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8L S3 Black Grill De-chroming

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by The Challinor, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. The Challinor
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    Hi guys,

    I know this probably has been posted everywhere over this forum but i cannot find a definite answer anywhere. I'm thinking of a black grill to replace the silver surround on the front bumper.

    Can the chrome surround be removed or do you have to remove the whole grill? - how can this be done ?

    Can you buy the black grill or do you just get your silver one sprayed? or buy 1 from Audi as a backup while being sprayed ?

    Thanks Guys and Girls !
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  3. Westy
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    Remove surround with a flat blade screwdriver, start in the corners. Sand down silver as much as possible just to get a rough surface, then spray with as many coats of black paint as possible because it will stone chip badly after a while.

    Alternatively you can do what I did and get a bodyshop to paint it the same colour as the car:

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    I'm thinking of doing this.
    Anyone got a pic of a dolphin grey with black grill surround?
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    I don't think it looks any better, it does look different which is why I think people do it. You've gotta ask though if the S3 had a black grill as standard would everyone want a nice chrome one?
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    Westy Double Dark Side! Diesel & 8P

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    I think the silver surround makes the car look a little dated now. The black surround makes the car look more aggressive in my opinion.
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    Thats a fair opinion and your right it can make it look a bit dated and they do look evil with the black grill, I was just putting the question out there. I have colour coded grills before on other Vag cars but wont be doing it to my S3. I think the chrome does look more classy.
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    I'm not that classy so the black grills ok for me :)
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    Yer that's nice man, that is something I'm after. Looks really smart, mines yellow with black rims so the black grill would look smart I think. Been looking to buy 1 but cannot seem to find 1 for sale, don't feel 2 confident doing it myself so if I do get it done - body shop is the way to go.
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    Personally think that looks superb . . . but only because the car's paint is black to match. I personally think black grill on a red/yellow/blue car etc, won't suit.

    But only my opinion ;)
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    Has anyone got a yellow S3 with the black grill so I can get a idea of what it will look like before I do it ?
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    Let me know how you got on pref with pics :p !
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    It is a perculiar colour isn't it? Almost like acid yellow on the Clio V6;

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    Looks like a monster duck crapped on it.
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    Yer, just looks odd on the car - It's a diffrent shade to the Clio above, I seen the new Clio Renault sport in that colour and the megane, think that suits it well
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    In the colour of the Audi, yeah. The new Meg and Clios are Liquid Yellow.

    /ex Clio shitbox owner.
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    Thanks very much but how dare you call my car black! It's ming blue :no:

    The red S3s look very good with black grill surrounds. You need to see some pics of S3GAV's red S3 and you'll want to do your grill straight away.
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    Oooh, bugger, sorry! :sorry:
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    Here you go mate.

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    Has anyone got pics of the black grill on a standard yellow coloured S3 ? lol
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    abit off topic but what size wheel spacers are on your car? it looks the nuts the wheels sit perfect in your arches
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    Not to mention the wheels are the best wheels you can get for the 8L :hubbahubba:

    Edit: Just noticed that they are RSTTs not the Avus IIIs :motz:
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    i completely agree mate

    edit: i don't agree then lol
    imo i wouldnt have any other wheel i think they suit the car perfect
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    Gav, get some photos up of your motor with the black grill to try and persuade JD09 that it looks sweet.
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    Well since this has become a show off your de-chromed front grill thread, lol, heres mine!

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    my computer has packed up im on my ps3 lol it won't let me put pics up can you get apic from the show your car sectio?

    thanx
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    Hi I know I might sound like a chav but I was not sure about the black surround so instead of painting it and then realising I didn't like it I got a roll of black electricle tape and started to apply it. 5 min later it was done and it looks realy good so I will soon be painting it just in the middle of re-painting the wheels in avus silver. Good luck with your grill it will look good eitherway
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    ok ok, i know its only a "look down your nose at the 1.8T" but why not spray the whole lot black?? i have had nothing but complements since i sprayed mine

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    it looks de-badged from a distance and makes the car look a whole load more aggresive.
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    before
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    looks beter in black imo
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    damn ure car looks awsome!, its the lowered look and the black grill. love the black and red :D
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    It's not my car dude , that one has 19" RSTTs and I agree looks one mean mofo with that stance.
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    Ka'pow -

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    Cheers dude. Looks good, but i'm still not 100%. Think i'll try the tape trick first...
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    thanks mate that grill completely changed my front end i love the way it looks right now
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    thought they looked bigger than mine might have to me some lol
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    Where can you get the 19" RSTT's from. Also the wiper arms look different to me...
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