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Hi All,<p>I've seen a lot of posts about DIY grill paintings and such and I am inspired to do my own. I have a few questions about what the best methods/paints to do this with are.<p>First off, I have a 2005 Sapphire VR. I want to paint all the badges black, but not with a gun metal texture to it, I want to try and keep that metallic shine to the badges. I also want to paint the trim around the grill black along with the slash. I have no desire to do the mesh grill, I think the stock grill is mean looking as is.<p>What would be the best method for this? Start with some very light sanding and primer followed by black spray paint then some clear coat? Also, any have any advice on removing the badges and grill?<p>I'm not inept with paint and tools, but my expertise lies more in fixing up boats, not cars, so I can handle some non-rookie techniques if anyone has some advice on how best to do this. <p>Thanks in advance!!<p>Example of black trim around the grill:<br> <IMG SRC="http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm297/a2z_lgx/IMG_0649.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Example of black trim around grill and blacked out badge:<br> <IMG SRC="http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb159/FastR06/DSC_0076.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Painting Advice for Badges and Grill Trim (so_calR)

so_calR I couldn't remove my front grill without doing a little extra work. Some folks have been successful removing it with a spatula or a plastic putty knife by inserting it between the grill and the bumper cover. I had to pop the hood and remove the pins (4-5 IIRC) that hold the bumper to the radiator supports right at the front of the engine compartment. Just push the pin down into the sleeve then pull the whole thing back out. Once you get those out you can pull out on the bumper cover and you will see the top tabs that hold in the grill. Once you get the top ones loose the bottoms were pretty easy to finagle loose. I carefully sanded the outer lip then taped off the inner section of the grill with blue painters tape. I used Krylon Fusion paint in black and didn't clear coat at all. The R piece that is in the grill is pretty easy to get off once you have the grill removed from the car. I gave it a light sanding and sprayed it with the Krylon as well.<br>
 

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Re: Painting Advice for Badges and Grill Trim (FastR)

Follow the simple video instructions on the IPD site for removal<p><A HREF="http://www.ipdusa.com/Volvo-S60/Exterior/Custom-Grilles/p-74-399-4329" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ipdusa.com/Volvo-S6...-4329</A>/
 

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Re: Painting Advice for Badges and Grill Trim (FastR)

Sweet! Thanks for the removal and painting tips. I'm gonna try this the next sunny, hot day I get out here.
 

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Re: Painting Advice for Badges and Grill Trim (so_calR)

The IPD video is a good guide, but keep in mind that the R grille has 4 clips on top and 4 on the bottom as well, not 7 total like the video says.
 

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Re: Painting Advice for Badges and Grill Trim (mjaffe)

Cool looking cars! This really turned me on to do paint my grill frame. My VR is grey so a black grill wood look OK. Not as a nice contrast as the above red R!<p>So I was going to order myself matching 2 parts spray cans from Ultimate touchup. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Even though the IPD black grill looks cool I still prefer the R's matching the rest of the car. Thanks for the Video! Plus I don't have the mula until I get a Job!<p>I would also love to paint the silver frame around the front lights. But I hear that I would have to remove the front and then deal with the glue inside the lights.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>tgrjmp</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Cool looking cars! This really turned me on to do paint my grill frame. My VR is grey so a black grill wood look OK. Not as a nice contrast as the above red R! <B>Thank you! I am enjoying this car more than any other car I've owned.</B><p>I would also love to paint the silver frame around the front lights. But I hear that I would have to remove the front and then deal with the glue inside the lights.<p><B>That project has been on my list of too do's for quite some time now. Trying to find a full day and a half to tear it apart, let it dry and put it back together has been the major issue for me. Especially with a 4 1/2 year old and now a 13 week old <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> .</B></TD></TR></TABLE><br>
 

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Ok, so I got off my fat rear end and painted the grill the same color as the rest of the car. Titanium GREY!<p>Before<br><IMG SRC="http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss167/tgrjmp/DSC03776.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>No badge looked like a cool option but I would have had to do mome surgery on the honeycomb. Maybe just have the "R" badge would have been cool.<p><IMG SRC="http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss167/tgrjmp/DSC03781.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>After<br><IMG SRC="http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss167/tgrjmp/DSC03784.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Painting Advice for Badges and Grill Trim (tgrjmp)

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I agree, looks good. Still waiting to do mine...stupid apartment has the only backyard (VERY VERY small) that faces into the complex which means paint spray all over my neighbors windows and apartments...we really annoy people when we BBQ <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Going down to SD in two weekends to visit the fam and I am going to do it then.
 

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Awesome thread! my grill is def coming off tonight! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I went with the IPD grille and painted the surround black. <p>The first attempt, I used a flat black with a flat clear coat and looked nothing short of perfect. BUT, I didn't sand enough to prep and it started to chip, so I had to repaint and it ended up a bit shiner than I wanted. <p><IMG SRC="http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Husker_Zack/IMG_6007.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo224/Husker_Zack/HPIM0513.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Painting Advice for Badges and Grill Trim (so_calR)

<IMG SRC="http://i807.photobucket.com/albums/yy352/volvodude4life/IMG_1170.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Well I blacked mine out with just some high quality rattle can but I used color match rattle can for all the trim on the car and it would work just as well on the grill and badges if you wanted to have them color match your car.<p>JR
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>tgrjmp</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Ok, so I got off my fat rear end and painted the grill the same color as the rest of the car. Titanium GREY!<p>After<br><IMG SRC="http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss167/tgrjmp/DSC03784.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Nice job man! It looks great. I finally got my lights done thanks to some major help from a forum friend. I got sick half way through the job and he had to finish by himself! Hell of a guy MightyQ is.<p><IMG SRC="http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb159/FastR06/The%20R/Danielleinhospital150.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb159/FastR06/The%20R/Danielleinhospital149.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>FastR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Nice job man! It looks great. I finally got my lights done thanks to some major help from a forum friend. I got sick half way through the job and he had to finish by himself! Hell of a guy MightyQ is.<p><IMG SRC="http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb159/FastR06/The%20R/Danielleinhospital150.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb159/FastR06/The%20R/Danielleinhospital149.jpg" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>You should have smoked out some of that amber turn signal like I did... looks much better without a huge orange corner. But congrats on the lights!<p>JR
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>FastR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> I carefully sanded the outer lip then taped off the inner section of the grill with blue painters tape. I used Krylon Fusion paint in black and didn't clear coat at all. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I still have a can of the Krylon Fusion Black paint around. How many coats of paint you use? When you taped of the inner section you use any paper or just all painters tape? <p>Looking to do this on a nice lazy day as well.
 

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and with the lower grill as well:<br><IMG SRC="http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk251/bebemakesfive/DSC02024.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk251/bebemakesfive/DSC02020.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>stealthS60AWD</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I still have a can of the Krylon Fusion Black paint around. How many coats of paint you use? When you taped of the inner section you use any paper or just all painters tape? <p>Looking to do this on a nice lazy day as well.</TD></TR></TABLE> <p>I just taped it off with painters tape.
 
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