Fitting Stainless Steel Grill Trim

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07 Oct 2019 18:28 #38575 by wcoye
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I don't know if this is a blessing or a curse. My grill trim is a combination of clips and teeny weeny screws and nuts. See photos.
My plan is to have some minor bodywork and a paint job done this winter. I will be doing some of the disassembly myself to save $$$. I was thinking it would be nice to remove the trim for the paint job buff it and replace. Now I'm thinking leave well enough alone and carefully tape the trim and forget the buffing.

Bill Coye
Westchester 2240A
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2014 Hillsborough Concurs Strother MacMinn award
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07 Oct 2019 19:42 #38576 by Terry Cockerell
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Bill you would have to almost destroy the grill trim to get it off. The real problem area is at the rear where the trim curves around the louver ends and is then bent in behind the louver tip. When you try to straighter it, it will break off. The trim can be masked off for repainting.

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07 Oct 2019 20:45 #38577 by wcoye
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I concur . Whoever applied the trim did a great job.......but dropped the ball on painting prep and final paint buffing. So tape it is.

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07 Oct 2019 21:17 #38578 by 1748 S
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Well there you go. Removal is not a good idea unless your replacing the trim. May I suggest you buff BEFORE masking and painting. That way you wont be buffing the new paint. I recall Jim O"Brien masked off his. Then painted and the results are very nice


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08 Oct 2019 13:35 #38580 by wcoye
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Leaving the trim and taping it off is actually a huge relief! Every time I looked under the hood at how the trim is secured I had a minor anxiety attack. And yes, of course, I'll buff the stainless b4 taping and painting.
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10 Oct 2019 08:09 - 10 Oct 2019 08:17 #38583 by Terry Cockerell
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Gary my last posting finished with more to come. It is a work in progress.
My wife and I finally finished fitting the first louver trim complete with curved and wrap around ends. I am glad that I modified the curve forming tool by adding a clamp with plastic jaws. This allowed me to control the curve forming operation much better. Although my wife did a great job of holding the forming tool I figured I could improve further on the design as I didn't want to run the risk of damaging the trim. The simplest solution was to fit the forming tool on a stand with height adjustment. The base can be clamped to the work table and the height adjusted to suit each louver. I think this was a good step in the right direction. After the curved end has been adjusted to suit the louver the end can be cut to length, closed up with pliers then neatly bent around the louver end. I could redesign the complete tool to be more user friendly but will leave that for another day.

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