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Old 01-16-2004, 11:36 PM
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Grille Backpainting

I just picked up a grille for my Jag that is in excellent condition. I want to black out the back part of the grille but leave the front chrome intact. What's the best paint for chrome and anyone have a recommendation for masking off the vertical and horizontal components on the front?


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Old 01-17-2004, 12:37 AM
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Try what you wll but Sem's trim black is what will give the lasting result I think your after.

As for masking, theres a brand of tape sold at automotive paint supply stores that I stumbled upon when they were out of what I thought was the best (3m) and learned about "American Tape " (brand name), it will surprise even the hardened old school paint&body guys with it's workability
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Old 01-17-2004, 05:27 AM
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Jag...I would take some duct tape and cover what you don't want painted, then get a small hand held sandblaster and blast what you want painted or you will regret it down the road. My truck has the grille painted over chrome and nothing wants to make you throw up faster than going to the carwash, hitting it with the water and a piece of paint blows off because it did not stick. And my problem is I don't know the correct paint code to match although I have picked out a close sample. BUT I have to strip the whole grille. (probably just find another and go from there) The duct tape will be thick enough to prevent the sand from going thru it. Just a suggestion though.

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