When I got my truck it had little to do with how much chrome there was on it. It had to to with the performance package I was looking for with the sound system and interior I wanted...I didn't get a limited because I don't like or need leather or a moonroof. So I ended up with an SR5 TRD which has been awesome...because '08 is the best year...
Toyota designers designed which parts should be "chrome" and which shouldn't. So the bumper, the grill and the badges were all shiny. Really it's no different than getting different wheels and tires to achieve a look.
I took what was available and as time went on, I thought the badges would look better plasti-dipped black. My door handles are already black, so it wasn't crazy to have the badges match. If I had the time and really cared, I'd do my bumpers and grill or blow some cash for color matched, but it's not a big deal to me.
But that's me and that's the point. Who really cares if someone does whatever they want to their property using their money. It's just a matter of personal preference. Plasti-dip is cheap to do, not permanent and something fun "to do"...Put it on the list of the many distractions of life...
It's as simple as wanting a different look and something to do on a Saturday afternoon that feels "productive." Why does it matter to anyone but the guy who owns the truck?
I suppose you are correct.
We shouldn't give 2 fu(ks about anyone going with the cheapest, ugliest, temporary solution to an unsatisfactory grille, bumper, or wheel color/finish that anyone spray paints plastic on, on their own vehicle.
BUT in this thread, we were responding to the OP and wanted to bond with him over the misunderstanding of such behavior of you and others.
I didn't like the chrome grille and hood bulge, so I replaced it.
I didn't like the stock chrome headlights, so I replaced them.
I didn't like the chrome TUNDRA and SR5 badges, so I REMOVED THEM.
I don't mind the chrome bumper ends, they hold up better when some a-hole backs into my bumper in a parking lot.
I might swap them for painted bumper ends, but it isn't worth $800 at this time, maybe when the truck is paid off in 5 months.
I hope your spray painted parts give you several months of pleasure before it chips, fades, and falls off.
And even if you don't care, everyone can tell what you've done, you took the cheap way out.
Your family and neighbors are laughing at you behind your back, but whatever works for you, is fu(kin' A with me....