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If I do it won't be a bottle of perfume
If she does find out she'll be insisting on a new handbag to store it in, rather than the glovebox
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If she does find out she'll be insisting on a new handbag to store it in, rather than the glovebox
Too funny lussoman - you've got me laughing at myself - I think I'm gonna have to confess, but that will cost, hmmmm!

Maybe perfume will be cheaper?
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Too funny lussoman - you've got me laughing at myself - I think I'm gonna have to confess, but that will cost, hmmmm!

Maybe perfume will be cheaper?
If you're anything like me she'll find out sooner or later - the daft things in life are there to be shared, and that one's too good to keep to yourself (not counting us lot on here of course!).
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If you're anything like me she'll find out sooner or later - the daft things in life are there to be shared, and that one's too good to keep to yourself (not counting us lot on here of course!).
You're right go course. I'l tell them at christmas!



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any news on this?
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Well I've just requested a quote from a 3D scanning website so see how much it would cost to scan a 159 grille, I can then take the format and edit in 3dsmax CAD program and remove the bars. I can then upload this to a 3D printing website and see how much it would cost to produce in plastic which could then be treated in chrome to match the rest of the body work.

Then a piece of mesh can be measured up and fitted / attached in some way to finish the look.

I'm soo strapped for cash at the moment, but I'm guessing the scanning will cost 20-40, the printing /treating 30-50, and the mesh 15, plus attachments / clips 10. So around 100 for the first model, 75 thereafter.
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Well I've just requested a quote from a 3D scanning website so see how much it would cost to scan a 159 grille, I can then take the format and edit in 3dsmax CAD program and remove the bars. I can then upload this to a 3D printing website and see how much it would cost to produce in plastic which could then be treated in chrome to match the rest of the body work.

Then a piece of mesh can be measured up and fitted / attached in some way to finish the look.

I'm soo strapped for cash at the moment, but I'm guessing the scanning will cost 20-40, the printing /treating 30-50, and the mesh 15, plus attachments / clips 10. So around 100 for the first model, 75 thereafter.
would it still be 75 if left black
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Probably down to 50, but it will be more for the first instance as it has to be scanned first, however all someone then has to do is upload or hand out the scanned model i.e the file to who ever wants it, then they only have to fund the printing, priming, paints, clips and mesh.

Quote from an email response from a 3D printing service I messaged earlier:

"Hi, Joseph

I can scan this item properly but if you want to get a watertight 3D file I
also have to convert the scan data into a CAD model.

These are the prices

1 - 3D scan: 220 + Vat
2 - CAD re-design from scan data; 250 + Vat (this stage is not mandatory.
If you do not want a watertight CAD, the option 1 is OK for your aims)
Lead time: 1/2 days

Let me know if you need more information

Kind regards

Fulvio Bergamino"

So yeah, maybe I underestimated. Looks like 500! just for the CAD model.
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If we did this as a project like the halos how many people would be keen?
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If we did this as a project like the halos how many people would be keen?
Im willing to put money in to get one made up , as a test bed so many people puts money in and they get it at a discounted rate?
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Ok, if its going to cost say 200+240 for the 3D model on the first run, if we all put in 40, we'd just need 10 takers. Then we'd just need to get a quote for 3D printing the item in plastic, un-painted which could be done in a batch of 10 for the initial group probably at a reduced cost.

Not sure how to get a quote on the printing without a mock up of the 3D scan first though.

Also not an expert on things DIY so if someone found a good source for mesh and then made a design for attaching said mesh to the grille, if they shared this info it would help everyone else out in finding the bits and bobs.

Edit: I've just requested a printing quote to print the item in Polypropylene plastic or equivalent as we want something rigid, PVC might suffice though. I'll see what comes back.
I think the grille could be primed and sprayed in a simple chrome spray although I'm assuming we all want a half decent finish to match the other chrome surfaces so we may have to find a better solution.

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I like mine as it is and wont be changing it but can see the attraction, now I might be talking complete sh*t but would it be an idea to get an old one from the breakers and try cutting the bars out, see whats left, can then be filled and painted or wrapped, if it works you save hundreds.
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Yeah can be done, its just if you hack off the bars, you are left with hollow pieces in the plastic as its a continued piece of plastic jutting out for the bars. I'm not great at DIY, how would you fill the hole? Polyfiller? Then sand it down and have it resprayed or treated in chrome? Is it painted silver chrome or a wrapped effect?

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not polyfilla but a good two pack, worth trying if you can get an old one
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I'll do it within the week, question I have is whats the best way to get it Chrome. There are alot of rattle cans out there, but whats the best / closest result to the rest of the Chrome on the 159 body and what will last. Is it easier and better to take it to a body shop to do properly?

I want to do this for around 60 including grill (37), so don't want to go overboard.
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So basically this is my plan:

Buy a new grill 37.
Use the old grill as a test / 1st subject.
Cut off bars on grill.
Sand cut areas to a smooth finish.
Sand grill with 80 grit sanding paper.
Apply body filler to horizontal bar holes and sand down to a smooth finish.
Wash down and dry.
Spray entire grill with 2K grey primer.
Wash down and dry.
Apply Lacquer clear coat.
Apply chrome spray.
Apply Lacquer clear coat.
Cut mesh to size.
Attach mesh to grill (Glue, clips, 3M adhesion e.t.c)
Re-attach.

I think that might cover it, not cheap though, especially if you want a durable finish.
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I think you need a former for the mesh to avoid it being flat. Look at the mesh used in the grilles on the 4C ,for example. It has a chamfered periphery.
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So basically this is my plan:

Buy a new grill 37.
Use the old grill as a test / 1st subject.
Cut off bars on grill.
Sand cut areas to a smooth finish.
Sand grill with 80 grit sanding paper.
Apply body filler to horizontal bar holes and sand down to a smooth finish.
Wash down and dry.
Spray entire grill with 2K grey primer.
Wash down and dry.
Apply Lacquer clear coat.
Apply chrome spray.
Apply Lacquer clear coat.
Cut mesh to size.
Attach mesh to grill (Glue, clips, 3M adhesion e.t.c)
Re-attach.

I think that might cover it, not cheap though, especially if you want a durable finish.
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Blood hell Corasdad, 4.13!, they are all 37-45 on ebay. I know thats the brera style, custom variant, but still.

Edit: Jesus mate, nearly fell for it, I know why the prices are soo low. Have you seen the shipping! 45 for 2 items.

Also Cue2, you're right, good call, i'll look into that.

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Blood hell Corasdad, 4.13!, they are all 37-45 on ebay. I know thats the brera style, custom variant, but still.

Edit: Jesus mate, nearly fell for it, I know why the prices are soo low. Have you seen the shipping! 45 for 2 items.

Also Cue2, you're right, good call, i'll look into that.
when i did it its was 9 for shipping on one still only 15
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Weird, might have been the mesh I bought with it. Either way I've got all the gear, its on its way, should be here within the week. Got some proper Chrome spray aswell, not cheap but should do the job and maybe even on the key too

I'll keep a progress log once I get started so you can have a look at how I'm going about it.

Kind of looking forward to taking the bumper off as it needs new bolts, but its good practice for if I wanted to get to the lights later.
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I've just realized something I may have overlooked.

With a dense mesh covering the whole grill, i.e Spider grill mesh density. How would one access the bonnet catch to open the bonnet?

The only way I could think of doing this would be to use honeycomb mesh with wider holes so you could possibly poke a finger through, but I still think it would be difficult.

Anyone have any ideas? I've just ordered all the bits plus 9mm hole mesh as I wanted a dense look. The only way I could think of getting round this would be to make the grill easily removable via clips. Again would need some ideas on this.

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I've just realized something I may have overlooked.

With a dense mesh covering the whole grill, i.e Spider grill mesh density. How would one access the bonnet catch to open the bonnet?

The only way I could think of doing this would be to use honeycomb mesh with wider holes so you could possibly poke a finger through, but I still think it would be difficult.

Anyone have any ideas? I've just ordered all the bits plus 9mm hole mesh as I wanted a dense look. The only way I could think of getting round this would be to make the grill easily removable via clips. Again would need some ideas on this.

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could sound a bit of a bodgy way of doing it , drill a hole though your bonnet catch , and put a cable tie though it , and put it though the hole ? so you can pull it ect?
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