People can customise their cars in a variety of ways. Some things that people add to alter their car include a paint job, decals, window art, and lighting. Sport meshes and vents two very popular items that people often use to customise their cars. Mesh can be added to either the interior or exterior of a car, but it is often added to the grille on the bumper of the car. Another way to customise a car is to add a hood vent. Hood vents not only alter the appearance of the car, but also provide ventilation underneath the hood. The extra ventilation keeps the engine cool.
Buyers should be aware of the many types of mesh and vents available, and should also understand the differences between each type if they want to make a smart choice. The process of adding a mesh grille or a hood vent is an in-depth endeavour, and buyers should have the proper supplies and know-how to make sure the process goes smoothly, and to keep the car from being damaged. Meshes and hood vents are available in mechanic shops, salvage yards, and on community postings. eBay has a large selection of mesh and vents available for purchase.
Any mesh customisation job will depend on the style, make, and model of the car. Some of the most common types of mesh are made of stainless steel, chrome, and raw or unfinished metal. Buyers should make sure that raw or unfinished mesh is weather-proofed before installation. Installation is not difficult, but it takes patience and requires the right tools.
Mesh Grille Installation
To install a mesh grille, installers should first measure the width and length of the grille, then trace the outline on a large piece of poster board and cut it out. Once the cutout is complete, the poster board should be held up and compared to the grille to make sure it is the right shape for the car. The installer should then take the cutout and, using a highly visible marker or paint, trace it onto the mesh. A good tool to have on hand for cutting mesh is a pair of metal shears. The installer should leave some space around the outside of the grille's template, and cut out excess metal pieces as they fit the mesh into place on the front or rear bumper. When installing an unfinished metal grille, buyers can find auto primer for purchase that can be applied after the mesh has been fit.
The hood of the car is often the first thing that onlookers notice, making it an ideal place to start customising a car. Hood vents not only spice up a car's exterior, but also ventilate the engine. Hood vents come in several styles. These include air extractors, bulged vents, cowl inductions, louvred vents, and ram air vents. A bulged vent is the simplest type, as it is typically comprised of a single long, forward-facing vent. However, its small size does not allow for much ventilation. A bulged vent is suitable for a bulged hood that conceals a large engine.
Air Extractor Systems
An air extractor system has two louvres that face downward. These louvres accommodate greater airflow than the bulged vent can. An air extractor should be used for high performance engines that must be cooled for optimal performance. Louvred vents feature a simple design that feature two slits in the hood. Louvred vents should be added only to cars that do not overheat a lot.
The ram vent allows a lot of engine air to circulate, and has a forward facing air scoop that can pop out. For racecar drivers, a ram air vent has both pros and cons. It is appropriate for the car because it allows high-speed air to enter and exit, but it also creates more aerodynamic drag, which dampens speed. A cowl induction vent faces backwards, and catches air that bounces off the windshield. This system provides great ventilation without increasing aerodynamic drag.
Vents are often made from aluminium or carbon fibres, and are available in high gloss or matte finishes. Before purchasing a hood vent, buyers should make sure that it fits the make and model of their car. Buyers should look for easy and lightweight vents to install. Also, hood vent prices vary, sometimes cheaper ones do not feature UV protection. If UV protection is important, then buyers should keep an eye out for that, and should expect to pay a little more.
Hood Vent Installation
Certain tools and equipment are needed for any hood vent customisation project; these include the hood vent, a fibreglass repair kit, sandpaper, a jigsaw, a dremel, cutting wheels, an electric sander, measuring tape, and paint that is matched to the car. Buyers then need to decide where the vent is going to be installed. The new hood vent spot should have enough room underneath it to accommodate both the vent and the engine. The installer should then trace a rectangular outline of the vent onto the hood at the installation spot. Next, the dremel and cutting wheel should be used to cut a small slit in the hood of the car. Next, the jigsaw should be used to cut out the rectangle. Installers must take care not to leave any jagged edges. The freshly cut edges should be sanded smooth. The installer can then place the hood vent on the hood and clean the area around the hood vent.
Buyers should follow the directions of the fibreglass repair kit and apply the fibreglass strips to the area. Once the fibreglass strips are applied, they should be sanded down so that they are flush with the vent and with the hood of the car. Once the installer has installed the hood vent, applied the fibreglass, and allowed it to set properly, the surrounding area should be painted to match the colour of the car. Buyers may want to consult with a body shop for guidance before beginning the process. It is very important that buyers take proper precautions when adding vents to their car, as there is a danger of damaging the vehicle (or oneself) when working with power tools.
Customising a car is a way to put your own style into the car. Although many different customisation options are available, sport meshes for the grille and vents for the hood are both popular options. Buyers have many types of mesh to choose from, including matte finish, raw or unfinished metal, stainless steel, and chrome. Make sure that any metal is finished and has a weather seal before installing it on the car. Buyers should follow instructions for installation, especially when putting it on the grille, as the grille needs to be taken off before the mesh can be put on. Buyers should follow the manufacturer's instructions for removing parts, and they may want to talk to a mechanic for any additional information.
Installing a vent on a car is an in-depth process, as well, since it involves tampering with the frame of the car. Buyers will mostly likely want to install a vent on the hood of the car, as that is where it is most necessary, and where it is most likely to be seen. Buyers should take extra care if they are installing the hooded vent alone, and should thoroughly research the topic before beginning the project. They should also purchase any kits that help the process go easier. eBay has meshes and vents available, as well as installation kits for lots of different customisations.