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      08-03-2013, 08:49 AM   #1
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spraying kidney grilles?

Hey guys - just wanted to know if anyone has sprayed there front grilles on e90 and isit effective?


I have chrome at the moment and want to go gloss black.


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      08-03-2013, 09:08 AM   #2
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I sprayed mine before but after a month or so it started chipping off. I suppose if you went overboard with the coats of laquer it might have a bit more protection but I only did 2 if I remember correctly.

I ended up wrapping mine with CF look vinyl, lasting much better so I'd recommend that. Can get enough vinyl for just a few pound on ebay.
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      08-03-2013, 09:12 AM   #3
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I did 7 coats of paint and 7 of clear. It lasted a really long time. I have maybe 2 chips in it. But then again it costed me nothing to paint it so I don't kind the small chips
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      08-03-2013, 09:24 AM   #4
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THanks guys - isit possible you can give me a link to the cf vinyl on ebay as the one im searching for brings up lists for more than I require.
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      08-03-2013, 09:32 AM   #5
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Def wrap them I painted and didn't look that great and chipped easy.That was only two coats of paint and 2 lacquer right enough.
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      08-03-2013, 09:33 AM   #6
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with the vinyl, has there been any issues with the vinyl peeling?
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      08-03-2013, 09:35 AM   #7
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Also for the basic e90 grill how much would I need in mm?
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      08-03-2013, 09:36 AM   #8
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Should be fine it's a lot tougher than paint.Heat gun it afterwards and will be a good bond.
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      08-03-2013, 09:37 AM   #9
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There's 2 x A4 size bits on eBay-proper 3M stuff that would do.About 3 as it saw it the other day.
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      08-03-2013, 09:41 AM   #10
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kool thanks Kris ill have a look.
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The stuff I used was just left covers from when I wrapped my interior trim. As already stated above, use a heat gun or hair dryer and stretch the vinyl round the back of the grills and it stays on fine. 3M stuff says it lasts 5 years on exterior parts if I remember correctly
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I had a local body shop paint mine. A year ago and still 99%.
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Someone on here said soak the chrome bits in bleach to get rid of it and then paint. Dont know as i read it after i had painted mine. Used simoniz tough coat and its lasting ok. Only 2 chip after about 18mths
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+ 1 for wrapping.
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Sprayed mine with Plasti dip. Dead easy to do, great finish, and holding up extremely well, been on for 8k miles so far with no problems
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Sprayed mine with Plasti dip. Dead easy to do, great finish, and holding up extremely well, been on for 8k miles so far with no problems
The OP wanted gloss black though, didn't think you could get gloss with Plastidip?
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As I said, wrapped mine back in February and they looked like this:


A photo of mine wrapped that I took today, 7 months on:



Other than the fact the photo from today is rubbish quality and very white lol, the wrap itself is holding up fine
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Duckyspud- they look good ! - I ordered some 3M Vinyl, gonna give it a try.
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Sprayed mine with Plasti dip. Dead easy to do, great finish, and holding up extremely well, been on for 8k miles so far with no problems
Been looking at using plastidip, I wasn't sure of the finish it would give. A set of matt grilles on eBay are 41.52 delivered and only 25 more than a can of plastidip. Knowing my DIY skills I'd screw it up and end up buying some anyway!!
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The OP wanted gloss black though, didn't think you could get gloss with Plastidip?
Plastidip do a glossifier spray which you spray over the standard plastidip. Supposed to give a gloss finish.
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