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Old 01-29-2017, 05:46 PM   #1
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DIY: shadow chrome/black chrome kidney grills

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*photo credits to their respectful owners if you want them taken down i will*

A while ago there was a thread started about shadow/black chrome grills. the vendor that sold those on eBay no longer sells them i think. i wanted to try something different than the matte black grills currently on the car.

*original thread*
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=493286

i was bored today so while moving some stuff in the garage i found my old OEM chrome grills that had some broken tabs on them and thought id experiment a little.

-supplies needed-
OEM/aftermarket chrome grills (OEM recommended)
TAMIYA SMOKE SPRAY PAINT - 1 can is enough for both outer grills, 2 cans if doing the full grills and side gills. i found this at my local hobby shop at the plastic model section. ran me about $7/can

here is the look i was trying to replicate.





picture of the spray paint needed.



pictures of the OEM chrome grills. keep in mind this is for experiment only. i didn't want to ruin a good set of grills. these are old and pitted so the finish isn't going to be perfect.



BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVER SPRAY. since there aren't any sanding done to keep the reflective chrome finish, SPRAY IN LIGHT LIGHT COATS. it was about 35 degrees here today in Minnesota so the paint took a bit longer to dry and didn't bond as well. i sprayed a total of 3 LIGHT COATS and one MEDIUM HEAVY COAT. i'm guessing how dark it is depends on how many coats you lay down. there wasn't enough sunlight left for me to bring them outside to get some sunlight pics.

here are some pictures from multiple angles that shows the finish. keep in mind these grills weren't perfect to begin with and just test subjects.











i might throw on a few coats of clear on the set that i will be putting on the car to protect it. i dont know how well this paint holds against chips and such.

comments, recommendations, and criticism welcome, thanks for looking
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