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Old 09-01-2011, 03:59 AM
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hey everyone, i have a white st so i have those ugly grey bumpers.. im lookin to paint them white to match my truck. does anyone know the process to doing this? should i do it myself? or just pay someone to do it.. Let me know!

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Is the st bumper plastic? I painted my srt front bumper myself and it wasn't too difficult of a process. If you go to paintscratch you can get cans of color match paint in exact factory colors. Just make sure you prep it well before starting.
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^ what he said, it's mainly all about prep. Painting is alot more labor than people realize, alot of sanding. Best would probably be to have someone (reputable) do it if you have zero experience. If you're handy and willing to take the time though you can do it, even without "proper" equipment, a rattle can job will hold up decent and look good.

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It's best to remove the bumper and do the work in your garage/shop/shed/whatever. Try to block off your work area from dust/debri/etc.
Wet sand bumper making sure to roughen all surfaces evenly
Clean the surface (and your hands!) well, I like to use mineral spirits or similar, then water mixed with dawn dish soap.
I usually wipe dry with a clean, oil free rag.
Wipe with a "tack" cloth to pickup and dust/lint
I like to "preheat" the part before painting also with a heat gun or blowdryer, I found this helps bond
Prime in thin, even layers
Repeat steps for paint and clearcoat if you wish to clearcoat
The only thing to skip in the following steps is don't use mineral spirits or similar, it will screw up the paint/primer. Just use the dish soap/water.

To do a proper job that'll be durable and look good I would plan on spreading out the painting over a whole weekend to give it some time to cure a little between coats. Also be careful immediately afterwards the paint will be "soft" until it's cured. If you can cure it with heat somehow that greatly helps durability.
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go to a paint shop and get yourself a can of wax & grease remover to clean the part your painting
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Dawn is cheap and works just as well...I've always used it and I have a couple paint jobs that are several years old and held up fine and look great. Dawn is a great degreaser, I found that it even works better than gojo and similar products on greasy hands.
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^^^ Agreed. I use Dawn on all my pieces, and when I used to build model cars prior to painting them. Works very well.
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Prep work is the key. Use a sanding block with 400 grit, especially for the flat surfaces. Once you get the "gloss" off, you should be ready for primer. Just don't go through the factory paint! Go to R & E Paint Supply (online). They sell an epoxy primer that you activate just before your ready to prime. They also sell factory matched colors, but here is the kicker: They sell a clear coat that also has the hardener in it---the clear (SprayMax 2K) and the epoxy primer (2K Epoxy Primer) come in a can that has a special cap that you remove, place on the bottom of the can, push down, and this will release the hardener or activator for the clear or epoxy. You have 24 hrs for the clear and up to 4 days for the epoxy before it becomes unusable. I'm getting ready to "re-paint" my new hoodscoop (the paint job wasn't the greatest, but I'm kinda anal about putting "OK" things on my vehicles) and have used similar products in the past and they work great. If you are good with a rattle can, go for it !!! As for degreaser/wax remover, most auto parts store that sell spray paint will have degreaser in a can (I picked one up last week) and definetly get a new tack cloth...they are cheap (a buck or 2) insurance.
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thanks for the help guys. the bumpers are steel i think. i will keep you all updated on whether i do it or not
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