: Grille Dipp'd



Purple87SS
08-13-12, 03:22 PM
What took me so long, lol? I also used the Glossifier to add some sheen to the Palsti Dip. For now keeping the colored part of the shield exposed. If I get bored may peel to expose the chrome around the wreath and/or sheild. Future plans also include dipping the brake ducts to match, and wrapping the lips in Di Noc CF vinyl. I also stuffed behind the grille to avoid any over spray even though some say it has no ill effects.

Here are some pics:

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/purple87ss/2012-08-12_13-54-40_759.jpg
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http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/purple87ss/2012-08-12_17-17-51_234-1.jpg
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/purple87ss/2012-08-12_17-17-43_249.jpg
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/purple87ss/2012-08-12_17-17-20_961.jpg

jc09ctsv
08-13-12, 03:41 PM
Looks good I want to do mine too! What kind of spray did you use and how many cans did it take??

Purple87SS
08-13-12, 03:52 PM
Used about 1 can of each. Prob 5-6 coats of Plasti Dip and 4-5 coats of Glossifier. The Glossifier sprays much more aggressively then the regular dip.

http://www.dipyourcar.com/
Here is the site everything you need! Look up their youtube videos for application process.

WA 2 FST
08-13-12, 05:11 PM
You did a great job. As expensive as some of the alternatives are (companies who make aftermarket grilles charge big $), I like this... my biggest concern is how durable it will be when washing the car. We've all had bugs splattered on the front of our vehicles from time to time... scrubbing that off has to create some wear on the plasti-dip, I'd think.

The Glossifier is a nice touch... looks better to me than those who don't use that.

futurectsbuyer
08-14-12, 09:19 AM
Think I see some over spray... Lol just kidding. How much glossifier did you use? I've been looking for some and thought it would be more shinier.

Purple87SS
08-14-12, 11:01 AM
I used 1 can of Glossifier. I did a side by side on a wrench(no pics, sorry) and noticed a def difference in sheen on the side treated with Dip and Glossifier, as opposed to dip only. Note-the Glossifier peels just like the dip. Great stuff considering how versatile it is and how easily removed.

futurectsbuyer
08-14-12, 12:56 PM
Yeah I know, I've dipped every piece of chrome on my car. It's not a V. Wife won't let me get the V yet. New Baby on the way. I'm well versed in the plasti dip. The people at home depot always look at me like How man damn tools do you have when I walk out with like 4 cans at a time. I need to get some glossifier. How long did it take for it to ship from dipyourcar or did you luck up and get some locally.

thebigjimsho
08-14-12, 01:36 PM
You did a great job. As expensive as some of the alternatives are (companies who make aftermarket grilles charge big $), I like this... my biggest concern is how durable it will be when washing the car. We've all had bugs splattered on the front of our vehicles from time to time... scrubbing that off has to create some wear on the plasti-dip, I'd think.

The Glossifier is a nice touch... looks better to me than those who don't use that.I agree. Just been dragging my feet on getting glossifier...

Purple87SS
08-14-12, 03:46 PM
Can't find Glossifier locally, anywhere. Got it from dipyourcar.com. It was back ordered, so I ordered it on 7/24, received on 8/10-little over 2 weeks.

Stillborn
08-19-12, 04:47 PM
nice job purp, welcome to the dark side. =]

Purple87SS
08-19-12, 09:59 PM
Thanks guys!

DPL
08-22-12, 10:32 PM
Looks like you painted the whole thing but then peeled the chrome trim around the grill??

I like that look

DPL
08-22-12, 10:32 PM
Looks like you painted the whole thing but then peeled the chrome trim around the grill??

I like that look

bsk997
09-12-12, 03:01 AM
How do you get access to stuff the newspaper behind the grille?
I tried to take the top piece off but the whole things looks like it's stuck with rivets?

Purple87SS
09-12-12, 12:42 PM
i didnt remove that top piece. Just below/next too the hood latch is an opening. I jammed my hand in there and directed it towards where I wanted it. Then with a long screw driver pushed it to the outer edges. For the lower portion I removed the 2 push pins and pulled down the plastic and jammed it up there, and again with the screw driver pushed it where I wanted it.

Some people have dipp'd the grilles w/o the masking behind it, but it wasn't that hard to do, so why not?

bsk997
09-12-12, 02:57 PM
Thanks for the tip!
I'll try to give it a shot.

larry arizona
09-12-12, 05:12 PM
So who has peeled the dip off their grill? Is it AT ALL laborious? I may do some dip while the car is in storage this winter when I am bored and if I don't like it, I would be bummed if I had to pick at the grill for an hour.

Would really like to get all the chrome done in PVD black chrome (grill, vents, rear deck lid trim, front and rear crests). Get rid of the CTS on the rear deck lid and only keep the V on the doors and deck lid.

Bigron
09-17-12, 09:17 PM
I have heard if you spray it with degreaser you can blast it off with a powerwasher, but I have yet to test that theory.

Mike02z
09-17-12, 09:54 PM
When I dipped my grille I put a rag behind the upper grille but nothing behind the lower grille. I recently took a 250 mile trip when it was 90+ degrees and no heat issues at all. I was on the fence with the glossifier but decided to leave it matte. I also did the fog light surrounds. I have also had to re shoot a side vent and it peeled off in one piece. I think the secret to easy removal is making sure you put 4-6 coats on. When I first dipped my window trim I only used 3 coats and it was a PITA to remove. I had the chrome window trim wrapped as i was just not happy with the way the Plastidip came out. I am happy with the way the grille turned out.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f121/jneon1/2011%20CTS-V/9082012/CTS-V-9-mod090812.jpg

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f121/jneon1/2011%20CTS-V/9082012/CTS-V-12-mod090812Large.jpg

CTSWEEE
09-19-12, 01:12 AM
I found it really easy to loosen the top clips on the bumper and drop the lower splash shield...you are able to get paper behind the grille from the bottom and able to pull the top portion of the bumper down enough to get paper in there...it worked out well for me when I did it that way
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Stillborn
09-20-12, 05:31 PM
larry,
i inadvertently hit my dip on the front hood trim peice with bug and sap remover, and it lifted the dip. so i can guarantee if you saturated the front grill with a can, you'd be able to power wash it off in a few mins.