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      11-07-2008, 03:37 AM   #1
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Shadowline grill

Hi Guys i would like to replace my chrome kidney grills with ones and was wondering if anyone knows if you can get ones that match the shadow line trim on my car instead of mattt black
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      11-07-2008, 04:42 AM   #2
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Inspired by an earlier DIY post where someone made a matt black one for about a tenner I'm going to attempt a hi-gloss black shadowline DIY tomorrow. I've bought everything I need and its only cost 18 so all being well by Sun I should have one.

I'll do a thread with pics once I'm sorted.

If you want to buy one, do a search for hi-gloss grill as a couple of people on here (in the US i think) do them.

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Inspired by an earlier DIY post where someone made a matt black one for about a tenner I'm going to attempt a hi-gloss black shadowline DIY tomorrow. I've bought everything I need and its only cost 18 so all being well by Sun I should have one.

I'll do a thread with pics once I'm sorted.

If you want to buy one, do a search for hi-gloss grill as a couple of people on here (in the US i think) do them.

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Keen to see the result. I have Le Mans Blue + Shadowline, and while I think the Matt Black looks great on some colours (grey, white, etc) I'm not convinced about it on Le Mans, but like you think the gloss black would look better.

Not sure I'm up for doing it myself.... might be a used matt black one and give a try without the risk of ruining my oginla one.

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Keen to see the result. I have Le Mans Blue + Shadowline, and while I think the Matt Black looks great on some colours (grey, white, etc) I'm not convinced about it on Le Mans, but like you think the gloss black would look better.

Not sure I'm up for doing it myself.... might be a used matt black one and give a try without the risk of ruining my oginla one.

+1 on that - I also think the paint will stick to a brand new matt finished plastic one better than the one that came off the car. Prob been covered in grime, waxes, etc and the paint will struggle bonding to the chrome.

Besides, when you come to sell, simply pop the OEM one back on!

I have just used white Plasti-kote paint ro do my radiators at home and it is excellent stuff! They are bound to do it in black gloss and it seems very durable.

EDIT: found it in gloss black - http://www.choiceful.com/disprod.php?pId=69973
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thanks for the input guys I went out and bught a matt grill yesterday and pland to have it painted at a local body shop . Can any one advise the paint code for the shadowline color ? and also is it best to paint the surround or both the surround and the slats ?
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thanks for the input guys I went out and bught a matt grill yesterday and pland to have it painted at a local body shop . Can any one advise the paint code for the shadowline color ? and also is it best to paint the surround or both the surround and the slats ?
+1

I can't find the "shadowline" black paint code anywhere...
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colour coding is the way forward friends!



I would paint the surrounds and the slats fronts and sides.



edit: this pic shows the colour better

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I painted my original grilles. Sprayed the chrome with grey primer, a few good coats of black gloss and a few of lacquer.

Looks great and has not chipped at all.

Only sprayed the chrome left the vertical slats OEM
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Has anyone seen a black grille on a red car, fancy changing my one but would like to see pictures of one first
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Has anyone seen a black grille on a red car, fancy changing my one but would like to see pictures of one first
If its an m-sport then I think it would look good. If its an SE then the window trims would not match.
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If its an m-sport then I think it would look good. If its an SE then the window trims would not match.
+1 - on an M sport it looks great IMO - well I would say that......
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It looks really good, well that's the project next year, blacken all the chrome bitties
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hope this comparo helps. i just got them from my local BMW dealer.
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Don't worry too much about the paint code for Shadowline. I purchased some matt black grills via another poster on this site. Cleaned them up, and sprayed the surrounds only with primer, BMW Black (from Halfords), then laquer. I'm very pleased with the results and the contrast of the shiny surround to the matt slats works great. I think spraying the slats evenly would be quite a challange!
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hope this comparo helps. i just got them from my local BMW dealer.
I think the chrome looks better than matt black ie its more aggressive!
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Le Mans Blue with black grille is so much WIN!

Look at how aggressive it looks after the mod!
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Silver M with black grills anyone ?

Thinking of doing it.
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