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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V Appearance Mods Discussion, Tips when using plasti dip on your grill in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; I had a 2005 Black V and thought about having the grill powdercoated black...never did. Now have a 2011 V ...
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    Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    I had a 2005 Black V and thought about having the grill powdercoated black...never did. Now have a 2011 V Coupe and thought about having the grill painted. Didn't. Then I saw the recent posts about DIY using Plasti Dip! It's done!

    I made some mistakes you should avoid.

    Watch the video re: dipping your grill on dipyourcar.com. Note that they recommend leaving a gap between the edge of the masking and the area being dipped. Excellent point! I totally masked the front emblem and when I removed the tape after the dip dried, I pulled some dip off the adjacent mesh area. I resprayed the area with a few coats and just let the overspray get onto the emblem. After the dip dried, I just rubbed my finger pad back and forth on the emblem and the overspray just peeled off, leaving a nice margin between the mesh and emblem.

    I also did not dip my surround pieces. When masking around them, again leave a slight gap between the tape and the mesh. After the dip dries, again use the pad of your finger to rub the overspray and it will peel up and leave a nice edge between surround and grill.

    A few pics before touch up:
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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    I'm going to be doing this soon. Your saying to leave a little of the chrome emblem exposed so it peels off and creates that edge better? I wonder if just taping off what you can see straight on would do the trick and create enough gap between the tape and other area being sprayed.

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    That looks good on the gray...
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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

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    That looks good on the gray...
    Thanks to the guy who first showed the chrome around the black grill on the V1!

    Mike

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    I'm going to be doing this soon. Your saying to leave a little of the chrome emblem exposed so it peels off and creates that edge better? I wonder if just taping off what you can see straight on would do the trick and create enough gap between the tape and other area being sprayed.
    That would probably work well.......just rub the "side" of the emblem to remove the overspray then. Just be careful you don't rub up against the mesh and remove the Plasti Dip there also!

    Mike
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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    That looks great. Another idea/tip for the front emblem: mask off the front emblem like normal, then let dry, BEFORE YOU PEEL THE TAPE OFF, run an exacto knife around the edge of the emblem. This will break the bond in the plasti-dip from the emblem, so when you pull the tape upwards, it won't pull it off from the grille and leave spots. I learned this on my last experiment on the badge haha.

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    Quote Originally Posted by MSOsr View Post
    Thanks to the guy who first showed the chrome around the black grill on the V1!

    Mike

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    That would probably work well.......just rub the "side" of the emblem to remove the overspray then. Just be careful you don't rub up against the mesh and remove the Plasti Dip there also!

    Mike
    I really like the chrome around the grill -- looks great! ... but I have a stupid question -- if the Plasti Dip rubs off so easily (or is this only until it sets?) -- what happens if you run the car through a car wash? Will in come off?

    Jim

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    Jim:

    It's my understanding that after the Plasti Dip "cures" for about 48 hours, you could even pressure wash it without it coming off. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPV2QgcAkwA Personally, I'm just going to wash it with Optimum No Rinse and dry it with a microfiber towel.

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    It will be fine through car washes. My V1 only got hand washes, but I run my V2 through an automatic wash once in a while. No problems...


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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    I put plastidip on my truck front and after that stuff drys its flexible not to chip from rocks but tough enough to not get chipped away...even from close up pressure washing
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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    Hey looks great, new to the forum just got a white v and had the dealer throw in black rims. I'd love to do my grill to match and really like how you left the chrome accent. Question, did you remove the grill? If not what do you recommend to protect the radiator? Also what plasti dip did you use? Matte or Gloss?
    Thank you for the advice

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    The most IMPORTANT thing you need to do when spraying the front grill is to be sure you put something to protect the radiator and inercooler so they don't gett the overspray and clog them!!!!!!!!!!

    There are quite a few other things you might need to know about this product - it is easy to use - does make it easy to change the appearance of your car - cheap too! Can be a pain in the ass during clean up and you have all the little strings pulled and cleaned off and on the very last one you pull off more then you wanted - part of what was suppose to stay on the car - all you can do is clean it off completely and respray that area - I had to respray a number of areas once or twice - it takes a while to figure the stuff out - but for what it is and does it works pretty well. You don't need to take the parts off the car - as mentioned it's easier to just spray over them and clean them up after the paint drys - most of it will all come off easy - but corners and under the lips on the mouldings can be a pain to clean. Just take your time during clean up!

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    Beautiful wagon! Would you mind giving some advice on how to get newspaper behind the grill? The opening is so small I can't even get my hand through te top, let alone blocking the radiator at the bottom grill. I don't have a lift or jacks so coming from the bottom is difficult.
    Thanks again for advice

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    What I used was an old blanket (towels would also work) and hand feed it down through the inside of the eng bay - I used a long screw driver to push the blanket down into the area between the grill and radiator - in the area that would be covered and you can reposition it through the small grille slots to get the coverage you need from the front - there is NO simple way and there's no room - so it'll take a little time but well worth covering the raditor and innercooler - trial and error at it's best!

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    I found 4 plugs at the bottom and am barely able to get in but I have radiator covered and now I'm masking off the car. Pics to follow soon!

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    Re: Tips when using plasti dip on your grill

    take your time,...have some electrical cleaner (aerosol alcohol) in case of over-spray. keep the can moving, and don't keep button depressed, (continual spray) lift as you stop and press as you apply in one movement 5-6 inches over intended area, make sure to get your angles (sides of trim pieces and odd angles) with equal coverage. 4-5 coats minimum. post pictures after you're done for lots of forum feedback. lol =]
    side note: i didnt cover the inside of my grills with anything. i have no issues with heat or any other fear porn one might instill. the spray dissipates so much it's not in any way harmful, it's more of an ocd need for perfection. but to each his own.




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