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Blacked Out Front and Rear Grilles

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Blacked Out Front and Rear Grilles
Posted by redandblueninja on Friday, September 21, 2012 11:50 AM

Question - what is best technique to paint blacked out areas in front and rear grilles - working on 69 Dodge GTS - lots of black out areas - do I strip all chrome - spray paint entire grille satin black - then use bare metal chrome to recover chrome elements? Or - try to hand paint over the existing chrome in black out areas and scrape off excess paint from the chromeed areas? Any better ways?

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Posted by Snake45 on Friday, September 21, 2012 11:55 AM

I use Testor Model Master Black Chrome Trim, brushed on right over the chrome. I keep some toothpicks handy and clean up any overages immediately. You can also use toothpicks to scrape off dried overage later--this usually works but it can sometimes damage the underlying chrome so it's best to clean it up before it dries if you can.

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Posted by 1970stage1 on Sunday, September 23, 2012 9:38 PM

I've sprayed testors flat black directly over the chrome (lightly).  I let it dry.  I then rub the areas of the chrome I want to show with a tooth pick.  It's worked so far.  I've done the same on white mudflaps of semi's that are white with raised lettering.  Try it on scrap chrome first.



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  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Monday, September 24, 2012 4:52 PM

If you use an acrylic paint, said paint can be removed with an ammonia-based cleaner (such as Windex) without damaging the chrome plating.

BTW, you might want to post future requests of this nature in the "Painting..." forum

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  • From: Winnipeg Canada
Posted by Wayne Farmer on Friday, September 28, 2012 12:01 AM

The only Tamiya paint I use for anything is their "Smoke"  it acrylic and wipes away any on the chrome.  Fills in the slots real nice...Been using it for years...


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