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Old 08-30-2009, 11:48 PM
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Default Removing And Re Painting Stock Grille

Alright guys. I have a 2002 Red Ford Ranger Edge and It has the Bland, Boring Gray colored honeycomb grille, I want to take this grille out, completely clean it, and repaint it black. I just need your help on the process of doing this. Like how I should take it out, how can I Completely Clean it, How I should paint it, what type of paint to use, what type of primer, and how to put it back in without messing everything up in the process. Some Pictures would Thoroughly help me with this whole thing. Thanks Guys.
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:55 AM
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Tools needed:
5.5mm socket
10mm wrench or deep socket
2 small flat head screwdrivers

Remove light shrouds using 5.5mm socket, remove grille shroud using 5.5mm socket



Remove grille bolts using 5.5mm socket, one each side.


Remove clips on bottom of front clip. Two under each light, two under center of clip. Gently but firmly pull on front of clip and they should let go, if not you can use a flat head screwdriver to press down on clips to aid in removal.


The front clips is now out, place grille on a blanket on the tailgate. Using a 10mm wrench remove the retaining nuts from the back of the oval emblem.



Now for the grille removal you'll need two small flathead screwdrivers.


Insert as shown and very gently pry and wiggle the clips and they will let go.


Start from the outsides and work your way in releasing clips as you go.
Two on each side.


Five along the bottom, center clip has tabs on both sides.


Here is two clips out.


Grille is now out.


Clean grille removing all debris on grille I used a scrubbrush and a bottle brush to clean using hot soapy water, rinse and clean with isopropyl, allow to dry.

Hang grille so that you can access all sides, using very light coats go at the grille from every angle you can to get into all crevices.



I wound up giving it 5 light coats to cover everything, I used Rustoleum for plastic it gave it a nice semigloss finish


Allow everything to set for 24 hours to cure and put back together.
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Great write-up, STL! How similar is the procedure for an 04+ grille?
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Pretty much the same except there are only 4 5.5mm bolts that hold the top on and 2 clips at the bottom by the bumper.

To remove the mesh same thing 2 screw drivers to pop it out
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I just got my grille apart. Man it was a BI***!! I'm not going to do anything to it yet so I'm just going to put it back together, but I will know for next time....
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Old 08-31-2009, 04:13 PM
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I touched original up with some black paint once I just masked it off

I didnt wanna chance it breaking

My 03 black truck I was younger and didn't care I would have just bought another one
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Old 09-05-2009, 11:26 AM
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nice write-up man!
very informative
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:59 PM
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where did you get that emblem?
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Old 09-06-2009, 08:52 PM
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eBay has those emblems.
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Old 09-07-2009, 12:57 PM
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Hey, i was wondering what grilles if any others would fit in the 02 slot? thanks!
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2001-2003

2004+ need new hood and header panel
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:59 PM
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would Krylon Fusion work the same? I can't find rustoleum for plastic..
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Ya krylon fusin is made for plastic it will work the same
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Old 09-09-2009, 03:46 PM
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Alright
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I just got my grill apart. didnt have too much trouble except for one of the clips. I though it was gonna break but I got it off in tact. I noticed that my emblem bolts were eaten up and it looked like one has snapped. Should i be able to find a new emblem at a local aftermarket place, or will I have to go to the stealership?
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