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Q's On Painting T/A Bumper

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    Question Q's On Painting T/A Bumper

    My g/f wanted me to install a T/A bumper on her Firebird so tonight I found a good deal on one and got it. She eventually wants to paint her car silver, but that is going to wait and she has a white car so we decided just nicely painting it with spray paint white. I have some experience painting with spray paint but want to make sure this is good. So please correct, add, or change my steps before I go out and buy supplies and do this.

    Supplies:
    (1?) Can of white automotive spray paint (what kind? enamel or lacquer? difference?
    (1?) Can of sandable primer spray paint (kind? same as above)
    (1?) Can of clear coat spray paint (kind? same as above)
    What grits of sand paper? and how much?
    Sanding blocks(have already)


    Steps:

    #1 - Wash, sand off old paint (what grit)
    #2 - Rinse with water, what kinda prep before primer?
    #3 - Spray on a layer of sandable primer, give enough time to dry
    #4 - Sand (what grit?)
    #5 - I'm assume repeat step #3 & #4 or no?
    #6 - Rinse with water, what kinda prep before paint?
    #7 - Put down a coat of white paint
    #8 - Give enough time to dry
    #9 - Repeat steps #7 & #8 how many times?
    #10 - Sand (what grit?) paint?
    #11 - Put down a coat of clear coat. How many coats?
    #12 - Final sand (what grit?)

    I'd appreciate the help, thank you.

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    Just have it professionaly done, at an in-expensive shop a bumper cover carried in should be about a $60.oo or $70.oo job, and the job would greatly outlast and look much better than any can job.

    Just my .02cent

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    Im thinking about doing that with my hood...its in BAD shape...

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    I would just add that if you are going to do this yourself, you need to polish after you sand the clear coat. You can do it by hand, but using a dual action polisher would make it a ton easier.

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    I hope you haven't done it already. Reply back and I'll tell you what you need to do, I'd post it, but there's a lot to cover and I don't want to type it all if you've already done it.

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    You're probably gonna have to use bumper paint (SEM brand) that has a flex additive in it, otherwise I'd have to think the paint would peel much like ground effects do. I could be wrong though.

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