Picked the best grill out of the stash, but it still needed a fair bit of work. Lots of dents and scratches all over, some horizontal bars were twisted a little, and the anodising finish was worn.
First up was stripping the anodising off the upper and lower sections, using 80/120 grit sand paper. Made a custom block to suit the angle and avoid distortion. Once the anodising was removed, stripped off as much of the old paint as possible, and got to work on the horizontal bars.
Most of these had a few dents from stone chips over the years, and some were bogger than others. I made a die to fit the bars from behind, and punch out the dents, then file finished nice and flat.
Then back on to the upper and lower sections, with 360/600/800/1000/1200 grit wet and dry paper to get it all perfect, with a quick buff to checks it's all good, before cleaning, etch primer, and then leaving it to cure before sanding ready for a finish coat of satin black.
Labour during this period: 7.5 hours
Strip anodising 1.5 hrs
Fix dents 2.5 hrs
Sand and buff 1.5 hrs
Primer, sand and paint 2 hrs