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Unread 11-22-2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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Bumper Paint?

I'm looking at a JCR Offroad front bumper for my 89 XJ. It comes bare steel. Anyone have any suggestions to what I should use to paint it? Powdercoating is a little expensive for me right now. Thanks.

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Unread 11-22-2011, 09:25 PM   #2
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my son just put a JCR bumper on the front of his 00XJ.... we used a self etching primer and then hit it with a flat black spray paint. Looks great.
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Unread 11-22-2011, 10:31 PM   #3
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Primer then Bedliner spray. Easy to touch up
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Unread 11-23-2011, 07:18 AM   #4
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I just re did my rear bumper with rustolium hammered and it looks very nice
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Unread 11-23-2011, 08:07 AM   #5
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rustolium truck bed liner sprays on texture is minimal and hard as a rock. try to paint it on a hot day seems to work better
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Unread 11-23-2011, 08:46 AM   #6
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Don't powder coat...chips are too hard to fix.

Did my JCR bumper with primer and Krylon Satin Black rattle can.
Tried Flat Black first but too dull, IMO.
Key is to get it really clean before painting and keep can as close as possible to surface (8"), without creating runs.
Has held up well for a yr and is easy to touch up, if needed.

Liked it so much, I just did same to front factory bumper last month ....
after removing plastic bumper pads and angle cutting the ends with a grinder to look more off road style!
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Unread 11-23-2011, 01:06 PM   #7
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That looks really good! Thanks for the info and pics. Ordered my JCR prerunner front bumper today.
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Unread 11-26-2011, 03:06 PM   #8
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i did the brush on rust ex, it dries smooth and very easy to touch seeing its brush on. no removal is necessary of the bumper.
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Unread 11-26-2011, 07:18 PM   #9
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Bumper Paint

I painted my bumpers with gloss black pRust Seal from " http://www.kbs-coatings.com/ " I pre treated the steel with a degreaser (Aqua clean) and their "Rust Blast" then brushed it on with two thin coats. It smooths out nicely but will run if you brush it on too thick. Then when it was almost dry I applied a goat of flat black spray can paint from Tractor Supply for UV protection.

My son rear ended a car the other day and the "Rust seal" had one tiny nick in the paint. The car, might have to be totaled out, it looked pretty bad.
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Unread 06-21-2014, 01:24 PM   #10
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Don't powder coat...chips are too hard to fix.

Did my JCR bumper with primer and Krylon Satin Black rattle can.
Tried Flat Black first but too dull, IMO.
Key is to get it really clean before painting and keep can as close as possible to surface (8"), without creating runs.
Has held up well for a yr and is easy to touch up, if needed.

Liked it so much, I just did same to front factory bumper last month ....
after removing plastic bumper pads and angle cutting the ends with a grinder to look more off road style!
want to do my bumpers on my tj like yours and new to this wat primer did you use and wat grit?
thnks
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Unread 06-21-2014, 04:17 PM   #11
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I like Rustoleum enamel rattle can. It holds up much better to the sun and elements than their regular stuff.
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Unread 07-10-2014, 10:50 AM   #12
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painted the bumper and turned out good i would def rec the satin finish bc the gloss doesnt rly work that well but still looks good anyone know why tht might be. PICS below

http://s1218.photobucket.com/user/si...P/JEEP%20PAINT
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Unread 07-12-2014, 12:43 AM   #13
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Plastidip? Never used the stuff; not sure how durable it would be.
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Unread 07-14-2014, 04:24 AM   #14
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Plastidip will last for couple of months, although worth trying since it is cheap and easy to do/remove.
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Unread 07-14-2014, 11:26 AM   #15
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Plastidip? Never used the stuff; not sure how durable it would be.
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Plastidip will last for couple of months, although worth trying since it is cheap and easy to do/remove.
IMHO dip is great for temporary uses (even though they say it will hold up for the long term). The appeal of the stuff is that it's removable. If you want something permanent then regular paint is better.

I like a spray on bed liner or textured rattle can for ease of touch up. Powder coat looks great and will hold up well in normal conditions, but if you're going to rub the bumper on a tree or rocks then you'll want to be able to touch it up easily and cheaply.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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