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      05-19-2022, 11:13 AM   #1
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DIY Bumper Cover Repaint

After weighing my options, I have decided to paint my bumper cover myself, as it is way cheaper and I'm not looking for absolute perfection. I plan on buying color matched paint from AutomotiveTouchup.com, along with adhesion promoter, primer, and 2k clear from amazon. If anyone has any tips/tricks or suggestions, please let me know. Also, how many cans do you guys think I will need for 2-3 base coats on the bumper, with each can containing 12oz.
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      05-19-2022, 12:15 PM   #2
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After weighing my options, I have decided to paint my bumper cover myself, as it is way cheaper and I'm not looking for absolute perfection. I plan on buying color matched paint from AutomotiveTouchup.com, along with adhesion promoter, primer, and 2k clear from amazon. If anyone has any tips/tricks or suggestions, please let me know. Also, how many cans do you guys think I will need for 2-3 base coats on the bumper, with each can containing 12oz.
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How much is a body shop charging you? $500-$1000?

Have you heard of the saying: Buy once, Cry once.

If you're not gonna use an air gun then forget it. another thing is dust, so you'll need some kind of a booth.

Supplies alone are gonna run you a good amount and it's still gonna look like shit.
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This isn't knocking your talent or abilities whatsoever. It will NOT turn out good, just take it in. You need to have the right hardeners, the right pressure, a perfectly clean environment, right humidity and temp, etc. It will flake off within a year if you rattle can it and won't look right to start with. Even in CA you should be able to get it done for $500
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If you invest the time and prep and all and do it with a 2k clear can it can come out as good for sure. But yeah it does come near the price of just getting it done at a shop.
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I've DIY painted parts and they have come out looking just like if you took it to a shop; However it takes a lotttttt of time(prep work) for that.

For bumpers make sure you use a proper bumper adhesion promoter and primer (so that it wont crack/blister at the slightest stone chip.

And also if you think you've sanded smooth enough; keep going because there's likely a few things you missed. Also do an extra few clear coats(not too heavy though) so you can wetsand and buff it all out
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After weighing my options, I have decided to paint my bumper cover myself, as it is way cheaper and I'm not looking for absolute perfection. I plan on buying color matched paint from AutomotiveTouchup.com, along with adhesion promoter, primer, and 2k clear from amazon. If anyone has any tips/tricks or suggestions, please let me know. Also, how many cans do you guys think I will need for 2-3 base coats on the bumper, with each can containing 12oz.
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Picasso, what did you decide, has this been painted yet?
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