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Old 05-31-2016, 11:03 PM   #15
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Another Bumper Repair Question

I might be really dumb and misremembering, I just remember there being a $25 difference between the labor it would have taken to fix all this and make it look new and the cost of just painting a new one. Not a particular point of contention for me as the minor price difference is what matters to me in this case, though.


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I've done rattle-can work exactly as you're considering and, while it turned out quite good, it took DAYS. It was a labor of love for my wife's Celica before she was my wife.

If you're into it for the experience, or because you have much more time than money, then I say go for it. Otherwise, ...
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I've done rattle-can work exactly as you're considering and, while it turned out quite good, it took DAYS. It was a labor of love for my wife's Celica before she was my wife.

If you're into it for the experience, or because you have much more time than money, then I say go for it. Otherwise, ...
What was your experience like? Was there a reason it took more than a day? I was figuring I could devote a day to the project but hadn't planned on longer than that.
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What was your experience like? Was there a reason it took more than a day? I was figuring I could devote a day to the project but hadn't planned on longer than that.
Gah! I forgot I had to strip and refill a weld in the b-pillar. That's what took so long. In my defense, it was over 10 years ago. :P

Have you read up on how to prep, treat between coats, and all that?
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Have you read up on how to prep, treat between coats, and all that?
Not treating between coats, but how to prep (re: sanding, cleaning, etc) yes. The whole car is gonna get machine polished afterward.
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Not treating between coats, but how to prep (re: sanding, cleaning, etc) yes. The whole car is gonna get machine polished afterward.
I forget how long the paint can be allowed to set before it must be sanded if another coat is to be applied. That's really what I meant.

I bet it turns out perfect.
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Not treating between coats, but how to prep (re: sanding, cleaning, etc) yes. The whole car is gonna get machine polished afterward.
Lots of people skip prepping in between but you should let the paint settle for at least 45 min, heat gun would come in handy to speed things up. Make sure you wash everything you prep... don't want a Sandy surface due to all the stuff you'll be sanding(dust)
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Lots of people skip prepping in between but you should let the paint settle for at least 45 min, heat gun would come in handy to speed things up. Make sure you wash everything you prep... don't want a Sandy surface due to all the stuff you'll be sanding(dust)
Yeah, I'm going to be following the directions on the cans pretty much exactly. I'll probably just use like rust-oleum auto primer for the priming but then I'm using the GrimmSpeed factory match WRB and Clear Coat, and I know a lot of people have used those with very good results in the past.
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So, body shop took a look and gave me an estimate on the time it'd take to do correctly and it's about $25 less than a new bumper ($250 to fix vs $275 to replace) So I'll try it myself and if I hate it I'll just have them replace it.


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who is replacing your bumper for $275 is that the labor costs? to replace the entire bumper is over a grand.
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Lots of people skip prepping in between but you should let the paint settle for at least 45 min, heat gun would come in handy to speed things up. Make sure you wash everything you prep... don't want a Sandy surface due to all the stuff you'll be sanding(dust)
flash time for paint is nowhere near 45 minutes
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Does anyone know offhand if there's a special primer for poly, or is it ok to just use whatever? I haven't ever shot over poly.
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I've never seen anything that suggests you'd need a different kind of primer for poly.
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Welp, I did it. I still need to wet-sand and blend the paint, obviously, but the Grimmspeed WRB is a perfect factory match and even with all this orange peel (again, I know I need to do the wet-sanding!!!) it's virtually invisible from farther than maybe 3 feet away. HUGE difference.

I masked up to the body line on the "lip" area and used two thin coats of primer, three thin coats of WRB, and three thin coats of clear. I sanded with 220 - 300 - 400 grit between primer coats but did not sand afterward.

The big scuffs on the side of the bumper will mostly buff out and I'm not as worried about them as I was the big gouges in the bottom of the front bumper.

Not bad for like, $45 worth of paint/tape/etc.

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Car will be wet-sanded and machine polished either this weekend or next depending on my schedule. Will report back if folks want.
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W00t congratulation bro you did well 😁
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