How to Paint Front Bumper made by Heady-Duty Plastic?


Old 07-25-08, 05:11 PM
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How to Paint Front Bumper made by Heady-Duty Plastic?

When I was driving along the side of country road, a small-sized deer came out of blue and hitting front bumper of my Camry 98. There is not significant damage, ... only painting over a small area of front bumper messed-up, a kind of 'scrape.'

One of my relatives who is pretty handy and told me to fix it, as knowing that I need to pay $100 deductible, even for that
very minor and un-avoidable accident.

When we looked closely, painting of the front bumper is over the heavy-duty plastic that must need 'primer' or some 'similar material' to stick good?

Any clues on this would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-25-08, 05:36 PM
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For it to be done right - it will likely cost more than the $100 deductable

There is a flex additive that's mixed in with the car paint to keep the paint from cracking on the flexable material.... but if your car is similiar to most 10 yr old cars, I'd get a can or two of spray paint and diy. Wet sand the area first with 320 grit.
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You say "scrape". Have you tried compounding it first to see if that will take it out ? Is it a deep scrape/scratch ?
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Thanks for the responses.

There are two types of painting damage to the front bumper, ... one area is about 8 inches x 7 inches that is completely scraped-out which means white heavy-duty plastic exposure and another area is about 8 inches x 10 inches on which painting is still intact, but it's coming out any time with only finger-touch.

As to $100 deductibles, it's a type of my auto-insurance. There are three types of my auto-insurances, I believe, one for $300, another for $200 and $100. I went for a $100-route, although it's not a cheap. In my policy, there are no difference between big or small, whether it's more than $10,000 or only $200 job. In my guessing, if going through a professional painting-job, it may cost about $500 or more. The car is 10-year-old, then I want to do it on our own.

Spray-paint which I previously purchased from local auto-shop and we'are going to get sand-paper soon, so that he'll make a job done right. Thanks for a good tip and advice.
Old 07-26-08, 07:50 AM
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You will need to use either a primer specifically labeled for plastic bumpers or an "adhesion promoter" for this same purpose.............The paint won't stay on long without it.

The primer is better if you can find it as it will make the surface somewhat smoother.
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