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So i dont know if this is a stupid question or not... But i have talked to a couple of people who have painted there chrome bumpers and grill and previously before doing their 08 they had the same thing done to some of their previous trucks that they had for a number of years without it chipping or cracking. One guy i know actually had them powdercoated (if that makes a diffrence or not, i dont know...)but i thought that you couldn't paint chrome, or is there a way just not your average prep and paint way... Im wanting to paint my bumpers and grill the same color as my truck (black) with out going to the dealer and buying new everything... but im very skepticle in doing this.... any info on this would be great. Thanks guys.

P.S. 18,000 miles on my truck and loving it with each mile being put on it... and gas mileage has signifigantly approved since day one. I took a 1,200 mile road trip with it up the east coast to jersey from south florida and filled up 3 times and rolled into Long Beach Island with 3/4 of a tank left (awesome!) As soon as i got onto the highway i set the cruise at 71mph just under 2 grand and right at about 10 psi (or a little under) and didnt touch it basically the whole trip. Just took my time, enjoyed the ride, and stayed out of the gas.
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From what I know from doing restorations on cars is that to prep a chrome piece for painting, it can be done, though you must etch it with some sort of strong acid and then a good coat of etch primer or strong epoxy primer such as a ppg dp primer.
If you want some more specific advice i would call a chrome shop such as Advanced Plating in Nashville. They also specilize in powder coating.
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I'd get your bumpers powdercoated instead of painted. Powdercoat is stronger and won't chip as easy. The grill, just to save the hassle I'd just buy a black xl grill off ebay, and have that painted.
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I was also interested in this I have a black truck with chrome too so any info is a big help
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If theres a local shop that offers sandblasting just have them blasted......thats what we used to do.........after their blasted use a good 2k diamont primer with a hardener and you will have no trouble at all......just makesure on the paint that you use at least 3 or 4 coats of clear or it will chip just like any painted surface!!! The chrome is not too bad to prep if you dont have access to a sand blaster or shot/bead blast..........Just use some 200g paper on a DA sander and sand on grind......then some self etching primer. pretty much sand it back off and repeat the process above with diamont primer

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Thanks for the info guys. Is something like this expensive with having it sandblasted then having them powdercoated..? How much do you think something like this goes for, just so i have an idea when i am getting a quote from a shop. Thanks again
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The powder coat may not be your best bet...It may not match the factory paint i know i painted some on my buddies 06 done the flares and bumpers and there were reds orange yellow and dark blue all mixed in the black to make the factory color.....I doubt you will find a powder coat that matches!!! Your best bet is paint.........factory is paint and it holds up good!! ID say your looking around $100 to have them blasted and probably 2-250 for paint

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I think they can get almost spot on with powdercoat as far as matching it to paint, but I could be wrong. I just think powdercoat is a lot tougher then paint.
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The powder coat may not be your best bet...It may not match the factory paint i know i painted some on my buddies 06 done the flares and bumpers and there were reds orange yellow and dark blue all mixed in the black to make the factory color.....I doubt you will find a powder coat that matches!!! Your best bet is paint.........factory is paint and it holds up good!! ID say your looking around $100 to have them blasted and probably 2-250 for paint
Thanks for your help guys, i appreciate all the info.
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I have a 08 KR with the painted bumpers and I wish they were chrome. My bumper is gold and the rest of the truck is white. At 5000 mi I started to see where the rocks and road junk have been chipping little pieces out of my bumper. It is driving me nuts. Just keep this in mind because that bumper is the first thing those rocks are going to hit. I went to a local truck accessory store and they will do custom work with their rhino lining and they can even match the color. This is just a thought but I am going to take it and run with it!!
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