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Old 01-21-2018, 02:36 PM   #38907
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So... this yr, Iíve finally decided that, I need to replace my front bumper (cuz itís pretty messed up). Now, Iíve found one that I kinda like. Biggest debate atm is should I buy one thatís already painted ($1,200 +shipping) or should I buy one thatís unpainted ($700 +shipping) & painted locally here to match current car color. Iím lil bit concern that if I buy pre-painted one, paint wonít match due to the age of the car... at the same time, if itís only 1~3 shades difference, Iím not gonna worry too much (I think)

What you guys think? If I can shave money here & there itís nice... but key important part for me is donít wanna spent extra money than as is.
Have it custom painted. You'll forget about the cost as soon as you see it and will feel better in the end.
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So... this yr, Iíve finally decided that, I need to replace my front bumper (cuz itís pretty messed up). Now, Iíve found one that I kinda like. Biggest debate atm is should I buy one thatís already painted ($1,200 +shipping) or should I buy one thatís unpainted ($700 +shipping) & painted locally here to match current car color. Iím lil bit concern that if I buy pre-painted one, paint wonít match due to the age of the car... at the same time, if itís only 1~3 shades difference, Iím not gonna worry too much (I think)

What you guys think? If I can shave money here & there itís nice... but key important part for me is donít wanna spent extra money than as is.
Always get it paint matched. The car is no longer the colour it was when new no matter how much care has been taken of it. Worth every penny of the extra cost.
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So... this yr, Iíve finally decided that, I need to replace my front bumper (cuz itís pretty messed up). Now, Iíve found one that I kinda like. Biggest debate atm is should I buy one thatís already painted ($1,200 +shipping) or should I buy one thatís unpainted ($700 +shipping) & painted locally here to match current car color. Iím lil bit concern that if I buy pre-painted one, paint wonít match due to the age of the car... at the same time, if itís only 1~3 shades difference, Iím not gonna worry too much (I think)

What you guys think? If I can shave money here & there itís nice... but key important part for me is donít wanna spent extra money than as is.
I'd suggest you go with the more expensive option.

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Because, if you go with the cheaper option, you will never think the paint matches as well as it could have; if you go with the more expensive option, you will always think that the paint matches as well as it could ever have .....because you paid more ......


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That said our bumper is a different shade then the hood and fenders anyway so it wont stay matched even if it is blended. Xepends how "off" you can stand.

Cheaper to pay more the first time then redo it if not happy
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Not pedantic. I remember seeing bare wire twisted together,

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First off, reported for a personal attack. I need a safe space, preferably a private subforum where only AT guys are allowed, that way, @finch1750 and @Dadhawk and @soulreapersteve can all comfort me for how attacked I feel by you MT elitists that keep telling me I can't have fun in my auto.

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If you're just using it as a media tablet, they're quite nice. The biggest drawback is being limited to Amazon's store (though you can work around that).
Not familiar at all with the Amazon ecosystem, so that is something I need to look into before buying from them. I didn't realize that it's "limited". How bad is it? Am I able to root the tablet and sideload the play store, or at least allow the tablet to install APKs I've downloaded?

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I actually find the iPad Mini to be a terrible design; it reports the same screen size as the full size one. Makes reading and such a bit more challenging. For movies and such it's fine - Apple does a great job with the display, colors, etc.
Hmm, I find their tablets to be superior to anything on the Android side the hardware and software just mesh so nicely, and that's something that Android just doesn't seem to be able to do, unless it's specced to like 3x what a comparable iDevice is. I've had an iPad mini first gen (girlfriend is using it now), and I can compare it to the second gen Nexus 7 and Samsung something or other (fuck you Knox).

I loved the Nexus, since when I had it, I was switching ROMs just about every week, but I see development has slowed down significantly. Kind of disappointed about that, one of the biggest reasons I hopped back into a google phone is because I recall on the Nexus 5 I had in 2014, there were more ROMs than you could ever hope to try.

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If you're mostly doing movies, a 10" Android gets you a better screen ratio and a nice size - also nicer size for typing (in landscape). If you're reading/browsing, an 8" is nicer in-hand - lighter, and less leverage against the wrist.
The majority of time spent would be reading and browsing. I have a ton of digital books. Plus, I don't always wear glasses when watching TV, so the extra screen real estate would be appreciated versus my phone.


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That said our bumper is a different shade then the hood and fenders anyway so it wont stay matched even if it is blended. Xepends how "off" you can stand.

Cheaper to pay more the first time then redo it if not happy
I've got a sweet scuff on the lower left of my bumper, that if I recall, isn't too different from the result of an LCA to @Tcoat's bumper? Anyhow, too lazy (read: cheap) to fix, and I figure in the area I live, I'll likely get hit by someone who isn't a great driver and be able to get it fixed for free.
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I've got a sweet scuff on the lower left of my bumper, that if I recall, isn't too different from the result of an LCA to @Tcoat's bumper? Anyhow, too lazy (read: cheap) to fix, and I figure in the area I live, I'll likely get hit by someone who isn't a great driver and be able to get it fixed for free.
The CA was a slit in my rear quarter. The front bumper scuff was from a chunk of ice frozen to the ground. The slit was fixed the bumper remains the same
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I've got a sweet scuff on the lower left of my bumper, that if I recall, isn't too different from the result of an LCA to @Tcoat's bumper? Anyhow, too lazy (read: cheap) to fix, and I figure in the area I live, I'll likely get hit by someone who isn't a great driver and be able to get it fixed for free.
Now THAT is one scary philosophy ........


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That said our bumper is a different shade then the hood and fenders anyway so it wont stay matched even if it is blended. Xepends how "off" you can stand.

Cheaper to pay more the first time then redo it if not happy
Maybe depends on colour but my bumper is exactly the same as the rest of the car. Not even a slight difference.
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Maybe depends on colour but my bumper is exactly the same as the rest of the car. Not even a slight difference.
Ive had my entire front end blended (hood, fenders, bunper) and its ended up different over time lol. Could be certain colors are more noticeable? Mine isnt noticeable from a distance but looking up close it is slightly different. Right after it got repainted it was spot on but not anymore

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The entire front bumper is black underneath (and a little on the side) and I have two noticeable black spots on the rear bumper as well. Parking blocks, my shitty driveway, and who knows what else haha
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Ive had my entire front end blended (hood, fenders, bunper) and its ended up different over time lol. Could be certain colors are more noticeable? Mine isnt noticeable from a distance but looking up close it is slightly different. Right after it got repainted it was spot on but not anymore



The entire front bumper is black underneath (and a little on the side) and I have two noticeable black spots on the rear bumper as well. Parking blocks, my shitty driveway, and who knows what else haha
Could be the difference in UV and tempuratures that our cars are exposed to as well.
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Could be the difference in UV and tempuratures that our cars are exposed to as well.
My bumper is definitely different than the hood and the fenders. Along with my mirrors. Might just be the white shows it better than the orange.
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My bumper is definitely different than the hood and the fenders. Along with my mirrors. Might just be the white shows it better than the orange.
Ya. Different pigments. I have noticed differences in almost new white cars.
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Could be the difference in UV and tempuratures that our cars are exposed to as well.
Yeah, yours gets less exposure since its buried in snow so often and I'm in the California sun lol
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