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#1 Old 03-05-2010, 12:57 PM
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Bubbles in grill (04 SL)

Hey, I'm new here. Thought I would post this. I recently had issued with the wife's Murano and bubbles in the grill paint. Nissan told me I was SOL. New grill is $100+ and paint was $13. Let me know if you like it.

Check out the bubbles


First remove the clips from the air intake and lift it out from this part of the air box.




Next remove two molding pieces to the right and left of the intake. four clips hold each one on. Right side is a mirror image.


Then remove the clips holding the top of the grill on.


There are six clips holding the bottom of the grill on. They suck to get off. You have to snake your arm in behind the grill and pinch them. At the same time you have to gently pull the grill out.



Ok, now it is off. time to take the Nissan emblem off.



To take the emblem off use a Philips screw driver and remove two screws.



Time to sand and remove the chrome plating. Use an exact-o-knife to peel away the plating. Be prepared for this to take several hours. Sorry no pics to frustrated!

Now on with the painting. I stated off with Krylon spray paint made to bond to plastic. Three coats.


Then I finished with three coats of high glossy enamel paint.


Almost done. Then attached the Nissan emblem.


Re-attach the grill and all the parts in reverse order.



Decided to go more glossy the next day. Pulled it out again, bought some dark blue engine enamel and "nite shades" (for blacking out tale lights). A whole can of engine enamel and three coats of Nite Shades later I had this. I'm pretty happy.





Let me know what you think. Do at your own risk!
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I think that's pretty cool, and nice job posting DIY pics. Some do not like the navy clashing with black, but I don't think it's too bad in your example.

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Nice job!!

Welcome to the forum.

Thank you for taking the time to take and upload the photos. That always makes any "how to" that much easier to follow.

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How did you get all of the chrome off? Just the xacto blade or did you use some kind of solvent as well?

After 142K miles, my MO is history. Now sporting a loaded silver 2012 Ford Edge Limited with 20" wheels.
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How did you get all of the chrome off? Just the xacto blade or did you use some kind of solvent as well?
It was a lot of:
Sand
cut and peel
sand
cut and peel
sand
cut and peel

That's why I forgot to take a pic I was frustrated.
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update

I decided to try to get the grill a little glossier. So off I went to the store and picked up some dark blue engine enamel and "nite shades" for blacking out tail lights.

I pulled everything off and sprayed on several coats of the dark blue enamel.

Then three coats of the "Nite shades" and this is what came out. I'm pretty happy with it.





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Wow, that new color-combo looks 100% better than your first attempt and 200% better than the stock grille. A job well done and a good lookin' MO. Time to sit back, relax and admire your work! Take care!

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This is cool man, but I like the chrome finish on the murano.
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same exact thing happened on the grill of our murano.
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