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Finally got around to it and painted my grill bezel (surround?) and my FRP winglets from CFW. I had been waiting on the winglets for awhile, finally got them a couple weeks ago and then just found time and decent weather to paint. I went ahead and popped the grill in after 2 days of paint curing, but I'll wait at least a couple more days on the winglets since the paint is no doubt still a bit soft. The grill obviously requires much less handling to mount up! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> Here's the first round of pics:<p>Grill removed<br> <IMG SRC="http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/99/l_47daf1efdce044529fe7d2e55bb3e5fe.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Primered the winglets, just scuff sanded and cleaned/taped the grill.<br> <IMG SRC="http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/67/l_b52bb498d48d4053a96a9f9b718c357b.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>3 base coats and 1 clear at this point (did 3 + 3 total):<br> <IMG SRC="http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/105/l_0c41843ab7c049d884db9d975828cae5.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>Grill installed - it's by far the cleanest part of the car now... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/102/l_289a61cce29740d09ea59be5467e6b4a.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/78/l_3449e444f337494e917db067fb22ecd8.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>More to come when winglets are installed! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: (imageomega)

!! I want to do the same thing to my grill, paint the surrounding trim black. Which paint did you use? Gloss, semi-gloss, etc.? Did you also do 3+3 on the grill?<p>I also wanted to black out the Volvo slash (since we can't remove it as it looks worse with the grill tabs for it sticking out), leaving only the R to stand out in shiny silver. No idea how to do that though <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: (m3nt0s)

Looks nice. I painted my grill surround over a year ago. It's a much better look than the way it comes out of the factory.
 

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Re: (05BruzaS60r)

I just painted my grill black a few weeks back, and it does so much for a black car. Nice work.
 

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I bought PPG urethane high gloss automotive paint from <A HREF="http://www.carpaintonline.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.carpaintonline.com</A>. I was very pleased with the quality, consistancy, and finish, and their price was about the best around for what I was looking for. I bought a quart each of base, clear, and the appropriate hardener for just under $100.00 shipped. Here's the thread of discussion on that stuff.<br><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=112585&postid=1173951" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/z...73951</A><p>I did not paint the eggcrate part of the grill at all. I just taped it off, leaving it the dark grey semi-gloss that it was from the factory; it provides a decent contrast from the black sapphire bezel, but not as much as I would have liked. If for some reason the paint doesn't hold up well, I will end up stripping or sanding and just paint the entire thing black sapphire. But for now, I'm fairly pleased with my results. Hopefully this weekend I will find time to get the winglets mounted up! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"><p>As for painting the slash itself, that would be very easy - just sand off all the chrome, primer, and paint. The little black detail line running down the middle of each side looks like it can be removed easily from the back, too. The center emblem, however, would not look good painted since it is "encased" in clear plastic. You would either end up with that chrome emblem still standing out by itself, or painting it over to leave a big, plain, square...
 

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Re: (rotorwash)

Looks good, I prefer flat black for the grill though. You should go ahead and paint the slash, emblem looks good with the black since it's mostly black itself.
 

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Re: (xman03)

Looks good Steve! Looking forward to the final install.<p>Let me know if you have any questions
 

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Re: (lowenhart)

I like it alot. Anybody thing you can rattle can this?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>T5 for Life</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I like it alot. Anybody thing you can rattle can this?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The grill? Bunch of people including myself have.
 

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Re: Painted my grill bezel (rotorwash)

<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> makes the R pop
 

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Re: (xman03)

I used a rattle can on mine after Scotch-Brite and some acetone wipes. Valspar Plastic spray paint works really well. Driveway job, too.
 

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Re: (Forced5)

Did they have the right paint code for your car, or you just used plain ole' black?<p>Didn't someone mention the actual paint code for the sapphire black not too long ago? Or maybe I'm thinking of the center console repair job that was documented.
 

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Thanks for the comments, everyone! I just got the winglets installed too. Here's a pic:<br> <IMG SRC="http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/79/l_f414837cd5ce455283fff811e681d4a4.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>T5 for Life: I did use the Black Sapphire Metallic, and I believe the paint code was 452.<p>I am starting a new thread on the winglets. Check here <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=116361" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=116361</A> if you're interested. Thanks again! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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