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Old 05-21-2001, 09:13 PM
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Does anyone else think it would be a good idea to have a forum section where common FAQ's could be listed? I stumbled across someone that had modded the grill insert on their 300E and painted it matt black. A search of the forums returned a number of people that had done it and pretty much a step by step guide on how to remove and refit the grill. Seeing this convinced me that it was an easy to do mod - without this info I wouldn't have even thought of it. I would be willing to format and prepare FAQ's if anyone could point me to the relevant topics in the forums - assuming we could store them somewhere.

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Old 05-25-2001, 11:23 AM
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I was going to attempt this mod on my 300e. What did you search under to find the 'How To' info on refitting/painting the grill? Any other cool things you've found in the way of mods??? Thanks!
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Old 05-25-2001, 05:52 PM
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I searched the forums a number of times on grill, removing grill, painting grill to find all the topics on this. It is actually quite easy, I unbolted the entire grill (the chrome surround with plastic insert) from the car and then removed the clips on the bench to free the plastic insert. I then cleaned the grill in a large tub filled with hot soapy water and allowed it to dry thoroughly. I used matt black engine enamel and gave it approximately 6 coats before refitting everything. Took me all of one day to remove and clean and I then painted it overnight. The next day took about 45mins to put it back together. To remove the entire grill there is 4 bolts at the top horizontal section of the grill assembly and then three or four on the left and right vertical sections. Two of the top horizontal bolts are hidden inside the hood. The MB logo needs to come out to free the plastic grill insert. The chrome strips just slide off the plastic grill insert before painting. It looks really good painted up now - the only issue is the hood release lever marks the paint each time I use it unless you are carefull so touchups will be needed.
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