|Quality improvements... & Kevin///M (archive)|
Posted by Greg Hudson (Melbourne Australia) on September 24, 1998 at 20:45:13:
In Reply to: Greg Hudson's chrome grill posted by Fred Kern on September 24, 1998 at 13:06:39:
I read your disclaimer. Have you considered masking off the front edge of the grill (maybe an 1/8" back on the fins)then spraying the rest with a matte aluminum paint? This would hide the imperfections and look more like a metal die casting.
Yes, I had considered attempting to do exactly what you suggest (except black, not aluminum), however since taking the photos I have found an even better process which chemically bonds the chrome to the plastic. The old process (which was done to my grille) involved spraying the complete grille with a silver metallic paint. This was then chromed (the chrome sticking to the metallic particles in the paint). The new chemical process however eliminates the painting and has improved the quality by about 400%
I'm biased on the look & feel of it, however the new improved version (1.1?) :-) is now so good that even an Authorised BMW dealership is looking to buy them from me. If you want an unbiased opinion, ask Kevin///M (from Canada) in a few days he should have his fitted to his silver MZ3. (I just shipped a 1.1 set to him a couple of days ago - so they would not have arrived yet.)
Hopefully Kevin won't trounce me for mentining his name here!!! :-) G'day Kev - If you are reading this!
Generally, the 'matte' finish on the sides of each fin is not that noticable. Once the grille is fitted, your eye is drawn more to the shiny front edges - and from a distance it's the only part you can really 'see'. The black painted radiator reflects off the sides of each fin so all you end up seeing is the chrome edges. Difficult to explain, however if you look at the picture below, you'll see what I mean...