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BMXPath
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Custom grill... well, kinda. Pics!

Postby BMXPath » Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:43 pm

I havent found a custom grill for my P-finder that I like yet. I actually like the style of the stock one BUT I didnt like all the chrome. the Armada and Xterra have painted grills that match the exterior color. So, after an EBAY purchase of a used grill, alot of sanding and painting, here are the results.

Before...

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After...

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It is a subtle difference, but I didnt want "bling".

Whatcha think?


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Postby guinnessjim » Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:30 pm

looks stock....nice job.

you have any full vehicle pics w/ the new grill?

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Postby Gray » Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:33 pm

Looks good BMX, I saw similar on another site and am going to do the same.
It's also a good plan to collect a few of the extra parts when the price is right,
a set of lights for four corners, starter, injectors, grill insert, etc.

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Which way are you going on the rear door latch cover, black or body color?
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Postby 08Datsun » Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:48 pm

That looks really good. What paint did you use and what steps did you take?

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Postby boogyman » Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:49 am

I like that better than the chrome. It does look stock and the casual observer probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

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Postby BMXPath » Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:01 am

What paint did you use and what steps did you take?
The grill comes apart in basically 3 pieces.
The logo, the chrome frame, and the black mesh.
There are about 6 screws on the backside that hold the chrome and mesh together, along with a bunch of snap together clips.
After removing the screws, I carefully separated the clips.

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I used 180 grit sand paper to rough up the chrome surface. This wasnt too difficult. It was just time consuming. It was a tedious task to get in all the little bends and corners.

Then I primered it with self-etching primer. Just regular spray can stuff.

A friend of mine who does auto painting, painted it with Sikkins acrylic/ urethane. Then he cleared it with 3 coats of urethane clear coat.

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Postby Billy T. » Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:21 am

I have been thinking about doing the same... looks good.

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Postby SHAWNATGERBROCK » Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:05 pm

I really wanted to do that with mine ,and get the black Pearl emblem ... But I figured chrome = less rock chips .... Mabie some day ...


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