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Post by monkey121 on Thu 4 Jun 2015 - 19:54

Has anyone here 'blacked up' the silver 'frames' in the front grill?

I really don't like the cheap plastic silver and was going to try and cover them in plasti dip, thoughts?
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Post by Barbs on Thu 4 Jun 2015 - 20:02

Knebs trims are black but whether he did them himself I don't know but he did do his wheels himself. There is a picture in the North Yorkshire meet thread.
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Post by monkey121 on Thu 4 Jun 2015 - 20:03

Thanks Barbs i will take a look Smile
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Post by monkey121 on Thu 4 Jun 2015 - 20:22

They look good, I have PMed him to see how he did it Very Happy
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Post by LukeC on Thu 4 Jun 2015 - 21:42

Vinyl would be the easiest way IMHO or plastidip, which wouldn't last too long.

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Post by Dr@gon on Mon 8 Jun 2015 - 16:40

Plasti dip last for years Smile I have dipped 3 of my cars one is 4x4 and has taken a beating off road dip is fine Smile
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Post by Araf on Mon 8 Jun 2015 - 17:22

The silver paint doesn't last very well anyway.

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Post by Dr@gon on Mon 8 Jun 2015 - 17:51

I put about 8 coats on.. 4 coats of black then 4 coats of the pearl in matt clear and gloss..
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Post by knebby on Mon 8 Jun 2015 - 20:53

I just popped the trim off and spray painted it with trusty Wilko's own brand satin black, same as the wheels...
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Post by Dr@gon on Tue 9 Jun 2015 - 17:07

plasti is ace Smile load of lush colors plus I can just rip it of and change it Razz
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Post by monkey121 on Tue 9 Jun 2015 - 19:31

well i know what i am doing this weekend then
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Post by Araf on Tue 9 Jun 2015 - 19:48

Laughing

Painting your nails black? Wink

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Post by monkey121 on Tue 9 Jun 2015 - 21:05

lol something like that
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Post by Dr@gon on Wed 10 Jun 2015 - 16:54

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Post by Barbs on Thu 11 Jun 2015 - 6:53

Both look good looking forward to seeing your Wind done.
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Post by pittstop on Thu 24 Mar 2016 - 16:11

Had been thinking the silver bits looked a bit "weak" ever since I bought the car; in fact it was the only part of the car's appearance I wasn't happy with.

Finding this topic; & seeing a picture of knebby's red car; decided me.

My Wind is blue.

Tried to pop off the trims but felt in danger of breaking them so I masked up & brush painted with Halfords matt black. To keep the texture consistent across the front I also painted the crossbar that the number plate is screwed into & the silver casings on the daytime running lights I've fitted.

Very happy with the result which looks more positive. I hate to say aggressive as that gives the wrong message!!
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Post by Barbs on Thu 24 Mar 2016 - 16:31

Ah we need to see the result please

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Post by knebby on Thu 24 Mar 2016 - 21:41

Yes, i think the red and the black works well. On my red one the grill trims pop off really easily but on my black one they don't, so like you i painted them in situ.

I don't think the black grill trims work so well on the black car. On the red one they add width to the car but on the black one the grill disappears making the car look a bit too tall (which it is, a couple of inches lower or wider would make all the difference).

Everything black does look quite cool though, a bit like a Stealth bomber, albeit a girlie one, unfortunately!
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Post by Barbs on Thu 24 Mar 2016 - 22:43

Lol but you are Man enough to carry it off.

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Post by pittstop on Fri 25 Mar 2016 - 10:52

Here goes. I'll have a go at downloading an image.


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Post by knebby on Fri 25 Mar 2016 - 12:13

looks good to me, I prefer it to the silver.
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Post by Barbs on Fri 25 Mar 2016 - 18:17

Does look good.

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Post by colin565 on Thu 14 Apr 2016 - 17:45

I assume you used sprayed plastic primer first before using the Halfords matt black?

Looks good against the blue body paint  Wink
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Post by pittstop on Thu 14 Apr 2016 - 19:43

It says "Halfords Matt Black Paint" on the tin & the label on the lid says Enamel Paint Matt Black.

The instructions say it should not be used on bare metal or plastics & should be primed with a brushing primer then rubbed down with very fine abrasive paper.

As we all know: old guys like me don't read/heed instructions!

I reckoned the existing silver colour would act as a suitable coating/primer.

I cleaned with white spirit & dried with a lintless cloth: My (unused!) hankie actually but don't tell the wife!

I then masked with narrow masking tape & brushed the paint on.

It looked patchy while it was drying but eventually dried out evenly as you can see.

I'm happy with the result: see my rain splashed avatar!
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Post by Barbs on Thu 14 Apr 2016 - 20:35

It looks good. Amazing how little changes seem to make a difference.

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Post by pittstop on Fri 6 Oct 2017 - 15:09

Having done the "frames" black I noticed some stone chipping on the blue crossbar at the front so I've bitten the bullet & merged the black grill with the black spoiler.

I'm quite pleased with the result.

Not too aggressive like a Nissan GTR but more positive than original scheme.

Before & after pics:



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Post by Bunyip on Fri 6 Oct 2017 - 19:18

Like the look of that bounce bounce bounce
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Post by Barbs on Fri 6 Oct 2017 - 21:25

Looks great.  When are you passing Doncaster x

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Post by pittstop on Sat 7 Oct 2017 - 10:49

Got a better picture that gives the full frontal effect.



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Post by Barbs on Sat 7 Oct 2017 - 12:20

That does look good

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