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Old 06-11-2000, 03:34 AM
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Well, i'm looking for more ways to blow money on my baby....Today, i'm standing there in my driveway in the disgusting humid New York City weather looking at my car, and all that stands out is the horrendous grey primered bumpers. I was thinking to myself, how wonderful and cheerful the car would seem if the bumpers were color matched with the rest of the car. I seemingly asked a couple of body shops how much it would roughly cost--gave me some ridiculous prices. Would this be a DIY job??--if so...where would i get the paint? and what "tools" what i need to complete the job?. Or any alternatives??.....any reply would be deeply appreciated

1989 300E (108k miles)
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Old 06-11-2000, 09:24 PM
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I have done this. You can take off the bumpers and use a product called Bulldog etching primer. It will grip the plastic and hold the paint on. Go to an Auto paint store and have them color match the paint to your car.
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Old 06-12-2000, 07:24 PM
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To add to Benzmac's advice. Remove the impact strips before you paint. Don't try to paint them or mask around them. They are a different material and expand and contract more than the bumper cover itself. Also, when you get the paint mixed, make sure you get the flex additive mixed with the color coat. This will prevent the paint from cracking with normal wear and tear, such as scraping the bottom of the air dam across the top of a parking barrier. Been there and done that. Give it lots of time to dry or you will most certainly pick up a quick set of dings while the paint is soft. should look really nice when done. BTW while you're at it. Remove the grille insert and paint that piece a semi-gloss black. Also remove the little aluminum trim strips (6 hroizontal and 1 vertical). You will have to do a thorough prep of the plastic and use a good quality spray gun. Put on at least 6 coats of color after the prime. Build it up slowly. it will last longer and be more resistant to superficial damage.

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Old 06-13-2000, 12:23 AM
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I have recently done this and let me tell you that its the most amazing transformation to a real beast! I will post a photo here though and hope this will do justice to the beast!!!!!No this is not working so if someones interested email for a photo.
This was done on a 300e.
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Old 06-13-2000, 12:38 AM
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Thanks for the replies,

I will be heading down to the local auto paint shop, and pick up the bulldog etching primer, also the paint.

About the impact strips--I cant paint them at all? I was planning on painting the entire bumper area, including the rockers, door moldings, and door mirrors.

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Old 06-13-2000, 12:53 AM
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The flex additive will also help prevent cracking/peeling of the paint over rubber/urethane, due to the expansion and contraction of the material during weather cycles.

Mike Tangas
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