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Old 06-28-2002, 20:33   #1 (permalink)
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Question de-colour coding bumpers

the bumpers on my xe are painted in the same 2-pack red as the rest of the car and i want to make them black again.

is it possible to remove the red without destroying the plastic bumpers or would i be better jsut to paint over them in black?
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Old 06-28-2002, 21:01   #2 (permalink)
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I would have thought that the paint on the bumpers are different to that of the body work.

If you want a half decent job I would suggest you strip em back, use the correct under coat and top coat to stop them splitting!
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Old 06-29-2002, 04:45   #3 (permalink)
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I had the paint on my XF bumper removed with a costic blaster. These blasters can be adjusted in sensativity so that they remove the paint without damaging the plastic (no pitting or abrasion). You will not be able to paint strip the bumbpers as most if not all paint stripers will eat into the plastic.
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Old 06-29-2002, 23:30   #4 (permalink)
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yep, thats what i was thinking. how much did it cost you to strip the bumper and what kind of places do it?
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It only cost me about $45 but that was about 5 years ago. The place I went to was in Adelaide I can't remember their name but they specialise in automotive paint removal. There should be someone in Melbourne that does this type of work.
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Old 06-30-2002, 04:14   #6 (permalink)
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... and the reason you want to make your car look older is...?
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Old 06-30-2002, 18:25   #7 (permalink)
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..not older, original. xe's never came with coloured bumpers. i just dont rekon its a good look, particularly in red
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You can probably paint over the red on your XE bumper - it is better than stripping all the paint off and starting over - less risk of damage to the bar. Give it a rub back and a coat of grey primer first. The black part of the XEs had a habit of losing their surface and going rough (because the black heated up more in the sun and this caused "weathering") which is why I suggest not to disturb the surface any more than absolutely necessary.
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