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Old 04-13-2011, 08:49 AM   #1
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Default 04-05 WRX/STI Grill Pillar Delete Tutorial

Hello, I went ahead and made another tutorial for a popular mod. It's the emblem pillar delete from your grill. This is a very easy mod, just take your time. You'll need patience, the more time you put into something the better it'll show in quality.

Tools you need include: Dremel(OPT), Hack Saw (I found is the best way to cut it), Long #2 Flat Head Screwdriver, File, Sand Paper (180,320,400grit), Bondo Body Filler w/ Hardener (OPT)

Paint: I chose VHT Black Wrinkle Paint.

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Go ahead and remove the grill. If you need help check out my tutorial on blacked out headlights. This step is super easy

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:49 AM   #2
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Now with your Flat Head gently pry up on four retaining clips that hold the mesh insert in. Use your needle nose to assist if necessary. It should look like this when your done.

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Now that you've taken the clips off go ahead and remove the mesh insert. This will take a little finagling but you'll get it. This is what you want.

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So far so good. Now take your hack saw or dremel and cut off the emblem pillar. Don't try to cut to close to the bottom or top of the pillar you'll run the risk of cutting the actual grill. Hints why we have a file. :roll: You should have a similar result.

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:51 AM   #3
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Here's the fun part, take your file and goto town. Use a deep grooved knurl file first to eat it away fast then use a finer one to get it close.

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:52 AM   #4
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Not so hard see!!! This part truly is optional folks. I'm not a body person nor have I been doing work like this for years I'm 20. This part is easy and worth it so try it out. Get some body filler and hardener read the mixing instruction (for a golf ball size of filler use a 1/4" line of hardener) Mix till it's a consistent color, for me it was a bubble gum color. Rough the area around the filing and apply filler. Should look like this or better.

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Do the same to the top if you wish, you don't have to. It's not like someone is going to lay down and look up at it.
Sand it down take your time to get it as smooth as possible. The Wrinkle Coat is very forgiving so you don't have to get OCD about it. Like this is perfect

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Easy Peezy!!!! Okay now here's the time consuming part. They're 2 ways to do this. One way will save you time if you have the luxory. The other way takes awhile. Again paint is your choice. If you decide to do wrinkle here it goes. Spray Wrinkle coat as directed on the back of the can. 3 Coats (Vertically, Horizontally, and Diagonally) with 3 minutes between each coat. Once you get a solid look leave it alone!!!!!! This stuff takes forever to dry. It takes 2 hours to setup and 24 hours to cure/dry. But there is a way to cheat this if you have an oven large enough to house this grill. Set the oven to 200F and set it in there for an hour on a cookie sheet. The end result is sick. It's dry and the wrinkles are much tighter and more uniform. If you can BAKE IT!

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Now it's finished install and enjoy guys :spin:

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Old 04-13-2011, 09:20 AM   #5
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That looks awesome. Great writeup mate.
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Old 04-13-2011, 04:04 PM   #6
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Looks good
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Old 08-26-2011, 12:28 PM   #7
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Excellent step-by-step directions and pics. Exactly what I am looking to do. Thanks!
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:25 PM   #8
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Good job!! Looks nice and neat.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:13 PM   #9
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Anyone have after pix without the bondo?
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:20 PM   #10
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hmm the plastic grill wont melt? ive always wanted to do this! +1 for vht paint
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:34 AM   #11
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Very nice. Been wanting to do this for a long time. I'm not a body shop guy either. So the hardener is optional? How does the filler stay in place when it's drying...do you need some type of backer? Excellent write up.
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Old 05-11-2012, 04:07 PM   #12
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Has anybody done black grille paint on a JBP WRX? I have a textured grey, and might try some black... I’d like to see how it looks. Pics would be great, Thanks.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:37 PM   #13
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Has anybody done black grille paint on a JBP WRX? I have a textured grey, and might try some black... I’d like to see how it looks. Pics would be great, Thanks.
I used black on my ODP and it looks great! I didnt do the pillar delete yet but do plan on it soon. I don't have any pics but it looks good. I don't know if I'd use grill paint though.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:43 PM   #14
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Thanks. I just sprayed mine black, directly over the textured grey from when I deleted the pillar. I did not sand it down far enough, so if you look closely, you can still see the base of the pillar. Someday I may fix that...

I like the all black look a lot better. Makes the red Hella Super Tones stand out really well.

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Thanks. I just sprayed mine black, directly over the textured grey from when I deleted the pillar. I will post a pic soon...
I like the all black look a lot better. Makes the red Hella Super Tones stand out really well.
Just like mine will. Lol
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Nevermind the rock chips and bugs...
Here is my pillarless grille, after spraying the textured grey to be black.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:07 PM   #17
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Thanks for the write up! I used it today
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:20 PM   #18
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Thanks for the write up i am going to use it this weekend!
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:06 PM   #19
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great write up. My only concern when baking, make sure plastic doesnt loose shape. It melted at tad on one side so the clips didnt line up as well when reinstalling. I would just let it air dry.
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lol tried this DIY today and put it in the over for no longer than 20mins and it completely melted FML
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You did it wrong then
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