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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)
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  #22  
By - Paul - on 11-15-2005, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by n21k
looks great on black. Any SG with blackout kidney grills?
BUMP!!!!
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  #23  
By RINALDS on 12-27-2005, 08:46 AM
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3) to remove the two main grill pieces, grab a hold of 2-3 slats with each hand and pull out straight towards you (as diagramed below). The attachment points for the grill is shown below.

How hard do you have to pull on them? I can't get mine out for the life of me. I'm afraid they are going to break if I pull any harder than I have.
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  #24  
By Jason on 12-27-2005, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by RINALDS
How hard do you have to pull on them? I can't get mine out for the life of me. I'm afraid they are going to break if I pull any harder than I have.
A decent amount of force may be required, just make sure you grab a few slats together to distribute the force and to prevent breakage.
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  #25  
By Chesmu on 12-29-2005, 11:37 PM
other chrome black out

Thanks for the great DIY on the grills, but has anyone also blacked out the chrome trim around the doors? I've seen a DIY on another site about this..
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  #26  
By itznin on 02-11-2006, 08:44 PM
I can see these being stolen from 330's since they are so easy to remove....
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  #27  
By BMW_E90 on 03-03-2006, 09:16 PM
OMG IM SOO FURIOUS RIGHT NOW .. I PAINTED MY KIDNEY GRILLS AND IT CAME OUT HORRIBLE!!! the probelm was that the primer i used came put rough. i thought it would go away once i painted em but didnt!!! .... now i need to sand it down and paint it all over... sanding it down it soo much work argh!
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By karbosshack on 03-03-2006, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by moocow
Thanks for the great DIY on the grills, but has anyone also blacked out the chrome trim around the doors? I've seen a DIY on another site about this..
I'll trade you my black trim for your chrome trim!
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  #29  
By Chesmu on 03-09-2006, 10:16 PM
won'w work. the chome trim "bubbles" and bends/creases when you pry it off. see the diy on this in the diy files.
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By longtran on 03-09-2006, 10:32 PM
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won'w work. the chome trim "bubbles" and bends/creases when you pry it off. see the diy on this in the diy files.
huh??
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  #31  
By Chesmu on 03-10-2006, 06:25 PM
the chrome trim does not easily bend like theblack plastic trim. As you pull it off, it tends to develop creases.
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By Chesmu on 03-10-2006, 06:27 PM
Lower Window Sill Trim - This is the complicated part. Word from the wise... If you are trying to do a trim swap with a 330 owner (taking their chrome trim), you can not reuse this trim. In the process of taking this trim off, it will bend (it is made of metal). When you straighten it out, it will have small bubbles in it, and it wont look good. It will look like someone took a ballpine (sp) hammer and had a few swings at your trim. If you are going to chrome trim, you will have to buy these parts in some way or form. When I did my trim swap with James from bimmerworld, we did not know this, and James was curteous enough to buy me the trim. The black trim from the 325 can be reusable if it is taken off properly. Its made of plastic.

- from Bavarian19's DIY on trim switching
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  #33  
By romain on 03-22-2006, 01:36 AM
What about put on the same color as your car?
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  #34  
By uhaulball on 04-05-2006, 08:55 PM
i PMed the OP like 2 weeks ago but still no reply... so i was wondering, what should i do if i dont want the matte finish? i want to make it glossy to match my paint. what paint can i use to get the black sapphire color?
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  #35  
By mikeman on 06-10-2006, 01:07 PM
how long does the paint take to dry? if i do my car right now at 11 am could i drive it out by 4?
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  #36  
By yamazaho on 07-01-2006, 10:09 AM
Talking Awesome

I am a newbie of this forum and man am I impressed by the DIY posted here. It's juz sooooo cool!!!!
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  #37  
By RGRAY on 09-04-2006, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by n21k
looks great on black. Any SG with blackout kidney grills?
Here you go.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24396
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  #38  
By RUBER on 11-10-2006, 07:15 AM
woudn't it be nice to mount these chrome eyebrows on a E92?
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  #39  
By AKbmw on 12-30-2006, 07:09 PM
did you use gloss of flat paint?
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  #40  
By Chesmu on 12-30-2006, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by AKbmw
did you use gloss of flat paint?
Dude, that mess up was from March of 2006.

I painted my grilles at first, as well. The paint chipped constantly, even with repeated sanding, and applications of clear coat. I finally gave in and bought the black out grilles on ebay. I am MUCH happier now. DIY is cool, but sometimes the ready-made is just easier and works out better in the long run.
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  #41  
By C6H12O6 on 03-15-2007, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by BMW_E90 View Post
OMG IM SOO FURIOUS RIGHT NOW .. I PAINTED MY KIDNEY GRILLS AND IT CAME OUT HORRIBLE!!! the probelm was that the primer i used came put rough. i thought it would go away once i painted em but didnt!!! .... now i need to sand it down and paint it all over... sanding it down it soo much work argh!

you don't need to sand it down. you can just put in some detergent or paint thinner and leave it dipped overnight then the chrome paint came off.
sanded it lightly, primed it and holla. i was in business. chitty chitty bang bang. yeahi yeah
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  #42  
By D-Rock on 03-16-2007, 09:56 AM
Great DIY

How long has this lasted so far ?
Last edited by D-Rock; 03-16-2007 at 10:47 AM.
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  #43  
By cnguyen004 on 03-30-2007, 04:27 PM
Here is my experience: I have used this instruction my self for one side, I could see my bumper hole for a clip bent a little bit, but it won't crack at all. Certainly, like other people said it won't break anything. Bumper material is like elastic and flexible plastic.

Here is my method to remove grilles.

Just push clip up and pull toward you one clip at a time
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Hope this work and you can use above method with confidence as well. Don't be afraid to pull with above method.

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