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    I dropped my car off on the 5th to get painted and will get it back around the 18th. So in my spare time I am going to repaint the grill. I plan on using a can of spray paint, any recommendations on what type of paint. Thanks

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    If you're trying to match the original color then you might consider the gray paint from Classic Datsun Motorsports:

    http://www.classicdatsun.com/

    Direct link to page with paint can:

    http://www.classicdatsun.com/new/240_misc-parts.html
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    what ever you use, try to find a paint that has elestic or some type of flexibility to is. Like a rubber based paint or something..

    Reason I say this is I have painted a few grills and the end result is chipping from traffic and rocks etc. -OR- maybe even using a plastic protector that can be cut to size like those rock chip protection sheets they sell.

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    A lot depends on what you intend for the car.

    OEM? Get a can of Les Cannaday's OEM Style Grey which is the same color as the tail-light panels.

    Modified: The range of choices in color alone will dictate the type of paint you use.

    Looking to stand out? Pick a bright color.

    Looking to "blend" in? Pick a Black or Dark Grey in Satin. Don't go with a Flat, it's real hard to keep clean.

    As far as recommendations on brand and type Rustoleum, Dupli-Color, Krylon, even Fred Meyer brand all have good paint, but all of these brands will require some preparation before hand. Which one will be mostly influenced by what color you pick, then by what surface preparation you have or need to do.

    It's not so simple to say which brand / color ... that depends on you.

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    ^ i was gonna say we don't get fred meyer down here, but then i saw he was in oregon...

    i am personally looking for a mild/dark grey to somewhat match the stock colour, but without shelling out $28 a can
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    I've used this Duplicolor high performance wheel paint, in graphite, to do a lot of my suspension pieces. It withstands high temperatures, and is resistant to chipping. I intend to use it on my grille, too......

    http://www.duplicolor.com/products/wheel.html
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    Screw painting the grill. Just get it powdercoated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktm View Post
    Screw painting the grill. Just get it powdercoated.
    Got my vote

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    Wonder how much that would cost? Thanks for all the advice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 240zGraham73 View Post
    Wonder how much that would cost? Thanks for all the advice!
    A shop here on SoCal charges about $150 -$175 a rim in all colors
    just to give you an idea
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    Powdercoating is the way to go. Black is a very common colour so they wouldn't have to do a special run just for your grill. Ask and shop around for the best pricing.
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    Powder coating is the best way to go for durability and it always looks great.

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    Now thats the way to get car parts in the house. ^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRE-240Z View Post
    I've used this Duplicolor high performance wheel paint, in graphite, to do a lot of my suspension pieces. It withstands high temperatures, and is resistant to chipping. I intend to use it on my grille, too......

    http://www.duplicolor.com/products/wheel.html
    I used this paint on my grill, it worked well ... also powder coating will work super well but is a few more dollars ...
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    Powdercoating is great, ... I'll agree with that as far as it goes BUT;

    If it's not done properly you'll wind up with the same problem I had with the Bumper bars on the rear of my caravan. CANCER BUBBLES. I had to remove the bars, scrape, sand and Killrust then used a spray can silver auto paint to finish the job. I'm now VERY wary of powdercoating. Same as everything, the preparation is 90% of a good job done.

    By the way, ... my paint job has lasted a lot longer than the powdercoating did.

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    I ended taking it to Linex where they spray on bed liner. The guy sprayed my grill for 30 bucks and it looks sweet. I'll post some pics later

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