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Old 10-17-2011, 01:59 AM   #11
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http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false

Here is link to a Focus S coupe for sale, has the black shifter, for reference.
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:57 PM   #12
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My chrome strip is now silver, matching the rest of the silver on the center stack and center console

Thanks again for giving us this idea




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so to strip the chrome off using bleach, do you have to dunk the whole part in or can you just wipe it on/off, this could be a nice way to de-chrome the grill.
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so to strip the chrome off using bleach, do you have to dunk the whole part in or can you just wipe it on/off, this could be a nice way to de-chrome the grill.
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=270335

I tried wiping a chrome spray paint cap with a bleach soaked rag and just to see for myself, and it works, dunking it in bleach probably would be instant.

What I like about it is that you dont need to worry about a bad spray job or paint chipping; and if the plastic isnt black then just paint it like you would anyway.
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:04 PM   #15
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Cool. Now does anyone know how to take off the grill on an 11? Haha
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Cool. Now does anyone know how to take off the grill on an 11? Haha
Let me dig up the thread for you...
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Here is the thread (it's the same exact grill): http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=161006

A simpler explanation (I've probably removed the grill about 20 times since I bought the car a year ago):

1. Remove the four expansion plugs on the topside of the grill (labelled as "push pins" in the picture below)
2. Disengage the two catches on the bottom (I use a long flathead screwdriver to pry in between the bumper cover and the grill)
3. Pull the grill forward and out, away from the engine bay. I pull one side at a time until I hear it pop out.

A picture of where the catches are on the grill underside:

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Awesome, thanks man! I assume you bleached your grill before painting it?
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Nope. I've painted my grill 4-5 times, and the winning combination was: scuff (400 grit) -> prime x2 -> paint -> clear coat.

By the way, I can tell you (because I've completely sanded off the surface) that underneath the chrome is an off-white/gray plastic. Yours might be a different color (who knows), but mine wasn't black underneath.
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Thank you! That saves so much time looking for the how-to's!! Nice car by the way man!
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