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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Appearance Mods Discussion, How to remove grill for painting in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Originally Posted by AAIIIC There may be other, better threads to bump, but I found this one while searching. How ...
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    Re: How to remove grill for painting

    Quote Originally Posted by AAIIIC View Post
    There may be other, better threads to bump, but I found this one while searching. How does one remove the upper grille without removing the bumper? When I removed the grille to powdercoat it a few years ago, I pulled the bumper. If I can get the grille off without all that work I would much rather do it that way.

    So, what's the trick?
    skinny arms haha.. you need to get at all the clips at the bottom of the upper grill. you need to get a screw driver behind the grill to pop the bottm most GM push pin clips..

    its possible.. here is the only pic i have with the wide mouth bass look


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    Re: How to remove grill for painting

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    skinny arms haha.. you need to get at all the clips at the bottom of the upper grill. you need to get a screw driver behind the grill to pop the bottm most GM push pin clips..

    its possible.. here is the only pic i have with the wide mouth bass look
    How do you get those clips at the bottom of the top grill back in to replace the grill? I looked at them and I'm sure I could get them out, but getting them back in seems like it would be nearly impossible unless you put them in backwards (upside down). Especially the one in the middle.

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    Re: How to remove grill for painting

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    How do you get those clips at the bottom of the top grill back in to replace the grill? I looked at them and I'm sure I could get them out, but getting them back in seems like it would be nearly impossible unless you put them in backwards (upside down). Especially the one in the middle.
    installed a few backwards if i remember correctly but i know i didn't re-install all of them.. no negative side effects

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    Just to let all of you who want to paint it or have just painted the upper and lower grill and trim, I had both grills and trim painted and clear coated and now it looks like complete crap. There's paint chips all over the trim and the mesh (upper and lower). I would highly recommend not painting any of it. Hope this result helps anyone.

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    Re: How to remove grill for painting

    Powdercoating is the way to go. I had mine done a couple years ago and they still look fantastic.

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    Powdercoating on metal, Plasti-dip on plastic...

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    I took the bumper off for this, otherwise I knew I would be breaking a bunch of clips. The bumper is really easy to remove and then its really easy to get the grills off.
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    Re: How to remove grill for painting

    go to the plasti dip thread. That will help you

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    Re: How to remove grill for painting

    i would just take the bumper off , i have had my bumper on and off at least half a dozen times in the last few months, only takes me about 10 min tops now.
    its only 2 bolts on each side, a crap load of platic pins. gl
    a trim tool is your friend for this task

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