rusty bumper - 97 dodge


Old 04-17-06, 11:52 AM
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rusty bumper - 97 dodge


I've got a 97 Dodge Ram with a back bumper that's got a good amount of surface rust on it. Apparently these particular vehicles are known to have that problem.

So, a buddy of mine has a grinder, what all is involved in stripping that and repainting it? doesn't need to be a perfect job it's a paid for work truck with plenty of scratches otherwise. My friend is a mechanic who hasn't done much body work but is otherwise pretty handy.

Thanks for your input,

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Old 04-17-06, 12:07 PM
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First remove the bumper, if at all possible. Then use a commercial paint stripper to remove all of the old paint. Next, sand or grind out all rust.
Apply a conversion coating of phosphoric acid - available at most large auto parts stores. This locks in any invisible rust and prepares the metal for finishing. Follow up with a primer and then two coats of finish. Your bumper should outlast the rest of the truck.
Old 04-17-06, 12:12 PM
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Sounds simple enough. Thank you!
Old 04-18-06, 04:32 AM
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I'd use Eastwood Co. Rust Encapsulator
I'd still remove as much rust as possible before applying it

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