper where I got too close at first I need to touch up, it is barely noticeable.
That looks awesomee bro, great job
 

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I masked off the front bumper and removed the grille. The grille takes about 5 seconds to remove, and I dropped plastic down behind the bumper. If you get over spray on the painted surface a little reducer will wipe it right off. I am going to remove the door handles and mirror caps, I am debating on removing the rear bumper.
 
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Also, where did you get the little black inserts/caps for the fog lights on the front bumper? Those are fog lights aren't they lol...
Those are blank covers. The trucks that don't have fog lights should have those covers.

Dumb questions but I am about to do this and wanting to do it correctly. Did you just mask the front end off before bedlining or did you remove the grill/bumper? Also, would you suggest removing the door handles or just masking the doors/windows off and spraying them while still on the truck? I'm getting ready to "black" mine out as well and want to do it correctly. If you removed the grill/bumper... was it hard? I'm also thinking about bedlining the entire front bumper and grill and going with bedlined bushwhacker pocket style flares... I had them color matched but I like the bedlined/blackedout look... I'm guessing you can buy the 3m stripping pad at Auto Zone... what kind of reducer and primer did you use?

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When I did mine, I removed the grille and headlights and masked off the fenders, wheels, and hood. The grille and headlights are easy to remove. The grille has about 6-8 clips (pictured below) that you turn about 45 degrees with a screw driver. The top clips are easy to reach. The bottom ones are more difficult to reach. I really don't care for the clips, so after I removed the tops ones, I just yanked the bottom out. If they broke, they broke. When I put my grille back on, I swapped out all of the clips for zip ties.



To remove the headlights, there are 4 bolts total per headlight (3 - 8mm and 1 - 10mm). One on top near the adjustment thing, one in front, and two behind the bumper end cap. To reach the last two, you have to turn your wheel in, undo the fender liner, and reach behind the bumper end cap. Unplug the wire harness to the headlights, and they slide out.

For door handles, I would keep them on. People say they are easy to remove, but as Murphy's law goes my simple job turned into a nightmare. I broke a latch on my driver door on my old Titan and could not open the door from the inside or outside. I ended paying a friend $200 in parts and labor to fix my door. I didn't attempt to remove the other handles. I just masked off the area and painted them. Home Depot/Lowes/Wal Mart sell a roll of paper in their paint department for a couple dollars that is great for masking off areas.

Some people use primer, but I didn't. The door handles on my old Titan held up just fine with just scuffing and bedliner. I can scratch at my bumper with my nails, and it holds up to it. Obviously if I take something like a screwdriver or keys and scratch at it, there is a greater chance it would chip.
 
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I masked off the front bumper and removed the grille. The grille takes about 5 seconds to remove, and I dropped plastic down behind the bumper. If you get over spray on the painted surface a little reducer will wipe it right off. I am going to remove the door handles and mirror caps, I am debating on removing the rear bumper.
It looks really good!
 
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