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How do you remove grille slats

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I have a '73 and the slats in the grills are pretty tired. It looks like they're glued in there? How do you remove them while doing the least damage? Heat? Chemical of some sort?

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ive never done it but id try heat first. ever think about painting them in place? i did it with rustoleum satin black and they look really nice. just tape it all off a spray.

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I sprayed in place also, it turned out pretty good.

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Heat does help to get the slat to pop loose-

the big problem I had after that is getting the adhesive

off the grille once the slat's off. It's pertty tough stuff.

I think a soak in laquer thinner might do it, but it will take a while...

t

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I just did this. PO used hot melt glue to cover all the bars with the black covers. It took me several hours per side to gently pry the (2) black covers off, then I used 3M Adhesive remover and fine steel wool to remove the glue residue.

Have some scratches but the glue is mostly gone. Of course, new grills are way too $$$ for my wallet (BMW = bring my wallet?).

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I would not try to remove them. They're pretty fragile.

If you want to freshen them up, you can buy 2" wide electrical tape and apply it to the black slat. The tape will last a very long time and will not fade or chip.

Cris

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