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Old 07-15-2005
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painting gray plastic xlt bumper black... anyone done it?

so i dont really like the gray front lower valance, i think i want to change it to black.... and ive heard of some people painting theirs. what did you use? how did it hold up? i'd love to use a bumper dye of some sort, if there is such a thing. i dont want it to look like crap in a month from cracks and chips and stuff.

anyone have any suggestions?
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This is exactly my future project for my truck. However I think I am just going to buy a black one instead especially since mine has some deep heavy scratches from muddin.
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i believe Dupli-Color makes a paint in a rattle can that is just for painting plastic bumpers...i found an empty can around the garage that my dad used up...

my fender flares are black, but have dulled to a sort of grey....i'll just paint those back to black...

but yah, it should hold up...
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diabolic did it to his truck... but i think he painted it white... either way it looks really good
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diabolic... chime in!!

... and i didnt even realize you can get em in black stock?
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i was looking online... anyone heard of this stuff? - Forever Black Bumper and Trim Dye Kit...

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...44601?v=glance

i think this might be exactly what im looking for.... it says that it shouldnt be used on 'light colored bumpers' since its a dye... anyone tried it on gray trim?
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I've been wanting to do the plastic on my rear bumper in white to match the rest of my truck.
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I looks on Ebay

it like 80 to 150 dollars for a front lower valance....
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I don't think Forever Black is what you are looking for. That is to restore something that is already black.
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None of that restorer never works. It will stay on till it rains
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Yep I have been seeing the black ones on ebay brand new.
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justin - post a link to one if you can... im only finding the upper valances...
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The black plastic valences and fender flares came on FX4 Level IIs from the factory.
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Since that plastic part can flex, you need a paint that can flex. The paint will have a flexing agent added to it to allow it to flex, so that the paint won't crack if the valence flexes. Talk to whoever you buy the paint from about this.
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brand new black one are a little over a hundred like the others have said. i would get a new one, it doesnt matter what paint you use it will crack and chip sooner or later. to do it right get a new one.
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It's funny what you can find by searching your username in the forums... anyway. The only mistake i made was the wrong color code, and i wish i had put more time into it and not rushed it. Now i am forced to take time to re-do it. Which i have been putting off for months... Good luck!
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I painted the rear bumper step pad black on mine. I just took it off, cleaned it up with windex, and sprayed a few coats of Krylon Fusion Gloss Black on there. Months later, it still looks good. I'd imagine it'd be along the same lines for the front bumper.
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I actually painted both the front and rear bumper trim white to match my old truck. I liked it ( I HATED that gray plastic crap. They could have made it black and it would SO much better) and you can see pics here (click on the thumbnails for bigger pics)

I removed the two smaller pieces from the front bumper, taped everything else off, sanded the plastic so it would hold the paint, put on about 3-4 coats, sanded it with really fine sandpaper, the did 3 coats of clear coat. Took a day or so, but very worth it in my opinion. I was planning on doing the outside of the gray mudflaps (it came with the gray plastic ones that wrapped around, meaning I couldn't replace them without having a hole in the side of my truck) but I traded in the truck before I could get to it.

Good luck & take your time!
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The black plastic valences and fender flares came on FX4 Level IIs from the factory.
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