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powder coating bumpers

im planning on painting my bumpers soon once it gets warm outside. im considering having them powder coated though. has anyone had experience with this? if so how much does it cost? if i do it by myself i will use some primer that prevents rust then use duplicolor bumper coating. and finish it up by using krylon fusion on my valance and rear bumper cover. ive heard people using bed liner is this a better choice?
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If you have a bumper powdercoated, plan on paying anywhere from $150-$400 depending on the shop, and if you bring it to them sandblasted and ready to spray or they do the blasting and prep.

If you paint it yourself, I wouldn't use bumper coat on it. Primer with something like POR15, then a good base/clear. The bumper coating is actually designed for plastic, not metal. It's not a real durable finish, and I've found that it tends to absorb road grime and show stains.

If you're thinking rattle can, get the highest quality you can. Check with a local autobody supply store and see if they offer spray cans of their professional paint.
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i had the back bumper on my 01 powder coated, that was about in about 2006, i got a homie hookup at $85, my experence was it looked good, but started chipping after about 3 years

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I had a quote to do a pair of tube bumpers a year or so ago on an XJ... the shop wanted $200 for the front and $150 for the rear.
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Powder Coating is hard to touch up, Rattle Can Paint is the way to go.

For best finish, sandblast or sand to bare metal, spray with DuPont Metal Etching Primer, then paint with a DuPont Top Coat of your choice.

On the plastic use DuPont Adhesion Promoter for Plastic, then a DuPont top Coat.

If there are areas that need smoothing, Metal Etch Primer, then use DuPont Filler Primer, sand most off but do not go through the Etching Primer (if you do re-spray) then use a DuPont Top Coat of your choice.

If you didn’t pick up on it, DuPont all the way, not only is it the best paint out there it is more consistent and compatible between types.
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I haven't trusted DuPont paints since their primer adhesion problem in the late 80's and early 90's. Maybe they've come a long way, but I've had such good luck with other brands that I haven't had a reason to try them again.
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I've had bad luck with powder coating and rust. I would just paint in with some spray on bed liner from a can.
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yea im just going to end up spraying it with some of the paint products you guys suggested. that way in case someone hits me in my stupid school parking lot i can just touch it up. i would love to get one of those custom bumpers to mess up their truck but thats out the budget and i just have a 2wd.
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Good Luck with that.

Prep is the name of the game, that is IF you want it to look great.
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