Well, after numerous attempts at trying to find a replacement grill I actually liked for my car, I gave up!!!
Last night I decided to give the car a little face-lift by painting the grill a satin black. I did not like the odd gray that the factory grill was colored so I went for black.
After removing the six(6) 8mm headed bolts the grill just pops right on out.
After removing the MB star by releasing about 6 clips on the backside, the grill was given a good bath and then hit with some wax/grease remover and let to dry for about an hour in the sun.
I had great results in the past with other plastic painting projects using Krylon Fusion paint, so that was the paint of choice for the grill (Satin Black).
I painted the backside of the grill first then flipped it over for the front.
As that was left to dry...I decided to paint what was behind the grill a flat black just so the red body parts and such would not be as noticeable thru the grill.
As you can see there is a lot of brightness and color going on behind the grill!
I noticed that the center support/ horn mount was only retained by 2 bolts...few seconds with a 10mm socket the bracket came right out to paint!!
After a good washing, I hit the assembly with some scotchbrite to gain some good adhesion of the paint. I squirted it with some flat black Rustoleum I had in my paint cabinet. I also painted the bolt heads cause they had the body color on them as well.
Next was to get everything else inside the grill area cleaned and painted.
After it got tapped up, I painted the exposed red body color components with flat black.
After the paint dried I put the center support back in and secured everything the way it was before.
By this time, the grill was dry and ready to be put back in.
I still needed to snap the MB star back in but decided before I do that I want to darken it up a bit.
I was thinking just to "FOG" some black paint over the star but then I remembered I had some Lens tinting paint I just bought ..So I gave that a try!!
While tinting the MB star I also decided to remove the MB hood badge and do the same tinting to that as well.
Here is the final outcome:
I still need to remove and paint the lower bumper grill, but will save that for a cooler day!!!
Here are a few shots with the completed grill: