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    CETA rear bumper how-to (painting rear bumper)

    Painting Your rear bumper - Trans AM
    this technique works for most any applications
    by B. Jackson


    Note: For painting plastic pieces such as your interior pieces I recommend using "paint adhesion promoter" this helps paint to stick. Use this before any primer or paint is put on whatever it is you are painting. You spray the adhesion promoter on then wait 10 minutes and then spray the primer or paint. You do not want the promoter to dry before you paint because the promoter and paint/primer bond together as they both dry. Any automotive store carries this and WalMart.
    What you'll need:

    Mineral Spirits,
    600, 800 grit wet sand paper,
    Paint of your choice:
    (I used Duplicolor Bumper Coating - Flat Black);
    Primer of your choice:
    (I used spray paint Rustoleum Auto. Primer)
    Thin masking tape;
    Thick masking tape


    Remove your license plate;

    Clean the area off first off;

    Use mineral spirits on a cotton cloth to make sure no grease or tar is on there;

    Tape off the area. I didn't paint the inside groove around the tailpipes.... use the thin masking tape to tape around the area making sure it's stuck flush so no paint can go under the tape.. tape up your exhaust tips too.

    Once you've done that use the thick masking tape to pretty much tape off from the top of your taillights down to the thin tape. This is so you don't overspray any paint onto your car. You can tape more or less if you want... it's just however good you are at painting lol.

    Once clean and taped.... use the 600 grit wet sandpaper in small circle motions on the rear area to be painted. Make sure you are dipping the sandpaper in a bucket of water OR you can run water through the hose onto the area the whole time you are sanding. This is to remove the dust from the surface without the sandpaper "clogging" up. Do not press hard while you are sanding you do not want to make humps with your fingers.

    Once you've sanded the whole area use your mineral spirits rag again to clean the surface. The mineral spirits helps to clean the surface as well it dries the surface fast. It also helps if you have the car in the sun to help dry the surface faster.

    Once dry and clean.... use your primer spray and spray the surface. follow the paint's instructions as far as distance away to spray and such.... The Primer is usually ready to wet sand within 15-30 mins and safe to dry sand after 4 hours..... I personally hope a few layers of primer is done that there are no runs in the primer and it's ready for paint... BUT if you do have any runs in your primer wait 20 mins. and you can wet sand them until they are gone using the same small circular motions with the water running over the surface. Remember to clean the surface after you sand with mineral spirits to remove any debris.

    K, you've primed the surface with a few layers and NO runs or NO mess-ups (or you have now sanded away any mess-ups)... time to move on...

    Once the primer has dried (20-30 mins. depending on how many layers you sprayed) You are now ready for paint.

    Simply do the same thing as the primer... follow instructions and if you have any runs in the paint or mess-ups you can wet sand them away and respray.

    You can use these instructions for spray paint or automotive paint in a spray gun/air compressor. It just depends on how much you want to spend. I have not had any complaints with the spray paint types I've used in the past.

    You can spray clear coat over the paint but I didn't because I wanted the flat black look.


    version 2.0:




    for verision 1.0 on my white/flamed TA i used 3M rubberized spray. it gave a textured look and flat black in color... on version 2.0 i used dupont bumper coating in a flat black. it gave a smooth texture and flat black in color



    want more how-tos? go to http://www.evlls1.com/ls1.html
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    Good write up and thank you a lot!

    I added it to the write ups sticky

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    now why didn't anybody ask me to post the write up lol

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    THanks a lot B BTW Happy New Year!

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    I wished everyone would start doing some technical write ups for the sticky. I already did one or two myself, you guys are behind

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    I wished everyone would start doing some technical write ups for the sticky. I already did one or two myself, you guys are behind
    lol man take whatever you need off www.evlls1.com/ls1.html


    Quote Originally Posted by Redphoenix1998 View Post
    THanks a lot B BTW Happy New Year!


    SUP man how's the new year treating ya?=)

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    loving the car man. gotta love free mods, it just makes you look original sometimes.

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    wished i would of did that to my TA

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    it does add to the awesome looks of the back end of the TA.s. I'm planning on doing mine with flat paint, but what about when you wash it? it seems like the FLAT paint wouldn't last long. Especially if you wash it as much as i do lol

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    mine lasted as long as i had the car. if it chips or anything u can always reshoot it though. they make a flat clear coat too now... on the costly side though.. i'd prob just use the bumper paint in a rattle can though.

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    file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/brandon%20debose/My%20Documents/My%20Pictures/Picture/367177578_1265764755_342696593_1234748996918.jpeg

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    opppssss trying to insert pics of my painted bumper that i painted today. I have them saved on my comp. so i dont have a URL for them. any help

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    Here a b4 and after on mine. 1st pic is like `15 months ago,the second pic is about 2 months old. I got corsa clone tips since I didn't like the slp tips.


    SEM Trim Black Paint get it at any local paint store. I use it at my shop all the time on fender flares and trim. newer had it chip or discolor and get a nice smooth finish.


    I went about doing mine a bit different. i used a scuff pad and sanding paste and wax and grease remover to clean it, and the SEm paint doen't need a primer it sticks to almost anything good.
    Last edited by RyanJM; 02-21-2009 at 06:40 PM.
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    look so much better. Awsome bird man and love the wheels ( i spy different exhaust tips too )

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    Actually I got rid of thiose SLP tips for corsa clones from afterthoughs auto. The 1st tips I got from my buddys Midas with a Flowmaster for $150 installed. Second pic is after my long tubes/ory, when i dumped my raspy flowmaster for a SLP Power Flo with the duals. Now I dumped those for the clones.
    Last edited by RyanJM; 02-24-2009 at 08:23 PM.


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