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Anybody happen to know what off the shelf commonly available spray paint will most closely match Silver Sky Metallic (1D6)? I think I'm going to pull my grill surround off and attempt to paint it myself. It doesn't need to be perfect, but I'd like it to be close. I bought a can of Duplicolor Perfect Match Toyota Silver Metallic (147) and it is pretty darn close - a little brighter and not quite enough metallic in it. Each of these cans is about $7, so it won't take long before it would make more sense to take it to a body shop and have it done right, though I can use the off colors as the first couple of base coats. But in the spirit of doing stuff myself and in the comfort of my own home...I just wanted to check with you guys and see if anyone out there has found a good match. I figure I can do this with four cans of paint and two cans of clear - wet sand, buff, etc and I can get it done for less than $50.

Also, I have no problems painting with acrylic lacquer - enough coats of clear and plenty of wax and care and it will last long enough for me.

Thanks for any help.
 

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2008 Toyota Tundra Touch Up Paint Colors

Try out the above link and don't forget to order the clear coat. Great match on the silver sky metallic, but you better stop and shake that can about every few seconds because the metallic will want to settle to the bottom while you"re holding can upright. I also think 3 cans of color is plenty for what you are trying to do. Might want to use a good light grey primer before you apply this paint. Good luck!
 

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Hmmm that's pretty cool. The cans of this Perfect Match stuff are 8 oz, so three cans of the 12 oz would be perfect. That puts me at $60 just for the paint though...I wonder what a place would charge to just paint it? If I can find a silver that's close enough from the O'Reilly's or what have you, I'd rather go in that direction.
 

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Dude, your truck looks awesome! My ultimate goal is to paint the front and rear bumpers also and seeing your front bumper (just checked out your pictures) pretty much makes me want to do this ASAP. Very slick looking in silver. Thanks for the link also - same company that NorCaler recommended so maybe we're on to something.

I've got a compressor and an HVLP spray gun...maybe I should just order a couple of quarts of paint and get after the whole job. It'll cost a lot more than the O'Reilly's rattle can options, but will probably look better and last longer in the end. Did you paint your front bumper yourself? Gonna do the rear bumper or grill surround?

Again, great looking truck.
 

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I tried to paint my grille surround and it came out like crap. I took it to a paint and body shop and they charged me $100 to fix it and could not be happier. It is a little darker, but not bad. I say just go get it done by a pro. BTW I have a silver sky also.
 

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Yeah that's probably some good advice. I'd like to be able to just take them everything I want painted - maybe even some of the prep work already done. That front bumper looks like a bit of a PITA to remove...
 

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I have a grill shell for sale. great condition- your for 70 plus shipping!
 

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SprayCansUnlimited - that's an ebay seller that sells the enamel cans that I've used. I originally did my '07 with the 1D6 (silver sky) from them and it was a perfect color match. I recently bought Pyrite from them as well for my most recent Grill-Surround paint job.

I like the challenge of DIY, and it cost me around $40-50, which included the Self-Etching Primer, the color-match Enamel, Dupli-color Clear Coat AND the supplies like sand paper, polishing compound, etc...

IF you don't mind paying the extra $$$ for a shop to do it, then pay them & be done with it. Otherwise, you CAN be successful doing it yourself... it just takes alot of prep work & elbow grease :D
 

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I'd just pay the body shop to do it IF you are picky. I've tried rattle can and it can look pretty darn good especially with the colormatched paint, but over time it doesn't tend to hold up as well (IMO).

I like things to look like they rolled off the assembly line, and though I am nearly a pro with the can, the clear is just never the same. I'd also like to DIY, but I want to set up a little booth in my monster garage and get the right gun to use with my compressor, etc. Maybe one day!
 

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As far as it holding up, the clear coat you use is the key. You need a decent 2 part urethane clear coat. Those cans of clear at the auto parts store or Wally world are not any harder then the spray paint and will chip and fade. I have bought a can of clear online that has the hardner in it and you twist it and pierce the internal canister and you shake it for two minutes. The only thing is you have 24 hours to use it or it goes bad. Its about $18 a can but worth it if you want to do it yourself. Comes out like the paint on your car and just as strong.
 

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Dude, your truck looks awesome! My ultimate goal is to paint the front and rear bumpers also and seeing your front bumper (just checked out your pictures) pretty much makes me want to do this ASAP. Very slick looking in silver. Thanks for the link also - same company that NorCaler recommended so maybe we're on to something.

I've got a compressor and an HVLP spray gun...maybe I should just order a couple of quarts of paint and get after the whole job. It'll cost a lot more than the O'Reilly's rattle can options, but will probably look better and last longer in the end. Did you paint your front bumper yourself? Gonna do the rear bumper or grill surround?

Again, great looking truck.

Thanks! I have painted the fender flares, front grill, rear tail gate handle, and mirror caps myself with the paint cans. The front bumper is stock factory painted since I got the limited.

I am also thinking about getting a quart of base/clear for painting the plastic part on the lower bumper instead of using the cans.

 

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^^^ Looks good Dan - The flares are on my short list as well... still debating whether or not I'm gonna buy them primed, or spend the extra $$$ for the painted ones. My painted grill is still holding up nicely, and nobody's noticed it didn't come from the factory that way.
 

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^^^ Looks good Dan - The flares are on my short list as well... still debating whether or not I'm gonna buy them primed, or spend the extra $$$ for the painted ones. My painted grill is still holding up nicely, and nobody's noticed it didn't come from the factory that way.
If you have the time and are willing to prep it correctly I would paint them yourself.

Also after a year I finally color sanded my fender flares and boy do they look good. Smooth as glass, extra glossy now, and up close looks better than the Toyota paint job. Just need to color sand the grill now.
 

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What do you mean "color-sand"? Here's a pic of my grill after I used the Rattle-Can enamel to paint it... It's almost as smooth as the factory clear-coat... still looks good, but I notice the small difference in the shine. I wet-sanded it with 2000-grit paper, then used polishing compound. Tell me more about the "color-sand" !





 

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Hey Popo you got to remember that the hood is metal and the grille surround is plastic.
 

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What do you mean "color-sand"? Here's a pic of my grill after I used the Rattle-Can enamel to paint it... It's almost as smooth as the factory clear-coat... still looks good, but I notice the small difference in the shine. I wet-sanded it with 2000-grit paper, then used polishing compound. Tell me more about the "color-sand" !
Its basically what you just said

How to Color-Sand a New Paint Job

I wet sanded with mine 1500, 2000, Meguiar's Ultimate Compound & SwirlX.
 

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Thanks! I have painted the fender flares, front grill, rear tail gate handle, and mirror caps myself with the paint cans. The front bumper is stock factory painted since I got the limited.

I am also thinking about getting a quart of base/clear for painting the plastic part on the lower bumper instead of using the cans.

Yep, that really looks awesome. I actually saved that pic to my computer. I'm going to order from automotivetouchup.com - still deciding whether I'll just get a couple of aerosol cans and try them on the grill surround first, or order a couple of quarts and do the whole job including the bumpers all at once (since I do have a gun and compressor). I'll probably get some self-etching primer and the clear coat locally.

Thanks very much for the help and ideas, everybody. I really think Toyota should have at least offered the colored keyed option for the Silver Sky trucks. It looks sick.
 
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