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Old 04-15-2020, 05:32 PM
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Anyone have a recommendation for some good quality eBay gloss black grilles?
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because no one would put something like that on a rare 4.6is
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I attempted to find a good set once. They fit terribly and I switched back to OE and black plastidipped them with glossifier. Doesn't look perfect. But it's good from 5 feet or more.

Pre-lci has more options than lci but at one point I seem to remember a company having a decent set available. Maybe bimmian or jlevi? Not even sure if they are around anymore. Maybe bimmerworld? Good luck. I think they'd look great on the imola.
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Automotive paint. If you have an extra set, drop them off at your local body shop and ask them to spray them next time they paint black (which is often). I did. $40. Dunzo!

I did prep them for paint, so that is likely why it was so cheap...
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Have pics? How'd they turn out? Sounds like a great idea.
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I "accidentally" bought a gloss black set off Alibaba We will see how they fit! Can't be worse then what is on there now...
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Have pics? How'd they turn out? Sounds like a great idea.
Unfortunately I don't. It was on our e39. It had the gloss black trim, but the kidneys were chrome. Weird.

I'll look through the computer pics and see if I can come up with one.

Because the outer parts of the kidneys are "chrome", you will have to use an acidic based primer. I used to work in a body shop so I was able to get a hold of some. I suspect that there are now single component acidic based metal primers that work well, but I don't know for sure. I have been out of the industry for some time. That said, I am sure that the local automotive paint supply store can help you select the right product.

Good luck!
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I had a set painted at a auto shop. Looks really good with on my X5. Could never find a good gloss black set.
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I did mine with a aerosol etch primer and a premixed aerosol of my car colour plus tin of lacquer easy job just be careful splitting your grilles apart as the clips are fragile , did the washer jet grilles aswell .
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