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Old August 30th, 2013, 01:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Paint your bumper at home

Over time I have had fun messing with paint of all kinds, how it works, and to get proper shine, so I took a shot at painting my bumper! And it looks like some real professional shit if you ask me.*

Anyway*If your like me and can't seem to pay over 300 $$ on a paint job and if you wanna save your self a couple hundred bucks follow these steps. Read along closely and you'll have a freshly painted bumper in no time.
First off you want to paint in a closed, spaced out environment free from wind, dust or anything else that can mess up your paint. I did it in my garage. And it's REALLY easy to get an uneven coat of paint from a can so just do it carefully and evenly.

Tools:*
3 "SEM Flexible primer" (12 oz)
2000 wet sand paper*
Rubbing compund (which ever you prefer)
Microfiber cloths or microfiber sponges
clearcoat (12 oz)
basecoat paint (12.5 oz)*

You can find the paint here*
Touch Up Paint from PaintScratch.com

They have any car paint you can think of, and you can get it however you prefer. It's a great site.

5 easy steps.*

1st step. Wash the bumper with soap and water and dry as well, then Apply the primer, 1 can at a time. Failure to apply proper adhesive will result in your paint chipping in a matter of weeks!



2nd step. Oncs of the primer and it is fully dried, *you can now apply the basecoat. Do not try to paint it all with one can, slow and even coats will give you the results you want. And this paint is expensive so if you fuck up you can peel it off and try again like Plastidip


3rd step. The paint should be fully dry after 3 and a half hours, and after the 3 cans of basecoat have been applied you can now add clearcoating. Again don't try to cover the entire bumper with one can, slow and steady wins the race.*


4th step. ,sand the bumper with the wet sand paper (slowly) to clear off any blemishes from the paint.


5th step. After the wet sanding, wait 24 hours to start applying the rubbing compund. Once 24hrs have passed apply rubbing compound, you will need to cover the entire bumper inch by inch for proper shine.*

Here's how mine came out, i hope this helps anybody who wants to do this.*
I'm certainly not a professional at painting but it came out nice and have gotten lots of compliments. *



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Old August 30th, 2013, 01:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice job.

But i can still see a bunch of orange peel on that bumper.

After a month, come back and wet sand the whole bumper again with 1500-2000grit sandpaper. Than use cutting creme compound and a wool pad to remove the scratches, than buff out the compound&swirl marks from the wool pad with a polish and soft pad.
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Thanks, what exactly is orange peel? Lol I was buffing it in that picture.
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It's whenever the paint isn't perfectly "finished" with buffing and all and the paint surface literally looks like the peel of an orange instead of like glass when complete.

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Ah thanks! I'm gonna buy a buffer to get a better shine, overall it was fun and it was my first time doing this type of work haha
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more wet sanding, added another coat of base, and used a diffrent clear, finsihed results!



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Looks good great job!!!
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The 2nd set of pics after the wet-sanding and repaint looks a lot better than the first set. That's the difference between a good job and quality job!
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