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Painting Grill Any tips

wobbly box Jul 27, 2019

  1. wobbly box

    wobbly box Registered User

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    The grill on my car at the moment is a silver grey colour and all the other plastic trims on the car are black. I’ve picked up another grill which is a dark grey colour but I want to paint it a satin black.
    I ve seen post about using Plasti coat or similar, it I would rather use traditional spray paint.
    I ve seen black spray can in Halfords and also scrap plastic primer, would this also be suitable for painting the chrome. I did look at removing the trim but it would leave gaps. I have removed the Audi rings as I will keep them the way they are.

    Any tips for dealing with the chrome trim.

    Thanks
     
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  3. RichardT

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    I would suspect that if you spray up your grill with normal aerosol spray that it would great at first. But after a very short time it would chip/wear. You would be dealing with a very thin coat in a very vulnerable position.
     
  4. wobbly box

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    Yeah that’s my worry. Is Plasticoat type paint harder wearing? Just thought something that can just be pealed off wouldn’t be very durable.
     
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    It depends. If you do it properly it last for a long time. You can't go cheap on the amount of coats. I did mine 9 months ago and it's still good as new.
     
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    I did the black edition swap recently and decided to buy a genuine grille and side grilles instead of painting. The front takes a hammering and my painter mate said he'd rather not paint it as it would just end up looking very second hand very quickly. I think I paid £250 for the grille and £40 each for the sides from TPS.
    I painted the rear diffuser and wrapped the window surrounds.

    Chris.
     
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    Pics please
     
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  9. wobbly box

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    Nice car, very smart.

    I bought a second hand grill, ( very cheaply) it is a dark grey where as mine is a light grey. The idea was paint the second hand grill, if it start to deteriorate I still have the original that I can refit.
     
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  10. wobbly box

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    One last question, I was cleaning the new grille today and was ready to start the prep work, but I noticed a part number 8V3 853 651 and anotherAU370/373 Sline. Will this grille be a direct swap for the standard SE grille. Don't want to paint it then find it doesn't fit

    thanks
     

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