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post #1 of 34 Old 04-27-2016, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Wrapping the grill

Bought some flat black wrap on EBAY, decided to give wrapping the 'beak" a try.

Biggest challenge is the Acura emblem, I know it probably comes off, need to figure that out, didn't want to break it. So instead I cut a hole in the wrap, and slid it in behind the emblem. The product is much easier to use than I anticipated. I trimmed a piece that I though would have plenty of margin, ended up that I didn't. Also discovered that it really isn't necessary to trim it that much, the product is very easy to work with, just need a little patience, and some heat.

So I liked the look, but was unhappy with the install, so I took it off, and have ordered another piece.

On another note, the air intake on this car is actually pretty impressive. Not sure why you would put a CAI on one as what is there draws air from the front of the car, isolated from the engine compartment.
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Ordered a new emblem last night along with another piece of wrap. Will take the emblem off this time, should make it go much better.
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You always have the option of painting the beak.

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You always have the option of painting the beak.
I do, but honestly the wrap is just as easy, and affords going back if I ever want to. I was actually surprised how easy the product is to use now. No water or "lubricant", apply dry and start working out the wrinkles, lift where you need to and work them out. The emblem caused a lot of issues, so taking it off will make the install a lot easier.

The last time I did something like this was about 10 year ago with 3M Rock stopper film on a truck, it was miserable, and I never did get it right. The new products are way better from an install perspective.
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Ive had mine wrapped for about a year now and its held up great. Local shop did it for a cost of about $100. My dealer even offers wraps too. Ask around if you dont feel like a DIY.

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Ive had mine wrapped for about a year now and its held up great. Local shop did it for a cost of about $100. My dealer even offers wraps too. Ask around if you dont feel like a DIY.

Looks good, appears to be glossy?

I'm a DIY kind of guy, so am actually having fun doing it myself, will have less than $50 in it when I'm done if I get it right on the second try.
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Yeah, gloss black. Matched the lower grill trim better. Im considering getting the trim around the windows dome too.
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Yeah, gloss black. Matched the lower grill trim better. Im considering getting the trim around the windows dome too.
I so want to do this too, not a fan of the fake chrome window trim...

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I painted my grill and grill surround.

It ended up just being a gloss black as i have the elite trim with the gadgets

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I painted my grill and grill surround.

It ended up just being a gloss black as i have the elite trim with the gadgets
What kind of paint?

I think paint would be great, but it needs to be auto quality paint, applied properly. That's a lot of effort compared to 20 minutes to wrap the grill.

Rattle can painting will get the effect, but won't last.
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