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I want to remove the lower grill bars and lip/splitter to have them hydro dipped. I've already had advice from AndyC (thanks Andy) but I was wondering if anyone else has (deliberately) removed and re-fitted them. McLaren are saying they're a 'once only' fit item.
Also, any advice on removing the lower lip would be appreciated.
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I want to remove the lower grill bars and lip/splitter to have them hydro dipped. I've already had advice from AndyC (thanks Andy) but I was wondering if anyone else has (deliberately) removed and re-fitted them. McLaren are saying they're a 'once only' fit item.
Also, any advice on removing the lower lip would be appreciated.
Thanks.
I think they are a once only fit Naranja as they are glued on,as you know mine fell off because of the amount of glue wasnt enough for that one piece,so in hindsight if the glue is the strongest part of the fitting then its possible the plastic rails will snap with too much pressure during attempted removal.
The only answer now we have this new info would be to take off the whole front ,which would not be easy.
 

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I think they are a once only fit Naranja as they are glued on,as you know mine fell off because of the amount of glue wasnt enough for that one piece,so in hindsight if the glue is the strongest part of the fitting then its possible the plastic rails will snap with too much pressure during attempted removal.
The only answer now we have this new info would be to take off the whole front ,which would not be easy.
Thanks (again) Andy. It's certainly looking that way. I might get the guy doing the work to have a look anyway, he takes trim off cars all the time so may have some ideas.
Will report back....
 

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What about a HEAT GUN to take them off ( just thinking )
I think that's a very good idea and it had crossed my mind because I've been out the garage for a looksee. It seems the ends of the bars are 'clipped' on, as described to me by Andy c, but the middle bit is glued. I can feel a search for a hair dryer coming on...
 

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I think that's a very good idea and it had crossed my mind because I've been out the garage for a looksee. It seems the ends of the bars are 'clipped' on, as described to me by Andy c, but the middle bit is glued. I can feel a search for a hair dryer coming on...
Please don't say anything about HAIR RIC is loseing his :):):):D:D:D
 

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I think that's a very good idea and it had crossed my mind because I've been out the garage for a looksee. It seems the ends of the bars are 'clipped' on, as described to me by Andy c, but the middle bit is glued. I can feel a search for a hair dryer coming on...
FWIW, I have experience using a heat gun to soften glue. The particular application was the removable blade on a two piece hockey stick. From my experience, a hair dryer took a huge amount of time to generate enough heat to do the job. I switched over to a heat gun that had couple of heat settings and an adjustable vent control so you had a very good, continuous range control of the heat. I think it cost $35 or so a few years back. The hockey stick shaft was CF as I recall and the blade was wood.

Hope this is of some help.
 

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FWIW, I have experience using a heat gun to soften glue. The particular application was the removable blade on a two piece hockey stick. From my experience, a hair dryer took a huge amount of time to generate enough heat to do the job. I switched over to a heat gun that had couple of heat settings and an adjustable vent control so you had a very good, continuous range control of the heat. I think it cost $35 or so a few years back. The hockey stick shaft was CF as I recall and the blade was wood.

Hope this is of some help.
Useful advice, thanks.
 

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Regarding the heat gun - do be careful - they get seriously hot, and the plastic of the slats will likely not like that! Go slow and sneak up on the amount of heat required to soften the glue!
 

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Posh,for stuck in a bucket of water ?????;)
Not far off! It's dipped in a tank of water which has a film of various patterns floating on top. As the item (grill bar in my case) passes through, it 'collects' the pattern from the film, transferring to the grill bar. In my case it'll be the carbon pattern. The finish is excellent once it's had a gloss coat. Any pattern or colour of carbon you like. Close inspection shows it's not real obviously but it should be fine for the grill bars.

Have a look at the link http://www.hydro-graffix.co.uk/
Company based in Kent. The finish in person is even more impressive.
 

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Regarding the heat gun - do be careful - they get seriously hot, and the plastic of the slats will likely not like that! Go slow and sneak up on the amount of heat required to soften the glue!
Thanks for that, the amount of heat required had worried me so will go steady. Not going to get chance now as I'm off to Spain for a week or so but will be all over it when I get back.
 

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Not far off! It's dipped in a tank of water which has a film of various patterns floating on top. As the item (grill bar in my case) passes through, it 'collects' the pattern from the film, transferring to the grill bar. In my case it'll be the carbon pattern. The finish is excellent once it's had a gloss coat. Any pattern or colour of carbon you like. Close inspection shows it's not real obviously but it should be fine for the grill bars.

Have a look at the link http://www.hydro-graffix.co.uk/
Company based in Kent. The finish in person is even more impressive.
Looks interesting,certainly better than wrapping as there will we not stretch of the pattern
 

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Just to resurrect the thread (if my image posting works!); I managed to get all the grill bars off with the splitter and they've been carbon dipped, polished and are back on the car, they actually look much better in the flesh, as it were......



 

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looks very cool Naranja , how mutch did they charge you for the job ?

, thinking about doing it to my car also .Also took a look at there site very nice .

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Very impresive,any pointers on how you did it and how long it took you without breaking anything.?? Good job,now just the rear diffuser !!:)
 

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Very impresive,any pointers on how you did it and how long it took you without breaking anything.?? Good job,now just the rear diffuser !!:)
Ha! Funnily enough we've been discussing the rear diffuser but his tank isn't big enough at the moment...
They were, erm, buggers to get off, pretty much brute force in the end. Broke two of the lugs but no real problems. Splitter was easy (screws and hex bolts). If I had to do it again it would be much easier, as is life.
 
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