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Old 01-07-2009, 04:10 PM   #1
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Default DIY: Gutter Guard Mesh Grill

I got bored this afternoon while it was snowing out so I decided to make something out of the grill off my 04 STI that I accidentally ran over a few weeks ago. It was already ruined so I figured I might as well try something to make it look better than the white striping paint job I had on it.

Here's the write up.

What I bought from Lowes:
(1) Snap in Gutter Guard - $1.98
(1) 7' All purpose Snips - $8.98
(1) .85 oz. Plastic Epoxy - $4.98
(1) Valspar Plastic Spray Paint - $4.97

Borrowed a friend's Dremel for cutting the factory grill



I then outlined the factory grill on the Snap in Gutter Guard


Then I cut out the outline leaving approx. 1/4" from outline to give myself a little room to screw up.


Then took the Dremel to the factory grill to remove the pillar. (notice the cracks in the grill to the left...looked like hell)


I then put a layer of epoxy on the front rim of the grill and put the cut piece of Gutter Guard centered on it. I then found a few paper waits left over from the weekend to keep presure on the epoxy. I let it sit for about 30 mins.


After it was dry enough to handle I took the Dremel and cleaned off the extra grill guard. Then I took some fine grained sand paper to clean up the edges a bit more.


I then took the plastic spray paint and put 3 coats on it. This paint did not require any primer.


Let it dry by my heater for an hour or so...


Went out to throw it on the car to see how it looked.



This mini project took roughly two hours and I did it right in my apartment with very minimal tools. I did not make this to win any awards, I just did it to make the broken grill look a little better until I can buy one that I like.


This is my first DIY write up so be kind.
If I missed anything or you have any questions/comments feel free to post up.

Thanks for looking!!!
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:14 PM   #2
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Like the idea of bringing the mesh to the front, makes the front of the car look more...whole i guess. Not a big fan of the solid lines down the front tho, wonder how it would look if the pattern was un-obstructed the whole way across.

good work tho
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:21 PM   #3
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I actually have a 20' roll of mesh guard that I was going to used if I didn't like this one. I'll deal with this one for now and if i get sick of it I'll do it over with the un-obstructed stuff.

thanks for the input!
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:28 PM   #4
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After it was dry enough to handle I took the Dremel and cleaned off the extra grill guard. Then I took some fine grained sand paper to clean up the edges a bit more.



can i get a bite of that number one cheeseburger?

not too bad man, and i kinda like the solid lines. Do they not sell black gutter guards? JW.

pretty cool DIY though.
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:42 PM   #5
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I think I would have liked it more if the gutter guard was stuck to the back instead of the front. Good work on a DIY though.
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:50 PM   #6
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Or if you take a little off all edges and get it in the middle! Another way to achieve this would be to saw right through the middle of the whole thing lengthwise and epoxy sandwich it all back together with the new grille in between. I've been wanting to do this for a while just haven't had the cajones.

Good work on this though I like it in the front for a 2hr diy! Props!
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:06 PM   #7
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Looks really cheap, but whatever floats your boat.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:26 PM   #8
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nice DIY
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:59 PM   #9
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yea the solid line make it look ghe-to!

Do it again with a consistent mesh and
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:46 PM   #10
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I think I would have liked it more if the gutter guard was stuck to the back instead of the front. Good work on a DIY though.
I considered doing this but then its almost just as stock because of the stock mesh that comes with it. I thought I would try something new that I haven't seen.

Thank you all for your posts!
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:54 PM   #11
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blueberry stoli for the wwiiiin! hahaha
looks alright, put it on!
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:17 PM   #12
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I'm surprised you went for this gutter guard type (with vertical lines), because there should be gutter guard mesh that's uniformly diamond shaped with no breaks. Available almost any hardware place. Clean job though =)
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:04 PM   #13
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I'm surprised you went for this gutter guard type (with vertical lines), because there should be gutter guard mesh that's uniformly diamond shaped with no breaks. Available almost any hardware place. Clean job though =)
in my first pic i actually have a roll of the plain mesh. I just started with the other stuff to see how it would look. If i get sick of it Ill change to that stuff.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:13 PM   #14
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nice writeup. but putting it behind and a consistent mesh guard would look sickkk.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:22 PM   #15
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not a big fan but to each his own. good effort though.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:42 PM   #16
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Looks pretty good. Very creative. Should have thrown it on with it being white just to see what it would've looked like. I'm interested in seeing that now. Looks great non the less.
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:05 PM   #17
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looks real good man... nice job.
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:19 PM   #18
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Came out a lot cleaner than I was expecting.
Looks good. Are you goin to put the emblem badge back on?
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:22 PM   #19
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Nice!
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:50 PM   #20
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pretty legit dude. taking the logo out was a no go for me though
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:38 AM   #21
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Brilliant! I was just looking at my hoodscoop the other day and noticed it was wide open i need to think of something like that to protect it a bit more.
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thats actually pretty awesome to do
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