Grill Mod Done
** disclaimer ** I am not responsible for how nice your grill will look after this... but i am sure you will enjoy it !
quick and dirty writeup :
1. remove grill
- screws on back... do not detach hood release latch!... you can tilt the grill at an angle...and the latch passes through the opening in the grill
2. clean it.
dry it. blow dry it if you want (careful around chrome,...that will peel)... but it has to be dry... dry... and clean...
3. prep / remove some trim:
a. remove the chrome mercedes star - there are 2 tabs on the back, i think at 3' and 9' that need to be nudged out of the way with a thin flat screw driver... then just rotate the emblem counterclockwise (or clockwise)..
b. optional: remove the upper, silver painted machine gun hole trim: there are tabs that hold it in place on the back (this will make at least one of the trims easier to paint. I think you can remove all the machine gun trim.. but i didn't mess around with it)..
just ease the tab up a little with a thin flat head.. one at a time... just have patience... it will come out (don't put too much pressure, or the tabs might break... mine didnt, and i put some pressure on it... just a warning for others, just in case)
use painters tape to cover the chrome trim bars... this will take the most time... but it is pretty easy. the only part that is a bit of a pain is the bottom of the circle that holds the emblem... use a sharp knife to trace around the indent and cut out excess tape for that area.
note: I had to repaint that trim black, because its color had changed... you might not want to "freshen up" your already black trim on the grill... if that's the case... you just saved 10 mins.
5. painting time
... ventilated area...garage door open. I used rustoleum matte black high temp spray paint
(home depot)... its specifically for engine covers, hoods, and grills...
- spray lightly... uniform passes.... focus specifically on the "hard to reach spots".... but don't overdo it... this is not a race... wait an hour... and spray gently again.... repeat again an hour later if necessary (look at the piece with light shining at off angle just to make sure you didn't miss any spots)
6. hardest part :
wait 24 hours for full curing... its cold temp near me... so I will just wait 48 hours for the hell of it.
Final Result (not on car yet!) :