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#633250 - 11/02/06 12:15 AM FINAL PRODUCT UPDATE-DIY: body color grill
KingCivic00 Offline
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Registered: 06/13/02
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Loc: Ft. Myers Beach, FL
i dont like the gray part on the civic si grill. i think it needs to match the color of the car. so, here's what i did: [at the time of this post, all i have left to do is apply medium rubbing compound and remove and install new grill] do this at your own risk.

required items:
-si front grill (either take the one off your car, or order a spare one to work on) i ordered mine from hondapartsdeals.com for about $50 plus S+H
-paint supplies: i got all my stuff from paintscratch.com
you will need to order from them bulldog adhesion promoter (makes paint stick to virtually anything), flexible primer, base coat of the color of your car(paintscratch.com will walk you through the process of choosing the correct color), clear coat (all were in aerosol cans), and medium rubbing compound (can be purchased at an automotive store). get some #600 fine grit wet sandpaper also
-phillips head screw driver
-sharp blade (only necessary for removing the "Si" emblem back bracket)




process:
1. if you are not purchasing a spare/back-up grill, then follow zachys' DIY on the front bumper removal in order to get to the grill and remove it, located on the FAQ sticky, THANX ZACHYS!. (i will be a lil clearer on the removal process for those that need me to whenever i actually put the new grill on)
2. unscrew ALL screws in the back of the grill. there is a total of 10 screws.

3. remove the "H" emblem (i replaced it with a JDM) and the "Si" logo. remove the painted top portion of the grill and store it in a safe place.

4. if you want to get rid of the "Si" logo completely (i did), take a super sharp razor blade and carefully cut the back bracket off-you want to make it as flush as possible (the next step will smooth out the imperfection)

5. wetsand the area to be painted with the 600 grit paper to get a smooth surface. let dry

6. apply the bulldog adhesion promotor as directed on the aerosol can. let dry
7. apply the flexible primer to the grill. again, follow the directions on the can. i used numerous coats of this stuff, applying it in thin layers. you just wanna make sure you cant see through it.
8. GENTLY wetsand the final primer coat with 600 grit to get a smooth finish (i only sanded the areas that were to be painted), if you sand through the primer, then you must reapply the primer again. let dry

[do beagles hunt honda civic grills too? ]
9. time to apply the base coat. apply as directed on the aerosol can. i applied thin layers of paint, giving it approx 10 minutes between coats. after each coat, compare the factory painted portion of the grill to the paint job you did....when the shades are similar, then stop applying the basecoat. my aerosol can ran empty when it finally reached a close shade. you be the judge:


i think its pretty darn close.

Nov. 2, EDIT:
10. apply clear coat after the base coat has COMPLETELY dried. again, follow the directions on the can, applying thin layers with 10 minute intervals. i used approximately 3/4 of the clear coat aerosol can. the clear coat will appear dull when dry, but dont worry...thats what the medium rubbing compound is for.

[dull clear coat]
11. you must let the clear coat dry for a MINIMUM of 3 days before applying the rubbing compound.

i'll update this DIY monday, after i have applied the rubbing compound.

i'm not very impressed with the base coat. its not as metallic as i would like it to be. i'm hoping that when i apply the rubbing compound, it'll bring out the pearl more. red's prolly the hardest color to match ever....it comes in soo many shades.

EDIT: FINAL PRODUCT:





i had to put the "Si" badge back on due to a blemish in the paint-i couldnt fix the paint in that area cuz i ran all out. needless to say, i was ticked when i fucked that part up. all i gotta do is put this one on my car and i'm done.


Edited by KingCivic00 (11/08/06 04:17 PM)
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#633251 - 11/02/06 01:18 AM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
Nykra Offline
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Registered: 06/14/06
Posts: 389
Loc: NJ
Maybe it's just the picture, but that last pic looks like a flat red, or more like a Rallye Red than the Habi color. I'm sure it's better in person?
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#633252 - 11/02/06 05:50 AM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
zachys Offline
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Registered: 03/28/06
Posts: 1641
Loc: 191whp 139wtq
Looks like from the flash it did something to the color but you can see it matches the top portion pretty damn good. Nice one King, Can't wait to see it on the car. Nice job!!
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#633253 - 11/02/06 06:32 AM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
KingCivic00 Offline
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Registered: 06/13/02
Posts: 1107
Loc: Ft. Myers Beach, FL
Quote:

Maybe it's just the picture, but that last pic looks like a flat red, or more like a Rallye Red than the Habi color. I'm sure it's better in person?




no clear coat on it yet. so, yeah, your right...it is a flat red right now....its only the base coat.
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#633254 - 11/02/06 09:16 AM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
06fg2 Offline
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Registered: 05/29/06
Posts: 49
Loc: West Chester, PA
Sweet DIY. Does the base coat have the pearl in it? I thought it did, but it just looks funny. I plan on doing the same thing with my habi red grill.
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#633255 - 11/02/06 09:25 AM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
KingCivic00 Offline
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Loc: Ft. Myers Beach, FL
Quote:

Sweet DIY. Does the base coat have the pearl in it? I thought it did, but it just looks funny. I plan on doing the same thing with my habi red grill.




thanx!

well...the basecoat does have the pearl, but its not as pearly as the factory paint. you have to look really close to see it. but the shade of red is extremely similar to oem though.
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#633256 - 11/02/06 10:14 AM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
Steve06Si Offline
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Registered: 08/16/06
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Loc: Jacksonville, Florida
Looks nice King!
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#633257 - 11/02/06 10:41 AM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
seanhpi Offline
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i wanna see on car... then ill let you know my answer..


I think it will look good. I was thinkin about paint the bottom a gloss black so only thing u can see is the upper fiji... or the black they used on the dx/ex/lx..

Shawn
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#633258 - 11/02/06 10:48 AM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
KingCivic00 Offline
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Registered: 06/13/02
Posts: 1107
Loc: Ft. Myers Beach, FL
Quote:

i wanna see on car... then ill let you know my answer..


I think it will look good. I was thinkin about paint the bottom a gloss black so only thing u can see is the upper fiji... or the black they used on the dx/ex/lx..

Shawn




i should have it on this weekend. if i dont like it, or if the paint doesnt hold up to chips/scratches, then i can always put the spare back on.
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#633259 - 11/02/06 10:51 AM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
KingCivic00 Offline
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Quote:

Looks nice King!




hey steve!...sorry i havent replied in awhile, ever since i got my car back, i've been busy doin this and that to it. (as u can tell). hows autox goin? the track event you were telling me about thats being held down here in ft. myers...u goin?
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#633260 - 11/02/06 11:10 AM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
dunwheels Offline
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Registered: 08/30/06
Posts: 73
Loc: Central PA
You didn't get any overspray on the couch, door or cute little dog did you?
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#633261 - 11/02/06 12:12 PM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
zachys Offline
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Registered: 03/28/06
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Quote:

You didn't get any overspray on the couch, door or cute little dog did you?


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I'm not saying anything but this was his last dog





Edited by zachys (11/02/06 12:12 PM)
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#633262 - 11/02/06 12:32 PM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
KingCivic00 Offline
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lmao....you guys freakin crack me up!
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#633263 - 11/02/06 01:05 PM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
Steve06Si Offline
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No worries Lo...Been busy in the office myself...doubt if I'll get down there for that event. Not ready for that level...If I get more 1st place placques, I'll consider a National event. Havin a blast!

That is a lot of work to do that to your grill. All that more custom for sure. Want to see it on. With the new badge I bet it will be sweet.

Bet it feels even better to have yer baby back since you were w/o it for a while.
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#633264 - 11/02/06 02:57 PM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
dunwheels Offline
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Loc: Central PA
Quote:

Quote:

You didn't get any overspray on the couch, door or cute little dog did you?


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I'm not saying anything but this was his last dog









LMAO.

Wait, what kind of a card did he have that was PINK?
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#633265 - 11/02/06 09:44 PM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
KingCivic00 Offline
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bump for the clear coat process
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#633266 - 11/08/06 04:19 PM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
KingCivic00 Offline
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bump for final product
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#633267 - 11/08/06 04:35 PM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
zachys Offline
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I like it. Turned out pretty good and I think once it's on the Si won't look too bad.
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#633268 - 11/08/06 04:54 PM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
seanhpi Offline
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looks awesome.. how ever i would take the SI off completely.... does not look good lieing down on the lower section. Standin up was fine..

Shawn
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#633269 - 11/08/06 05:25 PM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
Nykra Offline
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Looks phenominal. Also, seconded to the post above mine. Si needs to stand up =P
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#633270 - 11/08/06 05:32 PM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
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looks fresh....nice job

personally i love the black grill.......NBP FTW
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#633271 - 11/08/06 05:43 PM Re: DIY: body color grill [dial up?-you've been warned]
KingCivic00 Offline
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Quote:

looks awesome.. how ever i would take the SI off completely.... does not look good lieing down on the lower section. Standin up was fine..

Shawn




my intentions were to leave the Si off completely, but i messed up in that one section and couldnt fix it cuz i ran out of paint. so, to cover up my goof up, i put the Si over it.

i oversprayed and it ran in that one area. i was ticked, cuz everything else turned out good except that one part. i'm gonna buy another can and do the other grill. this time i'll know what i'm doin.
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#633272 - 11/08/06 08:00 PM Re: FINAL PRODUCT UPDATE-DIY: body color grill
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Nice writeup, and to each his own, but I can't say I'm feelin it. To me it looks like a $100 Maaco paintjob where they don't mask anything and just paint over your entire car. I'm somewhat curious to see it on the car, though.
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#633273 - 11/08/06 08:11 PM Re: FINAL PRODUCT UPDATE-DIY: body color grill
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i think you did a great job, cant wait to see it mounted.
im glad you made it a tasteful mod. i like the si symbol where it is.
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#633274 - 11/08/06 09:09 PM Re: FINAL PRODUCT UPDATE-DIY: body color grill
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So sick. Post some of the final pics. I want to see it on the car damnit. Haha.
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#633275 - 11/09/06 12:03 AM Re: FINAL PRODUCT UPDATE-DIY: body color grill
KingCivic00 Offline
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wow...thanx for all the positive feedback!

i was preparing myself for all the bashing, cuz, you know...we're a tough crowd.

final pics will be up sat afternoon...installed! cant wait myself. i saw a taffy white si with the color matched grill posted up somewhere on 8thcivic. i liked it, so i figured i'd give it a shot, since absolutely no company makes decent grills for us yet. did anyone see that fugly grill that a member from 8thcivic did? he made a DIY for it and all....its a silver si with just chicken wire material to replace the oem grill. looked like a big hole in front of the car cuz he completely removed the grill
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