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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by southylad, Nov 28, 2012.

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    [Nov 28, 2012]
    hi i want a black grill on my s line and the cheapest solution seams to be plasti dip do they do a satin black and do you have to put something behing the grill to stop it coating the radiator and wheres the best place to get it in the uk , if anyone has coated there grill while still on the car any advice would be great as i dont realy want to remove the bumper and grill cheers
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    [Nov 28, 2012]
    i have seen a thread on here ,have you done a search
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    [Nov 28, 2012]
    done it both ways to my a4.
    if you want to leave it on the car put cardboard behind the grill / in front of the radiator to stop overspray effecting it.
    if you can though i would advise removing the grille as it lets you wash it( did mine in the sink), dry it off, primer it (not essential but helps) and means you can spray it up and leave overnight somewhere warm and dry for the plastidip to cure fully before re-attaching to the bumper / car.
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    [Nov 28, 2012]
    How easy is it to remove the grill and chrome surround?
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    if its anything like the A4 grilleyou pop the bumper of and its 8 torx bits. longest part was running the warm water to wash the grille before hand.
    just make sure you clean and dry it well as if one section comes away it will pull the rest off with how plasti-dip cures.
    i used standard halfrauds plastic primer on mine as well just to help it adhere even better.
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    [Nov 29, 2012]
    everyone seems to be out of stock of black airosol plasti dip
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    Not very hard.. Took me about an hour and a half to take it of, change the grill and put it back on :) The chrome frame is pretty easy to remove as well..
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    [Nov 30, 2012]
    Did you rub the old grill down at all??
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    Primer it?
    noooo don't do that.

    The whole point of Plasti Dip is for it to be removable when you had enough and take it back to standard colours.
    If you are going to primer it you might as well just paint it.

    No.
    Just clean it and paint it.


    The whole point of Plasti dip is its not a none permanent colour change to your car, shoes, boat, bike, shed, dash or any thing else you want to paint (Apart from cloths, that's kind of permanent). When you are finished with that colour and you want to change, you can peel it off (recycle it if you want) and put a new colour on or back to how it was.
    Priming or sanding kind of kills the whole point of plasti dip and you might as well just go with normal paint.

    Black Plasti dip sells out very very quickly, so you need to get in and buy it when its in stock. you might be able to find people on ebay selling it but they normally jack the price up cause they know its at a premium.

    If the weather was better I would offer to paint it for you. I got 10 litres of black, 5 litres of gun metal and 750ml of fluorescent red (you never know, you might like it) but due to the cold weather and not having any where in side to paint, I have to shut down plasti dipping during the winter. Which is really annoying and does my head in.
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    [Nov 30, 2012]
    Must admit i used the primer as dont intend on ever removing this colour from my grille. Reason i used plasti-dip was because i prefered its Matt black to anything i had seen come out a paint booth.
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    That's fair enough.

    It can have a very nice texture.
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    [Nov 30, 2012]
    agreed on the finish, had a look at getting my works paint booths to do a matt black for me but came out still way to smooth and glossy for my liking.
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    [Nov 30, 2012]
    Spray further away and on a hotter day you will get some more lumps then.

    You can get a less smooth finish but it means messing about with the mixture and the gun setting.

    When I first did my roof it was rough, its still a bit rough but not as bad.
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    [Nov 30, 2012]
    Sorry shouldve said i did my grille with a rattle-can. paint booth stuff was all propper paint gear etc using a non plasti-dip Matt black.
    one plus side to working in manufacturing is i can get all these bits done / do them myself.
    just need decent weather toi plastidip my horrible chrome window surrounds
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