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      01-11-2013, 11:16 AM   #1
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eBay black grill review.

Didn't want to pay over 100 for a black grill so I ordered the matte black grill off of eBay for 55 shipped. It fit absolutely perfect, but I didn't like the matte finish on a JB coupe so I clear coated it. Looks exactly like the gloss black ones do. Anyhow, here it is. And I surely recommend it to anyone.

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      01-11-2013, 11:51 AM   #2
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Looks great!
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Great savings .... and it blends right in there ....
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      01-11-2013, 12:14 PM   #4
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      01-11-2013, 12:18 PM   #5
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CLEAR COAT! Why didn't I think of that! Thanks - I'll be doing mine, too!
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CLEAR COAT! Why didn't I think of that! Thanks - I'll be doing mine, too!
Yeah the clear coat made a world of difference. And you don't need to be an expert painter to do it which is the best part. I did about 3-4 coats.
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      01-11-2013, 12:20 PM   #7
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      01-11-2013, 12:26 PM   #8
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Great Review!!! I often wonder about purchasing from some ebay vendors, this provides some peace of mind..
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For anyone looking for these exact ones and/ the seller;

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Where did you get the carbon fiber emblems??
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      01-17-2017, 12:43 AM   #12
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Looks good.
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What do u guys think about to use black plastidip or any type of black spray on chrome grill ??
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What do u guys think about to use black plastidip or any type of black spray on chrome grill ??
I've used Plasti-dip on my grills and it came out quite well--if you prefer the matte look of course. It's been about a year and a half now and it's just now starting to flake off--but that's not due to the product. It's one-hundred percent due to me being lazy and taking my car through a car wash multiple times since I've applied it.

Is it worth the $5 and 45 minutes to an hour of your time (if you really want a nice finish and multiple coats), absolutely. However if you want something that's more of an "install and forget"/last for the cars life, you'll want to look elsewhere.

For what it's worth, my rear 335i Emblem is Plasti-dipped (did it the same time I did my grills) and it still looks fantastic!
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I've used Plasti-dip on my grills and it came out quite well--if you prefer the matte look of course. It's been about a year and a half now and it's just now starting to flake off--but that's not due to the product. It's one-hundred percent due to me being lazy and taking my car through a car wash multiple times since I've applied it.

Is it worth the $5 and 45 minutes to an hour of your time (if you really want a nice finish and multiple coats), absolutely. However if you want something that's more of an "install and forget"/last for the cars life, you'll want to look elsewhere.

For what it's worth, my rear 335i Emblem is Plasti-dipped (did it the same time I did my grills) and it still looks fantastic!
Did you sanded the grills before you painted ? Maybe I can use plastidipp and after that some high gloss paint ?
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Did you sanded the grills before you painted ? Maybe I can use plastidipp and after that some high gloss paint ?
The cost in materials and time to do it properly so it doesn't chip makes this pointless. Spend a couple bucks more and buy a gloss black one from eBay. They're the same ones the vendors sell.
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Did you sanded the grills before you painted ? Maybe I can use plastidipp and after that some high gloss paint ?
The cost in materials and time to do it properly so it doesn't chip makes this pointless. Spend a couple bucks more and buy a gloss black one from eBay. They're the same ones the vendors sell.
yeah and in that case I like the m4 dual fin grill e90 fitment, looks nice
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Did you sanded the grills before you painted ? Maybe I can use plastidipp and after that some high gloss paint ?
No, just cleaned it with rubbing alcohol to remove impurities. I know that you can add a clear-coat to Plasti-dip, but I cannot speak from experience. This process is meant to be cheap and effortless. Doing anything more than that means you'd be better off just getting gloss-grills in the first place.
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That may be the only mod I'll ever doo on mine. Love it.
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What clear coat did you use?

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