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Blacking out my grill with Plasti Dip.

Checking on the finish

Well, it has been almost a year since you posted this. Since I am considering doing the same how is it holding up?
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I'd be curious to know if the OP did anmy prep work on the grill before applying the plasti dip?

Thanks!
 






Looks really good:chug:

I even like the slight texture/orange peel. Looks right on there.
 






Is there any way you could post some pics of the texturing? Thanks.
 






He already did...

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@boomer4d
The only prep work I did was wash the grill down and dry it with a microfiber cloth. I also made sure the day didn't have high humidity.

@hunt1moore
The only issue is a bubble that formed on the lip where a stone had hit it before this project. Other than that it's holding up very well. It's been through multiple car washes and lately snow/salt.

Below is where the bubble formed. Looks like a nipple. :)
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@boomer4d
The only prep work I did was wash the grill down and dry it with a microfiber cloth. I also made sure the day didn't have high humidity.

@hunt1moore
The only issue is a bubble that formed on the lip where a stone had hit it before this project. Other than that it's holding up very well. It's been through multiple car washes and lately snow/salt.

Below is where the bubble formed. Looks like a nipple. :)
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Thanks for the response.
I recently helped my son plasti dip his bull bar on his Tacoma. It was the first time I have used it but went really good. I may do my grill with it but have been looking hard at a black mesh grill...can't decide. Regardless, I will be using it on the roof rack, mirrors and running boards.
 






looks good!
 






Anyone done this to a black Explorer or Explorer ST?
Would love to see a picture before I do mine....Looks great on the OP's because it contrasts well with the factory paint color. Not sure how it would look with factory black though.

Also has anyone with the XLT model considered using this on the plastic trim around the wheels, etc...??? Might help with the fading issues.

This is a fascinating product to me! lol
 






For you guys following this thread, I have a black Sport Trac and will be coating the grill with PlastiDip. I chose the anthracite color, and as soon as I finish, I will post pics.
 






I plan on doing this to my grille this fall once the weather cools (and I have a free Saturday!) Unfortunately, the chrome has some spots where it's peeling on my grille. Any recommendations for prep for those areas before I begin the spray process? I would imagine it's going to at best leave visible edges where the chrome ends, and at worst continue peeling, taking the Plasti-Dip with it.
 






I plan on doing this to my grille this fall once the weather cools (and I have a free Saturday!) Unfortunately, the chrome has some spots where it's peeling on my grille. Any recommendations for prep for those areas before I begin the spray process? I would imagine it's going to at best leave visible edges where the chrome ends, and at worst continue peeling, taking the Plasti-Dip with it.

As long as you clean the surface of all waxes and/or oils...and the chrome doesn't have a bubble under it the plasti-dip will stick and stop the peeling..however plasti-dip is as unforgiving as regular black paint..it shows every imperfection underneath..
It's only $6 a can...cheap enough to experiment...
Take 2 hours of your life and try it...10 minutes to get the grill off...6 coats with 15 minutes between and 5 minutes to put it back on cause you know now how it came off..
You want to have 5 thick coats...the thicker it is the better it takes rocks and the easier it comes off when you want it to...
I usually try to make the first 2 coats light building a base and kinda counting as 1 thick coat..then 4 thick coats..
If you mess up peel it off...then you've learned something...then you go buy another can and try again...
Don't order from dipyourcar unless your looking for the rare colors..Walmart has it for $7..but Lowes and Home Depot is your best friend at $6 a can..
The list of things dipped on my ST is deep..it gives the freedom to change the style of your vehicle like you change your clothes..
 






I also have the all black 08 ST. It came with the semi gloss/flat black roof rails, mirrors, door handles and wheel surrounds. The only thing 'out of place' is the chrome grille so..... its getting the semi gloss treatment to complete the black out treatment. I may not Plasti Dip this tho', any other suggestions? Is Plasti Dip preferred over a different rattle can paint because....?
 






I also have the all black 08 ST. It came with the semi gloss/flat black roof rails, mirrors, door handles and wheel surrounds. The only thing 'out of place' is the chrome grille so..... its getting the semi gloss treatment to complete the black out treatment. I may not Plasti Dip this tho', any other suggestions? Is Plasti Dip preferred over a different rattle can paint because....?
If you want the grill to be black forever then use rustoleum gloss black..
If you think you might change your mind later then use plasti..
Plasti dip can never have the shinny high gloss black look like enamel...its more of a matte black...even with glossifier it still just looks like wet matte black..
 






I been thinking about Plasti-dipping all the chrome on my truck, well, the spots that are...
Grille and rims.

Looking for blacked out taillights, headlights, and fogs, too.

How was the process???
 






looks great! I didn't think I would be doing anything else to mine... but this could be a good/easy/cheap mod... thanks for the write-up!
 






It looks great. I want to do something to restore the running boards on my 08 Limited, do think the plastic dip would hold up?

I know this was quite a while ago, but I just wanted to add some input. I would not suggest doing the step bars. While this stuff holds up well (assuming it's been applied correctly) I don't think it could take the abuse of your feet. Also worth noting that if you tear one hole in the plasti-dip it starts a peeling effect.

It's easy to apply and holds up well, but also, easy to remove by peeling. This is why many people use this in car customization because it's not permanent. I would recommend something along the lines of a truck bed spray coating. More durable and also sold in spray cans.
 






I been thinking about Plasti-dipping all the chrome on my truck, well, the spots that are...
Grille and rims.

Looking for blacked out taillights, headlights, and fogs, too.

How was the process???

I've had pretty good success with the Plasti-Dip. It's been on for over a month so far and been through several washes without any problems. I did hit a rock and had a small hole "peel" off. I used my fingers and pressed down the edges of the tear and sprayed more Plasti-Dip on. To my surprise it repaired the spot perfectly, so much that I can not tell where the spot was. The spray seemed to "re-liquify" the edges on contact and reform into a single uniform layer once again. Pretty neat stuff.

Below is a picture of My Explorer. I Plasti-Dipped my wheels, door pillars, and emblems. It's all holding up nicely.

(Just make sure to thoroughly clean with soap and water, use some degreaser to make sure you don't have any oils left behind, and dry before you Plasti-Dip the area.)

Also, the key is to not completely cover your area in one coat. You want to apply this stuff lightly over 4+ coats. I did everything to mine using 4 cans.

Youtube has countless videos on the subject as well.

I used VHT's Nite-Shade tint spray to tint my tail lights. I wet sanded them first and cleaned them with degreaser, then I taped off my backup lights (because I still wanted to be able to use them) and applied about 3 light coats of the tint spray. All that gave you the result you see below. I'm very happy with them. The tint spray has been on for over 2 years now with no noticeable fading.

As for blacking out your headlights... You can find several Youtube videos as well on how to "bake" your headlights and separate the housing without damaging it. Then you could simply paint the inside black. This would give you black headlights without affecting your visibility (like it would if you simply tinted them) This is something on my to-do list. If I ever get around to it, I'll post pictures.

Hope this helps.

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Does the blacked-out taillight prevent a large amount of light from escaping? I would still like to stay state legal (since I am also a cop) but also have a cool blacked-out look. The body of the truck is burgundy ("Dark Cherry") so I am making all the trim and stuff black.
 






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