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i have a 97 328is and i wanna black out my grill. how should i do it and what should i use? i want it to be flat black and i want it to hold up, i live in new england. thanks
 

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Well some would say "the 1st way is to search, they're are plenty of threads about it". But i dont want be an ass, so take the grill out, sand it down, gets some primer, and flat black paint and paint it. Or you can order them off a website such as ddmtuning.com :thumbup: or u can do it the extra cheap way and get some spray paint and just go at it. but i wouldnt recommend that :)
 

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Although I didn't "black out" my grilles, I did recently paint just the slats of the grilles with PlastiDip. Grilles look like new and haven't had any issues with chipping/flaking. As with any kind of paint work, the preparation/priming is critical to getting a good bond.
 

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ecstuning's are on backorder which i'm waiting for. paint them yourself if you think you can do it but you don't want it to look too shiny or too new. i say buy them from tms, ddm, or something but whatever you choose black kidneys +1
 

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Yeah, it's not worth 35 bucks to buy black grills. Just sand down and clean the chrome up a little bit before priming and painting and you'll be fine. I painted mine and I don't think they chipped at all for the few months I had them on.
 

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CJ, why did you only have the grilles on for a few months?








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What grit do you guys use? Im thinking like 400?
 

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Sand with 800 grit wet or dry sandpaper, spray with a self etching primer, lightly sand again with the 800 grit, then spray with your color coat.
 

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I painted mine about 3 times with normal flat black paint because of rock chips. Then I painted it with Plasti-dip and its been fine ever since, i would highly recommend Plasti-Dip.
 
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