1979 Lower Grill Restoration Tips?

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    I have an original lower grill in good condition that I would like to freshen up. It has some minor overspray and is dirty. My question is are there any tips or tricks to do this right? I cleaned and painted one a few years ago but it is now falling apart, all cracked and split and I'm wondering if the solvent I used to clean it or the paint I used destroyed it.
     
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    The originals seemed to get brittle over time.

    My son and I have both had them bust out around the screw holes and fall off.

    Luckily, reproduction pieces are available and they fit pretty well.
     
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    There is a certain point when it needs to be replaced,Either with a reproduction or a good used one .Your choice.
     

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    I wish they made the chrome berlentta ones. I don't like the grey ones
     
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    Then there are billet ones and silver ones .You could paint :Chrome Silver" .as options
     
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    I went with a black one.

    The one which fell apart on me had been painted too but it was over 20 years old so I don't know how much painting contributed to the problem.
    The repops seem to made of a slightly different material. I've had this one for over 15 years with no problems.
     
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    Plastic has come a long way since 1979 .Did you change the headlight buckets as well? 130044932860518017_26257430996_o (1).jpg
     
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    The new Chrome type paints By Alsa and Spectra are really cool. Probably expensive but you can get what you want.
     
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    Thanks for the replies everyone. The headlight buckets and main grille paint up nice as they are a normal hard plastic, but that rubbery stuff the lower was made of is just weird. Since I've already purchased the lower grill i might as well paint it up again and see how long this one lasts
     

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