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School me on painting bumpers/plastic

I want to know everything about painting your bumper plastic and your fender flares.

I want to know how to prep, what paint to use, how many coats, and if I need to use clear coat.

Also I need to see pics to help me make my mind up.

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Here's just a panel for an example:

Front valance:
remove valance
wash with hot water and dish soap and really scrub that bithc
dry with paper towels
let sit in sun for ~15 minutes to just ensure drying
use 1 can of Krylon Fusion paint of your color/finish choice
do 5-6 light coats
let dry for a few hours
reinstall and stand back and look at how great it looks

Don't use clear coat with Krylon Fusion.
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My biggest fear is the paint chipping off.
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There is a guy over on FRF that used that color match spray cans from the auto store. Shane said it looked pretty good and i think that is what i'm going to do when i paint my edge valance.

I think he took fusion as a primer to build it up and kind of smooth out the texture the valance has. Then he used the color match with some clear on top. Shane said it looked quite well for how little work you really need to do.
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My biggest fear is the paint chipping off.
Over a year with my grille being painted and my valance has been painted since late summer and there's not a single chip mark on either of them.
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I want pics, lol.
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I want pics, lol.
Of mine? I'll get you some links to some threads that have pictures of them in it.
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I will take pics of what ever andwhom ever.
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Before(grille already painted here):
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Grille and valance both painted with Krylon Fusion:
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Grille before:
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That does look pretty good. Are you going to do your flares?
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This summer once it warms up.
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You think I should go black or DWB?
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Black. But it needs to be a very flat black.
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Did you use ultra flat on yours?
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I used satin.

Here's a picture of Krylon Fusion Satin used on a DWB truck:
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And Here's Fusion flat black with nothing ontop:



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This picture shows a good comparison between stock valance and painted flares:
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That does show a good comparison.

It goes look really clean.
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Grille and valance both painted with Krylon Fusion:


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stole my paint mod idea lol ... nice truck
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Didnt Shane do his with truck bed liner too?
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Didnt Shane do his with truck bed liner too?
I dont think he did.
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He did his front bumper with it and the flares with dupilcolor truck liner.

He then rubberized his interior to one-up everyone on this site :)
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I did my flares, grill, bumper insert & valance over the last couple of years with Krylon Fusion gloss black, no clear & they're still quite shiny.

The bumper insert has turned slightly dull, but I only shot it with about 2 coats while everything else has at least 4 coats on it.

I think I have some pics on my photobucket (but I'm too lazy to go through them right now)
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Jake....if you wanna go Edge-like with DWB, I highly suggest getting it all done professionally aka go all out. A clear plastic primer(2 coats) then high build primer(like 4 coats), then sand smooth. The problem with smoothing these flares down with sanding is that it likes to "fuzz" up. Then shoot base color then clear.

Pics posted earlier in this thread and in your other thread showed my setups. I went with Satin Black Fusion which ended up clashing against the DWB IMO...was just way too shiny for the truck and looked WAY out of place. Then I ran Flat Black Fusion which gave me the look I was after as shown in the pics. Stock finish but black.

I didn't prep at all when I did those, so I had some chipping. So my idea was to sand the chips out then scuff it up to give the adhesion promoter something to stick to. Only problem is that it resulted in a totally smooth flare where the chips were. So, it was down to either color matching the stuff(and totally smoothing it out) or finding something to texture it. I wanted to keep it XLT textured looking, so out came the Duplicolor adhesion promoter and the Duplicolor Truck Bed Coating in a can. It alone gave me the look I was after. I tried flat black ontop of the bedliner, no bueno. Then matte clear ontop of that, no bueno. Straight up Duplicolor bedliner worked and did the trick.

The texture of the bedliner is similar to stock texture, the 'bumps' are a little bigger. But overall similar. Easily cleanable with a washmit. No worries of 'tagging' the mit like on other spray on/brush on bedliners. I really enjoy it.

My method was this:

scuff up parts with 220.
like 3 coats of Duplicolor Adhesion Promoter(clear plastic primer)
2 even coats of Duplicolor Truck Bed Coating in a can.
couple days to let sit and cure. Done.

I'm sure all my blahblah can be applied to Fusion Flat just fine. I didn't prep at all when I did mine the first two times. 3rd time seems like it works like a charm...

almost 3 years later, i've only got one chip where I hit the bumper with a hammer. It's some tough stuff. No chips on the flares or valence....though, in that ridge between the valence and bumper, there's slight chippage due to not enough prep(that area got NO scuffing and barely got adhesion promotor). Color fade is either non-existant or it's barely even noticeable. Most the pics below are from this past summer, 2 years after spraying them.

On with the whorage...(most are dirty shots, so bugs are showin' up. lol.



you can see the hammer hit chip under the #2 KC. lol.




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These are from about 6 months after spray...
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Tree and Truck disagreement on passenger bumper. What you see is sap. lol. Has since been cleaned off. No eatage of paint either.
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This picture shows a good comparison between stock valance and painted flares:
Can't forget the test spray on the valence that's clearly visible there too. Nice truck!!
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Damn that looks good Shane. What does that duplicolor stuff cost?
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Krylon fusion ftw
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