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Old 04-12-2002, 07:17 PM   #1
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Question opinion needed on kidney grill

should i get it painted or just the hamann black out grill?
if painted..what color black? i have a jet black.. anyone got pics?
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Old 04-12-2002, 07:21 PM   #2
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Re: opinion needed on kidney grill

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should i get it painted or just the hamann black out grill?
if painted..what color black? i have a jet black.. anyone got pics?
Getting it painted black would look really cool. Check the fanatics showroom forum. I think there's an M3 there with a black grille.

EDIT: Whoops! Not there... here, towards the bottom:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...=&threadid=367
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Old 04-12-2002, 07:30 PM   #3
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Re: opinion needed on kidney grill

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should i get it painted or just the hamann black out grill?
if painted..what color black? i have a jet black.. anyone got pics?
It is like a toss up both approaches will probably cost the same.. If you go the painted route you should have it match your body color.. It would look sharp.. The hamann black out grill covers look like more of a flat black..
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Old 04-12-2002, 07:34 PM   #4
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Re: Re: opinion needed on kidney grill

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this is painted? thought it was the hamann black out
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Old 04-12-2002, 07:35 PM   #5
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Color coding is a must. Its all about being smooth my brother... Maybe the one thing Wacko Jacko was ever on point about. Get the grill coded.
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Old 04-12-2002, 07:48 PM   #6
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would hamann black out grill look good on topaz blue???

anyone with pics???
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Old 04-12-2002, 07:53 PM   #7
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anybody have pic of hamann black grill on white coupe???
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Old 04-12-2002, 08:31 PM   #8
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How much is the Hamann blackout grill? Because if you DIY you can get the exact same result (following proper procedure of course :smile: ) for about $30-40 in materials
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Old 04-12-2002, 08:33 PM   #9
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Pete welcome back to the real world bro... paint it body color to match looks best that way imo
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yeah but a blacked out grill looks sweet on ti-Silver..
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I've thought about blacking out mine too, but I'm thinking it would be best to get the Hamman and have it painted rather than the grill itself. That way, if you ever wanted to go back to chrome, you could simply remove it. Otherwise you'd have to buy another grill down the road (IF you ever switched back), However, I'm not sure how easy the Hamann comes off because I don't know what people use to apply it with.
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Old 04-13-2002, 01:10 AM   #12
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I've thought about blacking out mine too, but I'm thinking it would be best to get the Hamman and have it painted rather than the grill itself. That way, if you ever wanted to go back to chrome, you could simply remove it. Otherwise you'd have to buy another grill down the road (IF you ever switched back), However, I'm not sure how easy the Hamann comes off because I don't know what people use to apply it with.
Good questions! I'm wondering the same thing. I want the black-out grill, but I also want the potential to return it to stock form. How easy is the Hamann grill to get off once it is on?
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Old 04-13-2002, 01:26 AM   #13
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Pete welcome back to the real world bro... paint it body color to match looks best that way imo
good to be back man...i kicked the addiction for a little bit..but it came back mad FIERCE

but i might just do what you did man..the hamann grill painted jet black..hmmmmm
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I painted it myself. But be careful to do a good prejob. Get it sanded and get a good paint for crome. then it should hold.
if you study the pic, you can see a little mark on the left kidney. I think I have to redo the left one.
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Old 04-13-2002, 06:42 AM   #16
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Hmmm...
Think that you should get a second set (Hamman's). The silver grills returned with the E46 and are reminescent of the orginial 2002's...one of the BMW identity areas they talk so much about. You will probably have a better resell on it with the chrome grills. Black does look cool on darker cars.
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