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Grill Blackout

Postby Bluenine7 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:05 am

Hey guys,

So i'm looking to do the common front grill blackout, and was just wondering what the best way to go about this is.

Is there somewhere you can simply buy a fitting piece of vinyl or is it more a can of spray paint job?

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Re: Grill Blackout

Postby lancerdarryl » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:19 am

Both ways seem to be popular.Paint is the easier option but vinyl is easier to remove if you don't like it.
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Re: Grill Blackout

Postby Mystique » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:27 am

Plasti dip is easy, requires a lot of masking! You will need to do the chrome pieces as well considering you have an LX! :) pretty sure there are a few photos in my mod thread from when i did mine if you need an idea, otherwise Youtube is your friend!
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Re: Grill Blackout

Postby Lancer1993 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:55 pm

I've tried both, Plasti Dip was not as good as wrap IMO and both take as much prep to do properly.

The issue I found with the Plasti Dip was you need to remove the tape carefully or you'll pull off the wrap, so you need to cut along the tape or remove the tape while the final coat is still wet. Also found the edge of the paint stained when I polished the car, so keep any wax off the Plasti Dip.

Just redid the wrap on mine as I had the bumper resprayed recently.
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Also did this on the back, precut the wrap before putting it on.
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All up took 3-4 hours, this includes removing the top grill to get the wrap under the edge, also loosened the lower grill to do the same.

Another benefit of the wrap is the choice of styles you can get and colors over paint.
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Re: Grill Blackout

Postby Mystique » Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:58 pm

Ive had the same dip on my front bar for 2 years and it is still holding up. I used duplicolour custom wrap instead of Plastidip. Duplicolour has a nicer finish.

Its all down to personal preference and what you prefer using.
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Re: Grill Blackout

Postby Lancer1993 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:11 pm

I'm not saying its a bad option and I'm considering doing some other bit of my CJ with some peal off paint, things like the mirror covers. Just need to get them off without breaking something, but that's a whole other topic.
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Re: Grill Blackout

Postby Mystique » Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:19 am

If you don't do the chrome pieces, how it will potentially look.

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I realised after I did it that I probably should have done it, so I didn't touch it for another 12 months afterwards until I built up a bit more confidence. But masking was probably the most painful part, not going to lie. I may have gone slightly overboard, but I wanted to prevent as much off spray as possible, and with a friend who did her front bar at the same time, we slowly ran out of paper haha.

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But finished product. Definitely worth it.

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Re: Grill Blackout

Postby Braydoz » Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:53 pm

It's a fairly simple job. Just beware that when you pull of the masking after the dip is dry, it'll peel a little so you can either remask every time or pull it all off, mask it again then spray over the peely bits and pull off the masking when it's still wet.
Just did the plate bar rather than all the way down. It was never going to be a perfect finish otherwise and that'd annoy me.

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And still holding up a year later, save for a few stone chips. Needs another touch up layer.

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It's a good little first mod and leaves you wanting more. Next step for me is calipers. I'm thinking gooooold.

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Re: Grill Blackout

Postby Ronan.Butler11 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:16 pm

Braydoz wrote:It's a good little first mod and leaves you wanting more. Next step for me is calipers. I'm thinking gooooold.


Been wanting to do calipers for a while, was thinking a dark blue but im not sure how that will look
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