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Old 08-23-2021, 07:02 PM   #1
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Removing the grille from the hood for painting?

I'm about to paint my hood (tomorrow or Wednesday).

I'm planning to paint the grille a different color and I'm thinking it would of course be easier to remove the grille to do this, but I'm wondering if I'm going to run into problems trying to do that. It appears to be attached by just four screws on the inside of the hood. Two of the screws I can reach fairly easily but the other two would require some contortion to get to but I think I can do it.

Am I likely to run into problems trying to get it back into place after everything is painted? I'd hate to end up having to remove the hood entirely in order to get it back in.

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Old 08-23-2021, 08:35 PM   #2
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You can do it........
Make sure the paint is dry and mask off any are you might scratch up on install. You'll know as it comes apart whether you're in too deep.
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Old 08-24-2021, 01:22 PM   #3
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I took mine off when I painted. I had a young man who was able to reach all the screws from above. For him it was easy, wouldn't have been for me.

The issue I'm going to run into when I reassemble is my grill was damaged at some point. Top was broken in 2 places. Someone half-assed it with some light aluminum and pop rivets.
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