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    I was feeling a tad patriotic last week, and came up with an idea. How about painting a design--like a flag--on the grills? It was really quite simple to do, although time-consuming. Paint used is your basic Wally-world gloss spray can stuff. First, I painted the entire "grated" part white. Then taped off the stars and around the edge of the blue area. Sprayed the blue. Taped off the white stripes and the star area to "save" them, and sprayed the red. About the taping off--Look at the first picture. I wrapped a 3/8" X 1" piece of blue painter's tape around each "leg" of mesh and put it as close to the junction of the color transitions as I could. Just make sure and cover the color you want to keep as completely as you can. After taping the individuals, I put a strip on top to smooth the edge between each color of paint. Right before painting, I went around and pressed the strips down firmly to get a good tight seal. To tape off the stars, I cut 3/8" squares and placed them at the crossroads of the mesh. I didn't worry about wrapping the tape there, as I didn't care if the blue paint feathered a bit. I did give the squares a little extra press down to make sure the top surface was covered. About the tape--I used 3M brand Scotch-blue tape. The kind that looks like masking tape only blue in color. I tried the cheaper look-a-like tape, but it won't let go when you're done and peels the good paint off.
    I am pleased with the results. I realize my design isn't accurate to scale, but the general idea is there.




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    Nice! I like it..
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    I like it, but the field (blue and stars) is supposed to always be forward.

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    Oh, my. You are right!! I never even thought of that. I just made them the same. Looks like I may have some modifying to do to my modification. Maybe I can just use a brush to switch the field orientation. Thanks for pointing it out to me. No disrespect to the flag intended.


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    Very nice!
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    Very cool!
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    I LIKE IT!!!!! Hope you don't mind, but I think I'm gonna copy it..
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    Very Nice added touch, very subtle.

    I would not sweat the proper orientation of a flag thing. With 12 stripes and 27 stars I don't think it qualifies as an American Flag, it is more like bunting than a actual flag..

    The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
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    Right you are, pshivers. It's just the general idea I was shooting for.
    Copy all you want Skip D.
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    Very, very nice.
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    Those look great. I hope you dont mind but I am goimg to steal the idea for a canadian one. Just a question... how do you remove the grills? I have never had them off.

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    Guess I will have to salute your bike

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    Good idea & good job!!!
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    Vert nice, I like it.



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    Look good. Very nice job.




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    Very cool!

    Glad to read that someone got it right that, technically, the union should be towards the front end of the bike.

    Now, here's a question... if you want to get really anal...

    Shouldn't there be illumination?
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    Nice Job, My favorite colors
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    Thumbs up Very Good Idea!

    Nice job. I think I may hand paint by brush though. The colors will look deeper and it shouldn't take much longer to do....Remember the old Testor's model paint? Maybe that stuff would hold up better?

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    Timma,
    Am/or was very familiar with testors paint. It would work nicely. I initially brush-painted my grills a year ago with what I believe was "craft" paint. It took me 3 full days to do, but the advantage is you don't have to tape off areas as you go. You just have to wait long enough to prevent smearing the colors. The main advantage of spraying is ease and speed of the actual painting.

    I did this; turned wifie's oven to its lowest setting (170 degrees), and in 30 min. they were dry enough to proceed. And, it didn't deform the plastic in any way. This should work no matter what paint you use.

    I've put a couple thousand miles on the bike. She's had numerous wash/detail jobs done since painting the grills and I don't see any damage so far.

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    You do need to put the flag facing the right direction, people WILL be offended and it looks better anyway. You can use fingernail polish as paint and it hold up and looks great!
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    I took you all's advice and fixed my right grill this past weekend. It does look better, and is right now--field in the lead. Thanks for the heads up. No pic available, sorry.

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    me likes very cool

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    Cool ! Great what a little imagination and patients can do.

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    I almost did not bother reading this thread. Am I glad I did!!

    Really neat idea!
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    Really Sharp looking........

    I would not worry about the direction of the stars either, as it is not a true flag.

    you do get 100% A+++ for your work

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    Like to try something like this, but don't know what is involved in removing the grills. Any self help videos, or step by step information available?

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    Default Instructions on removing grills

    Quote Originally Posted by DEP47 View Post
    Like to try something like this, but don't know what is involved in removing the grills. Any self help videos, or step by step information available?
    Found the following directions on the Wingstuff site: http://wingstuff.com/system/uploads/...pdf?1331818662

    Looks easy enough.

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    Thanks, I will use this and see what I can do.

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    I'm with SGTTJ on this one, a Canadian flag on the grills of my flare red 04 will look good.

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