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Old 03-30-2011, 05:58 PM
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Painting urethane bumpers?

I've finally started to pull apart my 79 Trans Am. Since this is the first time I am tackling a start-to-finish restoration by myself, I have decided to take things in sections. And the first is body and paint.

I have a rough idea on the metal parts, but far from an expert. Yet I have no clue on the urethane bumpers. Is there a special way to strip the old lacquer paint off the bumpers and respray them? I plan on an epoxy primer because I'm not sure when I'll be able to apply the paint.

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I have always just used regular stripper on bumpers and never had a problem.
But you should try a little on the backside first just to make sure.
I like stripper in an aerosol can, makes it easy to build up.
Autozone also carries it that way.
I also always use epoxy on bumpers because it reduces future rock
chips so well, but it needs to be a flexible epoxy, some aren't.
I use SPI epoxy because it is.
I guess you could add flex agent to other brands to be sure.
Just be sure to spray a adhesion promoter first on any bare plastic
and scrub it real good after stripper.
I like a scuff pad with Dawn dish soap.
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There are strippers made just for those covers I didnt like them but its been a while and they might be better now.regular stripper might melt the covers (it happend to me) I wouldnt get the stripper anywhere near those bumpers.or anything thats rubber or plastic.
Judging by the year of your car and where your from I'd guess that the covers have a ton of paint on them and are a bit deteriorated too.As a general rule I'll buy new aftermarket covers insted of wasting all that time stripping them,its more cost effective.It can be done though ...
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There are strippers made just for those covers I didnt like them but its been a while and they might be better now.regular stripper might melt the covers (it happend to me) I wouldnt get the stripper anywhere near those bumpers.or anything thats rubber or plastic.
Judging by the year of your car and where your from I'd guess that the covers have a ton of paint on them and are a bit deteriorated too.As a general rule I'll buy new aftermarket covers insted of wasting all that time stripping them,its more cost effective.It can be done though ...
This sounds more effective. A bit of back history on the car; it spent most of it's life in Northern California. I bought it when I lived a short while in Fremont, Ca, and took it back to Tucson, Arizona for about six years. It's been here in North Carolina for about four years. The bumpers aren't cracked or deteriorated, but the spoilers need to be replaced anyway.

Guess I'll just replace all the squishy parts!
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