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Unread 11-10-2011, 08:41 PM   #1
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Savvy rear bumper prep and paint

I just ordered a Savvy aluminum rear bumper for my TJ. I plan on painting it black seeing my Jeep is silver. What needs to be done to prep the aluminum for spraypaint? Thanks.

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Unread 11-18-2011, 05:05 PM   #2
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Scuff it with a red scuff pad or 400 grit sand paper ,wipe with pre- cleaner .Then use green death on it . that is zink chromate . Let dry some ( different kinds have different dry times) I scuff it again lightly then THEN TACK RAG ,then shoot it with paint. Let dry -then take it in to the woods and scratch the hell out of it ! Note -DO NOT SKIP THE GREEN DEATH STEP !
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Unread 03-05-2013, 08:48 PM   #3
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I'm doing the samething the OP is, but what is 'Green Death"?
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Unread 03-11-2013, 05:10 PM   #4
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1. Scuff
2. Clean (I used acetone).
3. Self etching primer
4. Paint
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Unread 03-11-2013, 07:29 PM   #5
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That's pretty much what I did on Savvy's rockers. I have moderate OCD, so here are the steps and supplies I used:

Prepping (Al+ and steel):
1) Clean with acetone and paper towels. Let air dry 5 minutes.
2) Sand with 400 grit sandpaper.
3) Clean with acetone and paper towels. Let air dry 5 minutes.
4) Sand with 400 grit sandpaper.
5) Spray with Marine Clean mixed 2:1 (MC:HOT water). Let soak for 20 minutes.
6) Rinse very well with HOT water.
7) Clean with acetone and paper towels. Let air dry 5 minutes.
8) Spray with Metal Ready (full mix). Let soak for 20 minutes.
9) Rinse very well with HOT water.
10) Clean with acetone and paper towels. Let air dry 5 minutes.

Painting:
Aluminum


1) Lightly coat with self-etching primer; 2 coats. Let dry 10 minutes between coats.
2) Lightly coat with Al+ primer: 1 coat. Let dry 10 minutes after coat.
3) Lightly coat with proper paint color; 2 – 3 coats. Let dry 10 minutes between coats.
4) Lightly coat with proper clear coat; 2 – 3 coats. Let dry 10 minutes between coats.
5) Let stand untouched for a minimum of 3 hours to dry.
6) Let set for 1-week before mounting so paint has time to cure.

Stainless steel:

1) Lightly coat with self-etching primer; 1 coat. Let dry 10 minutes between coats.
2) Lightly coat with primer; 2 – 3 coats. Let dry 10 minutes between coats.
3) Lightly coat with proper paint color; 2 – 3 coats. Let dry 10 minutes between coats.
4) Lightly coat with proper clear coat; 2 – 3 coats. Let dry 10 minutes between coats.
5) Let stand untouched for a minimum of 3 hours to dry.
6) Let set for 1-week before mounting so paint has time to cure.

I toiled over what to do so I hope this helps others.

Best of luck!

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