This is a bit of a "not-really-a-walkthrough" on the classic DIY Grill (plus FB match), the basics have already been covered repeatedly so I thought it not necessary to beat that horse....................... perhaps "chronicling" is a better word.
This one was done for hutru01's LGT (Miracle Whip), he was looking to "flat black" the grill and smooth the "chrome strip step" (while also matching the fog light bezels). So,I figured If we were going flat, why not shoot for the stars and go for a "production part" look that would mimic "molded" plastic or "fine leather".
This was done using the following:
(Tools, grits and techniques vary for desired finish)
DREMEL (sanding drum attach.)
PNUEMATIC GRINDER (50 grit)
HD mesh (lumber aisle-ish, "gutter guard", ~2ftx6ft)
Sand paper (60, 100, 150, 300, 000 steel wool)
Rust-oleum Flat Grey Spray Primer (initial)
RO Flat Black Spray Paint
Painter's Touch Flat Clear Enamel (texture)
RO Crystal Clear Enamel (finish)
PT Flat Grey Primer (final coat)
PT Flat White (mesh)
Probably forgot a bunch of stuff, but that's the jist.
Note: Anywhere it says "coat of paint", its actually multiple light coatings.
Notes before post:
Regardless of the finish choice, the fill/prep work remains roughly the same, but the final steps vary.
You can not
achieve this finish with "of the shelf" textured paints
Here's a link to the DIY lower grills:
Matt, put up some day pics.
Feel free to query.