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Old 02-21-2005, 04:32 PM
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Painting Metal Bumpers? Your tips, tricks, advice, experience.

Hiya folks.

This post is about painting metal bumpers. I know this isn't new, people have been painting the metal bumpers to match the body color.. forever.

I have noticed a few people have been doing other things to the bumpers in choices of colors or finishes. So, I thought I'd start a little thread in here and ask for advice on this.

Now, a pal of mine, he had a '68 Ford Fairlane 2dr... and when he got it the bumpers were all rusted up. So he sanded it down good, cleaned it up, shot it with some silver rattle can spray paint, then shot some rattle can clear over it(I think). His ride was a low buck street drag kinda ride and I always thought it looked really good, considerin' the amount of $$ and time he put into it.

I saw a '66ish Ford Fairlane at a car show a few years ago that was a deep orange, the bumpers had been painted with that 'hammered finish' paint. The deep gray with black specks... anyway I think it is called 'hammered or hammer finish'. I thought that looked really nice on that car also... and it was prolly much less than having it rechromed. Since that car was a custom ride anyway... it really worked well.

So, what ideas, techniques, tips, paints(rattle can or hi buck spray gun) do you use or have you used?

Just curious...



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Old 02-21-2005, 07:45 PM
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Way back in 1992, I painted the chrome bumpers on my 71 Mustang. I started off by grinding the chrome off, then I hammered the dents out and filled them. I shot K200 on them and painted them black with catalized acrylic enamel. They looked pretty descent, rusty chrome just didn't do it for me. When I sold the car the rear bumper looked like I just shot it and the front bumper had a few rock chips in it, this was 7 years after I painted them. This is what I would do if I decided to paint chrome bumpers again, but I would use better a better primer and paint.
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