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    This might sound a strange question but has anyone used bleach to remove the chrome from the outer plastic grills? I'll explain
    Mine has the full chrome ones at the minute and I want to change to black ones, I've bought what is listed on the Realoem site as schwartz and assumed they would be totally black but only the centre slats are, the outers are still chrome. I know you can get the completely black ones from ebay etc but I'd prefer the OE ones as at least I know they will be a perfect fit so I've decided to keep them. Anyway, getting to my point, I've searched online about chrome removal from plastic and it seems household bleach will do the job if they are soaked for some time, I can then spray them satin black whilst not running around without grills on the car, just wondered if anyone else had tried this. Sorry for the long post, just took a while to explain
     
     

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    Why dont you just spray them black?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by armanib View Post
    Why dont you just spray them black?
    That would mean rubbing down and etch primer I would think as doubt chrome will take too well to being painted over. If its down to bare plastic I might even get lucky and it will be black underneath so I'll just polish them up. If not it will still be a better finish than sanding the chrome off imo
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazh66 View Post
    That would mean rubbing down and etch primer I would think as doubt chrome will take too well to being painted over. If its down to bare plastic I might even get lucky and it will be black underneath so I'll just polish them up. If not it will still be a better finish than sanding the chrome off imo
    i did one for a mate a few weeks ago. i used a heat gun, it lifts the chrome clean off, dont overdo it though because it will take a while

     
     

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    imo black grills on black cars is stealth sex

    black grills on silver cars is like a wort on the face of beauty
    E39 525I
     
     

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    Hi all,

    I have a E46 vert 52 plate, I want black grills also, does anyone have any pics of the mod? Also what does everyone think of the black grills? (car is black).
     
     

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    Black car plus black grill. That's what I have on my '55 320d. Looks really good.
     
     

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    black

    silver
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    really looks wrong on a silver one to me

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    sorry bimmer320, IMHO that black grill on silver is horrid, thank god i didn;t go for that! Nice post Craig! Red
     
     

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