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Just had the grille painted to match the car... wow.. this is the way caddy should have done it... so much better than the silver ... my whip is pearl white... looks so much better......
 

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Mine is Black/Black. I'm planning on doing it, but not in a real hurry. I don't want to paint it on the car and considering changing bulbs to LED when they have it apart. Any views on that?

The wife's STS is Light Platinum and the OEM grille looks great. The other silver/grey with the OEM grille look OK, too. It's kinda funny how many variations of silver they make. I agree Caddy should have varied the grille to coordinate better with the body color.

I'm thinking of a satin finish. Anyone go glossy?
 

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IMO the grey grill looked very cheap on my black/black. Had the dealer paint it before I picked it up. Dealer questioned why I wanted to do it. After they did it they said they loved it and might actually do some of their other STSs. Looks 100000000000000 times better!
 

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Yes, I am thankful that my car is Light Platinum, and as such, the color of the grille matches the paint very well. If I had the STS in any other color (black especially) I would HANDS DOWN have the grille painted to match the car.
 

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So many people upgrade to the mesh grill, I'd bet the stock ones can be had cheap. I wonder if its possible to chrome the plastic (like poly-styrene models). That would be too 'flash' for my my tastes but would stand out!
 

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I also was looking at an aftermarket grille... but dam there expensive.. since my car was in the shop for some damage reapair, had them paint the grille also.. funny story about the repair.. after the car was repaired.. went to use my window washers and the headlight washers just shot off.. like little rockets. seems the clips were bad so back to the shop i went.. all is well now.. call me the james bond of sts's...
 

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I thought about this, but I think my problem is more with the shape of the grille.. the horizontal slats are too large/curvy.

I like the DTS grille a lot, and I think the platinum STS grille is basically the same design based on pictures.


So many people upgrade to the mesh grill, I'd bet the stock ones can be had cheap. I wonder if its possible to chrome the plastic (like poly-styrene models). That would be too 'flash' for my my tastes but would stand out!
 

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Here is a pic of my painted grill.

Did it myself, removed the grill, then removed the emblem in the middle and the chrome trim.

Local auto body supplier puts actual colors in spray cans. Used white primer, then several coats of white diamond, then several coats of clear coat.

Color does not match perfectly, as I didn't have the luxury of re-mixing to match, but the slight contrast actually makes the grill stand out a bit.

My grill was a bit scratched and faded, so I am very pleased with what I got out of two days time and $65.00 investment.

David
 

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Here is a pic of my painted grill.

Did it myself, removed the grill, then removed the emblem in the middle and the chrome trim.

Local auto body supplier puts actual colors in spray cans. Used white primer, then several coats of white diamond, then several coats of clear coat.

Color does not match perfectly, as I didn't have the luxury of re-mixing to match, but the slight contrast actually makes the grill stand out a bit.

My grill was a bit scratched and faded, so I am very pleased with what I got out of two days time and $65.00 investment.

David
is your car color white diamond or pearl, i have a white diamond sts and am seriously thinking of doing this? thanks
 
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I know I am dating myself...

NO ! Not that kind of dating, Year dating.
There used to be a Luxury car by Chrysler, called the Imperial.
It Was the flagship of Chrysler, and in the 50's it was really chromed,
loads of dress up stuff, Mainly Pure Luxury.I think a President,not sure,
which one, rode in one.anywho,the grille it had was similar to the STS,
I remember it well, as i followed customized cars, and a very close friend,
of mine , took a 55 chevy, used an Imperial grille, Merc wagon tailights,
which fit in the hole, and looked great,he did other stuff, and entered,
it in a contest, and won one of them, but never the big one.
anywho, Imperial never made it the color of the car,as back then,
grilles were chrome, or shiny stuff of some sort.....
I think dark colors would LOOK great,
but lighter colors would NOT show up as well .Just my opinion.
Thought I would mention it :halo:
 

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Re: I know I am dating myself...

NO ! Not that kind of dating, Year dating.
There used to be a Luxury car by Chrysler, called the Imperial.
It Was the flagship of Chrysler, and in the 50's it was really chromed,
loads of dress up stuff, Mainly Pure Luxury.I think a President,not sure,
which one, rode in one.anywho,the grille it had was similar to the STS,
I remember it well, as i followed customized cars, and a very close friend,
of mine , took a 55 chevy, used an Imperial grille, Merc wagon tailights,
which fit in the hole, and looked great,he did other stuff, and entered,
it in a contest, and won one of them, but never the big one.
anywho, Imperial never made it the color of the car,as back then,
grilles were chrome, or shiny stuff of some sort.....
I think dark colors would LOOK great,
but lighter colors would NOT show up as well .Just my opinion.
Thought I would mention it :halo:
Interestingly, the 1955 Chrysler Imperial had a grill that would remind you of the 2005-2007 Cadillac STS.
 

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I had the grey factory grill painted white diamond on my CTS and I absolutely loved it. Had my STS not come with an upper and lower V mesh grill, I would have done it again in a heart beat. It sets the car off just enough - and I'll agree the grey grill looks a bit cheap.

For those with regular colors getting it painted shouldn't cost as much as the tri-color white diamond.
 

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Painted my grill yesterday!
My car is black and now the grill is black. HUGE improvement over the grey/silver grill on a dark car. I painted it with Krylon Fusion paint for plastic, just cleaned it up and scuffed it up and shot it. I used the black gloss. To give you an idea, it looks about like the stock silver only slightly more shine, but no where near as "glass" like as the car finish, which seems to be ok. NO more cheap looking than the original. Only time will tell how well the Fusion paint will hold up??? It took about 2hrs including dry time. I didn't remove the emblem or chrome trim, just taped them off using blue painters tape. I did remove the grill from the car however, just made it easier and safer for the car. Removing the grill takes all of 5 minutes. I also painted the small turn lights on the front fenders with Nite-Shades, that looks very awesome!!! Will shoot the acrylic clear to give them some shine very soon. The next thing will be the grey piece below the rear bumper. Will probably shoot that with black gloss Fusion as well.
Cheers!
 
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