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  DIY - Black Grill / $7 / 10 minutes / (FULLY REVERSIBLE)
andyffer
01-24-2009
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...
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By FCP Euro on 09-15-2009, 02:44 PM
This is a great write up. I never thought to use plastic-dip. Looks like it came out really good.
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By jdotwu on 09-26-2009, 08:41 PM
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front grille and taillights

these are the pix! i did two coats on the taillights and 4 coats on the grille...check it out...the taillight is flat so it looks kinda weird...at night it looks AMAZING...but in the day time it looks really weird...ill try to get some night pix and some morning pix later

w/ headlight on


stock left side with right side done


right signal light on


black grille on monaco blue


black grille on my dirty car =(
Last edited by jdotwu; 09-29-2009 at 12:50 AM.
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By lirdavidoff on 10-06-2009, 01:14 AM
great infos!!!!
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By twinturbopg on 10-10-2009, 11:19 AM
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wow thanks for the write up and everybody else's pix...espeically with doing 8 coats that is awesome on the grill...nice matte look I like it! You saved a lot of people a lot of money. Can't wait to give this a try.
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By Mega Man on 10-10-2009, 01:03 PM
Good idea. Definitely a cash saver! Those clips are a pain...a right angle tool helps for the top 2, but a flat head screw driver is what I used for the bottom 3.
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By twinturbopg on 10-19-2009, 03:26 PM
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I just did 7 coats on my kidney grill, yesterday...it looks great...its says wait 4hrs per coat for it to dry completely...28 whole hours but hey can't beat the price ...I love the way it looks I'm like Plasti spray crazy right now...so I sprayed this dinky chrome license plate frame and it looks sweeeeeet. I want to do my tail lights and from orange corner lights too. I will post pix soon.
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By twinturbopg on 10-20-2009, 12:14 AM
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you only have to wait like 15 min till its dry. I just did it on the 335d the other day and with this weather i waited like 1 min between layers
Dude read the directions on the plasti dip spray can lol...there are so many like u ..I know its dry but I want it to be fully dried especially since I'm not in any rush to have it in the rain.
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By twinturbopg on 10-21-2009, 06:03 PM
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final product pix...btw I wanted to also do this because of my scoops. some pix are with and without flash. Also the 3 dots on the bumper are from the front license plate that used to be there...I'm keeping it off.
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By elephino on 01-02-2010, 12:02 AM
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finally did it!

I had a can of plastidip laying around so I finally decided to give this a shot

just finished my 8th coat and letting it dry overnight I'll post pics of the finished product tomorrow.

No bubbles, drips, or anything! They look great

Thanks OP! now i gotta do the lower grills...
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By elephino on 01-02-2010, 07:06 PM
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here is my finished product!

They looked a bit weird with the bottom grills being gray, so i decided to plastidip those too. Pretty happy with the results!

Only problem I ran into was with the bottom grills. As I removed the tape, it would slightly peel away the plastidip. But if you're patient and use a razor blade, the tape should come off cleanly.
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By BMWjames on 01-05-2010, 09:48 PM
I wish there was a glossy plasti dip haha
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By Gavin@MMW on 01-07-2010, 01:59 PM
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I wish there was a glossy plasti dip haha
You can clear coat over it, if you want gloss.

I did mine in matte, looks bomb

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By BMWjames on 01-07-2010, 04:22 PM
if you clear coat over the plasti dip, would you still be able to peel it off?
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By Gavin@MMW on 01-07-2010, 06:05 PM
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if you clear coat over the plasti dip, would you still be able to peel it off?
Only one way to find out... lol
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By Synergy 69 on 01-11-2010, 06:18 AM
do you have to take off the front bumper to get the bottom grills out?
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By Akras on 01-11-2010, 04:19 PM
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I have a question about preparing the surface before painting - how best to get rid of the chrome??

I used sandpaper but the surface is still so smooth..... as a result of the month varnish begins to flake a little....

Any ideas how to prepare a surface better?
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By syl2us on 03-10-2010, 01:27 AM
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I have a question about preparing the surface before painting - how best to get rid of the chrome??

I used sandpaper but the surface is still so smooth..... as a result of the month varnish begins to flake a little....

Any ideas how to prepare a surface better?
Sand it with coarser grit?
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By Fapout on 08-02-2010, 08:46 PM
I'm going to do the grills and the rear tail lights this weekend. Will post up pics afterwards.
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By rish197 on 08-06-2010, 12:58 PM
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Thank You. So Simple.
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By guitaram4 on 10-23-2010, 06:06 PM
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Just did mine. Looks really nice. The hardest part was removing the grille, other than that, the whole process (including drying) took about an hour. Here are the results!



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By hellaastoops on 10-23-2010, 07:54 PM
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just finished mine this afternoon


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By alpwhitewagon on 11-21-2010, 04:42 AM
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First post...Thanks for the DIY. Can't wait to try this out.
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