Buy enough to paint that whole car something other than puke green
Hi TCL, I have a huge hole in my front bumper and I discovered a new bumper is more affordable than I thought. I have access to a paint gun and somewhat knowledgeable friends, so I'm thinking about taking a crack at it and doing it myself. If I buy paint from automotivetouchup.com or a similar site, how much basecoat should I expect to buy?
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Last edited by David802; 10-07-2012 at 03:54 PM.
Has anyone ever tried this before?
The reason I want a new bumper is that I have two cracks. One is about 1 inch, and the other is 3-4, but the big one is in the corner. So if something like that would work I might try that. The small one isn't too bad, but the big one is in a location that noticeable throws off the lines of the car/design. So if I could fix the crack, and do a half-decent spray over the bumper has now I'd be happy with that too.
I was in your boat few years back. I had a friend lend me a hand (tell me what to do and inspect). He is an experienced painter and maybe wanted to show what really goes into prep work and the actual paint. I was painting new bumpers and fender. Did not expect it to be so much work.... Ever since then I just drop anything I need painted to a shop.
i can't even apply touch up properly. don't do it. pay someone or you wont be happy with the results
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Nothing wrong with trying things out yourself. I just finished my windshield rot repair on my gti a few months ago. So I had patches welded on, ground, bondo'd, epoxy primed, high build primer and top coat. It was a daunting, but fun task, just the painting of the windshield panel took a day. Not to mention it took probably 3-4 weekends to get the welding done. Is it worth it? Not to the average guy but I wasn't going to hand some shop 3k to fix this. I figure I spent about 350 in materials/welding. It came out decent. I did it because I always wanted to learn how to paint, and I was being cheap.