Custom "wingless" grill
The custom grill without the airplane
wing is a matter of taste. Not everyone agrees with removing
this symbol of Saab's aircraft building heritage. For
me, I was looking for a very aggressive look, and the
trapezoidal shape this creates mimmicks the intercooler
opening in the lower front bumper nicely. It also is a
strong hint that the car is tuned and customized.
First, I suggest you get an inexpensive,
used grill to try this on. ;) That way you can go back
to stock if you make any mistakes.
The stock plastic is black
but it was dull and faded. So I went the extra mile and
painted the back half black, so it would be totally slick
and color coded.
I used the Dremel tool again,
to cut away the center bar/wing. It will leave behind
two holes in the sides, so you will want to fill it with
something durable. Blaque_Out on saablink.net recommended
plumber's epoxy. That really is a great solution! It is
like a putty, that dries rock hard, and is sandable.
So after applying the putty,
be sure to sand it very flat. You'll also want to scuff
the chrome surface and fill any other imperfections...
Basically do whatever you would normally do to prep a
surface for painting. Clean, degrease, dry... etc. Since
there was chrome, I put down a few coats of adhesion promoter
first, and then some primer.
Continue to apply primer
and sand smooth/clean until you are satisfied your surface
is very smooth. Then you can paint the front half. Use
light coats rather than thick ones to avoid runs, sags
and chipping paint. After it is dry apply your clear coat.
Once it's cured, go ahead and polish it for a nice shine!
I chose to use some Mesh
from the local home improvement store (gutterguard works
well). They had two types, one had a diamond shape and
looked like chicken coop fencing.
This Mesh has more of a honeycomb
shape, and matches pretty close to the viggen front bumper
mesh. Cut it to fit your grill.
You can paint it if you want:
I painted mine black, but if you choose to leave it silver,
you may consider a clear coat to prevent rust.
Now all that is left is to
put it back together!