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I've seen a few examples of people painting the factory grill the body color. What about painting it chrome? Look horrible? I want to paint mine tomorrow, until I get the 2008+ front bumper and E&G grille.
 

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Paint it the body colour, I too have a red STS and was wondering what it would look like. I also wonder what Diamond White would look like. I'm going to play around with photoshop, if I can remember how to do it. I don't think you could paint it "chrome" and have it look good, although I think real chrome would look good. I just did the window pillars on mine and I like it.

Doug
 

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Good luck finding chrome paint, I caught hell trying to do it and ended up sending my grille surround to a pro that plates plastic. See my posts on my V-grille. Or read the thread on chroming plastic.
 

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thank you very much for the info. I guess chrome paint is out of the question. What type of prep for the body color paint on the grill?
 

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i painted mine with a simple spray paint and it looks great. white diamond. the hardest part was taking off the grill, but after that, just taped everything off and gave it about 3 coats of paint. looks beautiful
 

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any step by steps for removing and replacing the factory grill? how about the emblem?
 

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There's a recent thread on this that sounds like it would help. It's not a detailed procedure. That would make a nice contribution.
 

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K STS, try these posts pg's 2 or 3 should tell you what you want to know.

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Painted grille

I have used the "Chrome" paint and it comes out looking like a bright silver not Chrome.

Cheers!
 

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grill painted!



now for the chrome grill tips kit, and it will be done... for now!
 

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That looks really good, K! I love that color, too. Now I see where you're going with the grill tip kit.
 

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looking goooood!
 

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Should paint the front license plate holder as well - first things I did when I purchased my STS. Personally I think it looks much nicer than the mesh grilles, but to each their own.
 
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