Cadillac XLR Forum banner
1 - 20 of 32 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Has anyone given any thought to painting the front grill (the upper silver part) to match the car. It is the only piece on the car in that color and I have really been wrestling with the idea. What does everyone here think?:confused
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
34 Posts
That is funny that you mention that.

When i took delivery. That is the 1st thing i told the dealer after looking at the car The 1st time.

My car is Blk on Blk And i told him that the grille Should be the Body color, I belive it would look great Painted Blk in my case.

I wonder how hard it would be to remove The grill, Also if the paint should be Semi gloss or high gloss.

I have a 98 Lincoln Mk VIII Collectors Edition With painted grill And it looks great. They only came in 2 exterior and interior colors.

Let me know of your desision

Good Luck

El Jako


:iagree :cheers :thumbs
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
My car is blue. If I paint it it will be high gloss to match the body exactly I would then only have the caddy emblem in another color. Getting it out is not a big deal I already checked that out.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,142 Posts
I intend to paint it Crimson Pearl to match the car.
the only thing it matches now are the wheels,
and I intend to change them too!

Also concerning paint, My car has a large flaw on the
LR quarter pannel. about 18" ripple across the upper edge.
Because of the composite and the factory paint process,
Should I expect it to be replaced or repainted??
Anybody know???
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,142 Posts
Also concerning paint, My car has a large flaw on the
LR quarter pannel. about 18" ripple across the upper edge.
Because of the composite and the factory paint process,
Should I expect it to be replaced or repainted??
Anybody know???

can anyone give me some insight on this?
I have been to 2 dealers and they intend to repaint the pannel.
I'm afraid it will not match properly and feel the pannel should
be replaced.

this issue was noted at the time of delivery, and I expected they would fix it PROPERLY
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
136 Posts
1_XLR,

You need to work the factory via yor Dealer's Service Manager and this Factory Zone Sevice Rep. I am sure they will do everything possible to make it right with you!

It is the only route you have and you need to use it to the max.

I feel very sorry that you are having this problem in that the #25 NM XLR I purchased for my wife for our 25th anniversary is flawless.

Happy XLR motoring,


DFXLR
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,948 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
Painted grill

According to the parts books the grill comes in all the different colors from factory. But I haven't tried the parts dept t see if caddy has them avalible. The p price is about $450.00 LIST AT Cad already painted
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,142 Posts
my dealer gave me the XLR Hot Wheels model to tide me over while I waited for my car (nice detail on the dealers part)

The model is red like my car, and I find it interesting that the grill is also red. I think at one time the grill was intended to be color coded???
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
1_XLR, If the ripple is able to be felt in the paint, I would suggest you have the paint depth measured at the top of the ripple, and in several adjacent areas. If the ripple is in the clear, not the color, you would be better to have the ripple sanded out of the clearcoat, and finesse polishing done. You might want to get the opinion of a professional detailer also. Ask them what they would do if they were presented with this problem.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,142 Posts
Paint update

The body shop was able to color sand and remove 90% The ripple or "sag" as they called it, without breaking the paint
surface. Great news since it did not require painting, and it's
not noticable unless I really study it, knowing where to look.

Interestingly, Before they worked on it, the service manager noticed wax residue left under the corner of the tail light
....I never waxed my car.
It was impossible that Factory QC had not seen this,
but more disappointing that they evidently tried to fix it,
and then let it go in that condition.:nono


Thanks for the previous input on this, Problem Solved.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
136 Posts
1_XLR,

Glad to hear that you achieved a happy result. And, it is amazing what must have taken place for your XLR to get through the system and delivered to you.

Happy XLR Motoring,


DFXLR

:thumbs :flag :cheers
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
304 Posts
I think it makes the front of the car stand out even more. So I don't think I would paint it.
I wonder what it would look like CHROMED?
Any one know how you can chrome this plastic?

Blaise
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
I'm not sure what would be involved in painting the grill but something that I encountered this weekend is that the grill is painted with some type of conductive paint. I do gold plating and the local dealership finally received an XLR that they've been waiting for. They called me to do a gold package on it. When I attempted to do the emblem on the grill the process discolored the paint on the grill. If I touch my continuity tester to the grill it lights up indicating that it's passing current through it. The discoloration doesn't come off. Now they're looking at replacing the grill more than likely at my expense (which is fully understandable). The total price of the job will come in at around $594. The bumper cover has to be removed because along the bottom of the grill is a whole row of tabs that fit into slots in the bumper fascia. These are too difficult to get to while the bumper is on the vehicle. The shop book lists replacing the grill as a 3 hour job. Other than that glitch the job turned out really nice.
What I was hoping to find out on the forum is what the paint/coating really is on this grill? Any ideas?

Goldfinger
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
484 Posts
Grill color is not a simple painted surface

The reason the grill most likely discolored is that it is not just a simple painted surface. It is actually a Brushed Nickel Alloy, not simple painted plastic.

Thank You
Allen
www.Cadillac-XLR.com
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
Check Cad the parts book shows the grill all differnt colors at a cost of about $450.00. My local Cad dealer checked and they are avalible. Terry
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
484 Posts
Nickel Plated grill

The reason the parts dept. shows the colors of the grill would be that the surround around the grill is color coded to the vehicle. when you order the grill it comes as a unit.

Thank You
Allen
www.Cadillac-XLR.com
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
610 Posts
I was reading this thread about painting the grill to match the car //// pretty interesting .... has anyone actually done this? Any pictures??

RA
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
229 Posts
Black

That's OK, you'all just forget about me and the Black Momba! Crap, we spent two days together and you already got me and the Black Momba buried.
 
1 - 20 of 32 Posts
Top