One of the first modded Gen 5 cars I saw was ikonosin's black on Satin Pearl White 3.6R. What a great looking car. And I'll admit that his car was one of the reasons why I bought a White Gen 5 Legacy.
So talking with him and discussing a few things I finally started doing some of the mods that I've been thinking about for a while.
First on my list was the Clear Bra and window tint. Done and Done.
Next was blacking out that large chrome, mid 50's Caddies like grill!
ikonosin told me that to remove the grille I'd have to first remove the front bumper skin to get at the fasteners holding the grill in place. You can do that and probably should if you also need to remove the headlamps, but I ran across a thread that had these directions buried in the thread. They come from GrillCraft and are the guild I used to remove my grill.
Thanks to Deere3020 for posting this:
So I pulled the grill pretty quickly and started to take it appart. There are several clips on the back side that need very gentle persuading to get them out in one piece. The chrome parts are actually plastic and you can damage the grill if you're not careful. I found that by using a thin, flat blade screw drive I could get the clips to pop out and release the chrome from the black plastic.
Then came the clean up and painting. I used the same product that ikonosin used on his grill. It's called Plasti Dip and its available at Home Depot.
It's simular to a regular spray paint, but it comes out in splatery blotches. It needs to be applied in thick coats allowing at least 30 minutes between coats. Make sure that you coat all the way around the grill as there are lots of curves.
After a day or so of curing (night time temps here got down to 28 degrees or so) it was ready to put back together. The Plasti Dip takes 4 hours to fully cure. I needed to give it much longer because to the temperature
The dried Plasti Dip has a rubbery feel to it and a slight texture. I think it looks great and should wear very well.
Then I painted the A/C condenser and hood latch black so that the white and silver wouldn't show through the grill. Yeah, I finished it up and painted all the way down, totally covering everything.
Once everything was dry I started to put the grill back in by re-attaching all the pop clips and the two screws at the bottom of the grill and it was done!
Oh, I also added in my HIDs while everything was torn appart. Man, what a PITA that was!
Thanks to ikonosin and Deere3020 for thier ideas and knowledge!