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  1. 1999 E36 318is Coupe - Kidney Grills 
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    i saw a thread about kidney grills and the whole diy process. To make them look good and not just some bosh what will i need to do? What type of paint should i use? etc etc.

    thanks guys.
     
     

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    Can anybody offer any advice here ?
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    You will need:

    Sandpaper/sanding discs, grade P500 or similar
    Wet & Dry sandpaper P1200-2000
    'Scotchbrite' pad (or a cheap scouring pad, they do the same job)
    A couple of cloths
    A solvent cleaner (petrol can be used)
    Plastic primer
    Primer
    Colour coat
    Laquer (if required)

    First of all, remove the grills, there is an excellent guide by Tobe here: http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...-grill-t37574/

    Then, seperate the chrome coated outer section of the grill from the black slats. There a 4 or 5 (can't remember off the top of my head) plastic lugs around the outside of the grill. Be carefull with these, they are quite brittle.

    Next job is to give the chrome pieces a good clean, a bit of soapy water and a scouring pad will do.

    Then, use the P500 grade sandpaper to sand over the crome finish untill it is all just about dull. There is no need to sand through this coating and remove it completely, jus get a good 'key' in the surface.

    Then, go over it with the wet & dry sandpaper. A little bit of washing up liquid in the water helps with lubrication

    Then clean the parts with the solvent cleaner or petrol, to remove any greasy residues or any remaining polish residues.

    Now place the parts somewhere where you can paint them, ideally, it is better to have then supported from the back so the visible faces of the part is not obstructed and can be easily painted.

    Now give them a coat of plastic primer, be careful with this, plastic primer is very thin and can easily run. Just take your time and follow the instructions on the tin

    When they have suitably dried, give them a couple of coats of the ordinary primer. Again, take it nice and steady and be careful not to get any runs.

    Allow the primer to completely dry, then give the parts a quick rub over with the wet and dry again to remove any imperfections before the colour coat goes on. Ensure that you dry the parts thoroughly when done.

    Next up is the colour coat. Most people go for matt black, if this is the case, i would recommend This I have used it before and had no problems. Whatever spray you use, just follow the same procedure as before, nice and steady, build up the coats over time, don't go mad with it and get runs

    Then, if you require laquer, you may want to flat the colour coat agin with the wet and dry if there are any imperfections. Then a couple of coats of laquer.

    Leave the parts to dry, ideally overnight in a warm dry place, and then refit

    I'm going to be doing mine next week, so i will put together a decent 'how to' guide with plenty of pictures


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    Thanks for the guide mess very handy
     
     

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