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Old 01-19-2006, 05:00 PM   #1
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Black out Grill

Hey guys,
I just want to black out my chrome grill on the X. I found some online for $110 bones. I was just wondering if you can do it yourself for a cheaper price? Im sure some of you guys have done it. Tell me hows its done. Thankss!

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Old 01-19-2006, 07:42 PM   #2
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special matte spray paint. you can find it at a automotive paint supply store. Just what ever you do dont get the cheap stuff at Pepboys etc. Go to an automotive paint store. BTW. make sure you sand the chrome off.

I did this on my e36 M and it was a ***** to get perfect. This time around Im just buying a grill.
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Old 01-20-2006, 12:31 PM   #3
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I just finished today blacking out the grills, well worth the effort, and it was really cheap. I bought wet sandpaper (1000 grit), black primer, and matte black spray paint for like under $10 at Wal-Mart. I would totally reccomend this to anyone wanting to do this. If you have the $50 dollars to spare, just go ahead and get in on the group buy of blacked out k-grills. that would be much easier and look slightly better.
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