Early this AM, I thought it'd be a good idea to pop the lower front splash panel off to see if the grill cross bars and H were accessible/removable without popping the bumper cover off. Turns out the cross bars are attached with 3 - T12 Torx. Unfortunately while I was checking things out from underneath, the Torx socket & bit spun out of my fingers. I heard it hit metal but there was no finding it.
Long story short, off came the cover. Found the socket perched on the bumper absorber, just under the bottom lip of the grill. Now I know the H is held in place by a pair of those $#%@ one way retainers pushed over studs molded into back side. There is no way to get those things off without breaking the studs, so if someone wants to de-chrome the H, they gotta do it in place.
Anywho.... this wasn't on the agenda today, but you gotta play the hand you're dealt. As long as the cover is off, I broke out the plasti-dip and went to town. The idea was to tone down the chrome and satin silver trim in the middle & under driving lights. This was the first time using "metalizer".
I soon learned adding metalizer to the newly coated black over chrome and the newly coated grey over satin turned them into very similar colors by lightening the black and darkening the grey. Not exactly what I thought but its nice
Something went wonky with the phone cam, I lost a bunch of images during the process, sorry about that. Here's what was salvaged.
First coat of metalizer over black:
The photo doesn't really show the metal effect but it's there. Pretty nice really.
All back together. Personally, I like retaining the chrome grill surround, blending with the headlights - while the black and grey tone down the original front end flash.