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      09-13-2008, 08:08 PM   #1
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How to paint chrome side grill to matte black (VIDEO)

I decided to make a video on a DIY for the side grill as I have found a lot of members here are interested in that like I was.

First of, I would like to thank RLDZHAO, I read his post and decided to try it myself and it is great. I just included a video to make it easier on whoever wants to try this.

DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE YOU MIGHT CAUSE YOURSELF OR YOUR CAR OR ANYTHING THAT INVOLVES YOU OR YOUR PROPERTY. THIS IS MERELY A GUIDE TO HELP YOU OUT VISUALLY. IF YOU DO DECIDE TO DO THIS, DO IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!

At the end where I show you how it looks on the car, it doesn't look quite as nice as in real life because the sun was going down. However, it really looks good in person.

Any questions or comments are welcome. Enjoy


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ur car is hot..thanx for the instructions..love the german emblem..where did u get it?
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ur car is hot..thanx for the instructions..love the german emblem..where did u get it?
they are strips that you stick on. Got them from bimmian but they were for the e46 so I used an exacto knife and modified them.
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Good stuff, I might have to give it a shot tomorrow.
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dude that looks legit... can you post your exact materials.. i'd like to do the same thing

thanks.
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dude that looks legit... can you post your exact materials.. i'd like to do the same thing

thanks.
I used exactly what rldzhao suggested.
The paint is dupli color bumper paint because it gives a matte black finish
sand paper I used 220 grit then 600 (he suggested 800)
flat head screw driver
hex screw driver
one more thing you might need that he did not mention was if you are planning on removing the m emblem like I did instead of taping it over, get yourself some sort of adhesive to stick it back on.

I think that's all.
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I decided to make a video on a DIY for the side grill as I have found a lot of members here are interested in that like I was.

First of, I would like to thank RLDZHAO, I read his post and decided to try it myself and it is great. I just included a video to make it easier on whoever wants to try this.

DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE YOU MIGHT CAUSE YOURSELF OR YOUR CAR OR ANYTHING THAT INVOLVES YOU OR YOUR PROPERTY. THIS IS MERELY A GUIDE TO HELP YOU OUT VISUALLY. IF YOU DO DECIDE TO DO THIS, DO IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!

At the end where I show you how it looks on the car, it doesn't look quite as nice as in real life because the sun was going down. However, it really looks good in person.

Any questions or comments are welcome. Enjoy


Post some more pics of your car!

Sick!

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      09-14-2008, 02:38 AM   #8
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Glad the DIY helped. Thank you for the vid.
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      09-14-2008, 05:27 AM   #9
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Cool vid! We need more of these. Maybe one for an H&R spring install? Anyone anyone?
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Glad the DIY helped. Thank you for the vid.
Just building up on perfection
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      09-14-2008, 07:42 AM   #11
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Thanks for taking the time doing the vid.


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I was thinking, would this work for the kidneys too?
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      09-14-2008, 01:32 PM   #13
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I was thinking, would this work for the kidneys too?
yeah someone did that it would work but might he hard because of all the vertical chrome pieces that of you would have to sand.
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      09-14-2008, 01:42 PM   #14
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Great DIY vid, cute cat too! hahah.

Btw i wouldnt paint the kidneys...they will start to chip soon after.

Also a top coat of clearcoat would be great to help prolong paint.
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thanx for the DIY, and nice cats lol
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I'm gonna try my side grills and kidneys at some point this week. Sure, the kidneys might chip over time, but it's cheaper than paying $100+ for a set.
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The cats wanted to help . I like DIY jobs. Good job
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      09-14-2008, 06:57 PM   #19
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Lol the cats where watching and learning the trade. Thanks for the comments guys.
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Thks very much for a very good DIY, highly suggest to Jason that this be included in the M3 Master DIY list and a copy of it in the DIY section


also btw highly suggest those wheel Roundels and steering wheel blue be blackenen out too FTW!

Good Stuff!
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Just got done spraying the 3rd coat on my side grills, I'll post pics after they dry.

bmstyle, what did you use to put the M3 emblems back on? Mine are still sticky, but I don't feel like they're sticky enough for the long haul.



edit: pics. I can't believe how easy this was and not to mention how quickly it can be done. I think I started ~3 hrs ago.









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Just got done spraying the 3rd coat on my side grills, I'll post pics after they dry.

bmstyle, what did you use to put the M3 emblems back on? Mine are still sticky, but I don't feel like they're sticky enough for the long haul.



edit: pics. I can't believe how easy this was and not to mention how quickly it can be done. I think I started ~3 hrs ago.








LOL gotta have the beer eh?
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