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Old 07-14-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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Radiator grilles

I have a 2001 S, with the "titanium" finish radiator grilles in the front. Can anyone tell me whether a plain black grille from a base Boxster will snap right in? I would think they would, but wanted to check before ordering a pair. They have different part numbers and prices, but that can be explained by the titanium finish of the S variety.

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Old 07-14-2013, 06:47 PM   #2
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Regardless if they fit or not, replacement requires bumper removal to install from behind. Not hard at all but if you're going to that trouble, try a cheaper solution first like Mothers Back To Black (or 303 or other equivalent) or simple removal and re-spraying with a matte black spray paint.

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PS - don't think s models we're titanium... yours are just neglected like many others. In '03 (?) they changed to body colored fin grilles.

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Old 07-15-2013, 05:51 AM   #3
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Tried Plastidip already

Oh, I know about having to remove the bumper...I did it this weekend, and sprayed my silver ("titanium") colored grilles with black Plastidip. But the Plastidip was too fragile when I went to snap them back in, and rubbed off in places. So I am thinking the factory plain black ones will be a more permanent solution. I'm considering the Plastidip to be a trial, and I am really liking the black grille look. I also Plastidipped the center radiator bezel retaining bracket, which was also kinda silvery and (I found) distracting.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:04 AM   #4
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You should try some Acetone on those titanium grilles as it may remove the paint and I believe the underlaying plastic is black, so perhaps no painting required.

I acetoned my "S" letter on the trunk because it had scratches and needed a repaint. The old paint came off very easily revealing the black plastic underneath.

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