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Exterior Discussion / Modifications Want to change the look and appearance of your Dodge Challenger? This section is for the discussion of any exterior visual modifications. Examples include wheels, custom paint, grills, etc.

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Old 09-14-2009, 06:44 PM
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Painting front grill trim black

I have searched high and Low to find the thread but can't seem to find it. I know someone on here as painted the silver trim around the grill & I need some advice. Does the trim come off? Is it the whole grill? How hard is it to take out? Should I just mask it off and paint right on the car?

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The silver trim does not come off the grill and the whole front end has to come off the remove the grill. You may be better off taping it off on the car. I had the head light trim, grill and flat black grill surround all painted Brilliant Black to match the car. The labor for front end remove/replace was more than the paint work itself...but it does look awesome. Good luck!
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I have had the inner surfaces painted gloss black on my grill with a brushed alum. look to the surface or rim of the grill. Awesome little detail that few notice until they see it ------ then all the questions start. I had this work done at Stack Performance. The owner Ryan, set it up. He did the prep and paint work
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taking the front fascia apart to remove the grill insert will be a bear. Painting the chrome is going to require taking the finish down to get your paint to stay on, (you'll need to buy a new one if you ever want to go back) Vinyl tape may give you the look your after although you may have to replace it occaisionaly as that area is prone to high heat and may cause the tape to shrink in time. Good Luck
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Thanks guys. Would you mind posting some pics? I thought bout Vinyl tape but not sure yet. I did the headlight blackouts and if I can cover that silver it will look sooooo mean. Thanks again
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Here's a couple of pics of mine blacked out:


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I like the blacked out grill Revmarc. Did you paint the grill your self or have a shop do it for you?
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THat looks AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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