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Well after much personal skepticism I PlastiDip'ed a couple of small things on the front of the car to see what it would look like. I did 4 coats on the "razor" bars in the grille. It came out great (at least I like it) and was the look I was going for. Plus it's entirely removable. Just thought I'd post this out there in case anyone else was wondering what the grille would look like this way.

 

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Yea that does look pretty sharp actually. Nicely done.

 

Did you remove the entire front clip and also take that upper grille out when you did this mod?

 

I ask because there's a huge piece of solid black plastic that's located on the reverse side of those areas that you painted, that I would've suggested you remove in order to help improve cooling, and/or air flow.

 

Something to consider if you haven't, cuz quite honestly, the front clip is pretty easy to remove. Took me about 45min the 1st time (as I was taking my time) but now can practically get it done in about 10min wiht my eyes closed. So do consider removing that rear piece.

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Well after much personal skepticism I PlastiDip'ed a couple of small things on the front of the car to see what it would look like. I did 4 coats on the "razor" bars in the grille. It came out great (at least I like it) and was the look I was going for. Plus it's entirely removable. Just thought I'd post this out there in case anyone else was wondering what the grille would look like this way.

 

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That is awesome.... exactly what I want to do. What color did you use exactly?

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Yea that does look pretty sharp actually. Nicely done.

 

Did you remove the entire front clip and also take that upper grille out when you did this mod?

 

I ask because there's a huge piece of solid black plastic that's located on the reverse side of those areas that you painted, that I would've suggested you remove in order to help improve cooling, and/or air flow.

 

Something to consider if you haven't, cuz quite honestly, the front clip is pretty easy to remove. Took me about 45min the 1st time (as I was taking my time) but now can practically get it done in about 10min wiht my eyes closed. So do consider removing that rear piece.

 

I did not remove it. I just took off the upper cover panel once the hood was up and put some cardboard back in there to make sure none of the spray ended up on the radiator. As long as you mask carefully and liberally you dont need to remove the front clip. That said while I was in there I did see that piece and I do want to remove it so I may take it apart after all.

 

Does that piece just unsnap? How is it held in? It looked like everything was sandwiched together pretty good and I was worried you'd have to pry it apart or something.

 

Thanks....

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I did not remove it.

 

I did see that piece and I do want to remove it so I may take it apart after all.

 

Does that piece just unsnap? How is it held in?

 

I do have a "How-To" on removing the front bumper located here: http://www.ecoboostownerforums.com/showthread.php?76-quot-How-To-quot-Remove-Front-Bumper-(on-2010-SHO)-amp-Install-Mobsteel-Grilles

 

As far as the black plastic piece on the rear of my now removed OEM upper grille, I just grabbed it out of the closet and took two pics for you of the back side.

 

The black plastic piece is separate from the chrome, outer face. This black plastic piece also is a HUGE obstruction to airflow in my opinion.

 

Removing it would be beneficial and is pretty easy to do. The piece is held in by multiple tabs all over the place. Simply bend the tabs (some you'll have to bend outwards, others, inwards) and the piece will dislodge from the outer chrome face piece.

 

But you can see in the 2nd pic how much surface area is blocking the airflow from passing through. So for you and any others who may be opting to retain the factory upper grilles, and are simply painting them, y'all may want ot go that extra mile and remove this rear piece to help improve airflow to the radiator and stock tranny/oil cooler.

 

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Wow...did the exact same mod on Saturday with the same color car. I didn't remove anything. Was easy to cover the small inlets between the "razor grilles" with tape. I didn't get a chance to takes pics of mine yet, but I guess I don't have to since it looks identical to yours. Now I want to get the plasti-dip smoke as soon as it is released to do the chrome on the hood.

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After seeing this' date=' I removed my black plastic piece behind the grille just now and it is pretty simple. [/quote']

 

Amazing how much of an air obstruction that piece actually is isn't it?

 

Bet you'll notice some better airflow now as a result.

 

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This is my first post on this forum so I thought I would contribute with my plastidip writeup i did for SHOFORUM. Hope this helps someone here.

 

here's my update...

 

I started By cleaning the Grill.

 

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Then I over covered the surrounding area with news paper and painters tape to protect from over spray.

 

*note* there is a small ledge between the shavers and chrome that the tape sticks to perfectly.

 

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Put about 5 coats of spray.

 

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And heres my finished product. =-)

 

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I think it looks better when its dark outside.

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Well after much personal skepticism I PlastiDip'ed a couple of small things on the front of the car to see what it would look like. I did 4 coats on the "razor" bars in the grille. It came out great (at least I like it) and was the look I was going for. Plus it's entirely removable. Just thought I'd post this out there in case anyone else was wondering what the grille would look like this way.

 

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Yea that does look pretty sharp actually. Nicely done.

 

Did you remove the entire front clip and also take that upper grille out when you did this mod?

 

I ask because there's a huge piece of solid black plastic that's located on the reverse side of those areas that you painted, that I would've suggested you remove in order to help improve cooling, and/or air flow.

Something to consider if you haven't, cuz quite honestly, the front clip is pretty easy to remove. Took me about 45min the 1st time (as I was taking my time) but now can practically get it done in about 10min wiht my eyes closed. So do consider removing that rear piece.

 

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