D.I.Y.: Add Some Cool Color to Your Yota Truck Grille (Video)

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Toyota enthusiast Youtuber shows you how to repaint your truck mask grill to make your ride uniquely yours.

Faded trim is a problem for a lot of vehicles, and the grille on a Toyota truck is no exception. Over time, the once tidy sheen simply turns to a faded mess. And no matter how nice the rest of your truck is, a faded grille just makes it look bad. Sure, you could just drop the cash and buy a replacement. But for a couple of bucks and a little spare time, you can get it looking as good as new.

Repainting your Toyota truck grille is an easy task that anyone can undertake. And thanks to this video from YouTuber Peter Finn, we’ve got a nice visual representation of how to do it. Finn’s original Toyota grille suffered some damage, so he picked up a used one from a salvage yard. But obviously, it was in need of a little sprucing up. And he wanted to color match the grille’s insert to his car, anyway.

Toyota Truck Grille

If you want to color match your grille, you’ll need to pick up some original color coded paint. Otherwise, simply go for whatever high quality automotive spray you like. Next, grab some fine grit sandpaper (around 400) or a Scotch Brite pad and some quality paint tape. Mask off any areas you don’t want to paint, like the chrome sections of the grille. Then use the sandpaper to rough up the area you do want to freshen up, which will help the paint better adhere to the grille.

Toyota Truck Grille

Next, dip a rag in some paint thinner and thoroughly wipe down the sanded surfaces to remove any debris. Let the thinner dry completely before you start to apply paint. Lay down light coats, moving in a sweeping motion from side to side. Allow each coat to dry a little before applying another one. Once the grille is completely covered, apply clear coat if desired. Let the whole thing dry overnight, and your truck will be looking as good as new the next day!




Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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