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Old 07-20-2011, 11:48 AM
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Default Bumper Paint Frustrations....

Ive got an 04 cardinal red ranger with the paint matched bumper + valence w/ fogs. Every damn summer i have to repaint the metal part of my bumper, and i usually just use autozone color match, grind off all the newly formed New england winter rust+chips, prime, paint, and clear. The problems include-

Paint doesnt match too well, but acceptable
Have to re do every 12 months
Valence paint is chipped and faded (i dont paint that every 12 months)
surface rust just keeps coming back...

So im stuck on what to do. A proper stay in the paint booth for just a spray of the metal bumper will run me 400$+. Just the bumper. This would provided bullet proof paint, but is expensive.
My next option is to just re do it again and again for about 50 bucks each summer.
Finally i could go on ebay and buy a chrome metal part bumper, and just swap it for around 100 bucks.

What have you guys done? has annyone else had this problem?

Thanks in advance...
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:49 AM
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powdercoat?
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:59 AM
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Ehhhh pricey correct? Wonder if there are any powdercoaters (sp?) local.....hmmm...
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:13 PM
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Default Re: Bumper Paint Frustrations....

you could rhino line it...i think that will look good against the red valence...you can bring the valence back by using some rubbing compound on it and then get some touch up paint
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:24 PM
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Default Re: Bumper Paint Frustrations....

Once i go black on the metal part of the bumper i think it would throw off the scheme....id have to go black on fender flares etc....How much should i pay for a 2nd hand bumper?
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:39 PM
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Default Re: Bumper Paint Frustrations....

How often do you wash the truck? How often do you wax it?

If that's not it, then it is paint prep. Prep is far more important than the spraying of the paint. Anyone can spray paint, thats easy. Make sure you are sanding completely and using a a cleaner before spraying. Prime, basecoat, clear. Lots of Clear. Spray cans put out a very thin layer compared to professional paint guns.
If you are painting over chrome, a thin layer is best, if you are painting over bare metal or plastic, a thicker layer is good.

Pictures of the damage may help us with diagnosing the problem.
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:28 PM
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Default Re: Bumper Paint Frustrations....

A body shop paint job will be NO BETTER than your spray can job. If anything, it will be worse. Aftermrket paint(what body shops use) is harder than OEM paint and will chip that much faster. I recommend color matched bedliner. NOT herculiner or the cheap DIY kits. Rhino, Line x, scorpion OR a GOOD DIY called AL's
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:14 PM
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What do you mean by the phrase "color matched bedliner" you mean black correct?
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:18 PM
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What do you mean by the phrase "color matched bedliner" you mean black correct?
No they can match the bed liner to the red of your truck.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:46 AM
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Wow, Really? what company provides this?
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:48 AM
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Wow, Really? what company provides this?
i think most of the companies do but i know rhino linings do it for sure
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:59 AM
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Ehhhh pricey correct? Wonder if there are any powdercoaters (sp?) local.....hmmm...
depends on the place. i know the company my shop uses has a $100 minimum. if they're already running other parts with the same color, then it could lower your price a bit. but i'd say it's a good option
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:45 AM
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you should see my bumper. Its heinous.
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:50 AM
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you should see my bumper. Its heinous.
i swapped mine for chrome hahaha got it off ebay and i love it. no more paint chips
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:52 AM
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but i hate chrome hahaha
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