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Old 03-03-2005
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Re-painting bumper/grille

Well i painted my bumper and grille over the summer and now that i look back on what i did, i should have read up about it more and put more time into it.

These are some of the mistakes i came up with...

1) Should have taken bumper and valance off before i painted it.
2) Should have added more primer.
3) Should have Wet sanded???
4) Should have added more coats of paint AND the right color white.
5) Should have clear coated it again. (Rained after i finished)
6) Should have polished/waxed it.

I don't exactly understand the purpose of wet sanding. From what i've heard you should wet sand between every step you take (besides adding more of the coat you're currently on), to make it smooth?

So what i plan on doing when it warms up is...

1) Remove bumper
2) Sand down to metal, wipe with acetone.
3) add 4-5 coats of primer
4) (wetsand?)
5) Add 5-8 coats of Oxford White
6) (wetsand?)
7) Add 5-8 coats of clear coat
8) polish/wax
9) Replace bumper


anyway, thats just whats on my mind right now. I have a couple months to think about it before it gets warm again. Opinions/suggestions would be helpful.
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Old 03-10-2005
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do the enitre bumper this time tho. it will look alot better.
as far as wet sanding i think that its just alot less harsh on the paint and it smooths it out alot better w/o taking off alot of paint
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it sands down a lot finer than regular dry sanding...

its kinda like a "lube" for the sandpaper..we all know its better that way...

but the plan sounds good to me, i wish i could help ya out in person! i like painting
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When I get an edge bumper i'll have to paint that...don't know what that has to do with anything...oh well. lol
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why isnt u're avatar the pink truck i made u!!??

i worked hard on that!!!!
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sorry...fixed
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Should have made the flames black on pink.
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I need to learn how to use photoshop "correctly" so I can do stuff like that.

If that was really on my truck, people's eyes would catch on fire when they saw it. Hey new mod "exploding eyes mod"....lol. j/k
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haha, its easy to change vehicle color and to lower cars...

ask Leo (TractionBound) for info, hes a bd on photoshop

and i just lasso'd his whole truck becuase i was goin crazy tryin to select only the flames....


btw, 1400 posts
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Bah, thread hi-jackers. lol...

Anyone have any suggestions for my paint job?
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make sure to paint the whole lower valance.....ding king for the dent....do it inside this time (cuz of rain)...thas about it...unless u're wantin to go custom....then i say go marble
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Hey I worked hard on all those avatars remember??? lol
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I think your truck looks fine how it is.. but i dont really know what im talking about anyway... you always say that theres some imperfection with everything..lol
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Imperfection city

I'll be busy this summer...
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That gap was stock too. I wonder if the bumper mod works on gen4's?
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Well, your truck is pretty old philip.. my thought is that you shouldnt put so much time in it because it has so many miles on it and im sure you will get another truck soon enough. :)
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I'm not worried about time. I still enjoy spending a day detailing it every once in a while. I'm not going to be spending more than $10-15 in paint. I don't see any high dollar mods in my future any time soon
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