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David K

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Painting the RS grill
« on: August 01, 2022, 12:05:23 AM »
Mine is an 11E build, so after researching/asking what to color it with, I decided to give it a go. Using actual paint, a small brush and not a pen. Tomorrow I’ll be cleaning up the overpainted area, and evening out any ugly discrepancies. It will never be a judged car and I’m ok with that.

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Re: Painting the RS grill
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2022, 02:40:12 AM »
Looks good David.

What kind of paint and brush did you use?

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Re: Painting the RS grill
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2022, 02:46:39 AM »
Thanks…A $.94 bag of bulk thin paint brushes from Walmart and a rattle can do Rustoleum Chrome..kid you not. It was this, pay for a new replacement set that may not fit as designed, or pay a pinstripe guy $150. The whole process took about 1 hour.

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Re: Painting the RS grill
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2022, 11:53:09 AM »
I don't recall the thickness of the ribs but if its 1/16" this would be an option.  Granted more time consuming but maybe worth it.

https://www.amazon.com/Chartpak-Graphic-Inches-Metallic-BG6219/dp/B004O7E11E?th=1

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Re: Painting the RS grill
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2022, 02:46:34 PM »
Thanks cook…but I do some striping installs at work, and they look good from 2 feet way. From 20, I’m embarrassed sometimes. 🤷🏻‍♂️🫣😆. Actually my visual external application parts have to be almost perfect every time.
I could mess this chrome striping up easily, and that’s why I painted it, but thanks for the possibility of plan B. Also, I would be dumb enough to scrub it off when washing the car. But someone reading this might try the decal application. When the restoration was done in 93/4, I don’t remember the chrome grill being available.
I forgot the grill has a raised horizontal rib, but the doors do not. That definitely made it easier to paint. And if someone is close enough to critique or criticize, they are too close anyway. 😵‍💫😵‍💫😆
I’ll post final product pictures.

Gars68Tux

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Re: Painting the RS grill
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2022, 07:40:47 PM »
I clearcoated mine for added durability. Just sprayed it, no need for masking the grill. I did mask the headlight covers. Has held up well. Sometimes the clear will alter the brightness of some silver paints, so might want to do a test first.

I'm interested in that tape in Darrell's link. Wonder how durable it'd be? I'm guessing it'd peel off eventually...
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Re: Painting the RS grill
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2022, 08:06:31 PM »
Lemmeee see it.

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Re: Painting the RS grill
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2022, 08:08:37 PM »
Not bad…will probably look better after I wash the car. Took 20 minutes to remove the uglies.

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Re: Painting the RS grill
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2022, 08:16:47 PM »
Actually, in my opinion, that turned out really well! And since we don't usually drive our cars that often, at least not as much as when they were new, it should hold up for a long time.

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Re: Painting the RS grill
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2022, 08:53:04 PM »
 
Lemmeee see it.
Suppose ya want a close up, huh? :D I'll see what I can do... probably need some side marker bezel shots too! ;D
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Re: Painting the RS grill
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2022, 01:29:43 AM »
It's been over 20yrs ago since I painted the grill. It was NOS and did it long before I ever put it on the car. So memory is a bit foggy, but thinking now I did mask the grill as well. It doesn't have to be stuck to the horizontal ribs, just the verticals. Don't hold the can too close when spraying. Silver paint from a rattlecan generally isn't very durable. Any weak solvent will dissolve it instantly. I imagine bug guts would do the same. So, I recommend a clear coat...

EDIT: Don't know why the imagine didn't come out right side up. ???

 
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Re: Painting the RS grill
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2022, 05:05:18 AM »
Thanks Ed….Gars…I didn’t mask anything because of the paint brush. I was looking for a chrome Sharpie, but couldn’t find anything but Aluminum….But now with my new engine component inspection stamps and ZL1 hubcaps 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️, it’s looking better than yesterday. My left side headline cover looks like it was molded by a drunken pirate…..zoom in on the picture and look in the top row 3 boxes. It’s not your eyes, it’s crooked. Stand by for the next project thread very soon and it will be fully documented from start to finish.

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Re: Painting the RS grill
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2022, 07:42:54 AM »
 I'm thinkin' that drunken pirate did a number yur license plate?!  ;D lol

Anyway, NICE JOB! :)

Garth

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Re: Painting the RS grill
« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2022, 12:44:12 PM »
I've used the Molotow Liquid Chrome in the past with good success on bezel surrounds and 69 dash clusters.

No afflation with the seller.  I'm sure I bought mine from ebay but can't recall the sellers name.

https://www.amazon.com/Molotow-Liquid-Chrome-Marker-Set/dp/B074JJ1YMY/ref=asc_df_B074JJ1YMY/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=198059285915&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8570686530842529220&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9013191&hvtargid=pla-355627019998&psc=1

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Re: Painting the RS grill
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2022, 05:11:15 PM »
I forgot the grill has a raised horizontal rib, but the doors do not.

Thats because they are '67 doors. Production '68s have raised horizontal ribs.
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