Really like the Liquid Grey paint. The Focus is a rare car in at least this one respect: it looks good either in somber colors like this (or my car's Pitch Black) or loud colors like Screaming Yellow.
I also really like the tint job - looks like very nice work. I'm going to get mine done as soon as I find someone here in Madison, WI who has good word-of-mouth for the quality of their work. I see so many lame-ass window tints! I also have to research what is legal here. I don't think I could get away with tinting as dark as yours where I live.
[The constables here will let you drive without any plates or muffler, they'll let you drive at night without headlights, they'll let you drive 90 in a 65 zone, they'll let you drive with a stereo loud enough to make one lose bowel control from 12 blocks away, but they get their knickers all balled-up into a wedgie if they can't see into your car.][mad]
Billet grille work looks expensive and very well executed; it makes the car look less cheap than standard-issue factory plastic, that's for sure. But I don't think I would choose it for my own Focus, though. If I had your car, I would stick the Ford blue oval back onto the billet grille. The treatment looks a little too massive without it. Just my opinion, of course. And I might even change my mind if I saw your car in-the-flesh, so to speak; photographs either tend to flatter a car or make them look worse than they really do, so I've learned not to totally trust them.
If I got billet aluminum grille work, I would likely go for a moderate diamond crosshatch pattern and have it black-anodized for a subtle dark satin metallic sheen, as opposed to a flat or matte finish, like would come from powder coating for instance. And back on would go the Ford badge. Dang me, but I like that classic blue oval.
Next, I would take a Sawzall to that factory spoiler. I have one on my car too and I hate the damned thing. No wonder it's called a "spoiler," because that's what it does to the lines of the car - reminds me of someone walking around with his butt up between his shoulder blades - and it does absolutely NOTHING functional whatsoever. (I wish Ford would offer "spoiler delete" options like GM does.) I'm now looking around salvage yards for a 2005 or 2006 Pitch Black Focus ZX4 S or SE that its owner piled into a tree - anything but rear-ended. I intend to take the spoiler-less trunk lid off the wreck and perform a remove-and-replace. I think that would be cheaper than having a body shop remove my spoiler, plug the holes, repaint, etc. I think I'm a minority of one, though. Every one else I have talked to likes the spoiler.
Lastly, get a hairdryer and peel off the decals from the rear window. Tacky! The "focusfanatics.com" decal on the lower rear "C" pillar glass is subtle enough; it looks fine there.
Oh, yes... I have a question for you... or anyone else reading this who might know...
Do the Silverstars work worth a damn? Are they really any better than stock?
Yes the silverstars work very good and are much better than stock... I have the fog lights obviously and when I turn my headlights and foglights on I notice that the headlights are way way whiter and way way brighter. I would reccomend them to anyone.
About my grille, yes I do wish that there was a Ford emblem in there because I am very partial to the emblem and wish it was there but I like the billet grilles and I don't want the fake cheap plastic in they sell with the Ford emblem in it... to bad they don't make one like mine with the emblem in it.
As for the factory spoiler, I love it. I hate aftermarket ones that look like an airplane wing because it just looks stupid. BUT everyone has their own prefrence so there is no bashing here about wings...LOL
I think I will take the lower stickers off in my back window because that does make it look like a bit much but the other stickers I kinda like. But thanks for letting me know your honest opinion is a subtle way.
Lastly, thanks for all your kinda words about my car, my grille, my tint, and just everything you complimented on.