I have been on this site for a month or two and have noticed that a lot of people use duct tape and cardboard along with other materials to use for their mods. I have been very particular about the appearance of my vehicle. I want it to look semi-stock at least.
I started with using plastic sheeting for my lower grill and couldn't figure out how to block the upper grill and make it look clean or at least relatively clean. I wanted to still be able to open my hood without having to redo stuff. a friend recomended weather stripping. off to autozone I went. they had a little bit of a selection so I went with the $7.99 10ft roll. I had to use 4 strips to get the thickness that I needed but I think it looks pretty good. here are some pics that are a little hard to see but the best I have right now.
On my Regal and my Ram 1500,I blocked them from behind.I don't know if it's any more or less efficient that way,but like you I wanted to keep it invisible.I removed the grille,cut a piece of scrap sheetmetal to fit around all of the mounting points,drilled some holes, and stuck it in. I positioned the mounting screws to go through the grille,then through the block off ,then into the original holes . It kind of makes a grille-sheetmetal-hood sandwich. I might also note that I painted both sides with flat black paint to hide it and to prevent rust.The one I made for the 2004 Ram was made from plexiglass instead.I painted both sides on it too and it is equally invisible.
did you have to scuff the surface before you painted it?
any issues with paint chipping?
I have a friend that wants to do something like that and that is why I was wondering.
I am one that applauds people that will sacrifice looks for FE. I on the other hand want my cake and eat it too.
Nah!,I just used the cheap wal-mart stuff. I think the key is to paint both sides. The paint on the back will give it color and won't be chipped/washed off by weathering. The paint on the front is just to take the shine off of the smooth surface. I used a much lighter coat on the front side.