: My Grille Mod - Help Finding Mesh
04-30-2008, 11:11 PM
Well, I couldn't find any good mesh in my area so I used what I had on hand. What I would really like though is to find some nice stainless steel mesh. Anyone know of a good supplier? I'll make you a deal, I find a good supplier and I will tell you all what I used on my 08 grille (see pic). I'm sure you'll find it funny, total cost of the job was about $15 bucks and I have 1/2 the material left over.[hihi]
04-30-2008, 11:22 PM
Great. Now it looks like a Lincoln.
04-30-2008, 11:31 PM
That just looks like rain gutter mesh from Lowe's or Home Depot. Anyhoo, here's an awesome source: http://www.mcnichols.com/products/expanded/
04-30-2008, 11:33 PM
that looks sick man good work
04-30-2008, 11:58 PM
LOL, you are 1/2 right, the upper grille is $1.67 rain gutter guard. And thanks for the link, that looks like what I'm looking for. I'm hoping it doesn't look like a "Lincoln" with some nice mesh. Now what about the bottom material, any thoughts?
05-01-2008, 12:48 AM
All right, I'm going to bed. The bottom material is BBQ screen (made to put your veggies and stuff on while grilling). And I really did buy them for the BBQ (4 for 5$) but some how two of them wound up on the front of my car. Just an experiment, too much time on my hands, to see what it might look like with some mesh. I'm liking it but the center section with the 9$ Auto Zone chrome door trim maybe a bit much. But then, that was mostly to protect my freak'n hands from the sharp edges on that stuff.
05-01-2008, 12:52 AM
gotta say, i was expecting something really crappy but that looks good
05-01-2008, 01:40 AM
I definitely know about the gutter mesh; that's what I've sprayed black and overlaid onto my stock grill, with the oval on top of it all. As to the lower grille, you get to guess what that is. [idea]
05-01-2008, 02:37 AM
That actually looks pretty good man. Not bad.
05-01-2008, 02:49 AM
not bad at all.
05-01-2008, 04:00 AM
Thanks. Next up is tinting the turn signals.
As to the lower grille, it's plastic eggcrate mesh that's used as diffusers in fluorescent light fixtures. Like the other mesh, it was leftover material from the house, and sprayed with the same black paint. Modding done cheap. [;)]
05-01-2008, 09:02 AM
I have to admit, I'm impressed. That weird gap at the bottom of the upper grill that extends all the way under the head lights always bugged me on the '08 models. You've done the impossible. You've made an '08 front end look good!!! Very nice work.
05-01-2008, 09:16 AM
chickenwire on cars looks horrible, i suggest not putting meshes, but thats just me.
05-01-2008, 09:43 AM
Yeah, I agree, that looks really good actually.
We have a place called Metal By The Foot that has absolutely everything. Might check it out even though its in MO
05-01-2008, 09:55 AM
Oregon-ized - nice job, that looks great! Thanks for the link Mr. Bergner - I'll check 'em out.
And thanks to all for the comments. I post here because I know I'll get honest opinions, really helps me figure out if I'm on the right track or not.
05-01-2008, 10:55 AM
So on that grill (where the gap normally is) did you put door trim around it? That's kinda what it looks like, but because the stock grill is chrome, it looks really good actually. I did that on my last car when I made a grill.
OH yeah, speaking of, my last grill was made out of an old satallite I found in a junk yard. It's the kind with round holes instead of diamonds. Make any sense? lol But maybe check a junk yard or something, never know. Plus, junk yards are just fun anyway.
05-01-2008, 11:04 AM
Hey that looks great. Plus it looks really clean, almost like it came from the factory like that. Good Job.
05-01-2008, 11:52 AM
Another note, can you show a pic of the front from farther back?
05-01-2008, 04:10 PM
Yes, the center section (under the Ford Emblem) has chrome door edging around it. But I wasn’t concerned with the gap at the time, I was sick of the sharp edges shredding my fingers. But, I guess it worked out.
I’ll get another pic from further back; hopefully the sun will shine around here long enough to get that.
05-01-2008, 04:50 PM
Here's that pic from further away.
05-02-2008, 12:46 PM
Dang, yeah, that filled in gap looks stellar. Great job.
05-02-2008, 04:52 PM
Thanks for the nice compliments. My wife told me it looked good, but hey she thinks I look good, so I wanted another opinion. I re-did the center section last night, but I'm still not satisfied. It's now about 1/4" wider and looks even better (my opinion) but I keep taking the grill off when I do this. One more re-work with the grill on so I make sure it goes all the way over to and follows the contours of the headlights and I think I'll be satisfied.
Thanks again, really appreciate all the input.
05-03-2008, 01:07 AM
I have to admit, when I see people making their own grilles, I expect really sloppy work. What you have done Bradwhite, looks incredible. Great work!
05-03-2008, 12:29 PM
Thank you gentlemen, one and all. What an incredible boost to my confidence. [woot]
05-06-2008, 02:24 AM
OK, 3rd re-work of the center section done and I'm finally happy with it. I tried to get a pic but it was dark when I finished. I'll post a pic tomorrow.
05-06-2008, 05:05 AM
Nice work on the grill mod.
05-06-2008, 04:54 PM
Well, I'm done. The center piece is now wider than it was and it finally makes it all the way to the headlights.
05-06-2008, 06:49 PM
i think it looks great... any plans on painting the chrome body color?
05-06-2008, 07:24 PM
Well no, not until you mentioned it. Geez, thanks - now I've got more to think about, I thought I was done. :-)
08-23-2008, 12:45 PM
anyone ever put mesh behind their stock 2000-2005 focus grille?
08-25-2008, 11:28 AM
Im doing about the same thing. But on mine i got a grill from the junkyard, cut out all the crap inbetween the fog lights, then im putting the gutter gaurd as mesh behind it and painting it black, and im not going to have an emblom or however you spell that
08-25-2008, 02:22 PM
That should look great. Pics when your done?
08-26-2008, 11:00 AM
ya ill post some, might be a little, almost done but we need a couple things and everyone around here is broke lol.
08-28-2008, 02:46 AM
You did a heck of a great job. Since my stock grill from my ZX5 took a rock, the upper part is broken so took it out. Now the fofo looks like missing a tooth LOL. Have to get creative to fix something up grill wise. Thnxs for posting your pics, gives great ideas.
08-28-2008, 02:53 AM
yeah, a little dental mesh just might help - sorry, bad attempt at humor there
08-28-2008, 09:58 AM
Looks good. Not a huge fan of mesh myself. Looks cheap and cheesy.But good work.
08-28-2008, 12:51 PM
That looks really nice on the new Focus!! Great Job!!
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09-04-2008, 05:43 PM
That looks awesome Brad!
09-04-2008, 06:22 PM
Thank you gentlemen - I've actually changed it a little since this thread started. I wrote up a "how to" on it and got myself curious about something. Here's what it looks like now.
If you're curious the "how to" is HERE (http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=171494).
09-04-2008, 06:41 PM
nice job... hey! ^ i used to live in tacoma, nice.
09-04-2008, 07:17 PM
Cool, I still know a few oldpunks that live here, like me. LOL
09-04-2008, 07:52 PM
it must have been like what(scratching head) 17 years ago. i lived in roman ridge. i think they changed the name though. btw, you are deff. OLD jk. trying to remember back that far makes me feel old, haha.
09-04-2008, 08:04 PM
nice '08 look [thumb]