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Unread 08-18-2011, 03:59 PM   #1
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Trim and bumper touch up

I have plenty of evening time on my hands but no money to do anything big so I decided to do a little cosmetic touch up the other night. The trim was faded to light gray so I got me a few cans of rustoleum flat black and decided to go to town. My front bumper is a custom winch bumper and it is black, the factory rear bumper was red so I decided to paint it black too, to match all around. I used some interior masking tape cause it is what I had and fax paper to do the masking, it worked just fine. I'll tell you what, for about 10 bucks worth of paint this really made a big difference. It made it look so much cleaner and straighter, you ought to do it too if your trim is fading my skill level with paint is about a -4 so if I could do it just about anyone can.

The faded trim


My ametuer masking job


Fresh trim


Old corner


Old scratched up bumper


Scuffed up the old paint


New corner

New bumper


New all around

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Unread 08-18-2011, 05:13 PM   #2
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Its like night and day!

Looks great, any plans to do the flares too? Mine are bare plastic, I may hit them with Armor-All or some Armor-Dillo to get them looking good until I decide to paint or replace 'em
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Unread 08-18-2011, 05:15 PM   #3
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Looks great!

I used to do this once a year......got sick of all the taping....Now I use Rustoleum Brush on "Satin Black"......no more tape.

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Unread 08-18-2011, 05:48 PM   #4
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I thought about doing the flares, but I dont thik I will they arent scratched up or anything and I like the factory paint look on them.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 06:11 PM   #5
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repainting the trim was one of the first things that I did when I got my XJ... but I didn't go my front or rear bumper and now I'm thinking about going back and painting them black like you did. Did you have to primer the bumper or did you just sand the paint off and spray overtop of it?
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Unread 08-18-2011, 06:22 PM   #6
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I just sanded the old paint lightly with 220 grit sandpaper. I heard someone say one time that as long as you arent doing body work that is the best way because everything under the factory paint has already been prepared and will stay on good under the new paint as long as it is scuffed up real good.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 08:50 PM   #7
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Looks awesome man! I did mine last week. Makes a HUGE difference!

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Unread 08-19-2011, 02:05 AM   #8
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Very nice! I have this project ahead of me before winter hits.

I tryed the product called Bondo Restore Black. I had to tape off the molding on the doors, and apply about 10 coats. It wasn't perfect but looked good. It is fading after two months, the box claims 6 months before need to re-apply.

I am thinking of a really good de-grease, and then some krylon fusion or whatever that bonds to plastics, and then a UV resistant clear coat. Would give a long lasting, dark look, but would be a PITA to touch up.

Anyways this is one of the best, cheapest and easiest ways to make our Xjs look better.
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