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Old 02-09-2010
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Refinishing front bumper

My '98 came with a charcoal gray painted steel bumper. When I got it 2 years ago, i had the front bumper repainted. I've tried to keep up on the chips, but this winter, there is just too much. It looks like a teenager's face in full bloom (okay, not really, but that's what it feels like).

I've been looking at spray bed liner stuff. Duplicolor's gray bumper paint looked interesting. But then I found Plasti-dip. If I used Duplicolor's gray bumper paint, then used a clear Plasti-Dip coat...I'd think that'd protect it against rust and whatnot. I'm just wondering how it'd hold up over time. Anyone have any experience with either product?

for prep, I was going to wire-wheel the whole thing down to bare metal, rustoleum primer it, duplicolor bumper coat, clear plasti-dip. I'd think that'd be a pretty inexpensive way to do it and keep it somewhat looking nice. (I would run a sample to make sure it at least looks decent though)
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bumper's really started rusting now around the valence so I decided to look into this a bit more. I picked up some black Rustoleum bed liner at Lowes and sprayed it on a test piece of metal. Sprayed some light gray paint on top of that and it turned out looking nice. I think I'm going to bed line it, then put a coat of dark gray paint on it.

I don't mind touching up, but I do mind the rust.
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Old 10-05-2010
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Just clean up as much as the rust as you can before painting it and you shouldn't have any problems with it.
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Yah clean the rust up, don't just spray over it. Then get some good thicker bedliner, someone actually had a thread on this recently with a good looking product.
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I plan on taking a wire wheel on a snag grinder to it, take it all down to the metal, then bedliner. I'll just put a cover coat on it, then use the rest of the can to bulk it up. Finish it off with a coat of the color of paint I want for looks.

But since this is just for looks, this may not get done for a bit.
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sucks that it took 8months for someone to respond to you...
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If you take it down to bare metal put some primer down on it. It'll help out quite a bit. I saw that nobody has helped out after this long so I figured I'd at least try to help out.
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I've never really done bedliner before on something like this. you think steel/primer/bedliner would provide good enough adhesion so it wouldn't peel off?? It would be a nice clean surface...
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bedliner actually likes a lil grit so id grind it prime it and then use a scrubbing pad to ruff it up some
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^^ Yep what he said.
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