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DIY - Black Grill / $7 / 10 minutes / (FULLY REVERSIBLE)
Published by andyffer
01-24-2009
DIY - Black Grill / $7 / 10 minutes / (FULLY REVERSIBLE)

Alright this is my first DIY, so forgive me if it is not the greatest.
But let me tell you, in a way this is the best DIY you will find.

First, an introduction to Plasti-Dip.
This is a spray on rubber. It comes in different colors and forms.
You can buy it in paint cans and dip tools, etc. in it.
You can purchase it at any Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, Pep Boys, etc.
I forget the exact price but it should be around $7 if not less.
This Plasti-Dip is fully reversible because it just peels off. I know from experience.
The first time I did this, I totally botched my upper chrome pieces.

Materials Needed:
1 can of Plasti-Dip (black)
1 Torx #20
Some newspaper or boxes





Steps:
1) Remove upper trim pieces with the Torx 20 screw

2) Use 1 finger to push the clip up and a different finger to pull out the grill from that point.
Do that on the top left & top right corners. Then do the 1 on each side. After the grill is
halfway out, there is a middle clip at the very top of the grill. Again, push with 1 finger
and pull the entire grill with the other hand. (DONT WORRY ABOUT THE BOTTOM CLIPS)


3) Repeat for the other grill

4) GENTLY lift the chrome tabs up while pulling on the chrome to let it free of the black gills
(I broke a couple of black tabs that hold in the chrome, but dont worry because there are
like 8 million other tabs to keep it on)


5) Do that to the other grill


6) Clean all the chrome with a little H2O

7) Lay out a box/newspaper and place the pieces on it



8) Shake the Plasti-Dip can VIGOROUSLY for ~1:00 minute


9) Spray from about 6-12" away in 1 swipe, make sure you DONT GO OVER A SECTION AGAIN! ONLY 1 LAYER Otherwise you get bubbles and lumps and it turns out
terrible (good news is, if that does happen, it peels off)




10) Let dry for a couple of hours and that it! :thumbup:



If it looks a little thin and you can kind of see through it,
11) Wait 30 minutes after applying the first coat
12) Like the first coat, apply one swipe of spray
-WARNING- It will look like it has a bunch of bumps, and you will think that you just ruined it, BUT you didnt. It will dry smooth.


BEFORE & AFTER:











Written by: Andyffer
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  #1  
By Spoolin335 on 01-24-2009, 10:15 PM
looks ok, but i like the higher gloss ones!

nice writeup though
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By ToadHollow on 01-24-2009, 10:21 PM
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Wow ..........

This should definitely save the e90ers some cash. Great job w/ the DIY!
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By choopy on 01-24-2009, 11:08 PM
Looks sexy! way more attractive than that gaudy CHrome
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By darkphantom on 01-24-2009, 11:24 PM
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awesome job andy!

you said clean with h2o? lol what about when it rains?
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By indy335i on 01-25-2009, 01:58 AM
This is very cool! Thanks for taking the time to post all of this. I'm going to give it a try.
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By andyffer on 01-25-2009, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Takashi View Post
You might be able to get a similar effect if you use electrical tape. I think that electrical tape will leave a residue when you remove it. I have to give that a try.
yeah i think it would too.

Plus that would have to be some wide electrical tape.

Whats so cool about this is you can use it on anything!
Im going to try it on my headlight lenses tonight.
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By andyffer on 01-27-2009, 12:51 AM
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I have seen wide electrical tape at my work place. The only question is where can I get a hold of some.

Come to think of it, instead of spray painting the crome parts, you can use vinyl and coat the crome parts and might be able to bring out a similar effect.
your prep would be longer.
and it might leave a residue
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By Joker330i on 01-27-2009, 01:21 AM
when it rains or it goes through a carwash with extensive washing won't it wear away?
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By ska325xi on 01-29-2009, 07:43 PM
interesting spray....

Can I spray my entire car? (JK)
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By E92-Lighting on 02-08-2009, 04:14 PM
interesting find
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By JXYOO on 02-11-2009, 04:48 AM
i did this to my car. when it rains it won't but a carwash im not sure. i'm gonna try this on my trim soon. i'll post up pictures when i do
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By MemphisRheins on 02-23-2009, 10:48 PM
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So what is the verdict about the lifespan of this mod...

Does it come off in Rain/Carwash?, much more tempting to do this then to buy another grill (hey, moneys tight)
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By JXYOO on 02-24-2009, 04:05 AM
Doesn't come off in rain. like i said carwash im not sure but probably not. The colour fades i think or maybe it was my bad painting. its kinda hard to keep clean too.
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By MemphisRheins on 02-24-2009, 10:40 PM
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Did this tonight, looks good right now... so well see how it lasts up
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By Luki on 02-25-2009, 04:05 AM
Only disadvantage is that when rocks hit this paint you will have silver spots on the grill
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By andyffer on 02-26-2009, 10:56 PM
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Only disadvantage is that when rocks hit this paint you will have silver spots on the grill
Should have put on an extra coat or two
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By PaulBailey@ltbmw on 02-26-2009, 11:41 PM
Damn I would have to see this in person but from the info and the pics this looks like an amazing and cheap DIY!
Nice one man!
Let us know how it holds up
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By ska325xi on 03-02-2009, 09:31 PM
would like to see this spray on interior trims
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By Jon335iFL on 03-02-2009, 10:55 PM
if everyone is so worried about the paint wearing and chipping (including me) maybe clearcoat would do the job
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By MemphisRheins on 03-02-2009, 11:03 PM
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I did about 2 coats on it, i've put about 400-450 highway miles on it since I did this, and its holding up just fine
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By koreez88 on 03-03-2009, 12:06 AM
Let's just say, this will chip fast for a couple of reasons
1) You didn't apply enough layers
2) You applied the paint over the chrome without sanding it
3) You didn't use high durability spray paint (plasti-dip won't last long)

I've personally used high thermal matte black paint that is used to paint headers (ultra durable, I've tried a bunch of them)
I sanded the chrome parts prior to applying the coats
I applied like bajillion coats

It all lasted me about 20k miles, which isn't bad at all, considering that 90% of my driving is on highway with speeds over 70 mph. Only recently it started chipping a little bit.
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