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    my black grill has become stone chipped and is now showing bits of chrome underneath how easy are they to take out and spray myself?? whats the best way to spray them what will i need?? thanks

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    very easy lad. i done it with mine until someone stole them last week on me.. so ill be painting my new set the mara.
    its really just a matter of flattening the chrome down before painting. and giving it enough time to dry.
    the grills themselves i think just clip out. if you take the top plastics of (the ones on the top crossmember behind the grills) you can see down behind the grills at the clips
     
     

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    flattening the chrome down?? dont suppose you could give me a kind of step by step guide how to paint them what will i need a tin of paint,and a tin of primer ??

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    simple matt black worked for me and then tin of spray laquer but i felt i didnt need it.

    when i mean flattening the chrome down basically im referring to the surface of the chrome being to smooth for the paint to cling to. i run a rough coated sand paper over the chrome and then a lighter sand paper to smooth the surface again.
    i then sprayed it with matt black paint (recommend a good make like simoriz i think its called). keep the too grills in a warm area or even better in front of heat, give a few coats. spraying lightly from a distance.
    when your happy with wat you have you can choose to leave it or laquer it. i choose not to as the spray laquer can be tricky worked with.
     
     

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    i was going to go for cozmo black the same colour as my car rather then matt black would i still do the same procedure ?did you not need to apply primer ?

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    if your spraying the same colour as the car theres alot more work in it but pretty much the same procedure only more sanding with lighter sand paper to get perfectly smooth and the priming before painted.
     
     

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    Here's a quick guide for you

    1. Remove the grill surrounds. Then separate the chrome surrounds from the black plastic grills.

    2. Thoroughly clean the surrounds (I washed then used paint thinner lol)

    3. Using a fine grade wet/dry sandpaper, sand down the chrome until it goes very dull (you don't have to go all the way to the plastic underneath).

    4. Make sure it is then fully dry and prep'd warm (not cold - but at least room temp) before spraying.

    5. Use the correct primer for the paint you're using and spray 1 or 2 coats of primer. Make sure you follow drying times between coats as stated on the spray can

    6. Use 400 or 600 fine grade wet/dry and finely sand down until smooth.

    7. Repeat step 5 & 6

    8. making sure the item is warm/room temp, spray with chosen top coat. (just as per step 5)

    9. repeat step 6

    10. repeat step 8 (if your chosen paint does not require a top coat of lacquer do not sand after this coat).

    11. *This step only if paint needs a top coat of lacquer
    For a better finish, make sure that you do at least a couple coats of lacquer and do final wet sand before a final 3rd coat of lacquer (make sure the surrounds are warm beforehand)

    12. After drying, put on car and admire

    For best results always spray in a warm ventilated environment

    Hope that helps

     
     

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    I have done this to a few of my previous bmws but always found that the paint would chip over time.
    I have just recently had my e46 ones done with black vinyl looks really good but just a matter of time to see how long they last but cant see them chipping as easy as painted ones..
     
     

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    Ive got some black plastic ones, so if they get chipped it doesnt matter
     
     

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    Spray about 10 inches away. Do not stop spraying whilst in the middle. Use one long spray from one side to the other.
    Don't over spray!
    If you f&%k it up DO NOT try and fix it whilst it's wet. Just let it dry and fix by sanding it down when it's dry. Because It's such a small piece you wont have much trouble. I think your biggest problem will be applyin too much paint.
    Have fun and get your camera out

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