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DIY plasti dipped grille

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Ok, so after visiting a hydrodip/powercoat shop, body shop,vinyl wrap place today...I've learned that no professional shop wants to touch our grills, and my Lincoln dealer has told me the black, black label grill can't be ordered, and the part # doesn't even exist in their system. It's an exclusive part only on BL cars... So, with literally no other options, I set out to Lowe's and bought a can of black plasti dip, painters tape and got to work.

 

 

Step 1: Clean the hell out of the grill. I used a plasti dip prep cleaner I've had from dipyourcar.com for sometime.

 

Step 2. Carefully tape off every thing surrounding the two grille inserts. Take your time on this step, as it will make everything in the end easy and clean. There's some tricky edges around the inserts, but it's nothing too bad.

 

Step 3: follow the instructions on the can, shake rigorously for 60 secs. Spray from 6-8 inches. Spray light coats!! Plasti dip looks soooo much better if you take your time and do light multiple coats. I did 4 , with 30 min breaks in between. Then let sit an hour before removing tape.

 

Step 4: carefully, slowly remove tape,and other masking materials

 

Step 5: stand back and smile. :)

 

 

 

...now that wasn't so hard was it?

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It's not something I would do because I like Brightwork.

 

Having said that, I think you did a great job and it really looks very good black on black.

 

Your instructions are easy to follow I'm glad you put it up. I'm sure other DIYs will appreciate it.

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I like it with your black car. I don't think it would look as good with my white MKZ. Kudos for your good work and resourcefulness.  The good part about Plasti-Dip is that if you don't like it you can peel it off.

 

BTW, if the part can't be ordered, what happens if a BL MKZ is in a front-end collision and the grille needs to be replaced?  I'll ask my son about this. He's a certified Ford/Lincoln wholesale parts specialist.  He deals a lot with collision parts.

 

 

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Ya I'm super happy how it turned out. Make a trip to Houston today (1.5hr drive) and inspected the grille when I got back home, flawless... Holds up fine, 4 coats to thank for that. And please let me know what your son finds out, I had my Lincoln dealer spend 2 days making calls and no luck. Good question though as far as an accident... I'm thinkin black label maybe reserves their specific parts separate from Lincoln? No clue, either way... The dip surprisingly looks pretty good, especially for $6 vs a few hundred dollars I'm sure the grille would cost if it could be ordered.lol

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I spoke to my son last night and he confirmed that are no part numbers for the BL grille in the system.

 

So my question about collision replacement parts remains. 

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Ya, that's so bizarre

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Pic taken a few min. Ago, still go In strong.. And I wash this puppy 2-3 times a week.lol

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I spoke to my son last night and he confirmed that are no part numbers for the BL grille in the system.

 

So my question about collision replacement parts remains. 

Update:

 

My son just told me that in order to get BL parts, a request to Lincoln must be completed with the owner's info., the VIN, etc.  If the info checks out, Lincoln will send the parts to the dealer.  No BL parts can be ordered for a non-BL car.

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Wow, talk about real deal exclusiveness! I'm pretty sure all the do is take oem grilles and have them painted and some contracted body shop. That'd be my guess, or BL has their own paint/body shop

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They're trying to maintain exclusivity for the BL editions.

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Seems like they're doing just that!

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Great looking. Excellent mod. Is masking easier than removing the grille? 

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Great looking. Excellent mod. Is masking easier than removing the grille? 

yes! i actually started to remove stuff, and could tell it wasn't gonna be fun, so i stopped before i got ahead of myself, didn't wanna jack anything up on my brand new car, just took my time masking everything off really really good

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Well it seems I'm late to this party, but I really like your blacked out grille.  And a great idea using the plasti dip spray.  I considered it on my car and did a photo test using "paint" to see if that black out grille would look stunning...so far, it's stock.  But now considering the plasti dip spray...good for holiday pondering.  Kudos on the grille.

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Well it seems I'm late to this party, but I really like your blacked out grille.  And a great idea using the plasti dip spray.  I considered it on my car and did a photo test using "paint" to see if that black out grille would look stunning...so far, it's stock.  But now considering the plasti dip spray...good for holiday pondering.  Kudos on the grille.

thanks! Still holding strong w/zero issues. Just bought the wife a mkc and I plan on doing the grille on hers the same

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I'm also late to the party, but kudo for the grille touch.    I see you're based out of Texas, but I'm curious as to how well the dip would hold up to where I'm at in Michigan.  All of the crap they put on the roads to battle the snow and ice... I wonder what that would do to it.  

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I'm also late to the party, but kudo for the grille touch.    I see you're based out of Texas, but I'm curious as to how well the dip would hold up to where I'm at in Michigan.  All of the crap they put on the roads to battle the snow and ice... I wonder what that would do to it.  

 

I have yet to paint out my grille, but spotting a new MKZ my same style at the dealership with a black grille it looks great.  I did notice the headlight area on the new MKZ was also black but I'm sure not going to tackle that.  To your thought on the "plasti paint" holding up under road crap, I'd say it most likely will work better than just using regular paint; it's tough stuff.  I used it on a boat anchor so it wouldn't look rusty and ugly when on board...it lasted through 3 summers in AZ sun.   Go for it and let us see a photo.

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Yea, the beauty of plastidip is, you don't like it, peel it right back off. And you can layer the stuff on and it'll strengthen with every coat, so I say...go 4 it. It's cheap, so you got nothing to lose

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that grill looks amazing with the black body and rims. perfect match!

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thanks

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Yep, that is nice work!

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The Grill looks great! Did you anything behind the grill to keep the dip from getting into the radiator area

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Looks great, did the same thing a few weeks after I picked mine up...

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Im considering doing this or, using the new black chrome spray I have used for another project. Imjust not sure how it would look on m Bronze fire car

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