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Old 07-30-2009, 12:42 PM   #26
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awesome diy! i think flat black would look better.
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:44 PM   #27
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Matte/Flat black looks badass (that's what I did)

Paint matched would look unique.

My car is black....so my opinion probably doesn't count
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:27 PM   #28
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wrb for sure!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:02 PM   #29
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flat black because you have flat black in your fogs, front bumper, and headlights. it would tie it together i guess.
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:06 PM   #30
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IMO the WRB paired with the mesh sitting farther back makes it look like it was a half-arsed attempt at a grille...

The black doesn't have the same problem... It looks more natural...
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:29 PM   #31
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Default Decisions...Decisions

I hear what everyone is saying, and I really appreciate the input. It is a tough decision because obviously painting it black would be much easier, but then I am straying even further from what I originally set out to do. If I paint it WRB, its much closer to the Prodrive grille which I was hoping to replicate.

I do like it black, but it feels like a cop-out to completely abandon my original goal. This is why I normally don't set goals for myself

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Old 07-30-2009, 04:19 PM   #32
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I like black better too. You may want to use a bit of body filler to smooth out your grind marks so they do not show up on the fial product tho. But It looks killer now that you removed the rest of the material under the logo.
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Old 07-30-2009, 04:28 PM   #33
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I say move the emblem down it cant be that hard to do. It will be a good learning experience.
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Old 07-30-2009, 04:48 PM   #34
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Similar to mine:

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Old 07-30-2009, 04:58 PM   #35
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Looks good. I might end up make up making my own flat black mesh grill for my OBS. I hate silver mesh, but dark gray or black looks good. My stock one is majorly faded.
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Old 07-30-2009, 05:03 PM   #36
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I've got a project like yours brewing too, and I've been debating painting it wrb, or black too. I think that black plastic doesn't look great, but the black color makes the opening look bigger. The wrb makes your eye fill in the areas of the grill surround instead of just blending in with the mesh/shadow of the grill opening. Does that make sense? I think painting it blue will do more than just a color change, it will make the stock grille look smaller.
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Old 07-30-2009, 06:52 PM   #37
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Looks great man, love the blue. Combined with the black mesh it seems to add some depth, like you’re being sucked into a vacuum hose…
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:31 PM   #38
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You may want to use a bit of body filler to smooth out your grind marks so they do not show up on the fial product tho
Don't worry, I haven't even started sanding yet. All I've done is Dremel out the plastic parts I didn't want - there's still a lot of sanding to do before paint. I am trying to avoid body filler if at all possible.

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Old 07-30-2009, 09:36 PM   #39
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I say move the emblem down it cant be that hard to do. It will be a good learning experience.
There's more to it than just cutting it and sticking it to the bottom. In order to make it look similar to the Prodrive grille or the WRC bumper, it would require some really careful shaping around the back and sides of the badge. As much as I would like to make it look like the Prodrive grille, I think if I move the emblem down and use body filler, it will look bad, and I will eventually get discouraged and give up. Maybe I will try to get a hold of another OEM grille and actually follow through with it. That way if I f%$& it up, I won't feel like all was wasted.
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Old 08-02-2009, 01:43 PM   #40
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I had a request from someone to post the measurements of the mesh that I cut, so here ya go:



After I finished rough sanding with 150 grit paper, I sanded with 220 grit before priming/painting (probably should have used 400+, but I used what I had)


Then I did some masking with blue painters tape


And here is the grille after 3 coats of primer


I still need to get black paint, and I gotta figure out what I'm doing with the badge. I sanded the black paint out of the inside, but now it is cloudy from all the scratches. I am hoping with some finer grit sand paper and some plastic polish I can clear it up again before I paint it.

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Old 08-05-2009, 09:35 PM   #41
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Talking At long last...its finished!!!

Well, it took longer than I thought it would, but it was worth it. I had the grille painted with three coats of paint, but I tried to use the same cheap stuff I used on the mesh, and it looked like a$$. Then I bought some flat black paint made for "high heat" applications, but that looked too much like my gas grill.

Soooo, I resanded the whole thing, and bought Rustoleum Black Satin Finish at Home Depot. Here is the grill after three coats of paint. The color and sheen matches the other black plastic on the front of the car really well, so I am pleased.



Also, during test fitting I noticed that the bottom of the grille sagged since the badge piller had been removed. To remedy this, I stuck two small 3M non-scratch furniture feet on the center push tab like so


And so without further ado...




In case anyone is wondering, the paint I used on the badge is not WR Blue pearl. I went to the Subaru stealership the other day to get touch-up paint, and they wanted $9.00 for a little bottle. And then they wanted me to wait until Friday. So I said F&$% it, and went back to Home Depot.

Here's what I got...pretty good match if I do say so myself


Here are both paints I used in case anyone would like to get the same stuff


I realize that the end product is almost the complete opposite of what I originally set out to do, but I am very pleased with the result. IMHO, it came out very well for a DIY project, and it cost me very little.

Thanks for everyone's input.

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Old 08-05-2009, 10:32 PM   #42
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Good job. That looks really clean, and almost OEM, but better. I've got to see if I can pull this off on my '04.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:32 PM   #43
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Great job! Something that you might want to keep in mind is that the spray paint on the gutter guard will start chipping, no matter how many coats you use. Mine did and I reshot it with plasti-dip spray and it has held tight with no chips for over a year....
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:30 AM   #44
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man that looks so good and clean. great job! your car is awesome looking
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:30 AM   #45
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i was skeptical to start but it turned out great. awesome job man
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:11 AM   #46
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Good job. That looks really clean, and almost OEM, but better. I've got to see if I can pull this off on my '04.
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Great job! Something that you might want to keep in mind is that the spray paint on the gutter guard will start chipping, no matter how many coats you use. Mine did and I reshot it with plasti-dip spray and it has held tight with no chips for over a year....
Yeah, thanks. I did notice that when I was test fitting it the first time, I scraped some paint off very easily, and had to respray it. I thought it was just because of the cheap paint I used. Fortunately the mesh is not attached to the grill, so it will be very easy to remove and repaint if necessary.

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man that looks so good and clean. great job! your car is awesome looking
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:06 PM   #47
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looks great!
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:06 PM   #48
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Great job! Something that you might want to keep in mind is that the spray paint on the gutter guard will start chipping, no matter how many coats you use. Mine did and I reshot it with plasti-dip spray and it has held tight with no chips for over a year....
my black painted grill itself has started chipping, i wonder if plastidipping the whole grill would look that bad, and it might hold up really good against road debris and bugs. any thoughts?


OP, car looks awesome btw
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Old 08-08-2009, 04:45 PM   #49
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Smile Another successful DIY!

Here's a couple better pics of the new grille:





Thanks for all the feedback and positive comments everyone!

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Old 08-08-2009, 05:59 PM   #50
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that looks great, nice work
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