so i kind of wrote this up when i first bought the truck but i did another bowtie
since i messed the first up...
first let me say i am not responsible if you screw something up.
pliers/cresent wrench (to remove bowtie
blue painter tape
paint scraper or small flat head screw driver
HEAVY DUTY easy off oven cleaner
1 can of paint
some type of silicone
very fine sandpaper
1.remove grill from truck. (remove four clips across top, pull hard at each corner of the grill and at the end of the piece between the headlights)
2.remove ugly bowtie
from grill. there are 2 plastic cutting bolts holding it on.
3. turn the bowtie
over and you will see the two layers.gently pry between the gold and the black until you can grab the black and pull the two halves apart.
4. now you have two parts. i like to remove the glue (white spots) so that it is out of the way of the easy off to do its job.
5. make sure when you buy the easy off it is the HEAVY DUTY kind. the fume free kind will not eat the clear level off of the plastic and the paint wont attach.
6. find a glass dish of some sort to put the bowtie
in so that you arent spraying easy off right on the ground.
7. coat the bowtie
in a large amount of the easy off. i like to do this step a few time to make sure that it removes everything. let it sit between "coats" . rinse the bowtie
off and then apply more. i usually let it sit for a long while...30 minutes or so. use an old toothbrush to help remove the clear layer from the edges.
8. rinse the bowtie
very well and inspect and the corners to make sure all of the gold and clear came off. the plastic will still have a gold tint to it. i have only done the bowtie
in red and black and it was not a problem on either.
9. scuff the inside of the bowtie
(where the gold was) just to give the paint a little assistance to stick. very little scuffing is needed with a very fine grit sandpaper (i think i used 1500). rinse again to remove all residue.
10. take the blue tape and wrap the front. use the exacto to cut the edge.make sure to leave the entire back uncovered. once you have done this give the back of the bowtie
a good wpe down to get rid of any oil from your skin.
11. set up you paint area and spray...you dont have to be a master painter to do the since it will actually be the back side of the paint that shows. i did just a few coats...very thick...i was a little impatient. take your time and it wont look bad. you can tell if it needs more.
12. let it dry for a few hours and remove the tape. admire your newly colored bowtie
13. let sit for overnight at least.
14. okay to connect the to halves back together...use some sort of silicone. DO NOT USE AN EPOXY. the epoxy will harden against the paint and it will look like shit (thats what happened to the first one i did). i chose the high tmp gasket stuff since i figured it had a very good hold.
15. apply the silicone directly to the paint. dont over do it or you will have a mess on your hands. the put the two halves back together. oh yea the two pieces only go together one way so figure that out before you stick them together. apply a good amount of pressure until the two halves are together. let that sit over night.
16. and thats it!!! now just reinstall.
now i dont know if this will work for the OBS or the NNBS, someone give it a shot and let me know.