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Old 03-08-2008, 11:01 AM   #1
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I hate chrome. I think the front end of the 9-3ss is best looking on the road today.

I have decided to de-chrome my 3 piece grille and have it sprayed in all matte/flat black.

Here are some teasers of my work in progress...









Its way to cold to spray in the garage so I modded my downstairs gym into temporary paint booth.

The gym has no windows or ventilation and I have a headache.
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Old 03-08-2008, 11:16 AM   #2
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Light weight The glill looks good though
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Douglas I think you remember the black grill on my OG9-3 from the rallyx this last fall. It looked good for about 3 weeks then the chrome started to show through....

I gave it a good clean to remove all the grease. Let it air dry for a day. Then dusted it off. Painted it in my basement much like you. Headache and dizziness for the loose! Then let it dry for 3 days. Put it on the car. Eventually my work didn't pay off. I am thinking a low temp bake in the oven would have helped. What did you do for yours?
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I should post a picture of mine after a few long runs...
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Liketheword, I do recall your and Greg's black grills from rallyX.

First after removal of the grille(s) I went over them with a 60 grit pad to strip off as much of the chrome of as possible.

I followed up with a 200 grit on the plastic slats and went over everything with a dremel using the sanding attachment.

Several washes and an alcohol bath, some dry time and it was time to paint.

I use an aresol spray of Dupli-color brand spray on bedliner truck bed coating.

I decided to use bed liner spray for a few different reasons:

Its tough as shit, abrasion resistant, its a flat black color, it adheres quite well to plastic, and the application fumes give nice mellow high.

I have no idea how long it will last or if it will look like shit when I get around to putting it on my car.

Will post some photos of completed install.
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I decided to use bed liner spray for a few different reasons:

. . . the application fumes give nice mellow high.
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I used plasti-dip spray on mine, without any prep work, and it's lasted since fall thus far.
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Douglas, sounds like you took it a bit further w/ the sanding. Bed liner spray-on is an interesting idea. I went w/ the duplicolor plastic stuff called krylon (sp?) I look forward to seeing it installed!

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I used plasti-dip spray on mine, without any prep work, and it's lasted since fall thus far.
Info on the product please.

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I have yet to decide if using the bed liner spray was a brilliant idea or a really fucking stupid idea.

A few hundred miles and dozen or so car washes should determine that.
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Old 03-08-2008, 02:55 PM   #10
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Nobody likes to take my advice to use self etching primer over the chrome...

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Nobody likes to take my advice to use self etching primer over the chrome...

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First I had heard of it.

To be honest, I actually would have used that. It sounds like just the thing.
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Good idea!


It will be interesting to see how it holds up.
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Info on the product please.

Links are nice.

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http://www.caswellplating.com/aids/plastidip.html

The pic ( the only one I've taken in the past six months, I think...):

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My friend and I used the truck bed liner on a grill guard he bought for his truck. While we didn't really do that much sanding, we did paint it right onto the guard(steel).

It took about 2 or 3 days for the paint to fully cure, and be as tough as sh!t. Just give it time.
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wow that should look nice, i have never really like the chrome look either. hope you get some pics up soon.

JK- where do you find this primer you talk of, my grill is starting to flake after about a year, i think i will try this.
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They should sell it anywhere you can get spray paint...

I would maybe try an auto store first. They would be more likely to carry something for metal than say, a home improvement store.
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:58 PM   #17
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Here are some pictures of the completed and installed grille.

It turned out well and survived its first car wash.





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Looks good Andrew!

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wow that should look nice, i have never really like the chrome look either. hope you get some pics up soon.

JK- where do you find this primer you talk of, my grill is starting to flake after about a year, i think i will try this.
http://www.google.com/products?sourc...ch+primer&um=1

You still need to sand the grille pretty well, as the chrome is pretty hard. I'd suggest 320 if you intend on keeping the crome under there, or something more aggressive if you wish to hog through the chrome and get it down to bare plastic (in which case you won't need the self-etch primer).

Remember the chrome coating is metal, bare metal, and it should be treated as such. Most primers will not adhere very well to bare metal without at least a light etch coat or an epoxy based primer applied first.
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I would have left the wing chrome I think. But I like it.
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