How to Maintain the Integrity of Your Chevrolet Grille Assembly
An automotive grille is a metal piece placed on areas of your vehicle in need of openings or vents configured in a decorative pattern or parallel lines. It's also because of this filtering or screening that your Chevy's grille tends to accumulate dirt, gunk, and muck that could compromise its ability to filter debris out and allow air into your ride. It's particularly handy when it comes to ventilating your deck lid, bumper skirt, cowl, radiator, and engine, among many other areas of the car. With that in mind, here are some maintenance tips you can make use of in order to ensure the longevity of your Chevrolet grille.
Clean up your grille in accordance to material.
This is the foremost thing you should do to take care of your grille. With that said, how you go about cleaning the grille depends on the material the grille is made of. It's either made of ABS plastic, stainless steel, or aluminum. They can be cleaned out with soap and water, but usually you need to do specific things to them to ensure better cleanup. Stainless steel and aluminum grilles, for example, should be cleaned with hot soapy water to remove grease and grime. For ABS plastic, you should instead paint it to protect it from ultraviolet damage.
Clean up your grille in accordance to pattern type.
A car grille has three patterns to it. It could be mesh (as in like mesh wire), billet (a pattern consisting of a series of bars arranged either horizontally or vertically), or CNC (a pattern determined by the Computer Numeric Control machine that cuts or punches holes in sheets of metal). CNC grilles are basically sheets with holes, so you have more material to work with when doing soapy cleanup and drying. With more open vents like with mesh or billet patterns, you can't be too gung-ho with watery cleanup since the water could enter the vents and damage internal parts. They need brushing first before wet cleanup (just make sure your brush bristles are in good condition).
Put wax on your grille to keep dust from collecting on it.
It's this car part's function to allow air to circulate around important parts of your automobile while at the same time protecting them from debris. Once grime accumulates, it won't be as good at doing its job. To prevent dirt from sticking on your grill, you might need to wax it. Depending on your grille pattern type and material, it might be best to put wax on it. If it's aluminum or stainless steel (as well as mesh or billet), then you should put a layer of wax unto the grille then buff it for good measure so that the dirt and oil won't easily accumulate unto it, blocking its openings and compromising its function.
Paint your grille to keep grime from accumulating on its vents.
As mentioned earlier, another way to avoid grime and gunk buildup on your grille after every cleanup is to have it painted (and then wax it using the instructions outlined above). To paint your grille, you need to first prep it by cleaning it with degreaser or sanding the grille if it's ABS plastic. From there, put primer on it. After putting on the primer, you need to sand the primer as well. Once the primer coat is smoothened out, apply paint then use two to three layers of clear coat. The painted grill requires cleanup with mild soap and water then dry it with microfiber towels.
Replacement Grille Assembly
The Replacement grille assembly is an alternative for OE grille assemblies without the OE price. It is made from tough ABS plastic, a kind of polymer that is proven to be resistant against outside elements. The design is intended to be similar with the OE grille assembly to restore the car's originality. This product is available in chrome for that new car feel, as well as grey and paintable trims. No need for extra cutting or drilling as the grille assembly is already patterned based on the OE specification. Each replacement grille assembly is sold individually and comes with a 1-year, unlimited-mileage warranty once the purchase is made.
Bolton Premiere Grille Assembly
Bolton Premiere Grille Assembly is an OE replacement with distinct looks that sets it apart from other grille assemblies. It comes with a provision for the original emblem, so it can be transferred from the old grille to this one. This product is made with high-quality plastic that is coated with a chrome finish that add more luster. This can be worn directly onto the vehicle without additional custom work or drilling. Aside from its bar grille insert, two holes are cut-out on each end to accommodate dual headlights. Bolton Premiere Grill Assembly has a 1-year, unlimited-mileage warranty upon purchase.
AutoTrust Gold Grille Assembly
AutoTrust Gold Grille Assembly is a fine choice for modifiable grille assemblies. The plastic shell and insert has an OE comparable style to preserve the car's original look. Moreover, the whole body has been primered for custom paint jobs, which is perfect for personalized styling. This product also has an emblem provision and headlight holes for a direct fit. Each AutoTrust Gold grille assembly is sold individually. And the unique assurance of a 5-year limited warranty from AutoTrust Gold is expected with every purchase. This guarantee comes only from AutoTrust Gold goods that really add more bang to the buck.