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I haven't seen a one stop thread on how to go about painting the above mentioned parts. It is all here on the forum, but spread around a bit. I take no credit for any of this, I just wanted to pull it all together for ya'll. :) Feel free to add what worked for you and where I may have gone astray in anything. I'll add it up here.

Door Handles:
Easy to remove. Typically cannot remove the black inner portion once the handle is removed from the door; there is one screw that most can't seem to be able to remove (I know I couldn't without completely stripping it). Just mask off the black (at least the portions that will be contacting the inner slide mechanism) and make sure you burnish the tape down so nothing gets under.
Best reference I have found: Handles (Part 1) Handles (Part 2)

Bezel:
Easy to remove. Two screws and two clips to remove. Phillips head for the screws and a flat head works great for popping up the center of the clips, then just pull the clip out. Once you have removed the bezel it is best to remove the black mesh portion from it (cuts down on the amount of masking you have to do). It is pretty straight forward, just a number of screws. The TOYOTA emblem is melted on so you can either attempt to melt it off or just mask it off.
Best reference I have found: Bezel Removal





Bumper wings and lower facia:
Harder than the others but still easy. It is best to remove the front bumper for this and isn't as daunting as you may think. Once you have the bumper off it is just a matter of pulling off clips for the wings and 6 nuts and a few clips for the lower fascia plate. The wings have a rubber seal that should be masked off.
Best reference I have found: Bumper Removal





Soon to come:
Rear bumper wings
Rear bumper lower fascia
Mirrors
Door inserts (considering making an actual wood insert w/ a light natural wood tone)

Painting Technique:
Options:
Sanding + Painting + Clear coat
Wipedown w/ paint thinner or alcohol (let dry) + Painting + Clear coat
Adhesion promoter + Painting + Clear coat
References:
What technique to use?

Work in progress...
 

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Thanks! This is why I love the forum. I blacked out my bling plate last night, next on the list is the Bezel. It will be the big test to see if I want to go on and do a full on black out!
 

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I blacked out my front wings about 2 weeks after I got my FJ...Im doing the rear wings next. But I really wanna do the mirrors and paint the front grill white.
 

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Ok, dumb question but I went out to the car a few mins ago. Removed the two 10mm bolts, removed the two clips, then tried to remove the bezel. Am I suppose to then just pull on the grill? I see two other clips (white) lower on the grill, should I just pull out and they snap out??? I didnt want to break anything so I stopped. I really want to paint the bezel and outside mirrors.
Please advise, thanks!
 

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Ok, dumb question but I went out to the car a few mins ago. Removed the two 10mm bolts, removed the two clips, then tried to remove the bezel. Am I suppose to then just pull on the grill? I see two other clips (white) lower on the grill, should I just pull out and they snap out??? I didnt want to break anything so I stopped. I really want to paint the bezel and outside mirrors.
Please advise, thanks!
Won't hurt tp remove them both. As I remember, there is one down in the middle that needs to be. Then pull forward.

I'll check and get back to you.


Yep. Two screws above the radiator. 1 pop-clip on each of the top sides, and one down in the middle in front of the radiator. The 2 lower pop-clips visible below and to either side are for the bumperplastic thingy.
 

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Won't hurt tp remove them both. As I remember, there is one down in the middle that needs to be. Then pull forward.

I'll check and get back to you.
I cant get to those two clips, they are different than the others where the top you lift up with a flathead then pull out. I'll take pics and post em'
 

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I cant get to those two clips, they are different than the others where the top you lift up with a flathead then pull out. I'll take pics and post em'
Read the add-on in my previous post.

And BTW- nice work on this thread EschObfus. :clap:
 

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These are the two white clips I am talking about

Pass. side


Driver side
when you are looking into the engine bay you just pull the grill straight out towards you and those will just pop out. I believe there is those two white clips on either side and then one in the middle. It can also help to reach down behind the grill and push towards you with one hand near those cips as you pull out on the outside of the grill with the other hand. I hope this makes sense.
 

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when you are looking into the engine bay you just pull the grill straight out towards you and those will just pop out. I believe there is those two white clips on either side and then one in the middle. It can also help to reach down behind the grill and push towards you with one hand near those cips as you pull out on the outside of the grill with the other hand. I hope this makes sense.
Yes there is one of these white clips on each side, and one in the middle.
Makes sense to me now, just wanted to make sure before I try to force something that I shouldnt

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Maybe putting a wide blade screw driver in between the grill and those clips and slowly twisting will help them pop smoother?

I need to remove my bezel to install my grill guard so I was wondering also.

I just "pulled" as instructed on my old GMC once and the grill snapped in half. Not cool.
 

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Maybe putting a wide blade screw driver in between the grill and those clips and slowly twisting will help them pop smoother?
I did that the first time around. Taking off the bezel is way too easy that I do it almost every time I'm working on something up front. Mostly because I'm bored and spray on a new coat rather than cleaning it :weird:
 
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