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8L S3 Black Grill De-chroming

The Challinor Feb 11, 2010

  1. The Challinor

    The Challinor Well-Known Member Audi S3

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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 !
     
  2. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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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:

    [​IMG]
     
  3. JS1500

    JS1500 Howdy

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    I'm thinking of doing this.
    Anyone got a pic of a dolphin grey with black grill surround?
     
  4. ben_turbo1

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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?
     
  5. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  6. ben_turbo1

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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.
     
  7. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    I'm not that classy so the black grills ok for me :)
     
  8. The Challinor

    The Challinor Well-Known Member Audi S3

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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.
     
  9. JD09

    JD09 I'm not modding, I'm improving VCDS Map User

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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 ;)
     
  10. The Challinor

    The Challinor Well-Known Member Audi S3

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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 ?
     
  11. JD09

    JD09 I'm not modding, I'm improving VCDS Map User

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  13. The Challinor

    The Challinor Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    Let me know how you got on pref with pics :p !
     
  14. The Challinor

    The Challinor Well-Known Member Audi S3

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  15. JD09

    JD09 I'm not modding, I'm improving VCDS Map User

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    It is a perculiar colour isn't it? Almost like acid yellow on the Clio V6;

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Lemon S3

    Lemon S3 Alex

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    Looks like a monster duck crapped on it.
     
  17. The Challinor

    The Challinor Well-Known Member Audi S3

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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
     
  18. JD09

    JD09 I'm not modding, I'm improving VCDS Map User

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    In the colour of the Audi, yeah. The new Meg and Clios are Liquid Yellow.

    /ex Clio shitbox owner.
     
  19. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  20. JD09

    JD09 I'm not modding, I'm improving VCDS Map User

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    Oooh, ******, sorry! :sorry:
     
  21. Maz

    Maz Moon is made of green cheese

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    Here you go mate.

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  22. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team V8 Audi S5 s tronic

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  23. The Challinor

    The Challinor Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    Has anyone got pics of the black grill on a standard yellow coloured S3 ? lol
     
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  25. s3gav

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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
     
  26. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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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:
     
  27. s3gav

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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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  28. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  29. Olly P

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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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  30. s3gav

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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
     
  31. Jgould

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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
     
  32. ALPINE

    ALPINE Yes its diesel, now cry u lost

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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

    [​IMG]

    it looks de-badged from a distance and makes the car look a whole load more aggresive.
     
  33. s3gav

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    looks beter in black imo
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  34. Zenin

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    damn ure car looks awsome!, its the lowered look and the black grill. love the black and red :D
     
  35. Maz

    Maz Moon is made of green cheese

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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.
     
  36. 16Klappe

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    Ka'pow -

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  37. JS1500

    JS1500 Howdy

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    Cheers dude. Looks good, but i'm still not 100%. Think i'll try the tape trick first...
     
  38. s3gav

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    thanks mate that grill completely changed my front end i love the way it looks right now
     
  39. s3gav

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    thought they looked bigger than mine might have to me some lol
     
  40. chris_marshall

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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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