How to Make a Custom Car Grille

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How to Make a Custom Car Grille
A custom grille can add flair to any vehicle. (classic grill image by Mograph from

Customising a car gives the owner a chance to put her own feelings into the automobile. Whether the car is in motion or parked, the grille is one of the major points of the vehicle's attraction. A grille is functional because it allows the engine to stay cool, but it is also highly customisable.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • hammer
  • mesh
  • flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • wire cutters
  • chalk
  • drill
  • screws
  • dust cloth

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    Observe the vehicle to determine how the grille is held onto the hood. Most grilles are screwed on the back of the grille.

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    Remove all but the frame of the grille. Different tools work better on different grilles. Metal grilles might need to be unhinged on the interior. A plastic grille can often be pounded or knocked out with a hammer.

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    Wipe the interior and exterior of the grille with the dust cloth to remove debris.

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    Lay the empty grille on a clean surface. Place the grille frame so that the back side (the part that no one sees) is facing up.

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    Place the mesh over the empty grille frame.

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    Trace around the mesh with chalk. Trace the entire grille to ensure you have enough mesh. Excess mesh can be trimmed.

  4. 4

    Cut the new mesh with the wire cutters. Follow the chalk line as evenly and closely as possible.

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    Place the new mesh over the old and empty grille frame. Line the new mesh up so that an even amount of excess is around the grille frame.

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    Attach the new mesh to the old grille around the inside of the grille. Often, the interior side of the grille has a special lip that can be used to tuck the mesh.

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    Screw the mesh from the outside if there's no lip on the grille. Some grilles have a section on the side or the front outside where the mesh can be screwed directly onto the frame.

  3. 3

    Reconnect your newly customised grille onto your vehicle. Tighten all bolts and screws.

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