- Step by step of how I detail a '57 Chevy grille

1957 Chevy Grille Detailing

How to guide for grille detailing

Almost all ‘57 Chevy models, whether they are plastic or die-cast, come with a chrome plated front bumper. See the 'hero' picture above.

STEP 1:

I always paint the grille ‘mesh’ gold. (Side note, on the top trim for a 1957 Chevrolet, which was the Bel Air, the grille was gold.) Now, I always use an acrylic so that I can easily rub the paint off of places I didn’t want any gold. These grilles are kind of tricky to mask so I don’t bother on smaller ones. I don’t know if it’s just that I use cheap paints but they really seem to get gummy when painting...I think the secret is to use water to thin it out, which I have only recently started doing.

Laying down the gold

Laying down the gold

Step 2:

Blacking the squares inside the mesh is done with a black wash. I use the one from Tamiya but I’m sure any companies will do. Unfortunately, this step really depends on how deep the grille was molded and how thickly you applied the gold in the first step.

Finished fully detailed grille!

Finished fully detailed grille!

Please note, a lot of the gold got lost on this grille because of the aforementioned reasons but I still think it turned out pretty well especially the center badge!! I used VERY thin gold bare metal foil to do the lines in the emblem, this was the first time I ever tried this technique and I think it worked pretty well.

Also, in this example I have painted the turn-signal/ running lights, dagmars, and front license plate. Note, I paint the turn signals amber if there is going to be something else on the car that is not stock like a blower sticking out of the hood or hot rod wheels. If it is going to be a stock build, I paint them white.

Other Examples of Detailed '57 Chevy Grille's

1:12 scale Monogram plastic model

1:12 scale Monogram plastic model

This one was very large, 1:12 scale and I did mask and then had to use black paint in the top squares that are not full boxed in because the black wash would just flow out.

1:16 scale AMT Plastic model

1:16 scale AMT Plastic model

This one is 1:16 scale and the top was removed to fit a body that it did not come from. This project is actually still pending from sometime last year. I got busy with other models, but hope to get back to it someday soon. Also I used black Sharpie as well as the wash and that's why it looks kind of brownish from certain angles.

1:24 scale M2 diecast (plastic bumper and grille)

1:24 scale M2 diecast (plastic bumper and grille)

This M2 1:24 scale that was already gold and all I had to do was the black.

1:24 scale Sunnyside diecast (plastic bumper and grille)

1:24 scale Sunnyside diecast (plastic bumper and grille)

This grille is actually from this car I posted about here:

Now here is the exact same model in another color I just recently finished. I see definite improvement!

1:24 scale Sunnyside diecast (plastic bumper and grille)

1:24 scale Sunnyside diecast (plastic bumper and grille)

1:24 scale M.A.S.K. Hurricane plastic toy car

1:24 scale M.A.S.K. Hurricane plastic toy car

1:24 scale M.A.S.K. vehicle. I had painted all the details on the center grille emblem as well. I was really surprised how well this one turned out considering how fine the mesh is.

1:43scale Road Champs diecast (plastic bumper and grille)

1:43scale Road Champs diecast (plastic bumper and grille)

This is the smallest 1:43 scale and the grille emblem was printed on my inkjet. Here is a link to the article describing how I detailed this model:

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