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    Arrow V Grill Painting (pics)

    Right then lads, a quick synopsis.
    Bought car and loved it as standard, was totally satisfied until i looked at vectra c forums!!
    Saw what some of you have done with the vrx colour coordinated front V Grill, and basically I WANTED IT!!!

    So i read multiple forums threads vectra/astra and decided that rather than spend £60+ paint on a new one, i would just do it to my existing chrome one.

    Started with this


    Then se to taking the front bumper off. Thought it was going to be a mission but turned out to be ok.

    4 torx screws where under the bonnet at the top of the bumper.
    2 screws in each front wheel arch.
    4 plastic clips/rivits bottom of bumper, slightly under the engine area.

    Then lay down and reach under and disconnect the fog lights, a blue push clip at the bottom of each one.
    A black similar clip for the temp sensor in the bottom grill of bumper also.

    Lightly pull bumper at wheel arches where you took the screws out at 90degrees to disconnect it.

    Then lift bumper off and set to one side.
    Now the tricky bit.

    You want to CAREFULLY separate all the clips holding this part on

    (mixman astra owners network)

    I didnt actually manage all this, i was able to unclip the top parts of the V Grill and slide the bottom clips of the V Grill out, all-be-it i did snap 3 of them, but there is still enough to refit later!! p.s i didnt remove the lower chrome strip, i didnt want to paint this.


    Then i got supplies from halfords.

    Grey plastic primer 1 tin
    Black sapphire paint 1 tin
    Clear laquer 1 tin
    Assorted grit sandpaper 400-1200
    £26

    Then i used 400grit to key the V Grill for priming.
    washed with soapy water, then dried.

    3-4 coats of primer, 15mins apart aided by hairdryer
    left 24hrs



    1200grit sand of V Grill
    washed and dried

    3-4 coats of black paint
    15mins apart



    leave for 24hrs to dry, maybe longer

    Thats what stage im at right now.

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    Looking good..really must get mine done..

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    looking superb, wot colour background for the griffin to go on, maybe White Carbon Fibre, would look superb if griffin was black...

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    really want to do this with mine but i have a couple of doubts, first being me being able to get a good finish as i havent done much in the way of spraying (only my brakes etc) and second it didnt know how to prepare the chrome to get the paint to stick haha, any advice for this. ive seen a ready primed grille on the bay but iyt £50

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob warrington View Post
    really want to do this with mine but i have a couple of doubts, first being me being able to get a good finish as i havent done much in the way of spraying (only my brakes etc) and second it didnt know how to prepare the chrome to get the paint to stick haha, any advice for this. ive seen a ready primed grille on the bay but iyt £50
    hi mate, i think i wrote in original post that you need to use sandpaper on the chrome to rough it up to get a key for the paint/primer to stick to. also a plastic primer helps as it is made for spraying onto plastics i.e the grill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yohan View Post
    hi mate, i think i wrote in original post that you need to use sandpaper on the chrome to rough it up to get a key for paint/primer to stick to. also a plastic primer helps as it is made for spraying onto plastics i.e the grill.
    ok cheers, i think ill give it a go. i would get one of ebay but you can never tell if its been prep'd right, or just have a quick coat of primer. thanks

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    Looks good liking the white carbon idea I have black for mine.

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    Nice write up so far.

    I'm doing mine myself today so I'll post up a pic of it when its done. Its prepped and ready to paint, just need to buy a decent primer then I can start.

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    Been thinking of doing mine, won't look as good in Star Silver but too much chrome standard. Seeing this I think I'll give it a go sooner rather than later.

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    Well mine is finished. Took about 4 hours including the wait for it to be dry enough to refit.

    Put 4 coats of colour on and 5 of laquer. I'm going to rub it down and polish it up in a couple of days when its all completely set.

    Looks better than the chrome I reckon!


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