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    Default New Mesh Grill fitting pics

    Alrighty, my new grill arrived this morning. Packaging was a bit duff but never mind. Soon as the kids were sorted I went out to fit it. Took some pics as I went along:

    Before I started:



    This is pretty much how the new grill arrived, it had a token piece of bubble wrap around it - no expense spared:



    Under the bonnet there are about 7 screws I had to remove which release the grill and another bit of plastic whose purpose I couldnt determine:



    I removed the screws (hold the screws as they are undone to prevent them falling into the engine bay):



    The grill then just lifts out:



    Cleaned around the bonnet where the old grill had sat, obviously this area never gets touched because its out of reach:



    There where some plastic bits that fit over the brackets on the new grill for the screws to thread into. I put these on and it was just 4 screws to secure the new grill in place:



    Okay Done and here are some pics of it fitted:




    It looked really naff, I couldnt stand seeing the silver paint behind it. So off to Halfords for a sniff about. Had loads of ideas about cutting a surround out of plastic to cover the paint but nothing was available. I settled on good old fashioned paint.

    Here is what I did next:

    Used steel wool on the area I wanted to paint:



    After using steel wool I cleaned with just warm water and then dried really well. Now I masked off the area I wanted to paint and covered the inner side of the bonnet to protect the engine from spray:




    Then protected the surounding area of the car:



    Then I started spraying, I did four coats altogether with 15mins in between each spray. The paint was a Hammerite all in one quick drying paint. Hear are the four coats:






    And the finished product:




    All in all about 1.5 hours work and pretty easy work at that. I am pleased with the outcome although how long before I change the grill again is unknown.

    Peace out.

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    the grill looks 100% better with the bits painted black behind the grill top job m8 lights are next then

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    looks far better now after paint!!!!

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    Good effort mate looks good and very informative too ... full marks

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    The grill looks much better with the balck paint on, defo worth the effort, good pics and nice step by step. Top job.

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    nice idea with the black paint amazing what difference it makes

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    that really tranforms the car, looks nice.

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    nice one daz, looks the part now, personally i think its a spot on grill for the money
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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkster View Post
    nice one daz, looks the part now, personally i think its a spot on grill for the money
    Thanks for the comments everyone. Good point on the price. 45 for the grill and 8 for the paint. Both can probably be bought cheaper though!

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    nice bit of handy work there mate, looks much better

    aint modding fun.........
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