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post #1 of 15 Old 09-20-2010, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Bedlined Front Grille longevity...

Ok, I've seen tons of threads about bedlining (line-x, duplicolor, etc.) your front grille... and I am ready to do mine. However, I was curious to the ones of you that have used the Duplicolor bedliner on the front. How does it hold up to the sun? Do you have to re-apply occasionally?

The reason I ask, I'm in sunny Florida. It's full on LOVE bug season now, and I hate having to scrub the Jeep every day.

If I do the grille, that will be a bit more bug resistant than the paint. I just want to know if the Auto Parts Spray On variant is decent, or should I pony up and take it to a Line-X dealer?

Thanks in advance for the replies.

Those of you that have had it done for a while, if you can post a pic of how it looks now, I would be OH so grateful.

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Had living in FL and here in Texas, I don't think it'd hold up very well myself. I did paint Rustoleum bedliner out of a can with a brush on my bumper. Light coats laid out very very well, would at least be more durable imo

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If I do the grille, that will be a bit more bug resistant than the paint.
I'm not sure doing this would help it be more bug-resistant. All I think it might help with is hiding small scratches from scrubbing hard to get the bugs off. If you dig the bedlined look, that's one thing, otherwise I'd skip it. Best defense against bugs is keeping the wax job fresh, they come off a lot easier that way.

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It hold up good to the Cali sun. but it does require just as much cleaning as the paint does. It does hel prtect in rock pitting the plastic grille
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ive had mine for a while. dont think i have ever washed it.

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Yeah, I really like the blackened front end look... and yeah, I'm tracking that bugs still stick to it. I guess I didn't word it correctly... I was wondering if the sun would fade it, and turn it ashy looking. I've seen a few JKs around that have done the grille, and I think it would accent my Jeep well.

Will do it this weekend. I'm also gonna cut my flares... so, we shall see.

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Does it matter? Bedline it and if it needs touched up, bedline it again.

I completely sanded mine and used Duplicolor bedliner. So far, it is holding up really well. When I wash it, it looks great.

Grilles are cheap on ebay so you can always go back.


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I'm watching this thread for product recommendations, I don't want to have to re-apply too often, I want to find the strongest product without getting a professional spray. The previous owner let the Florida love bugs eat the grill up pretty bad on mine, so it's an easy decision for me to go ahead and do it. I'm leaning towards getting a can of the roll on stuff. What does a can of it cost? How much do you need?
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KB... I did a google search and found a ton of info... I just started this thread, to see if people would reply, to show what their grilles looked like after some time in the sun.

I will do mine this weekend, and take pics of how I do it. I too, was considering a roll on / paint on type. I like the herculiner... but, I may just sand mine well, prime it, and use the spray on stuff... that way I can touch it up as needed.

My grille is in great shape, and I keep the wax on very thick. But, I like that blacked out look, which is the main reason I am doing this.

Let me know how you decide on going about this...

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what i used.



did it up in march 2009.

then...


now...



claymud, regular mud, lovebugs and sun made her look a little ashy. haha still matches the other fadedness of the jeep.

edit: and i didnt take the jeep logo off, i just sanded everything and painted over. didnt get in the "e" and the "p" and those are the only spots the paint has peeled/chipped off.

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Thanks Mikey... that's perfect.

Exactly what I was looking for. Mine will be done this weekend!

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and here is a shot i took when i was leaving work the other day. made my jeep look tiny...

but you can see the grill and matching faded fenders.


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and if you want more of a project... do up your hinges.




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I have had mine done for about 9 months Nebraska heat/humidity/sun/ bugs/rain/mud and still looks good. when I wash it the car wash it cleans up like new, I am glad I did it.


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