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    Hello all,

    I have decided to paint my grills Black....

    I have sanded down the chrome with wet and dry... It's nice and dull...

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    Now am I going in the right direction???

    Thank you for your time


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    Yep! Get them as rough as you can because they chip easily otherwise. I have to re-do mine every six months or so, better than paying £50 for some black ones though!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Stu View Post
    Yep! Get them as rough as you can because they chip easily otherwise. I have to re-do mine every six months or so, better than paying £50 for some black ones though!
    Sweet!!!! Hmmm I think the primer will just have to wait as its a bit cold...

    How many coats of primer would you give it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil318is View Post
    Sweet!!!! Hmmm I think the primer will just have to wait as its a bit cold...

    How many coats of primer would you give it?
    Think I done three, flatted them down and the same for the topcoat. I didn't use laquer as mine are matt black. Yours may do better with the stonechips if you're laquering them. I always put the tin in some hot water first but it's a bit cold today! I went to Norwich ealier and it's fooking windy there too!
     
     

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    I just bought some black ones for £20!

    Looks like your doing a good job though.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Stu View Post
    Think I done three, flatted them down and the same for the topcoat. I didn't use laquer as mine are matt black. Yours may do better with the stonechips if you're laquering them. I always put the tin in some hot water first but it's a bit cold today! I went to Norwich ealier and it's fooking windy there too!
    Oh yes very wind and wet!

    Hopefully no stone chips

    Quote Originally Posted by fwordm3 View Post
    I just bought some black ones for £20!

    Looks like your doing a good job though.
    Nice one!

    Thank you - yeah looks like a proper job


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    Your best method is to do a load of light mist coats rather than going for one full coverage coat on he first go(on both primer and the black but more importantly the black).you'll save the hassle of having to sand back any paint runs and more importantly you'll get a more durable finish. I know some people who just went and painted them in one shot but they flake and peel very easily. i painted mine over 2 years ago and they still look the same as when I painted them, in fact the rest of the nose is now full of chips and the only thing that doesn't have any are the grills

    Oh and painted grills are much better looking than the ones you can buy IMO
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Stu View Post
    Think I done three, flatted them down and the same for the topcoat. I didn't use laquer as mine are matt black. Yours may do better with the stonechips if you're laquering them. I always put the tin in some hot water first but it's a bit cold today! I went to Norwich ealier and it's fooking windy there too!
    Great tip their Disco about the hot water,when spraying small parts i tend to use the wifes hairdryer and she cracks up ,so gonna try the hot water tip next time

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    Right I missed some of those posts as I was out doing it....

    Primer is on!



    Will wait for that to dry (24hrs) then I will do the black!!!

    Always remember safety first I had closed the garage door and I wish getting high so better not



    No paint runs!!! Just misted it on...



    So that's all so far! Cheers for the help guys!!!!!!!!!!
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    When i did mine it was 3 coats of primer, and 3/4 coats of top coat ans as many coats again of laquer and jobs a good one,
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