DRESS IT UP
We also wanted to upgrade the grille with Rough Country’s powdercoated mesh insert. The two-piece grille insert was a little more labor-intensive than our other upgrades, since the stock grille shell had to be cut and modified to allow the new insert to fit. Luckily, illustrated installation instructions were included and we were able to tackle this job in about two hours’ time. The end result was well worth the time invested, as that textured stealth black grille ties in nicely with the Bull Bar and the matte-black wheels on the truck.
The final piece to the puzzle was a set of painted Bowtie badges we sourced from Get Lit Customz. In a world full of vinyl decals and vehicle wraps, it’s nice to find someone still investing the time and effort to do custom paintwork for their customers. We used two brand-new factory badges we sourced from the Chevy dealer, disassembled and prepped for paint. Using the truck’s paint code once again and some custom masking techniques, Get Lit Customz was able to spray a super-cool American flag inspired design on each Bowtie that looks really clean on the truck once the badges are installed. The badges are also clear-coated, so they’ll stand up to the elements over time and we won’t have to worry about anything like a vinyl decal fading, deteriorating, or peeling off at the carwash.
The crew at Automotivetouchup used our truck’s specific paint code to mix the base color in the spray cans they sent. This helped make sure we got a nearperfect match on the flares once they are wet-sanded, cleared, and installed on the truck. Again, we went with four coats to make sure the coverage was even on all four flares. In the right light you can really see the metallic coming out of this paint.
After scuffing the flares and applying two thin coats of adhesion promotor, the primer could be applied. We laid down four coats of primer to be sure to get solid coverage and a good foundation for the base color to adhere to. You will want to wet-sand the primer before moving on to the base to make sure it goes down smoothly.
Since our aftermarket wheel and tire package sticks out from the factory fenders slightly, we wanted to add some better tire coverage. Rugged Flares from EGR USA offer great coverage and follow the body lines nicely. With a complete paint package from Automotivetouchup we were able to paint-match them ourselves.
The Automotivetouchup kit comes with everything needed to do professional-style paintwork at home with the supplied spray cans. The required cleaning cloths, different grits of sandpaper, and a special adhesion promotor will help the primer, base coat, and clear coat stick to the fender flares.
The new flares from EGR hug the body nicely and required no drilling to install. Some simple push-clips attach the rear flares to the factory fender, and the front flares use the inner liner mounting hardware.