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Painting plastic bumper how many color and clear coats are required?

Just painting my orginal bumper. I had a fender bender and ended up with some scrapes and tear. I've repaired the tear, repaired the deep scrapes and primed them, and put on 2 coats of colour coat. The repaired scrape sections still seem lighter that the rest of the bumper. Do I continue to add colour coats until it's all even....then put on a few clear coats?

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clean the plastic bit to be treated with thinners and you may then need to use a bumper primer so the paint keys correctly.

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hello i can help u. If u go to auto zone or aids auto store they will have touch up paint for you.or if u go to a auto body shop and say please and smile they should help you to.anyway it shouldnt cost more then 10.00 dollars.

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hi from uk the fade on paintwork you describe is not uncommon on this colour and especially on red which tends to go pink ? may i suggest you try this remedy which was shown to me some years ago by a paint sprayer expert ? choose a small panel that has faded then use some metal liquid polish ie brasso or similar then pour a little on a clean cloth and rub on paintwork use straight motion not circular / left to right or up /dawn rub with light pressure over the panel then use warm soap water and sponge to wash the polish off then dry paintwork with clean cloth you will find the colour and shine has come up ? also feel the difference ? if you are satisfied ?? then with LOTS of patience? continue with proceedure panel by panel what you are doing is removing all old wax from paint and it is this that has dicoloured due to sun/heat then when car is finished? use a wash/wax detergent for final wash/rinse and leather off i recommend you do not try rushing this job or get fed up ? 1/2 way thro if you want car to look good please come back with update on how it goes ?

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very fine compoud but i would try a little brake cleaner to remove marks, spary a little on a rag and rub,when done rinse with water and apply some wax. good luck,

Posted on Oct 13, 2009

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