David Layton

Early black and chrome grilles

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The black grill slat covers on my 73 are faded a bit.  It looks as these were anodized rather than painted.  Is this correct?

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If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful improvement you can get some good quality wide black PVC tape (like insulation tape) and after cleaning the grill well with wax and grease remover you can apply over the top to give you a nice consistent and relatively hard wearing black. For the effort involved it looks surprisingly good and mine has been in place for 3+ years without problems. 

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Early 2002's had painted slats -- 1968 models through probably early in the 1970 model year (my very early 1970 VIN 1668093, manufactured September 8, 1969, had painted grilles) -- but BMW switched to separate black-anodized slat covers when they discovered the black paint was a miserable failure: chipping and fading within a year.

 

The black anodized slat covers remain available from BMW.

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

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