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Please help me,<P>I desperately want the plastic eggcrate grill that is on '99 V70xc, c70 hpt, new s60 etc. Does any aftermarket company make the grey plastic eggcrate grill with volvo emblem for an 850 application? If not, could I fabricate one very easily from a V70 xc or any other newer volvo?<P>Please, I need this look badly on my '96 854R!!<P>Thanks.<P>
 

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No, there is no aftermarket company makes that style grille for you car. It's already hard to find an aftermarket grille for you car, and I know just IPD and another European co. makes the mesh style one for the 850s.<P>Can you fab one easily from the existing XC grille? NO, of course not. Their grille is samller, it'd more impossible than matter of easy or not.<P>Eggcrate style is not all that....at least I think the new C70 w/ that grille looks silly.<P>You might be able to fab one yourself and put the slash and the badge of your old grille on it. That'll be the easiest way at this point.<BR>
 

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The one on the V70 XC mk I had it, but I don't think that'd fit your 850. The 850's grill is larger than the mk I 700-series. Now if you had an S70, you could do it.<P>You may be able to talk a body kit company into making one, but I don't know how marketable the product would be. Making one yourself would be very tough.
 

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Has anyone tried painting a stock grill to match the paint. I think this might add some subtle flair. Obvious route would be to use a body shop to prep, paint, bake. Any experiences out there? Good Idea? Bad Idea?
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Andrew John:<BR><B>Has anyone tried painting a stock grill to match the paint. I think this might add some subtle flair. Obvious route would be to use a body shop to prep, paint, bake. Any experiences out there? Good Idea? Bad Idea?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I belive IPD used to carry a line of grille just like that. I'm sure you can probably get the bodyshop to paint it under $50. <P>
 

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I had my stock grille painted to match my then stock Titan wheel colour, I had it done at our body shop and when prepped it looks good. I now have the IPD grille with the new colour of the wheels on it.
 

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Hey FastBox, I might buy that gunmetal grey grill from you if you still have it, that was the other option I was considering for my grill.<P>
 

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I painted up my stock grille satin black with the chrome surround and diagonal strips left as is - it looks really mean compared to the all chrome version and was not hard to do.<P>Getting the grille off is easy, it's just the masking that takes time.<P>I thought about doing the black centre section of the diagonal in body colour - maybe when the weather improves.
 

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Further to the above - I tried painting the centre of the diagonal in body colour (red).<P>It looked awful, so I restored it to the original.<P>Don't bother, folks!
 

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I do still have it but I keep all the parts for my car just in case I need or want to put her back to original form. My advice would be to get a used one and paint it up, but even if you used yours if you had it done properly it would turn out.
 

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It includes all that but the most important part is the primer, a good flex primer will stick well and not chip as easy. If you want the dull look clear coat is not needed.
 

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I was thinking of painting my grill also, but was wondering how do you take the diagonal bar off? Its held in by the push on rings. I suppose I could just tape it off but it would be easier to remove it. Any ideas on whats the easiest way?
 

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Is their not indents from the cross piece upon removal. I don't see any there. Did you fill them in, or is it magical photography or something?
 

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I filled them in . What I did was sand it down with 60 grit ,filled, primer ,and paint.( alot of work!! ) <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid28/pd4f9fe45d25f79b1105b41c3ade514f8/fe0c230f.jpg"> <P><BR>
 
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