Well, to get the center out without causing damage....I actually damaged it. :lol: Im kidding. Actually I bought this grill of Ebay for $10. It was broke on one side, but I didn't care since I was going to be cutting the center out and using epoxy and bondo to remold the contours.
Anywho to get the center out I used a drywall knife (or anything else along those lines will work) and a vice. The knife was good for the peices connected on the sides, but for the top I used a table saw. A bandsaw or jig saw will work better.
I didn't get to sand down the excess at the time, so I thought I could just fill it in with the plubers epoxy. The epoxy worked very well for the holes that were made from removing the center, but didn't work so well to even everything out. But of course sanding because my best friend, and I did a hell of alot of sanding to get the lower section smooth. Acutally I still have more sanding to go, but I took a break on it.
So plumbers epoxy, bondo and lots of sanding works great. 8)
I wish I had done mine with some bondo on top of that, though, when you get right up in front of the car you can see the epoxy doesn't get quite as smooth as I'd have liked it. Maybe later this summer I will re-do it proper with bondo.
anyone know what will strip my laquer paint and duplicolor primer WITHOUT eating the plastic?
I got some paint stripper specifically for cars and it ate a bunch of the grill last time! I was PISSED. It only said "not for use on plastics" hidden very tiny WAAAAY at the bottom after all the directions,. instructions, warnings, cautions, and was almost unfair how it was hidden away. I showedmy girlfriend who just graduated law school, she even said that was borderline dirty and illegal, to get people to buy the product thinking it can be used on anything....I almost lost the grill completely, but the plumbers epoxy saved my ass!
Sanding would be best. While the Epoxy putty is great stuff, the best solution would be fiberglass. Would allow for high strength and flexibility. I intend to make it good and smooth, then make a mold of it, so others can be knocked off easy, instead of modifying stock ones.