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    Cool "Stealth" Grille Mod with Duplicolor Bedliner

    My JK came with a hideous chrome insert on the grille when I bought it and I couldn't get the blingy stuff off fast enough.

    I had two options, remove the chrome and ride around with just the rescue green, or go above and beyond and do some dirty work while the grille was off. I went with option B.

    Supplies Needed:
    1) 2 cans of Duplicolor truck bed liner
    2) Medium grit sandpaper
    3) Dental floss or fishing line (for Jeep emblem removal)
    4) Nail polish remover (to get the gunk off from the emblem)
    5) Masking tape
    6) Beer

    Modification Steps:
    1) Remove grille:
    • You'll have five push pins on top that may or may not have screws. Loosen screws if so, rotate the push pin until you feel some give and pop it up. You may want to use a small flathead on each side to give some extra force.
    • Bring the grille forward, you'll hear some pops from above the blinker lights, no worries, its just tabs that attach to the Jeep. From here you'll have some room to disconnect the blinker lights, once these are disconnect, wiggle forward from the bottom and the bottom tabs will release. Grill is now off.
    • Drink a beer


    2) Remove Jeep emblem with dental floss. If you have trouble, hit it a bit with a heat gun or blow dryer. Once it's off, you'll have some residue left over from the foam tape. Nail polish remover will aid in getting this off.

    3) Give the grille a quick wash, then hit it with the sandpaper. I did this by hand, but wish I would have used some type of sander. This was definitely the most time consuming step, so have beer ready. You don't need to strip the paint completely off, but go over the entire surface so the bed liner will have something to grip to.

    4) Rinse off the grille and let dry. Once it's dry, check for any spots that need additional sanding -- once you give that a GO, cover your weather stripping with masking tape.

    5) Paint! Give the rattle can a good 2 minutes of shake and start painting. You may want to google around from tips on how to apple even coats with a spray can. Straight lines and even distance are key. I gave mine 5 coats, with about 5 minutes in between each coat. After an hour or so, I decided it had hardened enough to put the emblem back on (double side foam 3M tape or buy new ones off eBay for $7 like I did) and reattach the grille.

    Here's some pics to illustrate the process. Unfortunately I forgot to snap a pic of the sanded down grille.

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    Nice job and good write up, you deserve another BEER!
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    I did the same thing to my grill, just flat black. I love the way it contrasts!

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    nice job...Ive got a 05 Ive been thinking about doing that too. I just cant bring myself to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepjunky View Post
    nice job...Ive got a 05 Ive been thinking about doing that too. I just cant bring myself to do it.
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    nice job good rite up i need to google how to apple even coats
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    Looking good I think I will do mine the same way. Thanks
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    looks good, it is def a one of a kind

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    I did just the light bezels on my silver Tj, and I get a lot of compliments on it. the rustoleum bedliner I used gets a chalky look when I get wax on it and when dirty, though.
    Keep it slow. I can't afford spare parts.

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