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Old 01-02-2013, 09:22 PM   #1
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Front Grill Color

Both my new and my previous GTO had kidney grilles of a dark dark grayish metallic color on the surface [the interior of the honeycombs are black]. I have a sales flyer that reveals a chromed grill. Some pictures of other GTOs reveal a black grill. I ask, because when I sprayed undercoating to protect the box frame where sulfuric acid had removed some red paint, I had a bit spray through a grille. This effectively removed some of the gray metallic paint. So in the Spring, I will need to choose a new color for the grills.

Did the factory offer only one color, or several. Has anyone seen the grill in factory chrome?
Finally, is the actual grill paint available, or must I pick something else? Perhaps black or even Pulse Red?
Whatever it will be, how will I be assured of adhesion and durability? I can just as easily use some fine steel wool or emery paper to simply make the grilles all-black. Would this come out well, or would the sanded surface look like crap? I have to assume that to apply paint to only the outside surface, one must use a roller. Spraying each honeycomb for full color coverage would be difficult or just plain sloppy.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:28 AM   #2
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I used acetone to remove the old paint, then painted it with duplicolor flat black spray paint. Lasted about a year and a half, now it is starting to fade.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:01 AM   #3
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i pulled my bumper and popped out the kidneys grilles and the the lower grille and put about 5 coats of semi gloss black on them and re installed and it looks great. Im not sure how chrome would look but they do have chrome looking paint if you wanna give it a try.
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All the grilles were either grey or grey and silver with the SAP package.



I have mine painted black with a silver accent like this one...

http://www.ls1gto.com/forums/showthread.php?t=146204
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I believe they are the same color from the factory BUT some of the exterior paint colors seem to make them look different shades. I mention this because my IBM (blue) made the grills look much more silver than this Cosmos (dark purple), where they seem to look more of a dark gray.

Had though of painting my IBM grills black back when, but it sort of makes them look cheap, I think. I certainly wouldn't want any chrome paint on them, yuck.

Did the acetone hurt the plastic? Must be some durable stuff
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I have never seen the chrome grills, except in the promo ad for our car. I need to find a way to scan the thing so you can view it. Funny thing is that only one of the pictures shows this. All the rest have the color grille we are used to seeing.

The undercoat spray has a turpentine-type of solvent. Not acetone. This is why the thing did not melt.

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I am not shying away from a bit of effort with a spray can, but has anyone installed this woven stainless grille? Comes in black anodized which might be attractive.

http://www.racemeshgrilles.com/orders.htm#Pontiac GTO

Click on the Pontiac arrow, to see photos, etc.

I am assuming that none of the site sponsors also sells this product.

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Old 01-04-2013, 01:27 PM   #8
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I have yet to see a stainless steel mesh that doesn't look like shit.
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Then back to the rattle can. Any color, as long as its black, right?
What else would go with Pulse Red?
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These were the only 2 options of grilles from the factory. There were NEVER any chrome grilles offered.
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That is true, but the promotional flyer that is on my desk has one photo that shows otherwise. I need to find a scanner to get it into the computer.
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That is true, but the promotional flyer that is on my desk has one photo that shows otherwise. I need to find a scanner to get it into the computer.

I honestly think flat black looks best.
I masked off the gto letters and the oval it was in, then painted them. Turned out great, looked good with the contrast of the stock gray background.
I'd take a picture, but they're faded again. I'm going to fix them, first.
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I honestly think flat black looks best.
I masked off the gto letters and the oval it was in, then painted them. Turned out great, looked good with the contrast of the stock gray background.
I'd take a picture, but they're faded again. I'm going to fix them, first.

Yup! PlastiDip is the stuff that holds up to stone chips and UV rays.
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I was just going to ask if there is a U.V.-resistant alternative to rattle-can black.
As I have no clue as to what PlastiDip is, can you fill me in?

And will it form a good bond with the grill?

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I was just going to ask if there is a U.V.-resistant alternative to rattle-can black.
As I have no clue as to what PlastiDip is, can you fill me in?

And will it form a good bond with the grill?

Well you will get many people against plasti dip for no apparent reason with that comment.

I did the "fake SAP" mod with plasti dip as well as my rims and months later it still looks the same as when I did it. People ask if the rims are powder coated and are surprised to find out that they are not. Basically it is a spray can of "rubber" that goes on exactly like spray paint and I have found that it is much easier and forgiving painting with plasti dip. The best feature of it is that it peels off if you want.

I've though about doing my grills in it, but my main concern is that rocks will chip away at it and it require a repaint
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Why should the grills be a concern if the other items have held up so well?
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:30 AM   #17
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If you want a shiny black look, you can mix mineral spirits and UV protector used for wood, and apply it. This will prevent fading.

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You have taught me something new and USEFUL. Thanks.
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