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    Looking to darken my grill but what's the best way?

    I dont wanna paint it because i know that wont last long what are the other options?
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    You can wrap the surround or buy a black grill

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    Plasti Dip it is another thing which i have heard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farhan View Post
    Plasti Dip it is another thing which i have heard
    This stuff is great, easy to use and durable enough to withstand regular pressure washing. xx

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    I took my bumper off last year and did it myself, 10 quid for a piece of matte black vinyl, 31,000 miles later theres only one little chip from a stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paullie View Post
    This stuff is great, easy to use and durable enough to withstand regular pressure washing. xx

    grill* s4 plastidip - YouTube


    That does look good people even use it for wheels this should be good to de-chrome as well nice find
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblokey0 View Post
    That does look good people even use it for wheels this should be good to de-chrome as well nice find
    I bought some for myself (have one tin of paint-on Plastidip and a can of the spray on stuff), but only used it to do my black S3 badge so far. It really gives an excellent finish, ..the trick is just to build up very light coats. You can also get a can of clearcoat Plastidip which gives a gloss finish. If you mess it up on your first attempt, you only have to scrape it off and try again, not completely re-prep as you would have to if you were painting it. The thing I like about it is - like vinyl wrapping - your original parts and paintwork are protected underneath. If it gets scratched, you just pull it off and do it again. xx
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    Where is the best place to get a Black edition grille? Think I need a darker grille too but want to keep the standard one as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paullie View Post
    I bought some for myself (have one tin of paint-on Plastidip and a can of the spray on stuff), but only used it to do my black S3 badge so far. It really gives an excellent finish, ..the trick is just to build up very light coats. You can also get a can of clearcoat Plastidip which gives a gloss finish. If you mess it up on your first attempt, you only have to scrape it off and try again, not completely re-prep as you would have to if you were painting it. The thing I like about it is - like vinyl wrapping - your original parts and paintwork are protected underneath. If it gets scratched, you just pull it off and do it again. xx
    Do you have any pics?

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    This plastidip stuff looks awesome! Checkout dipyourcar on YouTube. That guy plastidip's everything!
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    I've just bought a can i'll be painting my grill :D
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    Let us know how you get on, i'm gonna be doing this on my split grilles once the weather warms up a bit! I tried wrapping them but couldn't get the chrome surround off to save my life!

    I already have a feeling this is going to be like wrapping, everything's going to be getting plasti-dipped.
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    is it worth getting the clear coat you think?
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    Can you please post a link to which plastidip il need (black). There's too many products so I'm a bit confused. Im looking for the spray can. Seen the video on youtube looks easy and looks quite good. Had mine painted matte black and it just peels off all the time
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblokey0 View Post
    is it worth getting the clear coat you think?
    Thats what I'm going to do, matte silver grille and badges.

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    I also want to spray my chrome part of the grill like a gunmetal colour but plastidip dont offer a grey colour
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farhan View Post
    I also want to spray my chrome part of the grill like a gunmetal colour but plastidip dont offer a grey colour
    I think you can get custom colours made up mate, the guy on YouTube had a gunmetal colour in one of his vids!
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    Cheers mate- £16 a can? Abit expensive it's available on the plastidip website for £9..
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamwhatiammomo View Post
    Cheers mate- £16 a can? Abit expensive it's available on the plastidip website for £9..
    +Postage... work's out roughly the same.
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    Oh yeah- looking to do this soon- sick of the paint just peels off- dont wanna spend 150 odd quid on a new grill hoping for an s3 soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheikh View Post
    I think you can get custom colours made up mate, the guy on YouTube had a gunmetal colour in one of his vids!
    I think they have a make your own kit guessing i use white and black mixed to get a shade of grey. The youtube vid the gunmetal can only be bought from him in america and he wont ship overseas because of the laws on chemicals etc in transit
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    i have a free black FK grill if anyone wants it,slight crack on one side,not too noticeable


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    Have shared these before - plastidipped my grill, I love the finish it gives:


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    When did you do that mate? Has it pealed off or anything?
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    essll that looks pretty decent. Had any problems with it when washing the car? Or even jet washing?

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    i'm gona consider doing this aswell to my s3 grill, is it worth getting clear coat because i want a gloss black finish?

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    great find paulie just need to decide if matte or gloss look for a black car ???

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    I have matte black On mine (paint) looks great but I see a lot of OEM which is gloss which looks better in my opinion but it's your preference
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    Quote Originally Posted by mx_rab View Post
    essll that looks pretty decent. Had any problems with it when washing the car? Or even jet washing?
    It's been on for 4 months or so - no chipping, or issues with pressure washing.

    The clear coat doesn't actually add a glossy finish, it's just clear matte. What you'll need is the glossifier, which is in a separate section on the plastidip.co.uk site.

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    Here's a link to the Glossifier clear coating on the Plastidip site, guys. xx

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    after this thread i had mine done,will take a pic of it on the car soon


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    Quote Originally Posted by marknjayne View Post
    after this thread i had mine done,will take a pic of it on the car soon


    That looks really cool, Dude! Can't wait to see it on the car xx
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    I can vouch for this stuff i did my grill and interior trim and it looks great you cant even tell its a diy job
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    This looks tempting. I was thinking of getting my s3 front and rear spitters painted gloss black to match the BE styling. Think it will look good on a white car. This could be a cheaper longer lasting option!! I would use the glossifier as well though.

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    Here's a pic of mine done :D
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    Big blokey did you remove the bumper before you did the plastidip?
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    DIY optics grill at a fraction of the cost of a new one.

    Check my thread for photos, i did mines at the weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblokey0 View Post



    Here's a pic of mine done :D
    That looks sexy as a sexy thing, Fella, well done! I really rate this stuff and can see lots more people using it as it's easier than spray painting and much more durable than paint too. xx
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