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Old 11-12-2015, 05:14 PM   #1
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Refinishing the Grille

My 2-1/2 year old Mirada grille finish is fading, its aluminum with aluminum brackets. I'm think of taking it out and have it re-anodized. If it is indeed anodized in the first place. Seems like 8 machine screws and it comes out pretty easily. $150. Anodizing should last decades, not years. I think Coachmen put some crap black wash on it, not anodized. I could paint for next to nothing, but that chips and I'm not the best painter with a rattle can. Any other thoughts, powder-coating can also chip.
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:34 PM   #2
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Friends in the Porsche community suggested Plasti-dip spray, gonna try that first. $10/can with masking off the grille.
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I'll start out by saying that I don't know if this will work on a grille application however there is a new(er) ceramic coating that may fit your need and it comes in many colors.
I can't say if the colors are vivid or if it has a glossy finish if that is what you are looking for. I do know that the process is based (loosely) on the ceramic tiles made for the space shuttle.

Edit: Here is 1 example of automotive application:
http://www.eastwood.com/2k-ceramic-c...FZQ6gQodpGEPUg
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thanks, for the tip.
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Similar to Cerakote firearm finishes?
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I don't think they are the same.
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Old 11-15-2015, 05:36 PM   #7
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Too bad. Have the same problem but there are a bunch of Cerakote places nearby
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Old 11-23-2015, 04:19 PM   #8
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The Plasti Dip worked great, simple clean up with windex until the black quit coming off of the aluminum grille. 5 light coats of spray.
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The Plasti Dip worked great, simple clean up with windex until the black quit coming off of the aluminum grille. 5 light coats of spray.
Looks good. Now you get to see if it holds up.
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Old 12-15-2015, 05:29 PM   #10
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Drove it 1,800 miles to Boise and back to Los Angeles. Not a nick on it.
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