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Well, when I had my grille guard on, I bottomed out on a rock and tweaked it a little bit. Before I straightened it back out, one of the main beams was rubbing against my grille and wore the paint off of it. Here's my solution:

There is already a How-To on grille removal, so I will skip this step.

Started with the grille: (note the scrapes and gouges)


First, Pop out the emblem



Next, carefully separate the two parts of the grille by unclipping the front half from the back half.


Next, get out some sand paper and get to work on the grille shell. I used 80 grit followed by 220. I wasn't worried about how rough the surface was because I intended to Rhino Line it. If you are just using paint, they go with a finer sandpaper.

After sanding, wash the shell, let it dry, and get ready to paint (or, in my case, spray-on bedliner)


I did 3 light coats so it still has a textured finish. It seems the thicker the coat, the smoother the finish.


Now, I may have fallen off of my rocker, but I thought the emblem would look good with a different color, so here's what I did with it while waiting for the bedliner to dry:

Taped over the Nissan lettering and used a razor blade to cut the tape


As you can see in the pic above, I f'd up a little bit on the first S, so I fixed it


Aint' she purrty:


Now, the emblem is a pretty tough material, so I used the 80 grit to scratch up the surface a bit, cleaned the emblem, dried it, and then hit it with 2 coats of primer and 3 coats of paint:



Now using the same razor after the paint dries a bit, remove the tape from the NISSAN letters. Now, AND THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP (j/k), have a couple of beers :drunken: while the paints dry, and then stick it all back together.

Presto: A new look for your X




This is something anybody can do without the use of any real tools. The most time consuming part of this job is waiting for the paint to dry.

And that will conclude my first how-to :blackeye:
 

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Have to say that blue emblem is really unique. I like it.

Been trying to decide what color to make all of my emblems if I was going to play with them.... I still can't decide.

Thanks for the info.
 

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Looking good Bobby!!
 

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That looks awsome! I have a spot where the paint got rubbed off, and that looks like a great solution. I also painted the emblems.


 

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Heres mine...

I just completed the mod today, let me know what you guys think. I'm so tempted to do the entire front bumper skin, but that means I would have to do the side molding, the rear bumper and sides to match. I used the Dupont black bed liner spray. Put four coats on each piece. Sanded both with 100 grit then with 220 grit.




 

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I just completed this today and it was a piece of cake!

Before:


After:


The only thing I did differently was after sanding I used acetone to clean the grill.

Thanks Bobby for the idea!
 

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Ive tried to look for the same metallic paint you used...cant seem to find it anywhere, looked around the internet and not seeing anything like it...any ideas?
 

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Just started doing this today with red metallic paint...fun project but getting that goop off the decal/car is a b**ch
 

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Just did this...do you think I need to take the grille back off just to put the emblem in or can i just pop it in from the front
 
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