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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:57 pm 
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I replaced my standard grille with a honeycombe grille some time back.

Now shall I split it and paint the chrome black?

I think it will be much more sellable.

I've already got 1/2 can of satin black.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:37 pm 
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I did mine and to be fair it wasn't easy. Stripping the grill down broke a few clips I had to later glue. The chrome effect plastic will need a good key with a course scotch brite. Then etch primer before applying paint Then ideally 2k as cellulose will chip in no time on the front of a car.


Is it worth it? I guess if there is a market for it yes.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:45 pm 
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Simon dawg,
I not split it yet.
The whole grille needs cleaning up a bit and will rough it up before paint.
Etch primer will sort it out, yes, I swear by it.
Then satin black.

Did the grille on my old Mk4 Astra SRi and it lasted out.

Some people don't want the bother and will buy a grille already done.

I'm going to do it anyway.
Already have the paint, even if it doesn't fetch more than a standard grille.

Will be very careful with the clips :)


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:45 pm 
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Started doing a little bit,


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:31 pm 
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I did this on my 9-5.....first attempt with scotch pad didn't last......second attempt with some sand paper didn't last.....third attempt with some much more coarse paper did the trick. Getting a really good key on the chrome is tricky, especially in the curvy corners. Prep is so important when doing this.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:49 pm 
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Thanks for the advice darky.
It's all about the preparation like all painting, anyone can chuck some paint on.

It's what takes the time normally.

Did my chrome on my old Mk4 Astra grille with some flatting and etch primer.
I had the car over a year and it still looked good.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:39 am 
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Are you intending to sell it? Everything in your soapy picture looks in nice condition. Painting it will only be of interest to those who actually prefer it. If original it also includes those who prefer it that way. Keep your market wide. If the buyer wants to black it out leave that to them. Once black you've lost those who prefer the chrome. It's much more expensive to go from black to chrome.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:08 am 
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I'd say go for it, I'm sure a few folk are too tight to pay £100 for a maptun one like me


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:24 pm 
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Really like the black grille and seeing the intercooler. Want mine to basically look like that.Being from Yorkshire I'll be having a go at painting mine myself or even wrapping.
Playing with vinyl wrapping bits of interior that's scratched, gear surround etc it's quite cheap to do and looks great when done right (I'll have to keep practising).
Got a list of things to do and will post pics when I can.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:01 pm 
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Derek UK wrote:
Are you intending to sell it? Everything in your soapy picture looks in nice condition. Painting it will only be of interest to those who actually prefer it. If original it also includes those who prefer it that way. Keep your market wide. If the buyer wants to black it out leave that to them. Once black you've lost those who prefer the chrome. It's much more expensive to go from black to chrome.


Some people can't be bothered, some people can't paint, some people are afraid of breaking clips.

Will probably get a bit more for it being black.
It'll be done properly, flatted down, etch primer and then satin black.
Cleaned it all up nice while it's apart.

Simon, How long ago did you do it?
What's it like now?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:25 pm 
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Flatted down using various grades of paper.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:33 pm 
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Ian78 wrote:
Derek UK wrote:
Are you intending to sell it? Everything in your soapy picture looks in nice condition. Painting it will only be of interest to those who actually prefer it. If original it also includes those who prefer it that way. Keep your market wide. If the buyer wants to black it out leave that to them. Once black you've lost those who prefer the chrome. It's much more expensive to go from black to chrome.


Some people can't be bothered, some people can't paint, some people are afraid of breaking clips.



Simon, How long ago did you do it?
What's it like now?

2 years /10k miles and still the same. Did it pretty much the same way as you except I used some left over 2k from repairing the splitter.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:17 pm 
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They look good Ian... it will be interesting to see how it changes the cars appearance to/for you once they're refitted to the car :)
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:27 pm 
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Just getting them back together without damaging clips Kent.
Will be very careful.
I already have black surrounds Kent, that was Birthday present.
Got a honeycombe Hirsch grille.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:34 pm 
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Hirsch grille? Someone loves you :)
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:38 pm 
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Sorry Kent,
Not Hirsch,
One of these, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-SAAB-9-3- ... Sw~bFWPOxT

Hirsch style.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:55 am 
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Just following Ians instructions above on my Chrome surrounds, just leaving centre with Saab on chrome.
So far so good.
Looking good already and nice and warm outside so not so bad temp in my garage for spraying.
Only problem I had was the clips being v brittle so warmed grille up with heat gun and left in hot water for a while !! Seemed to help.

I'm from Yorkshire ! What's your superpower ?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 5:23 pm 
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Pics buddy...pics.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:46 pm 
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No pics, it didn’t happen ;)
Pics are required in SnP..
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