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Marine7212 02-10-2013 04:56 PM

paint tradesman bumpers HELP!
i got the 2012 tradesman 2dr hemi(same as express pretty much) it was a better deal than the express plus im going to mod it, but im wanting color matched front end and bumpers now, any one done this or know how much it will cost? the paint shops told me the "textured" front upper bumper on the two piece cant be painted but ive seen it done any suggestions? and no express bumper wont fit different hardware :SHOCKED:

Huntsvillian 02-10-2013 06:43 PM

Take a look at this thread:

The one truck has had a chrome bumper painted, might be able to help.

Marine7212 02-11-2013 06:08 PM

not the bumper im worried about thats metal, its the bumper top piece its a textured plastic that wraps to the sides of fenders

roo 02-11-2013 09:06 PM

I have a Silver Tradesman and thought about having someone like Rhino Liner color match the black part. Should be more durable than paint there also.

dwanton 02-11-2013 09:18 PM

the problem with the grey or black texured non painted plastics is that it is very hard to get the paint to stick especially in areas that cant be fully sanded.

the bodyshops warranty all their work but cannot warranty the paint to stick .

yes you can sand and paint the part and use adhesion promoter but there is still no garrenty that the paint will stick .

its better just to buy the top cover that comes in primer and ready to paint or buy the one piece bumper cover.

Marine7212 02-12-2013 12:25 AM

where would I get such a part? dont they all come textured anyway?

whitev8 02-12-2013 10:51 AM

The slt has a paintable upper bumper cover. Most rams that have the chrome bumper have the paintable upper cover. You can find them threw keystone automotive ( insurance repair parts )or the dealer.

tclark 02-12-2013 10:53 AM

It would be item #16

snrusnak 02-12-2013 11:15 AM

I've seen textured pieces painted successfully but it's more difficult. Also painting over chrome is difficult but can be done. You're best bet is to get the primered piece like they are talking about.

Also, it is possible to swap from the metal bumper to the sport bumper, I just did it this sunday.



You just have to swap EVERYTHING. All hardware, brackets, etc. We pretty much traded straight up.

dayone 02-12-2013 11:27 AM

i have a 2011 st that came with the black textured bumper cap. a local body shop by me sanded it, primed it and painted it. the owner said that he had a new product for plastic that he wanted to try. turned out great. $200. the primed bumper cap in the LMC catalog was $150 at the time and that didn't include labor on it.

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