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Yes, those grilles tend to get all white and powdery (somewhat chalky, too), particularly on the exposed slanted louvers. I would assume that the slightly crystalline texture they get is an indication that the plastic's structural integrity has been compromised by the prolonged ultraviolet light exposure that any vehicle of this age will experience. Is there a color-matching paint that can withstand direct sunlight that can be applied over the "dead" plastic?

Here's the problem on my grille, for the people who garage their cars.
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The "corrugated" plastic surround panels within my "Euro" (I hate that term) base-model headlights are experiencing the same kind of UV breakdown, and it's really ugly. Plus, nobody sells them any more!

By the way, I really wish my car had been painted in that silver. It really does look right for the car. It also looks like it has just a slight bit of blue in it, or is that just the environment?
Just a little reflection I'd say.
 

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To fix the plastic grille rub in vaseline using your fingers to make it warm and it will soak in. They come up like new.
 
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