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Old 01-18-2012, 06:32 PM
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Anyone ever Plasti Dip their kidney grills?

I'm thinking about just using Plasti dip on my grills rather than buying black ones.

Anyone ever do this? Have any pics of the final product?
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:03 PM
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The answer is yes. I've seen the posts, but no idea where they are. Try a search. This usually comes up when people are discussing performance grills, so you might try a query mix of "black" "grills" "performance."
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:05 PM
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I painted mine black. This is great free weekend project. At least an hour of work time, 3-5 hour of drying time (you don't want finger prints on the drying surface), and 5 minutes of placing the grills back. It was quite simple:
  • After removing the grills from the front bumper,
  • I realized the grills come in 2 parts which have snaps around the perimeter to hold them toghther.
  • Undo them.
  • The outer grill is the only item that needs to be painted (you can elect to do the inner vertical slat portion if you wish).
  • Light scuff the surface with 220-300 grit sand paper for tooth.
  • Thoroughly clean surface with wax and grease remover solution.
  • Dry for a couple of minutes
  • Paint outer grill part, black. I used Krylon black spray, and I followed up with Duplicolor's clear gloss coat for wheels. Using this clear coat is formulated spray prevents pitting from the stone and bugs that the grills will encounter. (http://www.duplicolor.com/products/wheelCoating/)
  • Dry (3-5 hours)
  • Place grills back on to car, step back, and admire your work

Once you done it. The once outer chrome part will be now painted black, and in my case, the vertical slats were left alone. From a distance, you can tell, but as you come closer, the chromed vertical slat gives off a subtle accent touch.

Give it a shot.
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:52 PM
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I used the same process as stated above and here is my outcome. The Plasti-Dip is kind of cool, if you don't like it rip it off and no primer needed. Just clean it off prior to spraying! And most of all, it's self leveling, so it will look like crap when you first spray but as it dries your jaw will DROP
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:19 AM
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I used Plasti-Dip and if you take your time (remove the grills from the car, disassemble the chrome surround from the grill, sand the chrome, then spray), the results are 100% perfect.

There's no way that I would spend >$10 for black grills, given how easy it it and how good it looks.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:01 AM
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I'm looking to this for my jet black 335i. Should I consider a glossy black or will matte look good enough?
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matte black all the way for long lasting appearance
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:34 PM
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Thanks for the info everyone...I'll be tackling this project tomorrow!
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:31 PM
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There's really no point in sanding. A benefit of plasti-dip is the ability to remove it. If you're going to sand it, you might as well prime it and paint it too
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I'm looking to this for my jet black 335i. Should I consider a glossy black or will matte look good enough?
I like the gloss look.
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Matte black has my vote.
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I used the same process as stated above and here is my outcome. The Plasti-Dip is kind of cool, if you don't like it rip it off and no primer needed. Just clean it off prior to spraying! And most of all, it's self leveling, so it will look like crap when you first spray but as it dries your jaw will DROP
How long between applying plasti dip and applying the clear coat?
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:03 PM
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OK, here's the before and drying process. I'll post once they are dry and installed again.

You'll notice the pitting on the close ups. Let's hope everyone is right and they settle as they dry.









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Old 01-21-2012, 02:06 PM
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And since I'm sharing pictures...my old rig:

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OK, here's the before and drying process. I'll post once they are dry and installed again.

You'll notice the pitting on the close ups. Let's hope everyone is right and they settle as they dry.









I put on about 4 coats with 10-15 minutes between coats

Also they're holding up great!

And one last, I never heard of clear coating it. I don't think the clearcoat would Adhere or dry properly on rubbery plastidip
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I only did 2 coats....but pretty heavy coats. They've already been drying for a while so I'll see what happens. The pitting is starting to settle.

I prefer the matte look so no clear coat or anything.
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I only did 2 coats....but pretty heavy coats. They've already been drying for a while so I'll see what happens. The pitting is starting to settle.

I prefer the matte look so no clear coat or anything.


The clear coat is a protectant. It doesn't make matte glossy.
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The clear coat is a protectant. It doesn't make matte glossy.
AH...and it adheres OK?
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The clear coat is a protectant. It doesn't make matte glossy.
AH...and it adheres OK?
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AH...and it adheres OK?
I'm not saying that putting clear coat is a bad idea, but my plasti-dip saw the wrath of october snow for over an hour long drive, tons of rain, miles of highway and hasn't chipped or even show any signs of wear.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:53 PM
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I'm not saying that putting clear coat is a bad idea, but my plasti-dip saw the wrath of october snow for over an hour long drive, tons of rain, miles of highway and hasn't chipped or even show any signs of wear.
Cool...I'm just gonna put them back in with only the Plasti Dip. They're starting to look better and better the longer they dry.
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Cool...I'm just gonna put them back in with only the Plasti Dip. They're starting to look better and better the longer they dry.
Yup, don't forget to post pictures! =) i waited <4 hours for them to dry, giving that it was a rather warm, dry day
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:05 PM
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Yup, don't forget to post pictures! =) i waited <4 hours for them to dry, giving that it was a rather warm, dry day
I took them inside. I'll probably let them dry overnight. I screwed one up and it chipped when I was moving it and had to re-paint it. Now there's a big goo spot so I may have to redo the one side.

Will keep you guys posted.
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I've got almost one year and 10k miles on my Plasti-Dipped kidneys. They've held up great, no stone chips, no fading, no problems.

The Plasti-Dip does have a slight texture to it, but you only notice it from within a foot or two. Anything farther than that, and you never notice it.
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:42 AM
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Here's are the finished results:

This is the section I screwed up...I hit it while it was drying and took a piece off. Tried to repaint over the bare spot but you can see where it didn't even out.




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