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Old 03-18-2010, 01:32 PM
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Best way to paint XL bumper and grille?

I am looking to paint my grille and bumper white, Michigan salts the roads so I want to make sure it doesn't rust.
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:43 PM
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Powdercoat... more durable and usually cheaper.
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:04 PM
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I am kinda looking for something I can do in my garage, what is needed for the job?
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:28 PM
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I would definately do powercoating. It's not really as expensive as you may think.

My white truck is a sport model (painted bumpers) and it looks like my front bumper has been shot with a 12GA. I HATE it.

I will either be getting them powdercoated or switch them out for chrome ones.
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:55 AM
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You can't powdercoat the xl bumpers
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:03 PM
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You can't powdercoat the xl bumpers
Details would help sell us on your claim...
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:28 PM
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They have to grind the plastic down so that powder will stick, they heat it up to 400f. The place said they couldn't pwdercoat the grille.
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:37 PM
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If you're painting the grille, Use Krylon Fusion spraypaint, but make sure you prep it good. Scuff it up real nice or it will chip easily. Let it set for a full 24 hours before exposing it to weather, including dew/dampness of the morning. I painted mine with that stuff, but I slacked on the prep work since I wasn't sure if I would like it. It came out real nice but it is chipping a little from bugs and pebbles since I didn't prep it real good. I'd say spend twice as much time sanding and cleaning as you do spraying and you'll be good. I have nothing for you on the bumper though. Maybe LineX with white XtraGuard, might look good, but probably not cheap. The local LineX shop quoted me $400 to spray my rockers and that didn't include the XtraGuard.

I've had real good results from the krylon paint on plastic when sanded and cleaned properly, without even using a primer. the painted grill is in my avatar. Black Krylon paint on the main part of the grill with Duplicolor Chrome finish paint on the honeycomb
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Hey DetTiger,

Before you decide on anything I was going to go talk to a body shop about getting my chrome bumper painted. If the price is reasonable I might trade my chrome for your black and then just paint your black. Where are you located?

Dan
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:51 PM
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Ya I'm interested, I'm in Michigan.
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