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
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
1200grit sand of V Grill
washed and dried
3-4 coats of black paint
leave for 24hrs to dry, maybe longer
Thats what stage im at right now.