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« on: January 03, 2006, 07:48:46 PM »

Need some help regarding the grill on the '68 Charger.  Were the leading edges of the grill ever painted?  I've seen some pics where the leading edge of the grill were painted silver or gray.  Any help would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2006, 09:08:54 PM »

What do you mean by "leading edge"? There's stainless trim all the way around the edge on a 68. If you mean the vertical "fins" then yes, they were silver.

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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2006, 10:18:01 PM »

Yes, I mean the vertical fins.  Leading edge was the best term I could think of.  thanks for the help.
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2006, 11:19:18 PM »

yes - the vertical fins were painted argent silver....    only one their leading edges...    i like the blackout look better personally
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2006, 11:28:29 PM »

i like blackout too, looks meaner with all black grille and just emblem on it
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2006, 01:36:03 AM »

I have talked to a few people who thought the ribs on the grilles were never painted silver
or in the surrounding shell inside. It depends on how the car is driven and conditions. I have seen
a few myself that had very little silver left, there is a big difference between silver and all blacked
out, but for show I prefer silver.

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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2006, 09:43:51 PM »

My 68 was a low mileage (36,000) when purchased in 1989.  The vertical fins of the grille were definately Argent Silver in color on mine. I also agree with Dan, I prefer the Silver over the Black-out look for show.

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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2006, 10:24:30 PM »

I was going to try to repaint mine but can't think of a very good way to do it aside from a small brush and lots of patience.

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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2006, 10:29:18 PM »

I was going to try to repaint mine but can't think of a very good way to do it aside from a small brush and lots of patience.

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Paint it silver first then mask off the very front of the fins with fine tape before painting the black.

OR....

As was pointed out to me by someone lazier (and faster), use a hard rubber roller to apply the paint and it will only touch the very front edge. Probably saves about 10 hours of masking... Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2006, 01:41:13 AM »

I have used a silver paint pen that has a chisel tip, they are used for models. Looks real good
and works best with two coats.

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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2006, 03:39:08 PM »

I used 3M tape 3/32" thick and it worked pretty good. Time consuming and you have to take you time.
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« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2006, 04:34:40 PM »

I was going to try to repaint mine but can't think of a very good way to do it aside from a small brush and lots of patience.

Ideas?
Paint it silver first then mask off the very front of the fins with fine tape before painting the black.

OR....

As was pointed out to me by someone lazier (and faster), use a hard rubber roller to apply the paint and it will only touch the very front edge. Probably saves about 10 hours of masking... Cheesy

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I don't think I would paint the black, that's not really painted, is it?  Just a molded black plastic, right?

The silver Sharpie sounds good to me.....
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« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2006, 08:02:50 PM »

Yes, you paint the black if you want it to look consistent (plastic is hardly ever perfect or an even color). If you had to repair any cracks or sand any part of the grill then they'll be obvious unless it's painted. It's satin or semi-gloss black and you can buy it from Totally Auto, All Trim (I think), and a few other places. I guess you really don't have to but it's your car so do whatever looks good in your eyes.

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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2006, 04:42:36 AM »

Does anyone have a picture of this? Are we talking about just the very front edge of the entire plastic grill section?
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« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2006, 11:00:07 AM »

Does anyone have a picture of this? Are we talking about just the very front edge of the entire plastic grill section?

Yes only the thin edges, my 68 had remnants of it too.

No it's not this one, just an example.


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« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2006, 12:56:46 PM »

Does anyone have a picture of this? Are we talking about just the very front edge of the entire plastic grill section?

Yes only the thin edges, my 68 had remnants of it too.

No it's not this one, just an example.

Well, you learn something new everyday. I like the looks of it.
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« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2006, 07:57:03 PM »

Does anyone have a picture of this? Are we talking about just the very front edge of the entire plastic grill section?
Gotta dig out some pics...






FYI: that isn't Doc74's car.

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« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2006, 04:08:22 AM »

If that was not enough, some Hemi cars to......  Grin

Dan


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« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2006, 06:53:55 PM »

Thanks. I guess it really never dawned on me that those edges were painted silver. I knew the surround was but i don't recall noticing the fins at car shows.
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« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2006, 08:41:52 PM »

Does anyone have a picture of this? Are we talking about just the very front edge of the entire plastic grill section?

Yes only the thin edges, my 68 had remnants of it too.

No it's not this one, just an example.

Well, you learn something new everyday. I like the looks of it. BTW, what size tires do you have on the front of that thing? Might as well give me the back size too, if you don't mind. Wink

Ya what size?
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« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2006, 07:55:26 PM »

Here is a close up of mine, as it survives from the factory.


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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2006, 07:58:39 PM »

Sorry, this is a more manageable size.


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« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2006, 09:54:38 AM »

I don't know why but the grilles on '68s never look right on my computer screen. It must be the resolution or something but they always look criss-crossed. Thanks for the pics all.
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