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  DIY: Black Lower Grills! (INTERCOOLER OVERSPRAY FIX!!)
D.yi
02-19-2010
What you need:
1 Can of Plastidip
1 roll of blue Painters tape
Paper to make the overspray
3 regular sized balloons

I know there are plenty of DIY for painting the lower grills however i could not find a solution for solving the overspray on the...
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By JUSTIN335 on 02-27-2011, 07:59 PM
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Does it turn out matte? It kinda looks like a gloss black...
I believe it just matters on the type of paint you use. Rustoleum Satin Black gives a nice matte finish.
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By kdiz on 02-28-2011, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by ZombiE92 View Post
Here are the pics...

Remove your license plate bracket first if you have one. It's ugly anyways, worth the risk of getting a ticket IMO. I've since plugged the unsightly holes in the bumper with plugs from O'Reilly for $2.48. Perfect black color match too
Woo I knew there would be a nicer method than balloons. I'm guessing for the side ones you just covered your bumpers properly and shoved some paper or something else behind them?
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By franchise058 on 03-04-2011, 02:19 PM
has anyone painted their grills with something other than black?

anyone try a metallic silver finish? pics would be awesome for reference!
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By MAZINGER on 03-04-2011, 02:27 PM
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Anyone has problems pulling out the front center grill mesh with the OEM aero lip installed on the front bumper?
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By ou8durian on 03-06-2011, 10:40 AM
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I have a 06 and it has that horizontal piece, better remove the bumper if you want that piece off for spraying, if you pull on it, the clips will break and if it's anything like mine, the left and right mesh will not even come off the bumper from behind till the horizontal bars are removed.

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What about for sedans, there's a protruding silver horizontal thing across the middle of the grilles... did you guys paint that?
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By mystuffisbest on 03-08-2011, 12:21 PM
Guys it takes like 15 min to remove the bumper and take the grills out. I just unbolted mine and set it on the ground. I did not have to unplug anything. Then you can paint your grills front and back and not worry about the over spray. Just an FYI
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By ChasVS on 03-10-2011, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by ZombiE92 View Post
Here are the pics...

Remove your license plate bracket first if you have one. It's ugly anyways, worth the risk of getting a ticket IMO. I've since plugged the unsightly holes in the bumper with plugs from O'Reilly for $2.48. Perfect black color match too
Just did this and found the PERFECT TOOL to use. I used a Paint Can Key which has a small bent edge on one end. Perfect for getting the tabs off and more importantly for re-inserting the tabs while putting it back on!
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By rogerdiaz on 05-06-2011, 10:20 PM
Whats best for glossy black? Krylon fusion?
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By Luong on 05-26-2011, 10:07 PM
Damn I tried to pop out the lower grill today and snapped part of it and had to super glue the little pieces together. Ended up just spraying the parts near the fog lights and using a paint brush for the middle.
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By ziggityzen on 06-01-2011, 11:13 PM
Thanks for the write-up! Just did it over the weekend and it went smoothly. I used Rustoleum textured flat black paint for plastic.
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By Lotus99 on 09-26-2011, 08:40 PM
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i just went to home depot and picked up the spray paint that's for plastic...no primer needed. here's a pic. [LEFT BOTTLE]

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So you only need the paint on the left? No primer first or clearcoat after?
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Last edited by Lotus99; 10-21-2011 at 06:59 PM.
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By Caruso0644 on 10-21-2011, 03:31 PM
What kind of cleaner should i use before spraying the grills?
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By dquach93 on 10-28-2011, 04:27 PM
you are one creative person!
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By Chipedy on 05-19-2012, 04:25 PM
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I just pulled the center grill out. I've seen some posts saying that its really hard, but I just pushed the grill in with a flat head screw driver on each point where it clips and it came right it. Pull it out at an angle.

When I finished painting and it was dry, i set it back in, in front of each clipping point and used and L key (torx key) to pull it back in to each of the clips that lock it in to place. I put the small side in and turned it so that the L key hooks around the back of the grill and pull right next to each section where the grill clips in.

I have an 08 e92 Xi if that makes any difference. This worked for and it came out great.
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By BimmerCoy on 04-07-2013, 02:03 PM
Two of my balloons kept popping..weird it was the same 2...lol
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By yarviinn on 04-29-2013, 02:34 PM
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Did this yesterday. Didn't turn out that bad at all. If I were to do it again, I would remove the front bumper and unclip the grills from behind. That way, I wouldn't have to prep the tape and give my car a BJ... lol

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