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    painting the 'v'

    I've just done a search for [painting grille] and [painted grille] but it says no matches, even though i know there's something somewhere.

    I know what it looks like. I was just looking for a thread on information on how to do it properly.

    I was looking for info on:

    the step by step process (what order do to things)
    what sort of sandpaper to be using (1+ grade/s, which grade/s etc)
    just paint & laquer? Oh, primer too i guess? #layers of each of these

    Think mine is midnight black. Halfords spray paint be ok for this job?


    If anyone could help out with that then that'd be great. +anything i might've missed off. I don't want to botch it up. Or even a link to another thread which i couldn't find

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    Hey man,
    I sanded mine off with fine grade aluminium oxide paper, and then primered and rattle canned it with halfords finest!
    TBH it's a crap job, and I should have spent more time preparing it, seeing as I only did one coat of paint then lacquer lol.

    The point of this ramble is, as long as you sand the chrome off properly to give the primer something to key to properly, and then prime it and prep it properly it will be fine.

    IIRC the grade of the sandpaper was about 1000 or so, or fine possibly. Do 2/3 layers of primer, 3/4 layers of thin paint, many layers of lacquer (as halfords lacquer is shite!) until it's as shiny as the rest of the car .

    I have a spare grill if you want it, bit scratched so would make an ideal project? PM me if interested

    hth bud, and best of luck!
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    when i did mine i did:
    1. keyed teh chrome using 800 grit wet and dry sandpaper
    2. couple of layers of primer
    3. once dryed 800 grit wet and dry paper
    4. few cots of halfords satin black

    no pics unfortunately
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    Hello there!

    Not sure about "how to" but thought this link to one on ebay may give you an idea of what it would look like

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ASTRA-G-Mk4-VX...iewItemQQptZUK

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    cheers guys. Might have to take a trip on down to the local Halfords to price up these cans & sandpaper. The only paper i have at home is 2000.

    So just go loco on the chrome until it comes off. 800 grit
    Prime a few times 2-3
    sand down with finer paper - 1000 grit
    layers of paint 3-5
    sand down again (or perhaps in between paint coats?)
    plenty of laquer

    Good to go with that?

    Expect a PM flinging its way to you tin bud

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    heres mine mite put it back on tommorow


    just took the v off the grill sanded it couple of coats of plastic primer and the some satin black plastikote from b+q job done

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    Here's my thread i did a while back....hope it helps....

    http://www.astraownersclub.com/vb/sh...ghlight=tazman
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    I did this back in december, got some grey primer from halfords, midnight black paint, and some laqure. Also got the finiest wet and dry.

    I sanded it down, not really heavily, you just want it so its slightly rough to the touch, washed it and dried. Then put about 5 layers of primer on.24hrs left to dry. I sanded that down but only very lightly. Dusted it off. Then put about 6 coats of paint on it. Left to dry for 24 hrs
    Then because i wanted it to match in with my paintwork. I must of put about 7 or 8 layers of laquar on it. At first i only put 3 layers of laquar on, and it didnt shine up as heavily against my paint work. So i had to put quite a few thick coats of laquar on to bring it up to shine with the rest of the car. Gotta becareful the laqure dosent run, which it did once on mine, so i had to sand that bit down, respray the paint, then reapply the laqure
    But im actualy really proud of the finished result. The real shock cost is having to buy a new griffin badge, 12 quid it was or something stupid
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    Hopefully i'll get away with that (the badge), as, i imagine you can prize off the 'v' so that it can be tended to seperately from the rest of the grille.

    Ahh, i'd have to ease of the laquer then. Don't want it matching the paintwork on mine. I want it matching the grille so it sort of blends in.

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    You can remove the circle thing the griffin sits on, the v grill is two bits, the v and the circle thing. The griffin is quite hard to get off if its very flush, get a bread knife and stick it under there lol Maybe just put 1 or 2 layers of laqure on so it looks more matt
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