Cosmetic Blackout

On the white FJ Cruiser I do not like the look of the silver trim. During the build process I took on the process of blacking out all the silver trim pieces and adding additional black trim and components to the exterior of our Toyota FJ Cruiser. Our goal was to create a black on white look with this new white FJ Cruiser.

Elements that needed to be blacked out where; the grill, mirrors, and door handles. With the replacement of the bumpers with All Pro hardware, the silver end caps did not need to be painted The silver wheels where also replaced with black wheels.

I used Rustolium Textured paint to finish the grill, mirror and door handles.

All the plastic parts where first sanded then an adhesive primer and then finished with the Rustolium paint.

The hood blackout was added by using a large vinyl sticker and adds a great finishing touch.

The bumpers and other trail armor are all painted black which helps finish the black on white trimmed look. Other items that I am still considering for cosmetic changes are the front and rear blinkers with black LED lights.



Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 

  12 comments for “Cosmetic Blackout

  1. Don Newman
    October 25, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Thomas, instead of blacking out all that trim, you should have just chromed the snorkel. LOL!
    It looks good. You’ve been working so fast, that I find myself disappointed when I check in the mornings and there’s no new updates. I say to myself, “what the heck, it’s been 36 hrs. He should’ve posted a major new upgrade by now.” (meanwhile, my fj is a week over due for a simple oil change, and tire rotation.)

  2. Kelley
    October 27, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    What primer did you use? And is the hood vinyl from Toyota?

  3. robert
    November 27, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    what grade sand paper did you use?

  4. Kyle D
    June 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Looks really good, I’m looking to achieve the same results. A few questions for you. What sheen of paint did you select to match? How is everything holding up so far? With the door handles being used regularly how are they wearing? Did you apply a clear coat finish to the parts? Thanks.

  5. Connor n
    September 19, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    How much would it cost to paint the end caps, bumpers, grill, mirrors and handles flat black? Also how much would it be to paint the roof flat black?

  6. Denny
    June 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    How do you get the front silver bumpers off?

    • June 6, 2012 at 6:32 AM

      Once you remove the bumper skin there are white clips on the inside that hold the bumper wings on.

  7. Kevin PIerpoint
    October 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    I would like to do the same for my 2012 white FJ. I wanted to find out where you ordered your parts from:
    – grill
    – door handles
    – rear view mirrors

    • December 5, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Ordered from toyota Dallas. Trdparts4u

  8. November 28, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    We met at the Overland Expo in AZ and I forgot to ask you about the blackout paint work. After 2 years how are the door handles holding their blackout paint? It looks like a set of OEM Team Trail Edition black handles costs about $60US. Wondering if it’s worth it for a high usage part like door handles. Your thoughts?

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