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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    I like leaving the look of leaving the chrome trim showing. My question is, how hard/ tedious is it to remove the the plast dip from the grill lacing, if you wanted to go back to the stock look? I have removed plasti dip from flat surfaces like wheels before but nothing like a grill.

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    Well - since I made a few mistakes puttting it on - I had experinece taking it off as well - not an issue at all - very suprising how easily it comes off - from all the trim items on the car - as well as the wheels!

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    MAN this car looks familiar! looks good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple87SS
    I like leaving the look of leaving the chrome trim showing.
    Seconded. Love that look.

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    Local dealer has a real cool look they've done on some cars. They do the grill mesh in gloss black, then all the trim (chrome) in flat black. No chrome left. Looks wicked!

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillaxe View Post
    Local dealer has a real cool look they've done on some cars. They do the grill mesh in gloss black, then all the trim (chrome) in flat black. No chrome left. Looks wicked!
    Need pics!

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    Quote Originally Posted by Purple87SS View Post
    Need pics!
    i dug around on their website and on google in general, can't find it anywhere. They put some bigger black rims on it though for starters. The actual mesh is gloss black to match the gloss raven finish, then all the trim, including windows, the frame around the grill, all of it got the flat black look. They even took the "V" logos, hid the colored part, and flat blacked the rest. They had some cool pics in their project book, just can't find anything on line. maybe i can see if the salesguy can get a pic when he gets back Sunday.

    anyone take all their trim off the car and do this? Still on the fence whether completely murdered is better than black grill mesh and chrome trim, but feels like that option should have black wheels with polished lips vs. complete black (better for murdered).

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    Plenty of folks blacked out their chrome trim. No need to remove the trim while plasti dipping it. Mask it off but leave an inch around it, and after 4-5 good coats, the gap between the trim and edge for the masking should make a clean cut. Just peel/pull of slowly and at an angle away from the area/trim that will remain black.

    Video of trim blackout by the man himself...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLdj4mlDC_g

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    Quote Originally Posted by Purple87SS View Post
    Plenty of folks blacked out their chrome trim. No need to remove the trim while plasti dipping it. Mask it off but leave an inch around it, and after 4-5 good coats, the gap between the trim and edge for the masking should make a clean cut. Just peel/pull of slowly and at an angle away from the area/trim that will remain black.

    Video of trim blackout by the man himself...
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    lot easier than pulling all the parts off for sure. Just have a hard time spray bombing on brand new paint, but i guess that's how you do it. Only question: if it's so easy to just rub off the good paint, how come it doesn't fall off the trim as easy? is it because you rub it off before it's fully cured? he didn't scuff sand the chrome at all, right? just sprayed on smooth surface? having painted my stuff for years, just seems strange to not scuff sand it first??

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadillaxe

    lot easier than pulling all the parts off for sure. Just have a hard time spray bombing on brand new paint, but i guess that's how you do it. Only question: if it's so easy to just rub off the good paint, how come it doesn't fall off the trim as easy? is it because you rub it off before it's fully cured? he didn't scuff sand the chrome at all, right? just sprayed on smooth surface? having painted my stuff for years, just seems strange to not scuff sand it first??
    It does go against the grain. No scuffing required. Make sure you tape an inch or so away from the edge onto the paint. When you peel the excess off it will find its edge. Do not paint heavy coats. I did 4 on my grill. Let it dry about 15 minutes between coats. The last coat, let it dry about 30 minutes. Then remove the masked area. This was in progress. I did do the lower part.
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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder Gray STS View Post
    It does go against the grain. No scuffing required. Make sure you tape an inch or so away from the edge onto the paint. When you peel the excess off it will find its edge. Do not paint heavy coats. I did 4 on my grill. Let it dry about 15 minutes between coats. The last coat, let it dry about 30 minutes. Then remove the masked area. This was in progress. I did do the lower part.
    just don't understand how it sticks to the part you want it to only, and not the part you don't w/o scuffing. I'm an engineer, so i'm probably overthinking it as usual.

    thanks for clarifying you'll paint the bottom grill too, or i was going to give you hell about that, haha.

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    Before i post a pic here, do people on this forum get fussy if there's a bikini model in the pic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadillaxe

    just don't understand how it sticks to the part you want it to only, and not the part you don't w/o scuffing. I'm an engineer, so i'm probably overthinking it as usual.

    thanks for clarifying you'll paint the bottom grill too, or i was going to give you hell about that, haha.
    Well, the only answer I have is that it isn't truly paint, it is rubber. Very thick and heavy compared to paint and very elastic. Oh and btw, the emblem was not taped off I just peeled it off of part of the crest, looked at that a little while and decided to remove the rest of the plasti dip from the rest of the emblem.

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder Gray STS View Post
    Well, the only answer I have is that it isn't truly paint, it is rubber. Very thick and heavy compared to paint and very elastic. Oh and btw, the emblem was not taped off I just peeled it off of part of the crest, looked at that a little while and decided to remove the rest of the plasti dip from the rest of the emblem.
    was wondering if it's not more like a rhinoliner mat'l, except w/o the grit. still can't fathom why it sticks to one smooth surface and not the one next to it.

    Are those emblems part of the mesh casting, or are they screwed on...seems like i saw one that was stuck to a surface on it too. How's yours structured?

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    it sticks equal to all surfaces. the edge (or lip) of one surface to the next is where the magic happens. go to dip your car dot com on you tube ch and watch fonzie explain it, as he's a professional plasti-dip rep. =] hope this helps.

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