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Old 08-31-2005, 10:58 AM   #1
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Question 98 GT grille treatments?

when ye olde paycheck comes along in a week i'm going to buy a complete dremel-esque kit at work.

then i'm going to go to town on my grille.

how should i do it?

the chrome is faded and all crappy, it must go. whats the best way to do that?

i'm thinking about a few ways:

-make the rim silver (like the car, same paint) and...

--completely black-mesh the front.

--completely black-mesh the front... but paint the subaru badge silver too and trim the mesh smoothly around the badge.

--cut the vertical side pieces (inside the grille of course) and put black mesh behind it

i'm also open to new ideas, so if you have one, please let me know!

thanks for any input you can provide (at least the constructive type )
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Old 08-31-2005, 11:11 AM   #2
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when ye olde paycheck comes along in a week i'm going to buy a complete dremel-esque kit at work.

then i'm going to go to town on my grille.

how should i do it?

the chrome is faded and all crappy, it must go. whats the best way to do that?

i'm thinking about a few ways:

-make the rim silver (like the car, same paint) and...

--completely black-mesh the front.

--completely black-mesh the front... but paint the subaru badge silver too and trim the mesh smoothly around the badge.

--cut the vertical side pieces (inside the grille of course) and put black mesh behind it

i'm also open to new ideas, so if you have one, please let me know!

thanks for any input you can provide (at least the constructive type )
dremel-esque kit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love these kind of projects!

Personally speaking, the best way to get all of the chrome off would be to sandblast your entire grill prior to cutting. Otherwise, you'll be sanding for a while Krylon makes some plastic adhering spray paint, which you may want to use as a base coat if you sand the chrome. Hopefully this can/will ensure that the paint will stick and not flake off.

Either way I'd probably do it black across the board. I'm not a big fan of chrome/silver in the grill. If I wanted that I would have bought a new audi

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As for grille design, I think it depends on the color of the car. Black mesh on the front on a black car is word Lighter colors, I'd put the mesh behind the grille.
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Old 08-31-2005, 11:38 AM   #3
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to give ya a bit of an idea!

and thanks for the reply, o venerable fibuz. (not sure if that was the right word but it sounded good!)

i just made an appointment for tint and the price is a lil more than the estimate a couple months ago, so i'm headed to work early.

have fun comin up with ideas!!! thanks!

(i got in a fight with putfile.com. i'll post the pics tonight.)

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Old 08-31-2005, 11:53 AM   #4
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I think that the chrome would bring your grille out more. It looks really subdued compared to the rest of the car (quiksilvah, I like it ) and could stand to be brought out. I don't think mesh would look all that wonderful on your car (light colors) but you could put some behind the bars of the grille, like I did. I want to go with full mesh in front of my grille, but haven't had the chance to order that cutout from ebay.

Hey Fibuz, I think we've met

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Old 08-31-2005, 11:56 AM   #5
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black mesh there homeskillet
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Old 08-31-2005, 12:05 PM   #6
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Boxer cutter+Goop+mesh=
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Old 08-31-2005, 01:48 PM   #7
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^^^^ ding ding ding. Do that oober!!! so hot.
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Old 08-31-2005, 03:10 PM   #8
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eclone, what'd you do to smooth over/hide all the rough spots where the crosses used to attach to the surrounding part?
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Old 08-31-2005, 03:20 PM   #9
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how'd you keep the mesh black??
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Old 08-31-2005, 07:01 PM   #10
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keep painting it ... at least thats what i do..
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Old 08-31-2005, 10:07 PM   #11
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ooooh, I might do that. Very nice
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Old 08-31-2005, 10:57 PM   #12
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Dont have a better picture unfortunatly
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Old 09-01-2005, 12:00 AM   #13
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sha zapple was my insiration on SLi.net actually
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Old 09-01-2005, 10:42 PM   #14
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yeah, mine too...

sha_z, you're the man!
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Old 09-02-2005, 03:57 PM   #15
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Alternative is to buy the nice aftermarket grille that pops up on ebay. Seller's name is cmod I believe - and the grille is installed on a car that is here on NASIOC.

shazapple - that looks good.
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Old 09-02-2005, 04:12 PM   #16
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if only i had $70 to spare on aesthetics.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/JDM-S...QQcmdZViewItem
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I think mesh sunk BACK into the grille is nice - gives it a "mouth" opening kind of look.
Easier to attach mesh from the back too, I think.
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Old 09-02-2005, 05:33 PM   #18
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I think mesh sunk BACK into the grille is nice - gives it a "mouth" opening kind of look.
Easier to attach mesh from the back too, I think.
i think that would look good as well, especially with a more open grill like mine or eclones.

I would put mesh on my grill, but I have a better idea
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Old 09-02-2005, 06:48 PM   #19
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sha_zapple: how did you do that to your grill? That looks hot! I have been looking for something to do with mine.
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Old 09-03-2005, 03:24 PM   #20
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this is what I've done to a grill, mesh on the back side. I'm currently making another one with different design.
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Old 09-06-2005, 11:08 PM   #21
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sha_zapple: how did you do that to your grill? That looks hot! I have been looking for something to do with mine.
I just finished my little tutorial
http://www.sl-i.net/FORUM/viewtopic.php?p=10047#10047
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Old 09-07-2005, 12:00 AM   #22
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That's a really good write up. Props to you!

You don't happen to have that PDF'd anywhere do you?

I'll be printing it off to do mine...
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