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jasonbaek 09-17-2011 12:01 AM

Just painted the front grilles and kidneys..
 
So when I first got it, it had a nasty greyish silver paint and chrome trim pieces on the bumper trims and front grille.

Today I removed grille parts and realized that there are much more chrome trims than I thought.. apperantly the whole vertical lines in kidney were carefully covered with chrome trims.. Anyways I cleaned them with a good wash and 220grit sandpaper, and painted them with dupli-color trim paint.

I'll also remove the front&rear bumpers to paint bumper trims..hopefully tomorrow or sunday.
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Woofer 09-17-2011 12:25 AM

It's amazing how little things like this can make such an improvement. Great work. Paint the trim. You won't be disappointed. Makes the car look very fresh.

Oh yea and if you can take the rings off your head lights. Give those a spray too. Completes the look IMHO

jasonbaek 09-17-2011 02:23 AM

omg I never realized that! are they screwed onto headlamp retainer? Then I guess I can just unscrew them and paint them black.
Thanks for the advice!

E36is 09-17-2011 07:09 AM

imo, instead of using just duplicolor on the grills and kidney, i first use plasti-dip as a base then duplicolor to finish it up. this way, road debri and stones will not chip the paint. I have done the same on my front spoiler (white) and to this day no signs of paint chipping.

Woofer 09-17-2011 10:40 AM

^^^ good idea. I did that to Everything except the lower valence and it's chipping. That stuff works really well.

As for the rings on the headlights, i think they are just clipped on. Just pry them off gently. Good luck.

MaxBell 09-17-2011 11:11 AM

SWEET. How did you get the silver kidneys off the grill?

jasonbaek 09-17-2011 02:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MaxBell (Post 1524049)
SWEET. How did you get the silver kidneys off the grill?

There are are 4 tabs on each kidney surrounding that slides onto the grill. you can take them off \by gently pulling them from the grill.

jasonbaek 09-17-2011 02:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by E36is (Post 1524032)
imo, instead of using just duplicolor on the grills and kidney, i first use plasti-dip as a base then duplicolor to finish it up. this way, road debri and stones will not chip the paint. I have done the same on my front spoiler (white) and to this day no signs of paint chipping.

I looked home depot and canadian tire to buy plasti-dip but couldn't find it.. that's why I only used dupli-color..I gave about 5 coats so it won't cheap easily but I'm sure that plasti-dip would be more durable in terms of chipping.

frankie591 09-17-2011 10:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Woofer (Post 1524044)
^^^ good idea. I did that to Everything except the lower valence and it's chipping. That stuff works really well.

As for the rings on the headlights, i think they are just clipped on. Just pry them off gently. Good luck.

3 philips screws hold the rings on the headlamps. dead easy to take off and look a hundred times better painted black.

Blackedout95 09-17-2011 11:01 PM

Nice job

Ceeker 09-18-2011 09:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by E36is (Post 1524032)
imo, instead of using just duplicolor on the grills and kidney, i first use plasti-dip as a base then duplicolor to finish it up. this way, road debri and stones will not chip the paint. I have done the same on my front spoiler (white) and to this day no signs of paint chipping.

Hey, where do you find the plasti dip?

Ceeker 09-18-2011 09:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jasonbaek (Post 1524029)
omg I never realized that! are they screwed onto headlamp retainer? Then I guess I can just unscrew them and paint them black.
Thanks for the advice!

those headlight rings are not screwed on. They simply snap into place. Only the sealed beam headlights have screw retainers to hold the lens/bulb in place.

jasonbaek 09-18-2011 12:27 PM

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I also painted front&rear bumper trims yesterday. I took both bumpers out but I couldn't get trims out even from the behind..kinda afraid of breaking them. SO I just masked them and they turned out quite nice.

411 09-18-2011 12:34 PM

I am very hopeful that you will post a response to "ceeker's" question on where to get
the "plasti-dip"??

Steve30 09-18-2011 12:36 PM

i just bought a can of plasti-dip from home hardware. it was the last can though.


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