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Removed the chrome from the vertical lines in the grille.

Let me know what you guys and gals think. Personally Im very happy with the cleaner look without the chrome vertical lines. I just ordered new emblems black and silver carbon fiber. I got the full kit replacing the hood trunk wheels and steering wheel emblems. next is front plate delete and ACS front lip.
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how did you remove the chrome?
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I removed the outer portion of the grille (the chrome plastic surrounding 2 parts) and first I started using sand paper and it was working but was taking too much time and work so I went to a sharp edged piece of metal I had in my garage ( a left over hinge from building a fence ) and carefully scraped the chrome off. When I was done I touched it up with sand paper and wiped everything clean with a rag and all purpose cleaner. Looks great and a clean finish. I would simply recommend to start slow and get a feel of how much pressure to use when done and cleaned up simply replace the outer portion.
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Only took me about 10 - 15 minutes.
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cool thx. going to try that
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Added a couple close ups to show a little better how it turned out.
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so you down graded the grill?? U know bmw did this on the cheaper models right? 528's and 328's came like this factory.
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I just personally think its a major improvement on the appearance of the car. I'm personally not a big fan of chrome and chrome molding with exception of chrome wheels. I just think that it really cleaned up the front end. A buddy of mine just bought a 2011 330 IS and wants to do this same thing to his. Some people like a lot of extra chrome I just don't. I was considering buying the all black grille and replacing it altogether but I think this is a good compromise. Once I delete the front plate and add the ACS front lip and get the new emblems on it should look much cleaner and a little sportier. which is my goal with the car. I value your opinion however. Thanks for posting.

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I just personally think its a major improvement on the appearance of the car. I'm personally not a big fan of chrome and chrome molding with exception of chrome wheels. I just think that it really cleaned up the front end. A buddy of mine just bought a 2011 330 IS and wants to do this same thing to his. Some people like a lot of extra chrome I just don't. I was considering buying the all black grille and replacing it altogether but I think this is a good compromise. Once I delete the front plate and add the ACS front lip and get the new emblems on it should look much cleaner and a little sportier. which is my goal with the car. I value your opinion however. Thanks for posting.

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easier method would have been plasti-dip but it wouldn't have been free like your method! The nice thing about plasti-dip is that you can peel it off if you don't like it.
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easier method would have been plasti-dip but it wouldn't have been free like your method! The nice thing about plasti-dip is that you can peel it off if you don't like it.
It was really easy and only took 10 - 15 minutes but tou·ché plasti-dip would have been reversible.
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I used plasti dip on my old 330. Stayed on there for about 2 years.
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It was really easy and only took 10 - 15 minutes but tou·ché plasti-dip would have been reversible.
Yeah but I doubt it'll be hard to find replacement grilles if you need them in the future! I'm not a fan of the whole blackout theme but your 7 is looking nice from your pics above :thumbsup:
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