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      05-04-2011, 11:06 PM   #1
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Gloss Black grill w/ Chrome Surround????

Quick question:

Is there any way to just replace the chrome grill slats with black slats, while maintaining the stock chrome surrounds???

I really like this look, and I prefer it to doing the entire grill in black, because ,my car is silver, and the contrast is just too stark for me.

I've noticed the smaller displacement European 3-series have this look as standard, while moving up to a larger displacement car gets you our all chrome look...

If not, does anyone have a link to paint just the vertical slats???

I'm definitely not a "modder", and I need any help that I can get. Thanks in advance everyone.
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      05-05-2011, 02:45 AM   #2
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Quick question:

Is there any way to just replace the chrome grill slats with black slats, while maintaining the stock chrome surrounds???

I really like this look, and I prefer it to doing the entire grill in black, because ,my car is silver, and the contrast is just too stark for me.

I've noticed the smaller displacement European 3-series have this look as standard, while moving up to a larger displacement car gets you our all chrome look...

If not, does anyone have a link to paint just the vertical slats???

I'm definitely not a "modder", and I need any help that I can get. Thanks in advance everyone.

I think the 328s came with grills that are similar to what you're describing, except the slats are a matte black.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3830

Hope that helps!
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OMG, perfect. That's exactly the information I was looking for.

Thanks a million Shim!
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Quick question:

Is there any way to just replace the chrome grill slats with black slats, while maintaining the stock chrome surrounds???

I really like this look, and I prefer it to doing the entire grill in black, because ,my car is silver, and the contrast is just too stark for me.

I've noticed the smaller displacement European 3-series have this look as standard, while moving up to a larger displacement car gets you our all chrome look...

If not, does anyone have a link to paint just the vertical slats???

I'm definitely not a "modder", and I need any help that I can get. Thanks in advance everyone.
Please post some pics when you're done, I'd love to see how it comes out!
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OMG, perfect. That's exactly the information I was looking for.

Thanks a million Shim!
Haha, I try.. glad I could help! Post some pics when you're done!
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Masked off everything and then just sprayed it with black paint.
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Michael,
that's perfect...

especially on a white/silver car. I think the all black is just too much. keeping the surround chrome w/ the black slats looks awesome.

thanks for posting.
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Yeah, thanks for the pics...I now have a weekend project for my Tiag!
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You can buy the Matte or Gloss Black grilles and swap out the center sections. Or go the paint it yourself route whichever is easier for you.
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$50-60 bucks to swap or...$3 can of paint. I think I'll mask it and spray lol
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Very easy, I think it came out great. You guys notice a difference? Subtle mod that's for sure.



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Do the surrounding black and the slates chrome.
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You don't have to do any masking. If you have an E92, the center piece comes off the surrounding with clips.
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yeah i have a 328 chrome around the grill matte black inside
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