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Refurbishing the front grill (S1)


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Just a small sample of the flaky paint brushed off my rusty front grill. :(

I have a bottle of 'Kurust', which eventually I will go over the grill with carefully before a new layer of topcoat goes on.

I wish it were easier to remove the grill without having to take the whole front clam off!

 

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Registered in 2016, but I believe its probably a 2014 model. I store it in a dry garage too, it seems the rust creeps along under the paint and isnt really noticeable until you touch the grill and it starts to flake away.

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I wonder if there's an aftermarket, plastic alternative.  Mine is a MY12 and is also a bit flakey.  I might be taking front clam off over the winter and re-doing this as well.  I've not tinkered with my car much yet, does the clam come of quite easily?  Any delicate parts to be wary of when removing?

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About 48 nuts, bolts and screws (and a second person to help) to remove the front clam, so no, it does not come off 'easily' sadly.

I can't dedicate the time to doing this currently, so the grill is going to remain rusty for a while yet.

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i uses that too, was recommended from another forum member.... even if you have to give it a quick brush over every two years its still easier than removing the clam..

i used gloss i think..

works perfect looks great, obviously if you stick you nose up against it you can see its hand painted,  but from a couple of feet away its ace

 

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Flag rust converter is really good, it leaves a nice mat black finish that can be top coated, or left as. 

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2 hours ago, electro_boy said:

@21gg is this the product you used?

https://www.hammerite.co.uk/product/direct-to-rust-metal-paint-satin-finish/

Does it cope with the heat from the radiators OK?

Can't remember if it was satin or gloss but yes that's the stuff.

Gav 

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I painted mine (21gg's old one) with Kurust about a year ago and didn't bother following up with any topcoat of paint as the rust-converter left a nice satin finish and, more importantly, I'd reached the limits of my will to live by that time.

Here's a pic taken this morning - there are a few tiny spots of fresh rust starting to emerge but overall it has lasted quite well.

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If anyone is interested in replacing their grill with stainless steel mesh I have spent some hours online and took a punt with this:

https://www.vidaxl.co.uk/e/8718475519119/vidaxl-stainless-steel-expanded-wire-mesh-panel-100x85-cm-30x17x25mm

It turned up today and is IDENTICAL spacing and thickness to the original grill, just needs a bit of cutting, forming, etch primer and paint now..... Oh and the bumper removing to do all this... I'll post pictures once I get round to doing it... Could be a while before it happens 😁

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They just got painted as trying to replace would be too difficult due to the three dimensional shape. 

I had brush painted them before but it was really time consuming and there was always the danger of the grill scraping the paint off the brush into a blob which drips.

This time I masked up all the surrounding paint work, gave them a good wire brushing and then painted using a small foam emulsion roller.

As long as you don't overload the roller the paint goes on really nicely and it takes a fraction of the time.

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Out of interest, for the top grills, can you replace the S1 grills with the E400 set back ones?

I suspect it would mean taking the whole clam off so you would want to do it when you are doing something serious like the clutch but is it just a sleeve and set back grill or is the whole clamshell different?

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