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Honeycomb fog grille mesh (RS6 look)

KrisKrk Dec 12, 2016

  1. KrisKrk

    KrisKrk A6 C6 4F 2010 LeMans Avant

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    Hey Mark,
    Have a look in my gallery. There is one picture of the car with original trim all round, when I bought it (have problems with rest of the pictures at the moment)

    Colour is grey but looks puple to me.

    Main grille is plasti dipped matt.
    Planning to ged rid of rest of the chrome with plasti dip.
    Roof rails will probably do in silver to match mirror caps, lower chin in front bumper and rear diffusor I plasti dipped few months ago.

    It's a slow process of matching all bits together like "black edition" cars have.
     
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  3. Markjb

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    Looks good. Mine's a dark Blue so think I'll possibly go for a black grill too - I think it looks good.

    Have you considered wrapping instead? Less time consuming :)
     
  4. KrisKrk

    KrisKrk A6 C6 4F 2010 LeMans Avant

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    Wrapping is more time consuming for me.
    It's not going to be as solid, but will be fine in the sun and cold.
    Wrap in the sun should be ok but colder temperatures might shrink it.

    Plasti dipped few items in my life so got quite good results. Preperations are always the key.

    I even bought a electrical tape wide enough to wrap the window chrome trims all in one piece (seen someone doing that in US and looked good).
    Cannot do the bend on the chrome at the rear side windows.
    Tape is thick and does not stretch as much as needed.

    Just recently wrapped B pillars to see if it will look fine, ok-ish, tacky or good. It is Carbon film as I want to change the exhaust tips to larger, carbon looking and wanted to have something matching.

    Still thinking about it, tho.
    May post some pictures and ask for opinion.
     
  5. Simon968

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    Kris, was the new grille gloss back before you Plastidipped it?
    Also, how does the fit compare with the original?
    Are there any big gaps, or does it sit proud anywhere?

    I'm considering the same one that you bought as it seems to be about the cheapest on eBay for the facelift models and appears to be supplied from up here in the North East.
     
  6. KrisKrk

    KrisKrk A6 C6 4F 2010 LeMans Avant

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    Simon, it is Gloss black originally. I personally don't like gloss so matt'ed it out.

    Fitting is a bit different than oem grille. Oem ones have plastic tabs along the both sides of it but at the top and bottom is secured with screws, 4 at the top and 2 in the bottom.
    Tabs are hard to pry without braking them but be careful and take your time undoing them.
    Rs look grille is just simply screwed on to the bumper, no tabs.
    I've added on few more screws to secure it properly and it sits nicely and flush.
    No gaps noticed that would state the swap.

    Have a look trough the thread again and check the pictures.

    I'm still proud of my self with this mod. Lol


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  7. Simon968

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    Cheers Kris, I may have to invest in one when finances allow.
    Just got to get the service (including belts), tax and insurance on the Porsche to sort and then see what I've got left :cry:
     
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  8. Chilostatic

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    Hi man!

    I am doing a similiar job on my audi and was wondering what kind of glue did you use?
     
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    i do like a nice little diy project
     
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    Hey bud,

    For the first time I have used "No nails" glue as it was easy to file to shape but it gave way few months after.
    Than used proper hard plastic glue from Halfrauds, don't remember the name of it and it worked better. Also, with second reglue, I have permanently sprayed it matt.

    Just 2 days ago, took the matte plasti dil off the front grille to original gloss and will be giving the fog grilles a coat of clear lacquer for shine.

    Something must've happen to my head to switch back to gloss and chrome
    Rings remain matte silver dipped. Soon to go on[​IMG][​IMG]

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  11. NiceblokeniceNfat

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    Hi

    Lovely job with the car... pls tell me where you got your grille mesh from?
    I've shown one here that it looks like but the honeycomb pieces measure 2.5cm/1.4cm which I thought was a bit on he large size.
    Yours look perfect size, I could be wrong and yours could be the same or similar size honeycomb dimensions to this sheet sold by "goingfast" on eBay/Amazon.

    Also what type of glue did you use and sand down? Could it be done with the molten liquid type or has to be something else?
    Thanks!!! I've been wanting honeycomb fog light grill for years. IMG_0831.PNG
     
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  13. KrisKrk

    KrisKrk A6 C6 4F 2010 LeMans Avant

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    Hi mate,

    Don't remember who was the mesh from but they the same, in general.
    It looks the same and ad pictures are same.

    I started with "no nail" glue but discovered, it gave up after few months due to weather, I think.
    Bought the proper plastic glue from Halfords, as it was available from the shelf. This did better and stronger connection.
    Read her, some users were gluing it with mastik or another industrial type glue and was also good.

    First glue attemot, I was filing with sandpaper.
    New glue was better as I was only filling the gaps between all notches carved out in the grille. Could not be bothered with little gaps at the front as it was going to be covered with lacquer.

    If you want to go easier way, you do not need to carve them out, like I did. It will save you time.
    I did it only to bring the mesh forward to the front. Make it more visible.
    Came out pretty good.
    Few weeks ago, I sprayed it with clear cote, for shine and to match main grille.

    Let me know how it works for you and end result.
    Good luck

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    Ahh ok. Yeah the pictures in the ad look the same.. if at all possible and maybe you keep a handy rule/tape measure in the car haha, any chance you can measure the inside dimensions of the fog light grill mesh?
    As I said...the one in the ad measures 2.5 x 1.4 cm which I thought seems a bit big but could be wrong.
    I'm thinking to have a go with a hot glue gun as it sets right away...but wasn't sure if it could be nicely sanded.. I'll report back!

    I'm thinking to also have a go hacking it up with a dremel....might end up looking naff, we'll see.

    Just finishing doing the control arms/poly v belt n idler pulleys plus the big crankshaft pulley!

    Cheers for the write up n help!
     
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    Thanks for the tip! I used some stronger glue specifically for plastic and so far its working! Yeah i also went for the gloss black, something about the shine that draws me.

    Anyhow i did it a little bit different and added some photos on how they turned out. Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration in this thread!
     
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  16. NiceblokeniceNfat

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    Ahh you just replaced the whole grill piece with honeycomb mesh..I was thinking about that but problem was what to do with the little pointy bit in the middle that sticks out further than the grill....
    Have you got any pic of the car front so we can better see how that set up looks.
    Cool.
     
  17. KrisKrk

    KrisKrk A6 C6 4F 2010 LeMans Avant

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    Wow! Why didn't I think of that?
    Yours look really nice. I'm jealous now.

    Like the silver lower lip

    Glad I could inspire someone else to this mod as I was inspired by another member.
     
  18. KrisKrk

    KrisKrk A6 C6 4F 2010 LeMans Avant

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    #Chilostatic did not replaced it whole with mesh. If you look closer, you'll see mesh over the grille.
    Nicely done to the size sonit looks oem.

    I'll measure the pieces for you during the day.

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    Here's a pic of the whole frame, srry bout the delay!
    I ended up with actually cutting the whole middle that sticks out to make the mesh go in to the fog grill a bit :)
    The hardest part with all of this was definitely making the glue stick because the whole mesh bends a bit.

    edit: also have the chrome rs6 grill on it!
    breaks my heart to have the license plate on there
     

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  20. KrisKrk

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    Looks sick, man

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    SPANIARD!!!! haha well at least you've always got good weather down there to work on the car.
    Yeah it looks really good!
    I was going to ask which glue you used and if you had any difficulty attaching the mesh. And paint, did you use primer, base coat then lacquer? I've got some primer and gloss paint so I was considering skipping the lacquer....not sure.
    Yesterday I got delivered my mesh from goingfast in Germany....made in Taiwan... and maybe next week if time permits then I'll have a crack at doing my fog grills as well!
     
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    Hello, bought an A6 last March, been saving to replace the front end (matey had hit something but didnt tell me during the sale) all that time ive been looking for honeycomb fog light grills and now you 2 have given me the info i needed, thank you very much, loving the look of both the styles you've done
     
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    Picked all my bits up today and dropped them at the spray shop, just the main grill to get now, theres a few out there, not sure which one
    to get
     
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  24. KrisKrk

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    Congrats on the car.
    How you finding it? What engine and reg you got?
    Glad I could help and inspire you.

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    Loving it, ive never had a fast or decent car before, thought id treat myself for my 35th birthday haha.

    Its an 09, 2.7TDI s-line quattro, pretty high spec to be fair, geeza before me had a stage 1 remap put on it too, so its nippy.

    Previous owner had it for 14 months and neglected it abit, so ive had to spend abit of money and put abit of love into it, just to replace the front end and change to honeycomb grills now, the fact i couldnt find any honeycomb fog light grills has really been bugging me though, so im well happy now

    Going to get the mesh and grill ordered now
     
  26. NiceblokeniceNfat

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    Well over the Christmas period I've had a go at doing my honeycomb mesh grills. Made a pretty serious mess of plastic dust, particles and paint... got pretty high off the paint and solvent glue! But in the end they've turned out ok... I'd have liked to spend a little more time to perfect things but had to move on to other things. What do you reckon? IMG_6182.jpg
     
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    Coolio.... yeah they're lovely cars and you get a lot for the money. Nice for cruising, luxurious etc. I've had to change a few things on mine recently but that's fine as they're such nice cars, a pleasure to drive
     
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    I like that version. Going to start working on mine next week
     
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  30. KrisKrk

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    Looks really nice.

    That is pre facelift bumper on SE model, right? Fog grille look slightly different to the Sline facelifted one and to me, better with that mesh.

    Great job

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    Would recommend to paint the crash bar support and that pipe behind the main grille.
    When I changed the grille in mine I didn't do that either but ocd could not allow me to live with it anymore and had the bumper off again to spray it black.

    Well worth it

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    SE!!!! Haha nah man it's the 3.0 tdi S line Lê Mans 233bhp upped to 275 with about 40-45 mpg thanks to the stage 1 remap.

    Ahhhh yeah the intercooler pipe....the Mrs said to paint it also recently when I did the crankshaft pulley/belt/tensioner etc....but I had had it off the road for too long and was sick of walking everywhere..hahaha
    Coming from a car where we wanna see the intercooler piping I had thought that it'd be nice to see it on the A6 but yeah, it's better to paint it.. one day if I have the bumper off again! Got other more important jobs first, namely new subframe bushes :sos:
     
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    After a 2 week set back time wise, I'm back on the grill upgrade. I'm struggling to find a glue that sticks. What make and type of glue did you all use please?
     
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    I've used Bostick Hard glue from Halfords but anything strong for plastics, for outside use will be fine

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    Well I did a fair amount of research into it...erm I guess your using what I used an ABS plastic mesh. They say youve gotta find what type of plastic your using to get the best glue..sounds about right. Anyway on the back of your car trim you should see the abbreviation for the type of plastic... can't recall myself but it's something like "A-something-something" haha.
    I found a good glue to use is plumbers solvent cement. Got mine from Wickes, it's almost half the price of screwfix at £2.90 ish for 250ml.
    It melts both plastics together like welding them... the science part of it is MEK ketone, which in hindsight I should've just purchased that from amazon/eBay as the plumbers cement can be a bit messy...though I found after cutting out too much plastic, the gap filling properties of Floplast helped quite a bit!
     
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    Also...a nice tip I found on a scale modelling forum was to make a sort of filler you can dissolve small shavings of plastic into the solvent and fill quite large gaps with that if you have them.
    Using neat MEK chemical bought online or maybe a model shop, the plastic would dissolve better... I found the Floplast solvent cement struggled to dissolve any particles larger than dust you'd get from cutting the plastic. But it was fine for me...I could've done better but needed the car back!!
    By the way...don't inhale that solvent cement too much or you'll go dizzy.. haha reminded me of the old days of poppers!!! :rockwoot:
     
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    Cheers boys, very helpful.I've got the luxury of time as I'm replacing the whole front end I've not got bits missing. Ive tried a few so far but with no good results.
     

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