Originally Posted by ERod4x4
How was the grille surround painted? I have my 13' lariat 3 bar grill and wanting to do the same procedure.
I bought what I believe is the grill surround/insert for a Tuxedo Black FX series F150 off eBay for $250 including shipping. The surround was already PTM. I swapped out the black insert for the chrome one already on my truck to get the current look, which I love. You must be careful in the removal of the grill assembly. There is a youtube video for it. Doing is slowly with nylon trim removal tools (available on ebay for about $5) will prevent the clips from breaking.
However, separating the insert from the grill is a bit trickier. I have a method for doing it and it worked twice. Once to separate my original assembly and then again to separate the purchased assembly. Happy to discuss it with you as it is too involved to type out. But, it really isn't complicated, just need some time and patience. PM with contact info and I'll explain what I did. I haven't seen a youtube video for what I did, but there may be one.