E90Post
 


TNT Racewerks
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > E90 / E92 / E93 3-series Technical Forums > DIY Guides > DIY - blackout "shadow" (black) kidney grills



Comment
 
Tutorial Tools Search this Tutorial
Jason's Avatar DIY - blackout "shadow" (black) kidney grills
Jason
08-28-2005
Tools/Parts/Supplies:

- Torx-20 screwdriver
- 220 grit sandpaper
- 230 grit sandpaper
- 400 grit sandpaper
- Black paint (any black paint suitable for exterior use - get flat or gloss depending on desired finish)
-...
  #176  
By mrgreenwood on 08-30-2012, 02:20 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
Nice job bro. It looks really good
Reply With Quote
  #177  
By noipip on 08-30-2012, 02:50 PM
Nice Job. Thx so much~
Reply With Quote
  #178  
By jamiepstewart on 09-14-2012, 01:23 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
I joined the club...

I couldnt take the chrome buck teeth anymore... so, i sorta cheated. Went out and bought the buck teeth replacements from the BMW dealer (all of $25.00) but decided to paint the kidney's myself with black gloss paint with clearcoat.

This was a very easy job. VERY satisfying too. I separated the chrome around the grills and went to town with my Dremmel Multimax sanding off as much chrome as I could with 220 grit.

After 5 coats of paint and 3 coats of clear coat, i am confident it wont chip.

Thanks to all the forum members for all the pictures. It is VERY worthwhile.

Here it is albeit on a dirty car..
Attached Images
  
Last edited by jamiepstewart; 09-14-2012 at 01:31 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #179  
By bmw3ster on 09-18-2012, 10:15 AM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
Before (chrome) and after (used Plasti Dip - incase it didn't turn out good you can just peel it off). What do you guys think? BTW, thank you for this guide. Made it very very simple!!
Attached Images
  
Reply With Quote
  #180  
By cashtidy on 09-24-2012, 12:46 PM
i cant wait to try this this weekend! very easy "first" mod.
Reply With Quote
  #181  
By Meeni on 09-25-2012, 12:47 AM
I did the plastidip thing, it doesn't look as good as real paint, but is very reasonable and is reversible.
Reply With Quote
  #182  
By LuisC48 on 10-01-2012, 09:51 PM
are the ones one RichP matte black?
Reply With Quote
  #183  
By Duck360198 on 12-05-2012, 09:58 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
100%100%100%
5
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
100%100%100%
5
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
100%100%100%
5
Average 100%
Awesome mod! Fantastic write-up!
Last edited by Duck360198; 12-05-2012 at 10:34 PM. Reason: rating
Reply With Quote
  #184  
By ZNITE on 12-16-2012, 01:18 AM
Great DIY write-up :-)
Reply With Quote
  #185  
By ZNITE on 12-16-2012, 01:19 AM
Great DIY write-up
Reply With Quote
  #186  
By Gabe044 on 02-02-2013, 11:07 PM
I know it's been asked a few times, but I haven't seen a response yet. Anyone who's had this for a while experienced chipping at all? Especially with added clear coat?
Reply With Quote
  #187  
By 328wagonxi on 03-01-2013, 01:41 AM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
Thanks for the great thread
Reply With Quote
  #188  
By haajehaa on 03-01-2013, 03:24 AM
Great write-up!
Reply With Quote
  #189  
By murderedout328 on 03-26-2013, 02:39 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
Cool

Thanks soo much for this, I have been wanting to paint mine black, but hesitated on getting them out without breaking any plastic clips. I'll post a pic when the project if finished
Reply With Quote
  #190  
By murderedout328 on 03-26-2013, 02:44 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
Quote:
Originally Posted by bmw3ster View Post
Before (chrome) and after (used Plasti Dip - incase it didn't turn out good you can just peel it off). What do you guys think? BTW, thank you for this guide. Made it very very simple!!
Looks good man! I am about to do the same with mine.
Reply With Quote
  #191  
By imprexa99 on 05-22-2013, 03:47 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
Plasti-dip worked a treat on mine. Hasn't chipped and is reversable.
Reply With Quote
  #192  
By jsheppard44 on 07-24-2013, 12:06 AM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
thanks for the tutorial. did it today with my friend and it turned out great!
Reply With Quote
  #193  
By mtodd on 10-17-2013, 02:08 PM
Did this today on my 330i, thanks for the detailed instructions! I managed to take everything off without breaking any clips, and I also did the grill slats. I used plastidip on everything, 4 light coats gave me good even coverage with no runs. Looks great on my alpine white!
Reply With Quote
  #194  
By beemer3series on 12-13-2013, 02:34 AM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
Thumbs down WTF

I broke my effin 1 middle clip of the kidney grill i thought about removing the black torxs screws on the bumper on top the grill, it should be like that this stupid diy says to pull wtf???????
Reply With Quote
  #195  
By bamboostk86 on 01-17-2014, 05:23 PM
I just pulled mine out 5 mins ago you need to push the tabs up while pullling out the grille don't just muscle it out like a monkey....and no tabs broken on mine looks mint still
Reply With Quote
  #196  
By MikeE90NC on 03-06-2014, 10:30 PM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
Good DIY, any tips for torx screws that are stripped?
Reply With Quote
  #197  
By 330iE90spt on 03-11-2014, 10:26 AM
Member reviews
Difficulty [ 1 = Difficult ]
20%20%20%
1
Cost [ 1 = Expensive ]
20%20%20%
1
DIY Clarity [ 1 = Not clear ]
20%20%20%
1
Average 20%
Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeE90NC View Post
Good DIY, any tips for torx screws that are stripped?
Are you referring to the torx screws for the mustache part? Are they stripped or are they just spinning?

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=910387

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=506574
Reply With Quote
Comment

Bookmarks

Tutorial Tools Search this Tutorial
Search this Tutorial:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:36 PM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST