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Old 02-17-2013, 02:38 PM
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Has anyone painted the plastic mesh in their bumper?

I am going to have the holes filled in where the reflectors are currently installed. While I am doing this I am debating having the mesh components painted to match my gloss black trim and grill. Has anyone ever had these painted? Over time these mesh inserts turn gray from oxidation and exposure to sunlight.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:40 PM
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Post some pix on the outcome as I was considering in the same.

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Old 02-17-2013, 02:43 PM
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I am going to consult with a high end body shop tomorrow. They will know the answer. Ill let you know what I find out
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:19 PM
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This was exactly what I was considering on both of our BMWs. I've done it to previous cars and the paint held up great!
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:30 PM
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I painted mine right after I got it over a year ago. Had a good local paint and detail shop do it. They pulled the mesh out and matched the gloss black on the black BMW performance grills I added as well. I think it looks better than the lighter black of the factory mesh.

I will take pics and post, supposed to rain tomorrow, may be a few days until sun is out and I can take pics.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:37 PM
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I painted mine right after I got it over a year ago. Had a good local paint and detail shop do it. They pulled the mesh out and matched the gloss black on the black BMW performance grills I added as well. I think it looks better than the lighter black of the factory mesh.

I will take pics and post, supposed to rain tomorrow, may be a few days until sun is out and I can take pics.
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:08 PM
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Here is a before pic a year ago when I bought the car, followed by a couple with the painted lower grills. Sorry, not a great photographer. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:35 PM
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Looks great, my body shop was afraid of runs in the paint so the advised me against it
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:34 AM
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Here is a before pic a year ago when I bought the car, followed by a couple with the painted lower grills. Sorry, not a great photographer. Hope this helps.
Is that carbon black? That looks great!
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Has anyone else painted the matted black mesh on the front bumper to a gloss black?
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:11 AM
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I'm a little apprehensive as it would for one thing draw more attention to the air dam when you essentially want the matte to allow it to appear more "open", also being gloss it could result in more clashing (or on a black car, maybe too much monotony).

However, then I remember my 2006 E350 with the at-the-time rare AMG Sport Package (before it became the no-cost, generic look on all M-B's) which had gloss black METAL mesh, which looked awesome, and worthy of an attention-to-detail/no-expense-spared Premium Car. I remember the first time I saw the newer S, C and E Class honeycomb plastic mesh's I thought it looked much cheaper and more plebeian than what I was used to.

So yeah, I'd think it should look good and richer than the matte. But I do think the matte color has some benefits to it, aesthetically, in its own right as well.
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My body shop says that they would not recommend doing this because there is a high risk of "runs". They are a perfectionist and they would never be satisfied with the results.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:30 PM
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Time to find a back-up body shop. Btw, do you have a link to picks of your car. Your white-CF styling looks gorgeous.
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:56 PM
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I painted mine gloss black with three coats of plastic adhesion prep, three coats of gloss black, then three coats of gloss clearcoat. The plastic adhesion helper and the gloss black are from Home Depot. The clear coat is from Autozone. No runs, flakes, or scratches even though they've been hit by plenty of road debris.
The grille surrounds are painted the body color.
(found a better picture taken at the north San Diego meet)

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To me the end result isn't worth the risk of having another huge area for paint chips. Thats the beauty of the matte oem plastic trims they don't chip or mark up at all. I prefer it matte just like KA said so you focus more on the opening and not the mesh within it.

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Old 08-01-2013, 08:18 PM
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Alan L, the irony here is that it's the shininess of the mesh in the photos of your car that made me think of painting my own! In your reply to my question a long time ago about whether yours are painted, you replied how detail-oriented you are about keeping your car clean and polished. I knew I had no chance of matching your detailing skills, so I went with an easy paint job instead in an effort to get the same effect as you have on yours with sweat and hard work.
On your mesh I appreciate that the eye is caught by the mesh, which to me seems more attractive than the structural pieces which are behind it.
It's this picture especially that made me think that your mesh is painted.
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:21 PM
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There are ways to really gloss up your mesh to make it look painted, yet without painting (and like Alan said, dealing with chipping and stuff which would be such an energy wasting nightmare in an area like that).

Though I wouldn't use Armor All probably, you can use that, or Aerospace 303 (more of a richened matte look), or any plastic-protector/rejuvenator will have side effects of glossing up your plastic trim.
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Thank you! I'll do some research on the Aerospace 303 product.

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I'm a little apprehensive as it would for one thing draw more attention to the air dam when you essentially want the matte to allow it to appear more "open", also being gloss it could result in more clashing (or on a black car, maybe too much monotony).


So yeah, I'd think it should look good and richer than the matte. But I do think the matte color has some benefits to it, aesthetically, in its own right as well.
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