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'09 TL Front grille "To paint or not to paint?"

This question is spinning in my head in the past two weeks since my bought my car. Please members post some pictures that can help me to decide.

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Imo I would paint it along with the rear trim piece.
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I would paint, I have my front and rear peace painted.
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After many years of struggling with this very same question, I have decided that I like the grille just the way it is. On the 2009 the combination of all that silver up front looks good to me now.
It also depends on what color your vehicle is.

Try taking a picture of your car and coloring in the grille in photoshop and see if you like the look.
Different colors and quality of work can also make effect the look.
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Imo I would paint it along with the rear trim piece.
I like the list of your mods could you please post a picture of your vehicle.
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Mine is going in for some other paint work, so I am going to have them do the grille and rear trim at the same time.
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IMO, if your car color is CBP or WDP, i say go for it. Otherwise, i probably skip.
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i would say wrap it so its reversible if u wanna go back to unpainted
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I would paint it.
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Originally Posted by vitalivr4 View Post
This question is spinning in my head in the past two weeks since my bought my car. Please members post some pictures that can help me to decide.

Help is greatly appreciated.
What color is your TL ?
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use some plastidip to see if that's the look you want or not before dropping some money on a full paint job for the grill. if you don't like it, peel it off.
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What color is your TL ?
It's black.
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Ucf_bronco has painted the front grille on his black '10 TL.

You can check out Ucf_bronco's TL upgrade thread as below :

https://acurazine.com/forums/showthr...=837470&page=2
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use some plastidip to see if that's the look you want or not before dropping some money on a full paint job for the grill. if you don't like it, peel it off.


^^^^ This.
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Here's a link to my thread with more pics: https://acurazine.com/forums/4g-tl-photograph-gallery-296/alexanders-2010-tl-sh-awd-tech-881779/

Nexson did a great job
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Op,the decision is your to make,my personal opinion is that the painted grille like Alexander's above is the way to go.

I am also a client of Nexon and will highly recommend him for his quality of work and attention to detail.
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Originally Posted by VQPower37 View Post
i would say wrap it so its reversible if u wanna go back to unpainted
Yeah, this is the route I went and what I recommend. Black is easy to match so if you get a gloss black vinyl it will be too close to tell it's not CBP. It will also allow you to test out the look before committing and can be done much cheaper than painting.

I went with a gloss black on the center piece (which I've since removed and painted CBP), matte black on the outer trim and I painted my mesh silver. Though not for everyone, I love the combo.

Good luck!
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Here's a link to my thread with more pics: https://acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=881779

Nexson did a great job
She is a pure beauty. However I'm still debating with myself ether to go with fully painted or two color vinyl.

Thank you for the pictures.
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vinyl is just what it is, vinyl
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Originally Posted by vitalivr4 View Post
She is a pure beauty. However I'm still debating with myself ether to go with fully painted or two color vinyl.

Thank you for the pictures.
Mines painted but could accomplish the same with vinyl. I'll post a few of my combo's. You could always do both. Paint the outside portion black and vinyl wrap the beak, if you get bored you can change it up easily.

current setup Black and Carbon Matte Grey


Chrome and black


Black and Carbon fiber vinyl
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Originally Posted by vitalivr4 View Post
I like the list of your mods could you please post a picture of your vehicle.
Got a few pics in my garage if you wanna check'em out
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Mines painted but could accomplish the same with vinyl. I'll post a few of my combo's. You could always do both. Paint the outside portion black and vinyl wrap the beak, if you get bored you can change it up easily.

current setup Black and Carbon Matte Grey


Chrome and black


Black and Carbon fiber vinyl
Forget the grill, I'm loving your CV3's!
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Interesting I have been toying with the same idea since I got mine a week ago (09 in basque red). Thinking of a gunmetal look maybe but not sure if that is possible with a wrap. Sorry OP not trying to hijack your thread lol
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Hey i'm new to this forum as i've just purchased a cpo '10 sawd in CBP. I'm also on the fence on this mod. Looks much better than what I had envisioned in my mind lol.

vitalivr4, given your username, I'm assuming you had a VR4?
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Hey i'm new to this forum as i've just purchased a cpo '10 sawd in CBP. I'm also on the fence on this mod. Looks much better than what I had envisioned in my mind lol.

vitalivr4, given your username, I'm assuming you had a VR4?
I still do, 92 3000GT VR-4 with 500HP . This is whay i do not really care about owing another luxury AWD. I just would like to add some appearance mods to TL.
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I still do, 92 3000GT VR-4 with 500HP . This is whay i do not really care about owing another luxury AWD. I just would like to add some appearance mods to TL.
Wow, I just sold my 92! Had it converted to a 94. I had the same username on 3si. I miss her already lol
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I still do, 92 3000GT VR-4 with 500HP . This is whay i do not really care about owing another luxury AWD. I just would like to add some appearance mods to TL.
You know, I kept thinking to myself. If Mitsubishi were to continue to develop this 3000GT class machine, it would have rival the Nissan GT-R at this very present day.
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You know, I kept thinking to myself. If Mitsubishi were to continue to develop this 3000GT class machine, it would have rival the Nissan GT-R at this very present day.
Coming from a former 3KGT owner, I'm not so sure of that fact. When the GT came out in the early 90's, the chassis was not built with track in mind. This can be seen by the not so ideal suspension geometry which is brought up quite a bit in their forums. It was meant to be more of a GT car, in which it excels in my opinion. When they made the GT-R, it was built with mainly one thing in mind: track killer. Now, if Mitsu were to continue developing the 3KGT to this day, I'm not 100% sure that they would've deviated from what the car was meant to be and turned it into a more track oriented car. But who knows, maybe they might've. It would've been awesome to see that fan out and see what they would've built. Too bad Mitsu plans on going green. There's been rumors that the next gen Evo will feature a hybrid powertrain.

VR4, totally didn't mean to threadjack lol. But it sure is exciting to see a fellow 3KGT'er on AZ. Even down to the year, 92 haha.
When I had envisioned the painted grille in my mind, I was afraid it might end up making the car look cheap. But after seeing the pics, this will DEF be my next mod lol
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WOW those turbos are huge! They look like at the minimum 19ts! I am totally envious of your 3K! Mine was nowhere near as nice lol
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WOW those turbos are huge! They look like at the minimum 19ts! I am totally envious of your 3K! Mine was nowhere near as nice lol
Tnx man, she is my baby.
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lol i bet she is. take care of her for me too! =)
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Here's a link to my thread with more pics: https://acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=881779

Nexson did a great job
Very Nice
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Does anyone know where I could get paint that matches the silver color of the grill? I have a 2013 and thinking of painting the two front bars on the grill to match the rest of it.
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