Paint & Body Work - Blacking out behind billet grille
04-01-2012, 05:04 PM
To those of you that have painted the section behind an aftermarket billet grille black, what is the best way to do this? Do you have to prep this area before spraying it, or is there a quicker way?
Thanks in advance
04-01-2012, 10:36 PM
When I blacked out the back of a 62' caddy grille last year, I sprayed a section ,then wiped paint off the front with a tightly held solvent soaked rag. Quick & easy.
04-02-2012, 12:50 AM
I've done a lot of painting on cars and if you try to do things faster there is a lot better chance it won't work out well and you'll hate the result and be all kinds pissed at yourself for not taking your time.
Your best bet on that panel is to scuff up the paint with a scotch brite pad or a sanding pad. You don't need to take it down to the plastic but get the clear coat off the paint so that the new paint can have something to stick to. I'd then clean it with water and once all the sanding dust is removed use a clean rag and some alcohol to prep the area. I like to use a self etching primer because it tends to bond well if you don't get all the clear coat off. Then I'd sand it down if you need and spray the primer in the color you want and sand between coats as needed. Then just finish with black or whatever you want and maybe a clear coat if you want more gloss.
Sorry for the long post, I'm probably going to do this in the summer and thats how I'll be doing it :)
04-02-2012, 06:22 PM
I misunderstood the actual project(behind) the grille. Was thinking all but face of grille.
I,d run with 78 elky's advice, no substitute for proper prep.
04-05-2012, 06:35 PM
Alright, thanks for the help!
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