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De-Chroming Front Grille Surround and Badge

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Benjiman46, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Benjiman46

    Benjiman46 R-Tech Terrorist

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    Hi all!

    As above, how would I go about doing this?

    Cheers in advance!

    Ben :)
     
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  3. S3featesV9

    S3featesV9 Active Member

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    Remove the grill. Pop chrome surround off the. Wrap it in chosen vinyl. Other method is to spray it...but that'll chip off with stones and washes etc.

    To remove grill ideally you need to remove bumper to try and not break the securing clips!
     
  4. Jimgrim77

    Jimgrim77 Member

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    The grill surround just pulls off. Be gentle. Easy job. Sand, undercoat, spray and lacquer it. 7 odd coats in total will do job. Nice and easy and looks great.
     
  5. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    +1 on the vinyl that way you won't be re- doing it every 12month due to stone chips.
    Personally I think matte black looks good on the grill surround due to the grills being matte, makes a massive difference up front for very small costs.
     
  6. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    Has anyone got pics of Black Grill surround and/or rings on a silver s3?
     
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    [​IMG]

    Matt black vinyl on surround
     
  10. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    If no one bangs a pic up dude pm rubbarb (Chris) I did his surround and it looks really well against the silver paint. Or sift the pics sticky, but you may be in there a while ;)
     
  11. RyanS3TT

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    Did you Vinyl it or spray it?

    I think ill do the surround but not the rings.

    Where du get your vinyl from?

     
  12. aragorn

    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!"
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    I baught gloss black rings from ebay, then vinyl wrapped the surround.

    Painted the one on my old car, and it just chips off and looks **** after a few months if you do any sort of mileage in the car.
     
  13. Dane

    Dane Had an 8L S3, a B5 RS4 now I have a B8 S4

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    I got the vinyl off eBay. Got a load left
    Over too. I'll try find the ebayshop I brought from
     
  15. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    Minrs done in vinyl mate. I get it via my suppliers but there is loads on the bay, just make sure you buy a premium cast vinyl or it will just end up on the floor lol.

    Dane, just going to nip to the lav with this ;)
     
  16. S3featesV9

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    Item number 190584487442

    Sorry on phone so can't do links.

    You can get better stuff like 3M etc. I've had no issues with this though. Been on 2yrs aswell.
     
  17. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    Ye I only use 3m or avery. But its quite pricey compared to others. I was trialling KPMF Premium cast on my grill as a cheap option and tbh for little things like that it's ok and it's on three grills in here and all still looks ok as far a I know.
     
  18. Jimgrim77

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    I'm a convert but already sprayed the upper grill matt black.

    Has anyone wrapped the lower grill surround on an S3...If so, lets see it. That can be my first wrap.
     
  19. damo.h

    damo.h DVLA Say it's Black

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    Yep, not the best pics but all detaining is done in 3m 85 seriese CV3 gloss black[​IMG]


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