Body, Paint & Styling front grille and tailgate handle removal

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  1. chris2982 Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Hi all..

    wanting to dechrome but how do I take the front grill and tailgate handle off the car??

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    @Bones126 help please buddy :Smile:
     
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  2. Bones126 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Hi @chris2982 , just leaving work so will take a look later to familiarize myself an then post up :Niceone: But it's not difficult, start from the top and un clip the black push fits. the unscrew the chrome bits from the grill once out.
     
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  3. RogerH69 Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Hi @chris2982 . I don;t have any experience with your car, but on my Civic, the front grill comes off pretty easily by removing a few clips and a couple of screws, see my guide here for how I removed my front grille.

    Removing the exterior trim from the tailgate will usually start with you having to remove the interior trim, and then loosen a couple of bolts and plastic trim clips to allow the exterior trim to be removed. I have a guide here on removing the trim on my Civic. You car will be different, but my guide may help as a starting point. I would recommend some trim removal tools, as they work much better than screw drivers / pliers and have less chance of breaking those plastic trim clips.
     
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  4. chris2982 Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Very detailed guides there. . . thanks very much

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  5. RogerH69 Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Hope they're of some help with your car.
     
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  6. Bones126 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    HI @chris2982

    If you take the black cover off from between the grill and rad by unclipping the black plastic rivet fit clips, you can see what you need to. It's a bit tight in places but manageable. Once off the chrome bits of the grill have small retaining screws, undo those and the chrome clips off.
    Sorry it's MOT the most detailed guide but you'll see it's not a hard job once the cover is off :Niceone:
     
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  7. chris2982 Premium Member Club Supporter

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    How did you manage to get these clips off ?!?!?!
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  8. Bones126 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    I said it was tight :-/

    I used the top of some needle pliers and managed to push the peg through, I broke a few of the tabs too while doing it which seemed to make it easier coming to think of it.
     
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  9. chris2982 Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Got them off. . . The tight space was even tighter with my fat hands ..
    Just broke the clips off.
     
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  10. Bones126 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    That was my last resort option but managed to struggle a bit with the pliers
    Look forward to seeing what you do with it now :Niceone:
     
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  11. chris2982 Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Have tried to wrap it to do until I am ready to do the plastidip but gave in after one attempt lol. . Just cannot seem to get the ends done properly.
     
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  13. Bones126 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    That's better, I like it, I like it a lot :Thumbup:

    now get those lenses done lol
     
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  14. chris2982 Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Not the best job but will do for now :Smile:


    Not sure what else I can do on the front ???
     
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  15. Bones126 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Front lip spoiler :Niceone:
     
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    Grill looks good, nice job.

    Its good to see her getting spoilt a lot recently
     
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  17. chris2982 Premium Member Club Supporter

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    That would work :Smile:
     
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