Best way to paint 70 Elim center grille

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Best way to paint 70 Elim center grille

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Post by bsbeck » 29 Aug 2018, 08:35

What's the best way to repaint the 70 Eliminator center grille without messing up the running cat logo? Can it be easily removed or do I just need to mask it off? Is it just generic flat black?
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Re: Best way to paint 70 Elim center grille

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Post by Mike_B_SVT » 29 Aug 2018, 09:13

When I did mine I masked off the entire flat part around the cat. That "panel" was originally a anodized(?) black, but many have faded away to bare metal over the years. I believe you can buy a replacement for just that little panel behind the cat. Then you have to cut off the cat from the inside to replace it, and glue it all back together.

Easiest paint option is SEM Trim Black in a rattle can.
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Re: Best way to paint 70 Elim center grille

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Post by bsbeck » 29 Aug 2018, 09:46

Does the cougar emblem come off? Is it glued on or what? I want to hear everyone's opinion before I tackle this job.
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Post by CATHOUSE » 29 Aug 2018, 20:53

If you look at the backside of the center grille you will see several peened over pins. Those are what holds the cat in place. To remove the cat you will need to grind those pins off. Once the cat is off the thin metal plate behind the cat will also be able to be removed. To put it back together you will need to use some sort of glue, epoxy, JB Weld, etc. Or you could drill the studs and tap them for small screws.

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Post by Sir Ed » 30 Aug 2018, 09:45

you may be able to get away with a small self drilling screw instead of having to tap it. I would still pre drill a hole first.

Or if you can find a small enough self tapping screw. Then pre drill the hole a size smaller than screw
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Post by bsbeck » 03 Oct 2018, 13:22

Finished the grille. Here's how I got it and how it looks now! It does have some pitting but I'll get to that next go around. To remove the pitting, do you simply grind/sand it down????

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Post by JB BATTERSHILL » 03 Oct 2018, 14:39

I used a dremmel to grind the pits flat but then there's a little pit that needs filled. Then, sand, prep and paint.

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Post by bsbeck » 03 Oct 2018, 15:31

JB, what did you fill with?
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